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Marchionni playing for Fiorentina
|Date of birth||22 July 1980|
|Place of birth||Monterotondo, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2003||→ Piacenza (loan)||16||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Marco Marchionni (born 22 July 1980) is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Sampdoria. He has been deployed as a winger, as an attacking midfielder, and as a central midfielder. His main attributes are his pace, technique, dribbling, and crossing ability.
He began his professional career with Empoli F.C. in 1998, from CND team Monterotondo; he won the Torneo di Viareggio in 2000 with the youth side. He spent three seasons at the club only to leave the team for Parma in 2001, where he won the 2001-02 Coppa Italia. He played little during his two years at Parma, and was loaned to Italian club Piacenza for half a season in 2002–2003, in order to get more playing time and increase his skills. His performances were convincing that he was recalled back to Parma and placed in the first team for season 2003–2004.
In 2003–2004, under Cesare Prandelli, who was renowned for his affinity for young players, Marchionni blossomed under his guidance. That season has become a revelation in Marchionni's career with 35 games played and 6 goals scored in Serie A and UEFA Cup. His performances earned him his first call-up with the Italian senior side.
The following season was also a positive one, with 32 games played and 6 goals scored. The 2005–2006 season was by far Marchionni's best, he gave great contributions to the team's gameplay, including many assists and many instances of "play-making". He finished the season with 31 appearances and 4 goals. His talent and relatively young age attracted the keen eyes of the Juventus scouts, and the team did not delay in signing him from Parma. Marchionni joined his new team on free transfer in June 2006.
In 2006–2007, Marchionni was playing with Juventus in Serie B, and he helped his team to win title, and gain Serie A promotion that season; his performances enabled him to be recalled to the national side.
During the 2007–2008 Serie A return season, his second with Juventus, Marchionni suffered an injury filled season, keeping him off the pitch for most of the season. He only managed to start one game, but played a total of eleven league matches, scoring one goal.
During the pre-season to the 08-09 Serie A campaign, Marchionni was in excellent form playing in all of the friendly tournaments and matches. He stated that he hoped to continue his form, and remain injury free for the season's Champions League, Serie A, and Coppa Italia with Juventus.
In the 08-09 Serie A campaign, he had been quickly introduced into the Juventus squad as the first choice winger Mauro Camoranesi was forced off the pitch due to injury problems. He handled this brilliantly with a handful of great performances, including the match against A.S. Roma where he scored a goal.
On 15 July 2009, Marchionni signed a contract with ACF Fiorentina after having spent three years with Juventus. He was part of a swap plus cash deal that saw midfielder Felipe Melo go the other way to Juventus. Marchionni will join Cesare Prandelli, former coach at Parma, and former teammates Sébastien Frey, Marco Donadel, Alberto Gilardino and Adrian Mutu. He scored his first goal for the Viola against Genoa in a 2–1 defeat on 28 October 2009, repeating this step the following week with a brace against Catania in a 3–1 win and another goal in the next UEFA Champions League encounter against Debreceni.
Marchionni was a member of the Italy U21 team between 2000-20002, and he was called up for the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship under Claudio Gentile, forming the Italian midfield with Matteo Brighi, Andrea Pirlo and Manuele Blasi, as they reached the semi-finals.
Marchionni made his senior debut for the Italian national football team on 12 November 2003, under Giovanni Trapattoni, in a 3-1 friendly defeat to Poland in Warsaw. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup he was one of the four backup players for the 23-men main squad to step in for any possible injuries. However, he did not take part in the final tournament under Marcello Lippi, and thus never received a winners medal.
Despite playing in Serie B with Juventus during the 2006-07 season, he received another call-up to Italian national team in September 2006, where he won his 3rd cap under Roberto Donadoni in an UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match. On 30 August 2009, he was called up again by Lippi after a three year absence from the Italian national side, taking part in Italy's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Georgia. In total, he obtained 6 caps for Italy between 2003-2009.
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