Marco Paoloni

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Marco Paoloni
Personal information
Full name Marco Paoloni
Date of birth (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Civitavecchia, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
2003–2004 Teramo (loan)[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Roma 0 (0)
2004 Teramo (loan) 4 (0)
2004–2005 Teramo 17 (0)
2005–2006 Ternana 6 (0)
2006–2008 Ascoli 9 (0)
2006–2007 → Teramo (loan) 29 (0)
2008–2011 Cremonese 55 (0)
2011 Benevento 11 (0)
Total 125 (0)
National team
2002 Italy U18 4 (0)
2002–2003 Italy U19 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marco Paoloni (born 21 February 1984) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper; he is currently suspended since his involvement in 2011 Italian football scandal.

Club career[edit]

Born in Civitavecchia, the Province of Rome, Paoloni started his career at A.S. Roma.


But in summer 2003, he left Roma's Primavera[2] for Serie C1 side Teramo Calcio and played the last 4 matches of the 2003–04 season. In the next season, he was the first choice ahead Paolo Mancini until January.


Paoloni was signed by Serie B side Ternana in co-ownership deal from Teramo in 2005, where he played as Tommaso Berni's backup, along with Lorenzo Bucchi. In June 2006, Teramo won the auction to bought back Paoloni 50% registration rights.


Paoloni was re-sold to Ascoli from Teramo in another co-ownership deal and signed a 3-year contract on 31 August.[3] As part of the deal, Giovanni Amodeo also moved to Teramo in another co-ownership deal for undisclosed fee. Paoloni was loaned back to Teramo, where he remained as first choice.

That season Teramo finished 8th in Serie C1. In June 2007, Teramo gave up the remain rights to Ascoli and went bankrupt soon after. In 2007–08 season, he was the backup of Massimo Taibi. In August 2008, he mutually terminated his contract with Ascoli which would expire in June 2009,[4]


Since terminated his contract with Ascoli, Paoloni joined Udinese Calcio on free transfer, which sent him to Cremonese in another co-ownership deal. At Cremona, Paoloni was Giorgio Bianchi's backup in first half of the season, but since January he was the first choice goalkeeper.

In June 2010, Cremonese bought him outright.[5] In January 2011 he moved to Benevento in exchange for goalkeeper Gabriele Aldegani and forward Joelson.[6]

Italian football scandal[edit]

On 1 June 2011,[7] Paoloni was arrested following an investigation that showed he had poisoned his own team's water bottles in a failed attempt to throw a game against Paganese to settle outstanding gambling debts.[8] Further investigation showed he had also worked as an agent for match fixers in games he was not personally involved in[8] in Serie B and Lega Pro.[7] Italian FA (FIGC) subsequently issued him a 5-year ban; on 18 June 2012, the term was extended another 4 years.[9]

International career[edit]

Paoloni capped for Italy U19 team at 2003 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, ahead Andrea Ivaldi, which Italy won the tournament. He also call-up to 2003–04 Four Nations Tournament (between Switzerland, Germany and Austria) first match against Switzerland U20 team, behind Emanuele Bianchi as backup. In the next 5 matches of the tournament, he never received any call-up again, as the coach has tested Tommaso Berni (already played for U21 in 2002), Mario Cassano, Bianchi, Alfonso De Lucia, Francesco Scotti, Davide Capello and Paolo Comi in the U21 feeder team. Due to club performance, he never received U21 call-up.


  1. ^ "Offerta in opzione agli azionisti di massime N.182,000,000 azioni ordinarie A.S. Roma S.p.A." (PDF). AS Roma (in Italian). Borsa Italiana archive. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Homepage> Le Giovanili> Primavera". AS Roma (in Italian). Archived from the original on 7 February 2003. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Calciomercato" (in Italian). Ascoli Calcio 1898. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Rescissione per Paoloni" (in Italian). Ascoli Calcio 1898. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Paoloni rimane in grigiorosso". US Cremonese (in Italian). 25 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "UFFICIALE: Aldegani e Joelson alla Cremonese, Paoloni al Benevento". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 31 January 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Maxi-investigation on betting, match-fixing in Serie B and C". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 10 June 2011. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Buncombe, Andrew (29 March 2013). "Dan Tan: the man who fixed football". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°101/CDN (2011–12)" (PDF). Commissione Disciplinare Nazionale (in Italian). FIGC. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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