|Full name||Michael Ferrante|
|Date of birth||28 April 1981|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Australia|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|1998–2001||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 September 2008
He attended St. Joseph's College Melbourne from years 1992–1997 being a star week in week out for his school side. He came through the ranks at the Australian Institute of Sport and from there he moved on to the youth team at West Ham United. He captained the team in one of the games of the 9–0 aggregate FA Youth Cup Final triumph over Coventry in 1999. The team included Joe Cole, Michael Carrick who went on to become established Premiership and England players plus fellow Australian and current Australian international Richard Garcia.
He had a spell in Italy with Comprensorio Stabia and Serie C side Benevento Calcio before returning to Australia to join Fawkner Blues in 2004. He joined Melbourne's inaugural A-League squad for season 2005–06 and featured in all of Melbourne Victory league games. Following the signings of Fred and Grant Brebner he was frozen out of the squad for the second season and struggled to make appearances. He made 21 appearances for Melbourne in 2005–06, scoring one goal, and five appearances in 2006–07.
After Victory released him from his contract by mutual consent in February 2007, new A-League team Wellington Phoenix signed Ferrante on a two-year deal for the start of the A-League 2007-08 season.
In 2010, he returned home to Melbourne, signing for local club Richmond Eagles mid-season. On 12 July 2012 he announced that a major back injury would prevent him participating in the VPL for the remainder of the 2012. By mutual consent his contract was terminated and Richmond released him to sign with Pascoe Vale who sit top of League State 1 and who are managed by his brother Vitale.
A-League career statistics
- Correct as of 24 February 2010
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- "The class of '99". TheFA.com. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2007.[dead link]
- "Wellington Snap Up Four More". Australian FourFourTwo. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Phoenix announce first signings". Queensland Football Website. 1 May 2007. Archived from the original on 15 May 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007.