Simone Barone

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Simone Barone
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Personal information
Date of birth (1978-04-30) 30 April 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Nocera Inferiore, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Youth career
1995–1997 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Parma 2 (0)
1999 Padova (loan) 28 (5)
1999–2000 Alzano Virescit (loan) 28 (1)
2000–2002 Chievo 47 (4)
2002–2004 Parma 62 (4)
2004–2006 Palermo 71 (5)
2006–2009 Torino 82 (2)
2009–2010 Cagliari 16 (0)
2011–2012 Livorno 20 (2)
Total 356 (23)
National team
2004–2006 Italy 16 (1)
Teams managed
2016– Delhi Dynamos (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Simone Barone, Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (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.

Club career[edit]

Barone started his career making his first team debut on 4 May 1997 for Parma, against Atalanta. He then played for Padova of Serie C1 in 1998, Alzano Virescit of Serie B in 1999.

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 16 July 2004, he transferred to Palermo for €5M. He signed a 4-year contract.[3] He was the regular of the team, and the team qualified for 2006–07 UEFA Cup (after the Calciopoli trials).

On 5 August 2006, Simone moved to Serie A newcomer Torino[4][5] 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.

On 6 August 2009 he was signed by Serie A side Cagliari.[6] He was mainly used as a substitute, however, only playing 5 times as a starter, as a right midfielder on each occasion.

International career[edit]

Barone debuted for the Italy national football team on 18 February 2004, in a 2–2 friendly tie against Czech Republic in Palermo. Stefano Bettarini and Sergio Volpi also received their first call-up[7] and made their debut under manager Giovanni Trapattoni during the match.[8] He was part of Italy's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, under Marcello Lippi,[9] appearing two times as a substitute as Italy went on to win the tournament.[10] 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.[11] He later also appeared in Italy's 3–0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals of the tournament.[12] In total, Barone made 16 appearances for Italy between 2004 and 2006,[13] 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.[14]

Style of play[edit]

A versatile, energetic, and hard-working player, Barone was primarily deployed as a central or right sided midfielder, although he was capable of playing in any midfield position, and was also deployed as a defensive midfielder, due to his stamina, tactical intelligence, and ability to break down opposition plays.[15][16][17]

Managerial career[edit]

In late June 2016, Barone was appointed assistant manager for Indian Super League club Delhi Dynamos, under his former international teammate Gianluca Zambrotta.[18]





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CONI: Golden Collar of Sports Merit: Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo: (2006)[20]
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4th Class / Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: (2006)[21]


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  3. ^ "SIMONE BARONE E' DEL PALERMO". US Città di Palermo (in Italian). 16 July 2004. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Archived 7 August 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Barone ceduto al Torino". US Città di Palermo (in Italian). 5 August 2006. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Saluto i miei nuovi tifosi". Cagliari Calcio (in Italian). 6 August 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Barone braced for Italy chance". 15 February 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Italia, solo un pareggio ma un buon primo tempo" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lippi ha fiducia, nonostante tutto Convocato Buffon: "E' sereno"" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 15 May 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Maurizio Crosetti (9 July 2006). "L' Italia campione del mondo 2006 Repubblica lo racconto così". (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Nicola Apicella (22 June 2006). "Rep. Ceca-Italia 0-2". (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  12. ^ De Stefano, Gaetano (30 June 2006). "E adesso la Germania". (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Barone, Simone" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Italia-Russia: 2-0". (in Italian). 9 February 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "2006: Italia - Capitolo IX: Le Pagelle dei Campioni del Mondo" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  16. ^ Giovanni Nole (5 September 2012). "Non dimenticatevi di noi: le storie di Gianluca Zambrotta e Simone Barone!" (in Italian). Sport Cafe Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Cuore e polmoni" (in Italian). Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Zambrotta trova una panchina in India: vola a Delhi, il vice è Barone" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "S. Barone". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "Coni: Consegna dei Collari d’Oro e dei Diplomi d’Onore. Premia il Presidente del Consiglio Romano Prodi. Diretta Tv su Rai 2". (in Italian). Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  21. ^ "Barone Sig. Simone: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana". (in Italian). 12 December 2006. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 

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