Rocco Sabato

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Rocco Sabato
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-04-19) 19 April 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Potenza, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 31
Youth career
Sport ad Avigliano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Pavia 28 (0)
2001–2002 Fiorenzuola 30 (1)
2002–2003 Cosenza 17 (0)
2003–2005 Cagliari 23 (0)
2005–2009 Catania 49 (1)
2006–2007 Cesena (loan) 32 (2)
2009 Empoli 15 (0)
2009–2011 Triestina 33 (0)
2011–2012 Sorrento 22 (1)
2012–2014 Pisa 43 (1)
2014–2016 Pavia 17 (0)
2016 Maceratese (loan) 14 (0)
2016–2017 Vibonese 19 (0)
2017– Maceratese 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2017 (UTC).

Rocco Sabato (born 19 April 1982) is an Italian football player who currently plays for Italian club Maceratese in the Italian Serie D. He plays as a defender, usually at left-back.

He is a set piece specialist and scored his first Serie A goal from a free-kick with Calcio Catania during the 2008–09 season.


A.C. Pavia[edit]

Sabato began his professional footballing career with A.C. Pavia, following his transfer from his youth club, Sport ad Avigliano in the summer of 2000.[citation needed] During the 2000–01 Serie D season, Sabato managed to make 28 full appearances in his first season. After just one season with the club, he was sold to U.S. Fiorenzuola 1922.

U.S. Fiorenzuola[edit]

The young defender then transferred to U.S. Fiorenzuola 1922, in 2001, and again managed to hold a place in the club's starting XI. He made 30 appearances in his first season, playing mostly as a left back, and even managed a goal, which was the first of his professional career. Following his impressive form in the lower divisions of Italian football, he was sold to Cosenza Calcio 1914 prior to the start of the 2002–03 Serie B season.

Cosenza Calcio 1914[edit]

He officially transferred to Cosenza in July 2002, and was set for his first season in the Italian Serie B. Following his debut, Sabato went on to make an additional 16 appearances, and his displays caught the eye of several Serie A clubs.[citation needed] He soon transferred to another Serie B side, Cagliari Calcio for an undisclosed fee. Cosenza was expelled from professional league on 31 July.[1]

Cagliari Calcio[edit]

After officially joining the Sardinian club in July 2003,[2] he became a key member of the team for much of the campaign and made 21 first team appearances in the league alone, and helped the team to Serie A promotion for the 2004–05 Serie A season. He did not appear much for the club, in his first Serie A season, and made his Serie A debut on 27 February 2005, as a starter against Atalanta B.C.. The match ended in a 3–3 draw. Following his debut, he played in just two more games for the entire season. Following an entire season in Serie A, that saw the left sided defender make just three appearances, he was sold to another island club, Calcio Catania, ahead of the 2005–06 Serie B season. With this transfer, his first Serie A experience was very short-lived.

Calcio Catania[edit]

Calcio Catania officially announced the co-ownership transfer on 7 July 2005,[3][4] and the player was imminently a part of the rossazzuri's season. He managed to make 23 league appearances, and helped to guide the team to a very impressive second-place finish in the league table, and hence to Serie A promotion. In June 2006 Catania signed Sabato outright from Cagliari for an undisclosed fee.[5]

Despite being a part of coach Pasquale Marino's plans during his first season in Sicily, the player was instantly loaned out prior to the new Serie A adventure. He was loaned back into the Italian Serie B, with A.C. Cesena, for the 2006–07 campaign, for a fee of €75,000.[6][7] It was a very successful[according to whom?] loan spell, however, as the player was a fixture in the team's starting line-up for much of the season, making 32 league appearances, and also netting a goal.

Upon his return to Catania, following the expiration of the loan deal, Sabato remained in Sicily for the 2007–08 Serie A season, under coach Silvio Baldini. Under Baldini, the player was used often, and made 19 appearances in the league, helping guide the team to salvation against relegation for the second consecutive season. Sabato again remained in Catania for the 2008–09 Serie A season, under another new coach, Walter Zenga. The left back was used just seven times, however in the first portion of the season, and did manage his first Serie A goal, from a free kick, but he was still released as a free agent during the winter transfer market.[8]

Empoli F.C.[edit]

On 30 January 2009, Sabato officially joined the second division club, and instantly earned a starting position with the club. In the latter portion of the 2008–09 Serie B season, alone, Sabato made an impressive 15 appearances. Despite a fairly good start[according to whom?] to his adventure with Empoli, the player was surprisingly sold to fellow Serie B club, Triestina, on 14 July 2009.

U.S. Triestina Calcio[edit]

With Triestina, the player signed a two-year contract,[citation needed] following his arrival in July 2009. In his first season with the Trieste based club, Sabato was a key figure in the team's starting line-up, and made 33 Serie B appearances during the 2009–10 season. Despite his efforts, the club failed to avoid relegation, as they lost the play-off match versus Padova, following an 18th-place finish in the league table.

Sorrento Calcio[edit]

On 31 January 2011 he was transferred to Sorrento and went on to make 22 appearances.[9]

Outside of football[edit]

On 5 January 2005, Cagliari retired former club legend Luigi Riva's number 11 jersey to honour him and his achievements with the club; as the last holder of the number 11 shirt, Rocco Sabato presented Riva with his jersey in the club's official ceremony.[10]




  1. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°38/A (2003–04)" (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "no title" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sabato firma per il Catania" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 7 July 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "=no title" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 7 July 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "=no title" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Calcio Catania S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2007, (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  7. ^ "Sabato al Cesena" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Risoluzione consensuale del contratto con Rocco Sabato" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  9. ^ CALCIO
  10. ^ "Riva, the Italian roar of thunder". Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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