Marco Sau

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Marco Sau
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Sau playing for Juve Stabia
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-11-03) 3 November 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Sorgono, Sardinia, Italy
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 25
Youth career
1996–2005 Tonara ASD
2005–2007 Cagliari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– Cagliari 168 (44)
2007–2008 Manfredonia (loan) 31 (10)
2008–2009 AlbinoLeffe (loan) 18 (0)
2009–2010 Lecco (loan) 30 (4)
2010–2011 Foggia (loan) 33 (20)
2011–2012 Juve Stabia (loan) 36 (21)
National team
2013 Italy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 February 2018

Marco Sau (born 3 November 1987) is an Italian football player who currently plays as a striker for Italian club Cagliari in Serie A.

Early life[edit]

Sau has been nicknamed Pattolino (Duckling) since childhood. His idol growing up was the striker Gianfranco Zola, also from his native Province of Nuoro in Sardinia.[1]

For three months in 2000, while visiting an uncle in Scotland, he trained at Gourock, the home of The Gourock Youth Athletic Club

Club career[edit]


Sau turned professional at Cagliari in 2007. On 25 June 2008 he was signed by AlbinoLeffe.[2] On 15 July 2009, he was loaned to Lecco.[3]


In August 2010 Sau was acquired by Foggia of Lega Pro Prima Divisione by head coach Zdenek Zeman in co-ownership deals, for a peppercorn of €500,[4] scoring 20 league goals that season. In June 2011 Foggia acquired Sau and Salvatore Burrai outright for a total of €207,000 by a closed tender mediated by Lega Serie A.[4][5] However they were returned to Cagliari on 31 August 2011 for the same total price (Burrai for free and Sau for €207,000).[6][7] Foggia later brought the transfer to court to claim the transfer documents were falsified.[8]

Return to Cagliari[edit]

Sau was re-acquired by Cagliari on 31 August 2011 in a two-year contract.[7] He played at S.S. Juve Stabia in 2011–12 Serie B season,[9] scoring 21. This form allowed him into the Cagliari first team for 2012–13.[10]

Sau scored both of Cagliari's goals in a 2–2 draw against Inter on 18 November 2012.[10]

On 29 August 2014, Sau renewed his contract with Cagliari again.[11]

International career[edit]

Sau made his international debut on 31 May 2013, coming on as a 49th-minute substitute against San Marino in a friendly 4–0 win at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in Bologna.[12]





  1. ^ Sergio Cadeddu. "Sau innamorato: "Che bello giocare per il Cagliari, per la Sardegna"" (in Italian). Cagliari News 24. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Sau all'AlbinoLeffe" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "E' rientrato Larrivey" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Cagliari Calcio SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  5. ^ ""Buste": Burrai e Sau al Foggia" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sau e Burrai tornano al Cagliari" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Cagliari Calcio SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  8. ^ "Cagliari in Tribunale: il Foggia contesta il contratto di Sau" (in Italian). fantagazzetta. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sau alla Juve Stabia" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Fleming, Scott (20 December 2012). "Born in Sardinia, made in Gourock". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sau ha rinnovato fino al 2017". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 29 August 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Marco Sau - national football team player". Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
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