Massimo Maccarone
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Personal information
Date of birth 6 September 1979 (1979-09-06) (age 41)
Place of birth    Galliate, Flag of Italy Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Nationality Flag of Italy Italy
Youth clubs
1996–1998 Flag of Italy Milan
Senior clubs
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1998–2000
1998
1998–1999
1999
1999–2000
2000–2002
2002–2007
2004–2005
2005
2007–2010
2010–2011
2011–2014
2012–2014
2014–2017
2017–2018
Flag of Italy Milan
Flag of ItalyModena (loan)
Flag of ItalyPrato (loan)
Flag of ItalyVarese (loan)
Flag of Italy Prato
Flag of Italy Empoli
Flag of England Middlesbrough
Flag of ItalyParma (loan)
Flag of ItalySiena (loan)
Flag of Italy Siena
Flag of Italy Palermo
Flag of Italy Sampdoria
Flag of ItalyEmpoli (loan)
Flag of Italy Empoli
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National team
1995
1995–1996
1998–1999
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2002
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Massimo Maccarone (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmassimo makkaˈrone]; born 6 September 1979) is an Italian player who last played as a striker for Australian club Brisbane Roar. He is nicknamed Big Mac.

Club career

Early career

Maccarone started his career at A.C. Milan's youth system. In 1998, he went on loan to Modena, but did not make a single appearance. In 1999, he was transferred to Serie C2 team Prato (in a co-ownership deal), scoring 20 goals in 28 league matches, finishing the season as the top scorer in the 1999–2000 Serie C2 season. In 2000, he was bought back by Milan and transferred to Empoli F.C., helping the club get promoted to Serie A during the 2001–02 season. In the same period, he was one of the most outstanding players of the Italian U21 team which reached the semi-finals in the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. As a result, he was noticed by several teams.

Middlesbrough

Maccarone was signed by English Premier League team Middlesbrough on 9 July 2002 for £8.15 million (€12.7 million).

Maccarone was an unused substitute when Middlesbrough won the 2004 Football League Cup Final. Despite showing fine early form in his first few matches for Middlesbrough, the remainder of his spell at the club was a struggle to justify his price tag and during the first half of the 2004–05 season he was loaned out to Serie A club Parma, and in January 2005 to Siena.

Maccarone returned to Middlesbrough for the 2005–06 season, and despite not being a regular first-team player, endeared himself to the Middlesbrough fans, especially through his work-rate and attitude. The player's spell at Middlesbrough is remembered for two last minute winners in key UEFA Cup ties in 2006. He scored against Basel in the second leg of the quarter-finals, a tie in which Middlesbrough overturned a three-goal deficit to win 4–3 on aggregate. In the semi-final of the same competition he came on as a substitute and scored twice in the aggregate 4–3 win over Steaua Bucharest, once again in the 90th minute, taking Boro to the final in Eindhoven, in which he came on as a substitute. Following his exploits in the semi-final, fellow Middlesbrough striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink declared "Massimo, I love him until I die... it's unbelievable".

Siena

Despite these heroics, he made few appearances for Middlesbrough in the following season and in January 2007, Maccarone moved to Siena in a free transfer, signing a three-year contract. In February 2007, he made headlines by criticising former Middlesbrough and then-England manager Steve McClaren for his "ineptitude", causing his club's chairman Steve Gibson to call Maccarone "a fool".

On 11 February 2007, he played his first Serie A match after his Siena return, against Cagliari. Maccarone scored a brace in the 4–3 defeat against A.C. Milan on 17 February, to register his first goals for Siena. He finished the season with six goals, and added 13 in the following (club best by a long margin), as Siena achieved two consecutive 13th league places. After the club was relegated at the end of the 2009–10 season, Maccarone agreed a move to Sicilian Serie A club Palermo, signing a three-year deal with the rosanero, for €4.5 million.

Palermo

His stint at Palermo however turned out to be a disappointing one, with only two league goals in 18 games.

Sampdoria

On 24 January 2011, Maccarone signed for Sampdoria for €2.7 million on a 2½-year contract.

Empoli

From January 2012 to June 2014 Maccarone returned to Empoli in temporary deals. His contract was also extended to 30 June 2015 in 2012. On 17 July 2014 he was allowed to join Empoli on a free transfer.

Brisbane Roar

On 17 July 2017, Maccarone signed a one-year marquee deal with A-League club Brisbane Roar.

International career

During his time at Empoli, Maccarone made his debut with the Italy Under-21 side under Marco Tardelli. He later earned a place as a starting striker in Claudio Gentile's Italy Under-21 side between 2000–2002. In total, he scored 11 goals with the Under-21 side in 15 appearances, and he took part at the 2002 Under-21 European Championship with Italy, where he finished as the tournament's top scorer, with 3 goals, helping Italy to reach the semi-finals, where they lost out to the eventual champions, the Czech Republic.

In 2002, he played twice for Italy. In one of these appearances he came on as a late substitute against England with the score level at 1–1. In injury time Maccarone was fouled in the area by the English goalkeeper David James, allowing Vincenzo Montella to score the winning goal from the penalty spot.

Due to Christian Vieri's injury, Giovanni Trapattoni called Maccarone up to the Italian senior side, at the age of 22 for a friendly against England in Leeds on the 27 March 2002. He came on in the 75th minute, and he won a penalty which was converted by Montella, which allowed the Italians to win the match 2–1. Interestingly enough, Maccarone had scored against the England Under-21 side earlier that week. It had been over seventy years that a Serie B player had made his debut with the Italian national side before making his Serie A debut. He made his second and final appearance for the Italian senior side on the 16 October 2002, against Wales.

Style of play

Maccarone predominantly plays as a striker, although he is also capable of being deployed as a supporting forward or as a winger, where he is able to move into the centre of the pitch to shoot with his stronger foot, due to his striking ability from distance, and his eye for goal. Maccarone is capable of shooting with both feet, and he possesses good tactical intelligence, pace, and technique.

Career statistics

Club

As of 9 February 2018
Club League Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Prato (loan) Serie C2 1998–99 21 4 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Varese (loan) Serie C1 1998–19 3 0 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Prato Serie C2 1999–00 28 20 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Empoli Serie B 2000–01 35 16 3 2 0 0 38 18
2001–02 33 10 4 2 0 0 37 12
Total 68 26 7 4 0 0 75 30
Middlesbrough Premier League 2002–03 34 9 0 0 0 0 34 9
2003–04 22 6 8 2 0 0 30 8
2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 17 2 5 0 5 5 27 7
2006–07 7 1 1 0 0 0 8 1
Total 80 18 14 2 5 5 99 25
Parma (loan) Serie A 2004–05 7 0 1 0 4 2 12 2
Siena (loan) Serie A 2004–05 17 7 1 1 0 0 18 8
Siena Serie A 2006–07 11 6 0 0 0 0 11 6
2007–08 35 13 0 0 0 0 35 13
2008–09 30 9 0 0 0 0 30 9
2009–10 37 12 0 0 0 0 37 12
Total 130 47 1 1 0 0 131 48
Palermo Serie A 2010–11 18 2 0 0 8 4 26 6
Sampdoria Serie A 2010–11 17 3 1 0 0 0 18 3
Serie B 2011–12 11 3 1 1 0 0 12 4
Total 28 6 2 1 0 0 30 7
Empoli Serie B 2011–12 20 7 0 0 0 0 20 7
2012–13 43 18 0 0 0 0 43 18
2013–14 42 15 2 1 0 0 44 16
Serie A 2014–15 34 10 1 0 0 0 35 10
2015–16 37 13 1 0 0 0 38 13
2016–17 28 5 1 2 0 0 29 7
Total 204 68 5 3 0 0 209 71
Empoli Total 272 94 12 7 0 0 284 101
Brisbane Roar A-League 2017–18 20 8 0 0 1 1 21 9
Career total 607 199 30* 11* 14 10 651* 220*

Honours

Club

Middlesbrough

  • Football League Cup (1): 2003–04
  • UEFA Cup: Runner-up: 2005–06

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Top-scorer: 2002

External links

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