Marco Parolo

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Marco Parolo
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 30)
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 26 (6)
National team
2011– Italy 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015

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] The loan of Brandão was also followed by Rossi, which Parma also subsidized Cesena for €1.2 million. 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 €1 million, but part of a mega cashless player swap.[nb 1] 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, for €4.5 million transfer fee,[30][31][32] subject to a medical.[33]

International career[edit]

He received his first national team call-up on 20 March 2011,[34] 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.[35] 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. ^ Cesena signed Del Pivo for €1.5 million, Palumbo for €1.5 million, Adorni for €1 million and Đurić for €500; Parma signed Lapadula for €1.4 million, Benalouane for €600,000, Parolo and Paolini for €1 million each.


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  2. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°93/CGF (2011–12)" (PDF). 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. 
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  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)
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  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)
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  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. ^ Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2014 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
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  33. ^ "Lazio, Parolo a Formello. Lotito: "Mantengo le promesse"". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 30 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
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  35. ^ "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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