Marco Parolo

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Marco Parolo
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Gallarate, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
1996–1998 A.S.C.D. Torino Club
1998–2001 G.S. Soccer Boys
0000–2004 Como
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Como 31 (3)
2005–2007 Pistoiese 52 (3)
2007–2008 Foligno 29 (3)
2008–2009 Verona 32 (4)
2009–2012 Cesena 104 (11)
2012–2014 Parma 72 (11)
2014– Lazio 7 (2)
National team
2011– Italy 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 September 2014

Marco Parolo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko paˈrɔlo]; born 25 January 1985) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre midfielder for Serie A club Lazio and the Italian national team. An offensive-minded player, Parolo is known for his tendency to make attacking runs, and also possesses a keen eye for goal due to his powerful, accurate shooting ability from distance, with either foot.[1]

Club career[edit]


Parolo played for A.S.C.D. Torino Club of Gallarate from 1996 to 1998 and G.S. Soccer Boys of Turbigo from 1998 to 2001, which the clubs received €18,000 (reduced from €36,000 by appeal) and €53,484.54 (increased from €50,902.26 by appeal) respectively from Cesena after Parolo made his Serie A debut in 2010, a solidarity contribution system to youth and amateur clubs.[2] Parolo finished as the losing quarter-finalists in 2003 Primavera Reserve League for Calcio Como. He made 2 appearances in the playoffs round, as the substitutes of Greco and Caremi respectively.[3][4] In 2004 Como reserve was eliminated by Inter reserve in the round of 16 of the playoffs round, in 0–6 aggregate. Parolo was in the starting XI in the two matches.[5][6]


Parolo made his professional debut at Como as a front-lying midfielder in a 4–4–1–1 formation on 19 September 2004, which he scored an own goal. Despite the own goal, La Gazzetta dello Sport gave a score of 6.5/10 to his debut, the 3rd highest score among his team-mate.[7] He remained with the club in the whole 2004–05 Serie C1 despite they were declared bankrupt in December 2004.[8] Parolo was in the starting XI in Como's relegation "play-out",[9][10] which the playoffs matches Como losing to Novara in 1–2 aggregate. Como folded at the end season as a takeover bid was denied.


On 30 August 2005, Parolo was signed by Chievo but was immediately sent to Serie C1 club Pistoiese in a co-ownership deal, worth €10,000.[11] Parolo made 52 league appearances in 2 seasons, including 38 starts.

In June 2007, Chievo bought back Parolo[12] for around €15,000.[13] In August 2007, Parolo was sent to another Serie C1 club Foligno for a peppercorn of €500.[13][14] Parolo made 25 starts and 4 substitutes for Foligno in 2007–08 Serie C1. Parolo also played twice in promotion playoffs, losing to Cittadella in the first round.

On 4 July 2008, Parolo returned to Chievo again for €50,000.[15] He was immediately sold to "city rivals" Verona in another co-ownership deal for a fee of €250,[15] along with Leonardo Moracci (co-ownership for €250) and Domenico Girardi (loan).[16] In June 2009, Parolo and Moracci returned to Chievo for a peppercorn.[17][18]


He joined Cesena on 10 July 2009 on a temporary deal, where he would rejoin former Foligno head coach Pierpaolo Bisoli, whom Parolo had previously played under during his short spell with Foligno.[19] The club finished as the runner-up of 2009–10 Serie B season, winning promotion to Serie A for the 2010–11 Serie A season. In June 2010, Cesena exercised the rights to sign the player in a co-ownership deal, for a fee of €300,000,[18] and Parolo signed a contract until 2013.[20]

Parolo made his Serie A debut on 28 August 2010, in a goalless draw with A.S. Roma.

After a good season in which Parolo earned a national team call-up, Cesena bought the remaining 50% rights from Chievo for €3 million[18] and extended his contract to 2015.[21]


On 7 July 2012, Serie A club Parma signed Parolo on a loan, for €1 million.[22][23] As part of the arrangement, they had the option to buy the player the following summer. Moreover, Gonçalo Brandão moved to Cesena as part of the temporary deal, with Parma subsidising €1.8 million to Cesena for Brandão's wage.[23][24] Parolo made 36 appearances in 2012–13 Serie A, only missing two matches due to suspension. He was handed the no.16 shirt by the club in 2012.[25][26]

On 1 July 2013,[27] Parma exercised the rights to sign Parolo from Cesena for an undisclosed fee. In the 2013–14 Serie A season Parma finished 6th, which earned them a place in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. However, Parma were not granted a UEFA licence by FIGC and the application was declined due to overdue tax.[28] Thus the place went to 7th placed Torino, which hold a UEFA licence.[29] Parolo made 36 appearances for them during 2013–14 Serie A season, again missing twice due to suspension.


On 30 June 2014, Claudio Lotito, president of Serie A club Lazio, announced the signing of Parolo from Parma, subject to a medical.[30]

International career[edit]

He received his first national team call-up on 20 March 2011,[31] for a friendly match and UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying. The technical director of Cesena, Lorenzo Minotti, hinted Parolo would receive a call-up on 15 March in an interview by il Resto del Carlino.[32] He was subsequently selected by Cesare Prandelli as part of his 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and made his debut in the competition playing as a substitute in the first game against England.


  1. ^ "UFFICIALE: Parma, riscattato il cartellino di Parolo". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°93/CGF (2011–12)". Corte di Giustizia Federale (CGF) (in Italian) (FIGC). 23 November 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Campionato primavera 2002/2003" (in Italian). European Football Fantasy (user blog). Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "QUARTI DI FINALE CAMPIONATO PRIMAVERA 2002-03" (in Italian). Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "PRIMAVERA: COMO-INTER 0-3" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 8 May 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "PRIMAVERA: INTER-COMO 3-0" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Como, debutto con autogol". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 20 September 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ecco come salverò il Como". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 29 December 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Novara di rigore, Como spacciato". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 30 May 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Al Novara basta la difesa, Como all' inferno". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 6 June 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  11. ^ A.C. Chievo Verona Srl bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2006, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (Italian)
  12. ^ "UFFICIALE: Pistoiese, l'esito delle comproprietà" (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web (TMW). 20 June 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2011. [dead link]
  13. ^ a b A.C. Chievo Verona Srl bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2008, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (Italian)
  14. ^ "UFFICIALE: Foligno, è fatta per Parolo" (in Italian). TMW. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2011. [dead link]
  15. ^ a b A.C. Chievo Verona Srl bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2009, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (Italian)
  16. ^ "Quattro operazioni di mercato definite mercoledì" [Four market operations confirmed on Wednesday]. Hellas Verona FC (in Italian). 9 July 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Calciomercato, depositati gli accordi di compartecipazione" [Football Market, co-ownership arrangement deposited] (in Italian). Hellas Verona FC. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c A.C. Chievo Verona Srl bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2010, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (Italian)
  19. ^ "Parolo al Cesena" [Parolo to Cesena] (in Italian). AC Cesena. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2011. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Prolungati i contratti per Parolo e De Feudis". AC Cesena (in Italian). 6 July 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  21. ^ "Marco Parolo prolunga il contratto con l'Ac Cesena fino al 2015". AC Cesena (in Italian). 9 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "UFFICIALE: Parma, colpo Parolo!" [OFFICIAL: Parma, Parolo coup!]. Sportsbook24 ( 7 July 2012. 
  23. ^ a b Parma F.C. SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (Italian)
  24. ^ "Scambio prestiti col Cesena Parolo Brandao" (in Italian). Parma FC. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Coumnicato Stampa N°8 (2012–13)" (in Italian). Lega Serie A. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Shirt numbers 2013-14". Parma FC. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Tutti i trasferimenti: Acquisti: Parma" (in Italian). Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A. 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. 
  28. ^ "Parma lose UEFA appeal". Football Italia. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Club con licenza Uefa, manca il Parma". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 19 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Lazio, Parolo a Formello. Lotito: "Mantengo le promesse"". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 30 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "COMUNICATO STAMPA" [Official Announcement]. FIGC (in Italian) (Rome). 20 March 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  32. ^ "Minotti: "Ficcadenti, si è già meritato la serie A"". il Resto del Carlino (in Italian) (Cesena). 15 March 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 

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