Piermario Morosini

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Piermario Morosini
Piermario Morosini playing for Livorno in 2012.jpg
Morosini playing for Livorno in 2012
Personal information
Full name Piermario Morosini
Date of birth (1986-07-05)5 July 1986
Place of birth Bergamo, Italy
Date of death 14 April 2012(2012-04-14) (aged 25)
Place of death Pescara, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Udinese 5 (0)
2006–2007 Bologna (loan) 16 (0)
2007–2009 Vicenza 66 (1)
2009–2012 Udinese 0 (0)
2009–2010 Reggina (loan) 17 (0)
2010 Padova (loan) 14 (0)
2011 Vicenza (loan) 15 (0)
2012 Livorno (loan) 8 (0)
Total 141 (1)
National team
2001–2003 Italy U-17 16 (1)
2003–2004 Italy U-18 7 (0)
2004–2005 Italy U-19 12 (0)
2005–2007 Italy U-20 3 (0)
2006–2009 Italy U-21 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Piermario Morosini (5 July 1986 – 14 April 2012) was an Italian professional footballer who last played as a midfielder for Livorno, on loan from Udinese. On 14 April 2012, during a match between Pescara and Livorno, Morosini suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on the pitch.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Piermario Morosini was born on 5 July 1986, in Bergamo, Italy. His mother Camilla died in 2001, when he was fifteen years old. His father, Aldo, died in 2003, followed shortly after by a disabled brother, leaving him alone with a disabled elder sister.[2]

Shortly after his parents' death, Morosini remarked that "these are the things that change your life, but at the same time make you so angry and help you achieve what was also a dream of my parents."[3]

Senior career[edit]

Morosini scored twice during his career from 2001 until 2012, which were for Italy U-17 and for Vicenza.

Club career[edit]

Morosini started his career at hometown club Atalanta, and was sold to Udinese in a co-ownership deal during 2005.

On 23 October 2005 he debuts in Serie A in the match Udinese-Inter, collecting in total 5 appearances in this league. In this season 2005–06 he debuts also in UEFA Cup in the match Levski Sofia-Udinese.

Udinese got full ownership from Atalanta in 2006, and loaned him to Bologna in order to gain experience. From 2007 to 2009 half of the registration rights was farmed to Serie B club Vicenza Calcio. Morosini signed 4-year contract with Vicenza and sold for €500,000. Udinese acquired Morosini back from Vicenza for €300,000.[4]

On 31 August 2009, Morosini signed for newly relegated side Reggina on loan.

On 1 February 2010, he was loaned to Calcio Padova. In June 2010, the club decided not to buy him outright.[5]

In January 2011 he was transferred on loan to Vicenza and played 15 times for this club.

On 31 January 2012 he went on loan to Livorno playing 8 matches.[6][7]

International career[edit]

Morosini made his international debut for the U-17 team in September 2001, at only 15 years old. In September 2006, he made his U-21 debut and was called up for the 2009 European Championships as back-up.

Death[edit]

On 14 April 2012, while representing Livorno, Morosini suffered cardiac arrest and fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the Serie B match against Pescara.[8] He stumbled on the ground, trying to get up, before losing consciousness and receiving medical attention on the field.[9] A defibrillator was used on Morosini, who was conscious when he was taken on the stretcher.[10] According to the news agency ANSA, a city police car was blocking the stadium's exit for the ambulance for nearly a minute, but a heart specialist said that the delay made no difference.[11] After Morosini was taken to the hospital, the match was abandoned with Livorno leading 2–0, and some players reportedly "left the field in tears".[12][13]

Morosini was rushed to the Santo Spirito hospital, but reports later indicated he died before reaching the hospital.[14][15] Italian media reports were alerted of Morosini's death after an "explosion of shouts and tears" by his teammates who had gone to the hospital.[16] All of the Italian football league matches for the weekend were suspended.[17] Livorno then decided they would retire the number 25, the number he wore whilst a Livorno player.[18]

Morosini's death came 4 weeks after Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest in an English FA Cup match, after which awareness of heart risk had been raised in Italian football.[15] Morosini's sister, who is disabled, was left with no family. However, both Udinese and striker Antonio Di Natale confirmed that she will be financially supported and looked after by them.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sito Ufficiale dell' A. S. Livorno Calcio" [Official website of A. S. Livorno Calcio] (in Italian). A.S. Livorno Calcio. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Piermario Morosini (5/7/1986 – 14/4/2012)". Forza Italian Football. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  3. ^ http://forzaitalianfootball.com/2012/04/piermario-morosini-571986-1442012/
  4. ^ Vicenza Calcio SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2009 (Italian), CCIAA
  5. ^ "Calciomercato". Calcio Padova (in Italian). 23 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Morosini sold to Livorno". Udinese Calcio. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nuovo acquisto: Il centrocampista Morosini al Livorno" (in Italian). AS Livorno Calcio. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Morosini dies on pitch". ESPN. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Piermario Morosini Dead: Livorno Player Dies After Cardiac Arrest At Series B Match In Italy". The Huffington Post. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Livorno's Piermario Morosini dies after cardiac arrest during Serie B match in Pescara, Italy". The Washington Post. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Heart attack on pitch kills Italian player". Al Jazeera. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Livorno midfielder Morosini dies during Serie B game after collapsing on the pitch". Daily Mail (London). 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Morosini dies from heart attack". Fox News. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tragedia in campo a Pescara Morosini muore per arresto cardiaco". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Italy footballer Morosini dies after collapse on pitch". BBC News. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Serie B player Piermario Morosini dies after collapsing during game". National Post. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Serie B midfielder Piermario Morosini dies after collapsing during game". The Guardian (London). 14 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Italian club Livorno to retire Piermario Morosini's number 25 shirt". The Independent (London). 16 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale to look after disabled sister of Piermario Morosini following player's death". The Telegraph. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Piermario Morosini's club Udinese to care for his sister". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 

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