Vincenzo Sarno

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Vincenzo Sarno
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-03-11) 11 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Reggina
Number 7
Youth career
1999 Torino
1999–2002 Gaetano Scirea Secondigliano
2002–2005 Roma
2005 Sangiovannese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Sangiovannese 23 (1)
2007 Giulianova (loan) 14 (0)
2008 Brescia 2 (0)
2008–2009 Potenza 22 (1)
2009–2011 Pro Patria 40 (7)
2011– Reggina 9 (0)
2012 Lanciano (loan) 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:37, 16 September 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:37, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

Vincenzo Sarno (born 11 March 1988) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as an striker or attacking midfielder for Serie B club Reggina.


Born in the Secondigliano neighbourhood of Naples,[2] Sarno became nationally famous at age 11 after he was signed by Torino for a record sum of 120 million lira, gaining him also massive TV coverage and a nickname of "little Maradona" due to his short stature coupled with a very impressive technique.[2][3] His experience with Torino however lasted only a very few months, and Sarno returned to play for his old club until October 2002, when he was scouted and signed by Roma, and then included in the Giovanissimi Nazionali youth squad.[2]

In October 2005 he joined Serie C1 club Sangiovannese, following Roma's decision to release him for free;[4] he made his professional debut two months later, playing the final minutes of a league game against Sassari Torres.[5] Sarno however failed to find a spot in the first team in the following 2006–07 season, and accepted a loan to another Serie C1 team, Giulianova, in February 2007.[6] However, despite his good appearances while at Giulianova, Sarno played only five games in the first period of the season while back at Sangiovannese, and left the club by mutual consent on December 2007[7] and accepted an offer from Serie B club Brescia exactly a month later.[8]

After two spare first team appearances with Brescia, he was released by the end of the season and joined Serie C1 club Potenza later in October 2008,[9] In July 2009, after a season with Potenza, he left the club in order to join Pro Patria in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione.[10] At Pro Patria, Sarno finally managed to become a key player despite the club's relegation to the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione league at the end of the season; after accepting to stay for one more season, he was released by Pro Patria on January 2011 after the club failed to pay his wages due to financial troubles.[11]

On January 2011 Sarno returned to Serie B, signing a contract with Reggina.[12] In his first season at Reggina, he played four games, and made also a single substitute appearance in the return leg of the promotion playoff against Novara.[13] He was loaned to Virtus Lanciano in January 2012, after failing to break through the first team at Reggina; at Lanciano he played 11 games with no goals, and then scored a fundamental goal in the second leg of the promotion playoffs against Siracusa, ended in a 3–2 aggregate win for his side. He then scored a second goal for Lanciano in the second leg of the playoff finals against Trapani, helping his side to ensure a historical first promotion ever to Serie B.

Sarno moved back at Reggina for the 2012–13 season, being re-included in the first team for the new season in the Serie B league.


  1. ^ "7 Vincenzo Sarno". Transfermarkt. 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "VINCENZO SARNO" (in Italian). Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "12-Year-Old Is on Verge of Signing Soccer Contract". The New York Times. 29 July 2000. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vincenzo Sarno passa alla Sangiovannese" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 21 October 2005. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Esordio tra i professionisti per Vincenzo Sarno" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "UFFICIALE: il gioiello Vincenzo Sarno al Giulianova" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "UFFICIALE: Bertolucci e Sarno, addio Sangiovannese" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "UFFICIALE: Sarno al Brescia" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "UFFICIALE: il Potenza acquista Sarno" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Perugia, salta Sarno: va alla Pro Patria" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Smobilitazione Pro: Sarno alla Reggina, Ripa a Benevento?" (in Italian). VareseNotizie. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "UFFICIALE: Reggina, arrivano De Rose e Sarno" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Vincenzo Sarno per Amaranto Life" (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 

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