Parolo playing for Lazio
|Full name||Marco Parolo|
|Date of birth||25 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Gallarate, Italy|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1996–1998||A.S.C.D. Torino Club|
|1998–2001||G.S. Soccer Boys|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:40, 11 June 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018
Marco Parolo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko paˈrɔːlo]; born 25 January 1985) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Serie A club Lazio and the Italian national team.
Throughout his club career, Parolo has played for Como, Pistoiese, Foligno, Verona, Cesena, and Parma, before moving to Lazio in 2014. At international level, he has represented Italy at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and at UEFA Euro 2016.
Parolo played for A.S.C.D. Torino Club of Gallarate from 1996 to 1998 and G.S. Soccer Boys of Turbigo from 1998 to 2001, which the clubs received €18,000 (reduced from €36,000 by appeal) and €53,484.54 (increased from €50,902.26 by appeal) respectively from Cesena after Parolo made his Serie A debut in 2010, a solidarity contribution system to youth and amateur clubs. Parolo finished as the losing quarter-finalists in 2003 Primavera Reserve League for Calcio Como. He made 2 appearances in the playoffs round, as the substitutes of Greco and Caremi respectively. In 2004 Como reserve was eliminated by Inter reserve in the round of 16 of the playoffs round, in 0–6 aggregate. Parolo was in the starting XI in the two matches.
Parolo made his professional debut at Como as a front-lying midfielder in a 4–4–1–1 formation on 19 September 2004, which he scored an own goal. Despite the own goal, La Gazzetta dello Sport gave a score of 6.5/10 to his debut, the 3rd highest score among his teammate. He remained with the club in the whole 2004–05 Serie C1 despite they were declared bankrupt in December 2004. Parolo was in the starting XI in Como's relegation "play-out", which the playoffs matches Como losing to Novara in 1–2 aggregate. Como folded at the end season as a takeover bid was denied.
On 30 August 2005, Parolo was signed by Chievo but was immediately sent to Serie C1 club Pistoiese in a co-ownership deal, worth €10,000. Parolo made 52 league appearances in 2 seasons, including 38 starts.
In June 2007, Chievo bought back Parolo for around €15,000. In August 2007, Parolo was sent to another Serie C1 club Foligno for a peppercorn of €500. Parolo made 25 starts and 4 substitutes for Foligno in 2007–08 Serie C1. Parolo also played twice in promotion playoffs, losing to Cittadella in the first round.
On 4 July 2008, Parolo returned to Chievo again for €50,000. He was immediately sold to "city rivals" Verona in another co-ownership deal for a fee of €250, along with Leonardo Moracci (co-ownership for €250) and Domenico Girardi (loan). In June 2009, Parolo and Moracci returned to Chievo for a peppercorn.
He joined Cesena on 10 July 2009 on a temporary deal, where he would rejoin former Foligno head coach Pierpaolo Bisoli, whom Parolo had previously played under during his short spell with Foligno. The club finished as the runner-up of 2009–10 Serie B season, winning promotion to Serie A for the 2010–11 Serie A season. In June 2010, Cesena exercised the rights to sign the player in a co-ownership deal, for a fee of €300,000, and Parolo signed a contract until 2013.
Parolo made his Serie A debut on 28 August 2010, in a goalless draw with A.S. Roma.
On 7 July 2012, Serie A club Parma signed Parolo on a loan, for €1 million. As part of the arrangement, they had the option to buy the player the following summer. Moreover, Gonçalo Brandão moved to Cesena as part of the temporary deal, with Parma subsidising €1.8 million to Cesena for Brandão's wage. The loan of Brandão was also followed by Rossi, which Parma also subsidized Cesena for €1.2 million. Parolo made 36 appearances in 2012–13 Serie A, only missing two matches due to suspension. He was handed the no.16 shirt by the club in 2012.
On 1 July 2013, Parma exercised the rights to sign Parolo from Cesena for €1 million, but part of a mega cashless player swap.[nb 1] In the 2013–14 Serie A season Parma finished 6th, which earned them a place in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. However, Parma were not granted a UEFA licence by FIGC and the application was declined due to overdue tax. Thus the place went to 7th placed Torino, which hold a UEFA licence. Parolo made 36 appearances for them during 2013–14 Serie A season, again missing twice due to suspension.
On 19 October 2017, S.S. Lazio announced that its midfielder, Marco Parolo, had signed a new deal until June 2020. On 5 February 2017, Parolo scored four goals in a 6–2 away victory over Pescara. Marco Parolo has become a fundamental part of Lazio starting XI usually playing full matches and resting very little due to his high level of importance. He plays in a holding midfield type of role where he often scores with frequent runs through the opposition's defense. On the 8th of November 2018 Parolo scored the opening goal of Lazio's fourth group stage game of Europa League helping his team to qualify for the knockout stage with two games to spare.
He received his first national team call-up on 20 March 2011, for a friendly match and UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying. The technical director of Cesena, Lorenzo Minotti, hinted Parolo would receive a call-up on 15 March in an interview by il Resto del Carlino. He was subsequently selected by Cesare Prandelli as part of his 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and made his debut in the competition playing as a substitute in the first game against England.
Style of play
An offensive-minded player, Parolo is known for his tendency to make attacking runs from midfield, and also possesses a keen eye for goal due to his powerful, accurate shooting ability from distance, with either foot, and his strength in the air. A physical, reliable, and hard-working central, defensive, or box-to-box midfielder, he is also known for his stamina, positional sense, and ability to break down opposing attacks, as well as his solid technique and distribution, while his efficient and intelligent passing game allows him to start attacking plays after winning back possession.
- As of match played 26 May 2019
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||Europe||Other 1||Total|
|Verona||2008–09||Lega Pro Prima||32||4||0||0||—||—||32||4|
- 1.^ Includes UEFA Champions League Qualification and Italian Super Cup.
- Statistics accurate as of matches played on 27 March 2018.
|Italian national team|
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