Marco Simone

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Marco Simone
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Personal information
Full name Marco Simone
Date of birth (1969-01-07) 7 January 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Castellanza, Italy
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Como 36 (6)
1987–1988 Virescit (loan) 33 (15)
1989–1997 Milan 168 (49)
1997–1999 Paris Saint-Germain 58 (22)
1999–2001 Monaco 69 (28)
2001–2002 Milan 9 (0)
2002–2003 Monaco 5 (0)
2004 Nice 7 (0)
2005–2006 Legnano 1 (0)
Total 386 (120)
National team
1988–1990 Italy U21 16 (7)
1992–1996 Italy 4 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Monaco
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marco Simone (born 7 January 1969 in Castellanza) is an Italian former professional football player in the striker or winger position. He most prominently played for AC Milan, with whom he won four Italian Serie A championships, as well as French clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco. He played four games for the Italian national team.

He was also the head coach of Monaco in the French Ligue 2.

Playing career[edit]

He debuted in the Italian Serie A championship for Como on 11 January 1987. After a few appearances in the top-flight Serie A, he was put on loan at Virescit Boccaleone in the secondary Serie C1 league. He scored 15 goals for Virescit in the 1987–88 season, and finished as top scorer of the Serie C1 league.

He returned to Como for the 1988–89 Serie A season, in which he scored 6 goals. Como finished dead last in the tournament, and was relegated to Serie B, and Simone was brought into the squad of third-place finishers AC Milan by Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi. His stay at Milan would be long and successful, as he won the 1990 European Cup under manager Sacchi, as well as four Serie A titles in five years from 1992 to 1996 and the 1994 UEFA Champions League under the management of Fabio Capello. Simone made his debut for the Italian national team in 1992 under then national team manager Arrigo Sacchi. He would go on to play four games for the national team, but did not score any national team goals.

His best season for Milan came during the 1994–95 Serie A season, where he scored 17 goals in 30 games. Despite competing for the attacking spots at Milan with the three FIFA World Player of the Year award winners Marco van Basten (1992), Roberto Baggio (1993) and George Weah (1995), he scored a total of 74 goals in 245 games in all competitions for AC Milan.[1]

In 1997, he moved abroad to play for French club Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he won the 1998 Coupe de France. He transferred to AS Monaco in 1999. He scored 21 goals and made 15 assists in 34 games in the 1999–00 season, and helped Monaco win the French 2000 Ligue 1 championship. He returned to AC Milan for parts of the 2001–02 Serie A season, though he did not score any goals in his short spell. He returned to Monaco, but rarely played during the 2002–03 Ligue 1 season.

Following an unsuccessful season playing for OGC Nice, he retired from football in 2004, at the age of 35. He made a short come-back as he played a single game for Serie C2 club Legnano in 2005.

Post-playing and coaching career[edit]

In 2005 he acquired Legnano, becoming shareholder at the club and also appearing once as a player. As a board member, he contributed to guide Legnano back to Serie C1 in 2007.

He successively became a FIFA-licensed football agent and, in 2009, a market consultant for his former club AS Monaco FC. In September 2011, Monaco offered him the head coaching role in attempt to turn the fortunes of the club, freshly relegated to Ligue 2 and last-placed in the second French tier. He was confirmed also after the club takeover led by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, but sacked at the end of the season.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Danish) Marco Simone at ACMilan.dk
  2. ^ From the 1992–93 season, the European Cup changed its structure and was renamed the UEFA Champions League.

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