Sergio Floccari

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Sergio Floccari
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Personal information
Full name Sergio Floccari
Date of birth (1981-11-12) 12 November 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Vibo Valentia, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sassuolo
Number 99
Youth career
Nicotera
Catanzaro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Avezzano
1998–2000 Montebelluna 3 (0)
2000–2002 Mestre 4 (0)
2001–2002 → Faenza (loan) 33 (10)
2002–2003 Genoa 9 (1)
2003–2006 Rimini 89 (21)
2006–2007 Messina 45 (5)
2007–2009 Atalanta 67 (20)
2009–2010 Genoa 11 (4)
2010 Lazio (loan) 17 (8)
2010–2014 Lazio 66 (13)
2011–2012 Parma (loan) 28 (8)
2014– Sassuolo 15 (1)
National team
2010 Italy 0 (0)
2012– San Marino 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 February 2014. † Appearances (Goals).

Sergio Floccari (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsɛrdʒo ˈflɔkkari]; born 12 November 1981) is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Sassuolo. He holds Sammarinese nationality, thanks to the marriage to Sammarinese woman Maria Elisa Canti in 2012.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Floccari began playing football as a junior with the local side of his town, Nicotera, before moving into the youth system of Catanzaro. He began senior career with Avezzano and Promozione team Montebelluna before moving up to Serie C2 with Mestre and Faenza. It was at Faenza, under coach Carlo Regno, assistant to 2009–10 Lazio coach Davide Ballardini, that Floccari first bloomed, scoring many goals.

Rise[edit]

Following his successful period at Faenza, he joined Genoa in 2002, but did not establish himself as a regular, playing just nine league games and scoring one goal in his first season of Serie B.

Floccari took a step back into Serie C2, joining Rimini in co-ownership deal where he played and scored regularly. His goals contributed to successful promotions as Rimini went from playing in C2 to Serie B during his time there. The club also bought him outright in June 2003.

In January 2006, Floccari's form was rewarded when Serie A strugglers Messina signed him (jointly-signed with Atalanta from Rimini) as they looked to avoid relegation. Floccari scored three times as Messina survived thanks to the Calciopoli scandal. Two of those goals came in a 2–2 draw with Juventus. In June 2003, Messina bought the remain rights from Atalanta. In his first full season of Serie A in 2006–07, Floccari scored only twice as Messina finished last.

Atalanta[edit]

The Calabrese striker did not return to Serie B with his Messina teammates though. Atalanta signed him for a fee of reported 1.6 million euro plus defender Mariano Stendardo.[2]

At Atalanta, Floccari battled for a starting place with the likes of Simone Inzaghi, Antonio Langella and Riccardo Zampagna. Floccari scored his first goal against league champions Inter and after Zampagna's bust-up with coach Luigi Delneri (which resulted in the striker's departure to Vicenza Calcio), Floccari's first-team opportunities increased, and he closed out the 2007–08 season with eight league goals.

In 2008–09, Floccari improved yet again, scoring twelve league goals as Atalanta comfortably finished in mid table.

Return to Genoa[edit]

On 1 July 2009, Floccari returned to Genoa, the club he left in 2003 for €9.1 million.[3][4][5] He scored on debut in a 4–1 win over Napoli and scored his first goal in the Europa League against Valencia. Yet on 4 January 2010, despite having scored four league goals, Floccari was struggling to find space in the Genoa attack with coach Gian Piero Gasperini preferring the likes of Giuseppe Sculli and Raffaele Palladino. That transfer windows also saw a three-men three-way swap formed, which Floccari moved to Lazio to replace Goran Pandev who left for Inter on free transfer, and Genoa got David Suazo from Inter. The three strikers all had an unsuccessful days in the first half of the season.

Lazio[edit]

As a result, Floccari sealed a loan move to struggling Lazio, for €500,000.[6][7] He made his debut after just one training session and scored twice in a 4–1 win over Livorno. Following that, Floccari made a surprising impact on the team, and was one of the key players in guiding the club to 12th in the league, well clear of the relegation zone. He missed a vital penalty in the defeat against Roma in the vital derby, but made up for it by scoring the winner against former club Genoa seven days later, a result that all but granted Lazio's Serie A status for 2010–11. At the end of season Lazio bought him for €8.5 million in 4-year contract.[6][8]

Parma[edit]

On 31 August 2011 Floccari was loaned to Parma F.C. for €1.5 million.[9][10]

Return to Lazio[edit]

Sassuolo[edit]

on 30 January 2014 Floccari was sold to fellow Serie A club Sassuolo for €2 million.[11][12]

International career[edit]

In October 2010, the Calabrian attacker receives the first call in the new national coach Cesare Prandelli for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Serbia, as a replacement for the injured Alberto Gilardino.

From May 2012 with his marriage to Maria Elisa Songs Miss San Marino 2001 he received the citizenship of San Marino and became eligible for the San Marino national football team.

Statistics[edit]

As of 31 January 2014.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1998–99 Montebelluna Promozione 3 0 ? ? 3 0
1999–2000 Mestre Serie C2 0 0 ? ? 0 0
2000–01 4 0 ? ? 4 0
2001–02 Faenza (loan) 33 10 ? ? 33 10
2002–03 Genoa Serie B 9 1 2 0 11 1
2002–03 Rimini Serie C2 13 2 14 21
2003–04 Serie C1 24 10 ? ? 24 102
2004–05 31 7 3 0 34 7
2005–06[13] Serie B 18 2 2 0 20 2
2005–06 Messina Serie A 18 3 18 3
2006–07[14] 27 2 4 0 31 2
2007–08[15] Atalanta 34 8 1 0 35 8
2008–09 33 12 1 0 34 12
2009–10[16] Genoa 11 4 0 0 4 1 15 5
Lazio (loan) 17 8 1 1 18 9
2010–11 Lazio 30 8 1 0 31 8
2011–12 Parma 28 8 0 0 0 0 28 8
2012–13 Lazio 22 5 4 1 10 4 36 10
2013–14 14 0 1 0 6 4 21 4
Career total 369 90 20 23 20 9 410 1114
1 1 match in 2002–03 playoffs
2 2 matches in 2003–04 playoffs
3 Not included match in Coppa Italia Lega Pro and regional cups
4 Note 1, 2 and 3


Honours[edit]

Lazio

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sslazio.it/i-tesserati/i-tesserati-20102011/sergio-floccari.html
  2. ^ "Del Neri sorride: Floccari all'Atalanta" (require login) (in Italian). Gazzetta.it. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Genoa agree deal with Inter". Sky Sports. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "MERCATO: I BOTTI DEL PRIMO GIORNO" (in Italian). genoacfc.it. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Genoa CFC 2009 annual report (in Italian). C.C.I.A.A. & registroimprese.it. 28 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2010 (Italian)
  7. ^ "Comunicato" (in Italian). sslazio.it. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Bilancio separato e consolidato al 30.06.2010" [2009–10 Annual Report]. SS Lazio (in Italian). 28 October 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "COMUNICATO" (in Italian). SS Lazio. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  11. ^ "COMUNICATO" (in Italian). SS Lazio. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Com._stampa appr. prog. bilancio_30-06-14" (in Italian). SS Lazio. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/statistiche/2006/giocatori/floccari_ser.shtml
  14. ^ http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/serie_a_2007/giocatori/floccari_ser.shtml
  15. ^ http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/statistiche/2008_nw/giocatori/59890.shtml
  16. ^ http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/risultati_classifiche/2010/calcio/seriea/giocatori/giocatore_sergio_floccari_272659685.shtml

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