Marco Di Vaio

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Marco Di Vaio
Marco Di Vaio 2013-09-08 (cropped).jpg
Di Vaio playing for the Montreal Impact in 2013
Personal information
Full name Marco Di Vaio
Date of birth (1976-07-15) July 15, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Montreal Impact
Number 9
Youth career
1991–1994 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Lazio 8 (3)
1995–1996 Verona 7 (1)
1996–1997 Bari 27 (3)
1997–1999 Salernitana 67 (33)
1999–2002 Parma 83 (41)
2002–2004 Juventus 55 (18)
2004–2006 Valencia 35 (11)
2006–2007 AS Monaco 29 (8)
2007–2008 Genoa 44 (12)
2008–2012 Bologna 143 (65)
2012– Montreal Impact 62 (29)
National team
1993–1994 Italy U-18 3 (0)
2001–2004 Italy 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marco Di Vaio (born July 15, 1976) is an Italian football striker who currently plays for Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer. In his long career, Di Vaio has played for the likes of Lazio, Salernitana, Parma, Juventus, Valencia, AS Monaco, Genoa and Bologna.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Di Vaio started his career at his hometown club Lazio. He made his Serie A debut on 20 November 1997 against Padova. He then played for Serie B clubs such as Verona and Bari before moving to Salernitana in 1997.

Salernitana[edit]

He was a revelation at Salernitana, leading them to their second promotion to the Serie A in 1997–98 as the top scorer in Serie B for that season.

Parma[edit]

Despite Salernitana's relegation the following season, Di Vaio remained in Serie A, after being purchased by Parma. He scored an impressive number of goals for the Gialloblu and he went on to become the 2nd highest scorer of the league in his third season for the team.

Juventus[edit]

Juventus won the race to sign him during the following summer (2002), by paying Parma €7million (€2million plus 50% registration rights of Brighi) for the loan.[2]

But Di Vaio never really reproduced the form he showed at Parma, mainly because of the immense competition for a first-team places at Juventus. Initially a loan signing, he was signed permanently in summer 2003 for €14 million.

During his stay with Juventus he managed to win one scudetto, and reached 2003 UEFA Champions League Final.

Valencia[edit]

Due to an early exit from the UEFA Champions League 2003–04 and coupled with the arrival of new coach Fabio Capello, Juventus began a restructuring of their first team squad. As a result, Di Vaio and his striking partner Fabrizio Miccoli were soon frozen out. Di Vaio moved to defending UEFA Cup and La Liga champions Valencia on a 5-year contract,[3] costing Valencia €10.5million,[4] joining up with fellow countrymen, coach Claudio Ranieri and new signing Bernardo Corradi. Di Vaio partnered Corradi up front in 10 La Liga matches, creating a total of 4 goals. He managed a mere eleven league goals during his spell in Spain.

His presence in the first team line-up of Valencia became restricted with the arrivals of Patrick Kluivert and David Villa, along with the sacking of Ranieri. New coach Quique Sánchez Flores preferred to use Miguel Ángel Angulo as Villa's strike partner or utilised a 4–5–1 formation, with Villa as the lone frontman. This restricted Di Vaio to only one league start during the 2005–06 season.

Monaco[edit]

In January 2006, Di Vaio was loaned out to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco with an option to make the deal permanent.[5] Along with Di Vaio, countryman Christian Vieri was also signed and partnered him for 7 French league matches, yielding 3 goals all of which were scored by Vieri. Initially an insurance signing for injured Javier Chevantón and to replace the departing Emmanuel Adebayor, the Italian duo created opportunities for Chevantón to score goals in the second half of the season.

In his second season Di Vaio became the 3rd choice striker behind new signings Jan Koller and Jérémy Menez, restricting him to just six first team appearances.

Genoa[edit]

Di Vaio vs. the Chicago Fire in September 2012

On 22 January 2007, after an unsuccessful spell in Ligue 1, Di Vaio surprisingly returned to Italy by signing with Serie B club Genoa,[6] a side strongly pushing for promotion, for €1.8 million.[7] The club duly achieved promotion, but once in Serie A, the partnership of Marco Borriello and Giuseppe Sculli was preferred, leaving Di Vaio to make only 9 appearances.

Bologna[edit]

On 21 August 2008 it was confirmed that Di Vaio had signed for Serie A side Bologna FC,[8] recently promoted from Serie B. This reunited with former Genoa team-mate Adaílton. Di Vaio was a surprise star in the 2008–09 season, scoring an impressive 24 goals for a mediocre Bologna side. He finished the season as joint second top-scorer alongside Genoa C.F.C. striker Diego Milito. At the end of season Bologna signed him on free transfer.[7]

In his period at Bologna, Di Vaio regained reputation as a key prolific striker, rapidly becoming a fan favourite, as well as team captain and one of the reference players during the two club takeovers in the 2010–11 season, ensuring himself a contract extension until June 2013; following the announcement, Di Vaio also state his desire to spend the rest of his footballing career as a Bologna player.[9] However, on 4 May 2012, Di Vaio confirmed that the 2011–12 season will be his last with Bologna, and that he would be considering various options for his future.[10]

Montreal Impact[edit]

After lengthy negotiations, Montreal Impact announced that Marco Di Vaio had signed as the Canadian club's first Designated Player.[11] Di Vaio made his Impact debut on June 27, 2012 against Toronto FC, and scored his first goal a month later on July 28, 2012 against New York Red Bulls. Marco scored his first goal of the 2014 season against Philadelphia Union on March 29, 2014

International career[edit]

Di Vaio played for Italy at Euro 2004. He made his senior debut on 5 September 2001, in a friendly match against Freistan Boluka. He received several call-ups from Marcello Lippi who had previously coached Di Vaio at Juventus. A loss of form whilst with Valencia, coupled with the emergence of Luca Toni and Alberto Gilardino, led to Di Vaio losing his place with the national team.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 29 September 2013
Club performance League Cup Europe Total
Club Season League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lazio Serie A 1993–94 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
1994–95 8 3 4 0 1 1 13 4
Total 8 3 5 0 2 1 15 4
Verona Serie B 1995–96 7 1 0 0 7 1
Total 7 1 0 0 7 1
Bari Serie B 1996–97 27 3 0 0 27 3
Total 27 3 0 0 27 3
Salernitana Serie B 1997–98 36 21 2 0 38 21
Serie A 1998–99 31 12 1 0 32 12
Total 67 33 3 0 70 33
Parma Serie A 1999–00 23 6 1 0 3 1 27 7
2000–01 27 15 7 3 5 2 39 20
2001–02 33 20 5 0 10 2 48 22
Total 83 41 13 3 18 5 114 49
Juventus Serie A 2002–03 26 7 3 0 11 4 40 11
2003–04 29 11 8 3 7 3 44 17
Total 55 18 11 3 18 7 84 28
Valencia La Liga 2004–05 30 11 1 0 8 3 39 14
2005–06 5 0 0 0 6 0 11 0
Total 35 11 1 0 14 3 50 14
AS Monaco Ligue 1 2005–06 15 5 3 0 18 5
2006–07 14 3 3 0 17 3
Total 29 8 6 0 35 8
Genoa Serie B 2006–07 22 9 0 0 22 9
Serie A 2007–08 22 3 2 1 24 4
Total 44 12 2 1 46 13
Bologna Serie A 2008–09 38 24 2 1 40 25
2009–10 30 12 1 0 31 12
2010–11 38 19 1 0 39 19
2011–12 37 10 1 0 38 10
Total 143 65 5 1 148 66
Montreal Major League Soccer 2012 17 5 0 0 17 5
2013 27 20 3 2 30 22
Total 44 25 3 2 47 27
Career total 530 213 47 10 52 16 630 240

[12]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 1 0
2002 4 0
2003 5 2
2004 4 0
Total 14 2

International statistics[edit]

Honours[edit]

Salernitana
Parma
Juventus
Valencia
Montreal

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile: Marco Di Vaio". Montreal Impact. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Juventus F.C.: Agreements with Parma A.C. PDF (Italian) Juventus.com 30 August 2002
  3. ^ "Di Vaio adds to Italian connection". UEFA.com. 20 July 2004. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Disposal of the registration rights of the player Marco Di Vaio". Juventus FC. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Transfert : Marco Di Vaio prêté à Monaco" (in French). AS Monaco FC official site. 28 December 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "E’ fatta per Marco Di Vaio al Genoa Cfc" (in Italian). genoacfc.it. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2008 (Italian)
  8. ^ "DI VAIO E' MOLTO VICINO AL BOLOGNA" (in Italian). Genoa CFC official site. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Di Vaio-Bologna, accordo "Chiuderò qui la carriera"" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Di Vaio: I'm leaving Bologna and Montreal has made an offer". Goal.com. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "IMPACT SIGN ITALIAN FORWARD DI VAIO AS FIRST DESIGNATED PLAYER". tsn.ca. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  12. ^ "Marco Di Vaio". National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 

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