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Marco Storari

Marco Storari

Storari playing for Juventus in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-01-07) 7 January 1977
Place of birth Pisa, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 30
Youth career
1995–1998 Perugia
1998 Montevarchi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Ancona 91 (0)
2002–2003 Napoli 4 (0)
2002–2003 Messina (loan) 16 (0)
2003–2007 Messina 127 (0)
2007–2010 Milan 10 (0)
2007–2008 Levante (loan) 17 (0)
2008 Cagliari (loan) 20 (0)
2008–2009 Fiorentina (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Sampdoria (loan) 19 (0)
2010– Juventus 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marco Storari (born 7 January 1977) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Juventus F.C. as a goalkeeper.

After a lengthy spell in Italy's lower leagues, he arrived in Serie A aged 27. Steady performances for Messina prompted his signing by A.C. Milan.

Club career

Early years / Messina

Storari in action with Messina

Born in Pisa, Storari finished his football formation at Perugia Calcio and Montevarchi Calcio Aquila 1902 (six months), making his professional debuts with A.C. Ancona, in the third division. With the latter, he helped to promotion to Serie B in 2000.

After two seasons, Storari left for S.S.C. Napoli which was also then in the second level, in a joint-ownership deal. He continued to play in that category subsequently, joining F.C. Messina Peloro on loan in January 2002 in exchange for Emanuele Manitta, with the deal being made permanent in the 2003 summer; Messina promoted at the end of the 2003–04 campaign, with him as an undisputed starter.

Storari made his Serie A debut on 12 September 2004 in a 0–0 away draw against Parma FC, as the newcomer club went on to finish in seventh place. In the following seasons he remained the starter, as Messina nearly relegated in 2005–06 after only being reinstated after the outcome of the 2006 Italian football scandal, but eventually dropping down a level the following year, as last.

Milan

On 17 January 2007 Storari was acquired by A.C. Milan, for 1.2 million,[1] signing a 2½ year contract as an emergency signing as both Dida and backup Željko Kalac were out of action due to injury.[2] In three league appearances, against A.S. Livorno Calcio, A.C. Siena and Udinese Calcio, he conceded seven goals.

On 3 July 2007, reports surfaced that Milan were close to sending Storari to La Liga side Real Betis, on a one-year loan. The deal was increased to two years and the player, along with his manager, traveled to Seville. Although having stayed in the city for three days, Betis president Manuel Ruiz de Lopera failed to meet with the player and Storari returned to Italy as the transfer failed to materialize;[3] on 12 August he was eventually loaned to another club in Spain, Levante UD, on a two-year contract.[4]

However, the loan deal ended after only six months, as the Valencian team was immerse in a deep financial crisis; on 5 January 2008 Storari returned to Italy, with Cagliari Calcio[5] due to Levante's inability to pay his salary. "[The] club was in financial difficulty and couldn’t pay me...there are some wonderful people here who were honest with us, but working without pay is a difficult situation to be in.”[6]

Storari signed a loan contract for ACF Fiorentina in July 2008. His output consisted of a Coppa Italia match and another in the league, barred by longtime first-choice Sébastien Frey.

Due to injury to starter Christian Abbiati, Storari began 2009–10 as first-choice, over Dida. On 22 August 2009, two years and three months after his last official match for the club, he was between the posts for the 2–1 win at Siena; additionally, in October, he signed a new contract, adding two extra years to his link,[7] but suffered an injury afterwards, losing his place to the Brazilian.

After the recovery of Abbiati, Storari faced additional competition for a regular starting berth. Thus, on 15 January 2010, he went on loan to U.C. Sampdoria, replacing injured Luca Castellazzi;[8] he played his first game two days later, in a 1–1 home draw against Calcio Catania.

Juventus

After Sampdoria failed to agree a deal with Milan to sign him outright, after losing Castellazzi to Inter Milan on a free transfer,[9] Storari was sold to Juventus F.C. for a fee of €4.5 million on 23 June 2010,[10] becoming the second signing of head coach Luigi Delneri and sports director Giuseppe Marotta, with whom he already had worked at Sampdoria. He signed a three-year contract effective on 1 July, providing cover for Gianluigi Buffon who sustained a back injury at the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[11] and compete with Alex Manninger – Milan signed Marco Amelia on loan from Genoa C.F.C. on the same day, to act as his replacement.[12]

After the recovery of Buffon, Storari became second-choice again. Despite the backup role he did not leave the Vecchia Signora in the 2011 summer to play more often, and instead extended his contract until 30 June 2014 in November.[13]

International career

Storari was never capped for Italy, although he was chosen as third-choice by national boss Marcello Lippi for a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in October 2005.

Honours

Juventus

Club statistics

As of 12 May 2014[14][15]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1999–00 Ancona Serie C1 33 0 0 0 33 0
2000–01 Serie B 36 0 3 0 39 0
2001–02 22 0 3 0 25 0
2002–03 Napoli 4 0 0 0 4 0
Messina 16 0 0 0 16 0
2003–04 45 0 1 0 46 0
2004–05 Serie A 28 0 2 0 30 0
2005–06 35 0 0 0 35 0
2006–07 19 0 3 0 22 0
Milan 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08 Levante 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Cagliari 20 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
2008–09 Fiorentina 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10 Milan 7 0 1 0 2 0 10 0
Sampdoria 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2010–11 Juventus 23 0 1 0 5 0 29 0
2011–12 3 0 5 0 0 0 8 0
2012–13 6 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14 6 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Career total 346 0 23 0 7 0 374 0

Personal life

Storari and his wife Veronica have two sons, Tommaso (b. 2010) and Piergiorgo (2011).[16]

References

  1. ^ http://www.bilanciomilan.it/2007/HTML/PDF/bilancio.pdf
  2. ^ "Storari signs, Ronaldo to follow?". UEFA.com. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2008. 
  3. ^ " [Storari: "Now it's not important to talk about money"]""Storari: "Ahora no es importante hablar de dinero (in Spanish). Soitu. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Storari, cedido por el Milán dos temporadas" [Storari, loaned by Milan for two seasons] (in Spanish).  
  5. ^ "Signings boost Cagliari survival bid". UEFA.com. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "El Levante libera a Savio, Storari, Viqueira y Bruno si perdonan lo que les adeudan" [Levante frees Savio, Storari, Viqueira and Bruno if they forgive debt] (in Spanish).  
  7. ^ "A.C. Milan official announcement". A.C. Milan. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "A.C. Milan official note". A.C. Milan. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Sampdoria director Sergio Gasparin admits Marco Storari deal has hit a snag".  
  10. ^ "Agreement with A.C. Milan for the acquisition of the registration rights of the player Marco Storari". Juventus F.C. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Buffon return unknown".  
  12. ^ " [Amelia: "Genoa? A special shirt"]""Amelia: "Genoa? Maglia speciale (in Italian). Genoa C.F.C. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  13. ^ " [Storari: "We deserve an 8, but we don't drop our guard"]""Storari: "Meritiamo un 8, ma teniamo la guardia alta (in Italian). Juventus F.C. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Storari Marco" (in Italian). Lega Serie A. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "M. Storari". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Storari welcomes arrival of second son". Juventus F.C. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

External links

  • Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
  • Gazzetta dello Sport profile (Italian)
  • Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Italian)
  • BDFutbol profile
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