|Date of birth||30 April 1978|
|Place of birth||Nocera Inferiore, Italy|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|1999||→ Padova (loan)||28||(5)|
|1999–2000||→ Alzano Virescit (loan)||28||(1)|
|2016–||Delhi Dynamos (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Simone Barone, Ufficiale OMRI (born 30 April 1978) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a midfielder. He currently works as an assistant manager for Indian Super League club Delhi Dynamos. He played for several Italian clubs throughout his career, before coming to prominence with Palermo. At international level, he was part of the Italian side that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and represented the national side on 16 occasions between 2004 and 2006, scoring once.
In summer 2000, he joined Chievo in a co-ownership deal, where he played for 2 seasons. He was loaned back to Parma in 2002–03 season, then bought back permanently in 2003, with Amauri moved to Chievo.
On 5 August 2006, Simone moved to Serie A newcomer Torino after the club signed Mark Bresciano and Fábio Simplício from Parma. He played 3 seasons for the Serie A struggler and left the club after relegated in 2009.
Barone debuted for the Italy national football team on 18 February 2004, in a 2–2 tie against Czech Republic. Stefano Bettarini and Sergio Volpi also received their first call-up and made their debut under Giovanni Trapattoni. He was part of Italy's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, under Marcello Lippi, appearing two times as a substitute as Italy went on to win the tournament. In Italy's final group match of the competition, a 2–0 win against the Czech Republic on 22 June, Barone helped to win back possession in midfield before laying the ball off to Simone Perrotta, who subsequently set up Filippo Inzaghi with a one on one opportunity with a throughball after the striker had managed to beat the offiside trap; Inzaghi went on to score after rounding Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech, while Barone also followed Inzaghi's run to provide him with an additional attacking option across goal. In total, Barone made 16 appearances for Italy between 2004 and 2006, scoring his only international goal on 9 February 2005, in a 2–0 friendly home win over Russia, in Cagliari, at the stadio Sant'Elia.
Style of play
A versatile, energetic, and hard-working player, Barone was primarily deployed as a central or right sided midfielder, he was capable of playing in any midfield position, and was also deployed as a defensive midfielder, due to his stamina and ability to break down opposition plays.
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