Francesco Zizzari

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Francesco Zizzari
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-05-31) 31 May 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth La Spezia, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sporting Recco[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Baracca Lugo 30 (4)
2001–2002 Brindisi 28 (4)
2002–2007 Spezia 12 (2)
2003 Pordenone (loan) 0 (0)
2004–2005 Pavia (loan) 32 (10)
2005–2006 Pistoiese (loan) 26 (4)
2006–2007 Grosseto (loan) 32 (7)
2007–2008 Lucchese 12 (1)
2008 Spezia 19 (2)
2008–2009 Ravenna 27 (15)
2009–2010 Pescara 21 (3)
2010–2012 Reggina 20 (1)
2011–2012 Siracusa (loan) 25 (2)
2013 Bassano 10 (1)
2013–2014 Foggia 11 (1)
2014–2015 Gavorrano 37 (16)
2015–2016 Sestri Levante
2016 Ponsacco
2016– Sporting Recco
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francesco Zizzari (born 31 May 1982) is an Italian footballer who plays for Sporting Recco.


Early career[edit]

Born in La Spezia, Liguria[2] (some reported in Foggia, Apulia,[3] ) Zizzari started his career in Serie D teams in Lugo, Emilia-Romagna and Brindisi, Apulia. He won the champion of Group H in 2001–02 Serie D. Zizzari then signed by Spezia. he made his league debut for Spezia in 2003–04 Serie C1. Zizzari then spent 3 seasons out on loan in various Serie C1 teams. He made a breakthrough with A.C. Pavia in 2004–05 Serie C1, reaching the finals of promotion playoff. Pavia lost to Mantova in aggregate, 1–6.[4][5] In August 2007 he was signed by Lucchese.[6] In January 2008, Zizzari returned to La Spezia.[7] In his median Serie B season, he scored twice.[8] The club relegated and bankrupted after the season, thus Zizzari became a free agent.


Zizzari was signed by Ravenna on 7 August 2008. He scored 15 goals in 2008–09 season, the first season since the third tier renamed to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. While his partner, Davis Curiale and Luca Gerbino Polo scored nearly 1 goal per game with 8 goals in half season and 5 goals respectively. Zizzari also scored two goals in the promotion playoff against Padova, losing 2–3 in the first round/semi-finals. However Ravenna decided to sell Zizzari to raise fund in transfer market.


Zizzari was signed by fellow third tier club Pescara in a co-ownership deal for €300,000.[9][10] Zizzari re-joined former Grosseto team-mate Marco Sansovini and former coach Antonello Cuccureddu. However Sansovini secured a place in starting line-up but Zizzari only able to play 11 starts, a reverse compared to 2006–07 season. However Zizzari had a better goal scoring record of 3 goals, 1 goal lesser than Sansovini. That season Massimo Ganci was the team goalscorer of 8 goals. He made substitute appearances in the promotion playoffs. He scored once for the playoff winner. In June 2010 Pescara bought the remain 50% registration rights from Ravenna by submitting a higher bid (just €500[9]) than Ravenna to Lega Pro, a mechanism to decide the ownership when both clubs failed to form an agreement. However Zizzari did not included in the Serie B plan of Pescara.


Zizzari was signed by fellow Serie B club Reggina in another co-ownership deal on 16 July 2010, for €400,000,[11] rejoining Ravenna coach Gianluca Atzori. On the same day Emmanuel Cascione also moved from Reggina to Pescara in a co-ownership deal for €440,000.[11][12][13] In his median season for Reggina, Zizzari made 20 league appearances but only started half of them. Atzori preferred Emiliano Bonazzoli and Alessio Campagnacci as starting forward. Zizzari scored his only goal near the end of season (round 39) against Varese, a 1–1 draw.[14] Both Varese and Reggina entered the promotion playoff. (along with Padova and Novara) Reggina was paired with Novara and losing to Novara by lower seeding. Eventually Novara won the playoff. Zizzari only played the first leg as the substitute of Bonazzoli.[15] After the arrival of Roberto Breda on 23 June 2011 as new coach, Zizzari also ruled out from 2011–12 Serie B plan of Reggina. Pescara also gave up the remain 50% registration rights of Zizzari to Reggina on 24 June, the deadline of co-ownership market.[16] In the same window, Pescara acquired Cascione for an additional €100,000.[11]

On 23 July 2011 he was signed by third tier club Siracusa in a 1-year loan.[17] Coached by Andrea Sottil, Siracusa was the first in the winter break. However Zizzari did not found his form and the coach preferred Mohamed Fofana (who never partnered Zizzari in the formation) and Adriano Montalto as starting forwards (or as the only starting centre forward). Zizzari only made 5 starts, either as a centre forward in 4–2–3–1 formation (two times)[18][19] or one of the two forwards in 4–3–1–2/4–4–2 formation at the very first of 2011–12 season (two times plus against Prato on 27 November when playmaker Mancosu rested).[20]

Lega Pro clubs[edit]

On 31 January 2013 Zizzari was signed by Bassano of Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as a free agent.[21] He made 7 substitute appearances for the Veneto club in 2012–13 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. On 3 September 2013 he was signed by Foggia Calcio in a 1-year contract.[22] The club was admitted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione from Serie D on 5 August 2013 to fill the vacancies,[23] however, the southern Italian club must finished 8th or above in 2013–14 season in order to avoid relegation back to Serie D due to the merger of Prima Divsione and Seconda Divisione of Lega Pro. On 31 January 2014 Zizzari was released by Foggia.[24] He was signed by fellow fourth tier club Gavorrano.[25]

Serie D[edit]

Zizzari followed Gavorrano to play in 2014–15 Serie D. In July 2015 he was signed by Sestri Levante.[26] In 2016, he was signed by Ponsacco.



  1. ^ Lo Sporting Recco punta su un ex attaccante della Reggina‚, 1 December 2016
  2. ^ Pescara Profile (in Italian)
  3. ^ "Francesco Zizzari" (in Italian). US Siracusa. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Playoff di C1, il Napoli non passa San Paolo pieno ma è 0-0 con l'Avellino". la Repubblica (in Italian). 12 June 2005. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
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  7. ^ "no title (2007–08 winter transfer window)". Lega Calcio (in Italian). 3 February 2008. Archived from the original on 3 February 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
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  9. ^ a b Delfino Pescara 1936 Srl bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2010, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (in Italian)
  10. ^ "Mercato" (in Italian). Delfino Pescara 1936. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c Delfino Pescara 1936 Srl bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (in Italian)
  12. ^ "Colpo Cascione. Parte Zizzari". Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). 16 July 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Trattative concluse". Reggina Calcio (in Italian). 17 July 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
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  16. ^ "Speciale Calciomercato: esiti compartecipazioni". Delfino Pescara 1936 (in Italian). 24 June 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "FRANCESCO ZIZZARI E' UN CALCIATORE DEL SIRACUSA". US Siracusa (in Italian). 23 July 2011. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
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  19. ^ Match Report: Siracusa Frosinone Accessed on 29 March 2014
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  21. ^ "CAMPAGNA TRASFERIMENTI -MILANO-GENNAIO 2013" (PDF) (in Italian). Lega Pro. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Zizzari firma con il Foggia" (in Italian). Foggia Calcio. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  23. ^ Il Consiglio Federale (5 August 2013). "Comunicato Ufficiale N°44/A (2013–14)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Rescissione con Zizzari" (in Italian). Foggia Calcio. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "NUOVI ACQUISTI" (PDF) (in Italian). US Gavorrano. February 2014 [circa]. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Sestri Levante, e' fatta per l'attaccante Zizzari". Città della Spezia (in Italian). 27 July 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 

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