Marco Branca

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Marco Branca
Personal information
Full name Marco Branca
Date of birth (1965-01-06) 6 January 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Grosseto, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1981–1982 Grosseto
1982–1984 Cagliari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Cagliari 52 (4)
1986–1987 Udinese 18 (2)
1987–1988 Sampdoria 9 (1)
1988–1990 Udinese 55 (13)
1990–1991 Sampdoria 20 (5)
1991–1992 Fiorentina 23 (5)
1992–1994 Udinese 58 (22)
1994–1995 Parma 25 (7)
1995–1996 Roma 7 (2)
1996–1998 Internazionale 52 (23)
1998–1999 Middlesbrough 12 (9)
1999–2000 FC Luzern 10 (2)
2000–2001 Monza 17 (7)
Total 348 (102)
National team
1996 Italy Olympic 3 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marco Branca (born 6 January 1965 in Grosseto) is an Italian former football striker who was, until February 2014, sporting director of Serie A club Internazionale.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Branca started his playing career with the then-amateur local team of his native city Grosseto, but was soon signed by Cagliari, where he made his professional debut. He then moved to Udinese, Sampdoria and then again to Udinese. Following another season with Sampdoria, he signed first for Fiorentina and then for Parma. In 1995, he transferred to A.S. Roma, who sold him in the 1996 winter transfer window to Internazionale in exchange for Marco Delvecchio.


In his first season with the Nerazzuri, Branca scored an impressive 17 goals in 24 matches, but did not repeat in his next campaign and was sold to English second-tier side Middlesbrough. Branca scored nine goals in 12 league games for Middlesbrough, including two on his league debut in a 3–1 victory against Sunderland, a hat-trick versus Bury and another two in the 6–0 win over Swindon Town. In addition, he played two League Cup games, scoring the second goal against Liverpool in the semi-final second leg.[1] His nine goals aided in Boro's promotion to the Premiership, but he was then sold to Swiss club FC Luzern.

Later career[edit]

Branca saw out his playing days with FC Luzern and Italian lower-league club Monza before retiring in 2001.

International career[edit]

Branca was a member of the Italy under-21 side that won the 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship; he also took part at the 1996 Summer Olympics that year.

Management career[edit]

From 2002 until February 2014,[2] Branca was part of Internazionale's management, working in their transfer network. He helped organise the transfers of Lúcio, Diego Milito, Thiago Motta, Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto'o.





Italy under-21


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