Matteo Ferrari

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Matteo Ferrari
Matteo Ferrari Impact Montreal 2013-05-04.jpg
Ferrari with the Montreal Impact in 2013
Personal information
Full name Matteo Ferrari
Date of birth (1979-12-05) 5 December 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Aflou, Algeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Montreal Impact
Number 13
Youth career
1995–1996 SPAL
1996–1997 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
1997–2001 Internazionale 19 (0)
1997–1998 → Genoa (loan) 3 (0)
1998–1999 → Lecce (loan) 13 (0)
1999–2000 → Bari (loan) 26 (0)
2001–2004 Parma 81 (3)
2004–2008 Roma 78 (2)
2005–2006 → Everton (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2009 Genoa 33 (0)
2009–2011 Beşiktaş 46 (0)
2012– Montreal Impact 61 (1)
National team‡
1999–2002 Italy U21 27 (3)
2000–2004 Italy Olympic 7 (0)
2002–2004 Italy 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 April 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2004 (UTC)

Matteo Ferrari (born 5 December 1979) is an Italian footballer, currently playing for the Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer. He has also played top-flight football for several Italian clubs in Serie A, and Everton of the Premier League.

Ferrari played for Italy at the Olympics in 2000 and 2004, winning Bronze at the latter. He also played 11 full internationals for his country, from 2002 to 2004, featuring in the squad for Euro 2004.

Early life and family[edit]

Matteo Ferrari is the Algeria-born son of an Italian petroleum engineer and a mother originally from Guinea.[1] His father worked in various countries throughout Africa because of his vocation. His father died in 1993 when Matteo was 14.

He grew up in Ferrara and has a brother who was a football player. Ferrari and Venezuelan model Aída Yéspica re-united in December 2009. They have a son named Aron, born in 2008.[2]

Club[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ferrari started his career at SPAL in 1995, and he can play as left-back or centreback. It has all the rigmarole of youth teams, from young students: the coach of the time, Luigi Pasetti, employs him as a central striker and the player can make sign 37 goals in the league before switching back to defense. F.C. Internazionale Milano brought him to their youth system, later loaning him to Genoa C.F.C., U.S. Lecce and A.S. Bari.

He made his Serie A debut on 29 August 1999, A.C. Fiorentina 1–0 A.S. Bari where Ferrari played the full match.

He went back to Inter in summer 2000,[3] making 27 appearances in all competition, but failed to stay, this time sold to Parma AC in co-ownership deal, for 9 billion lire (€4,648,112).[4][5] That season Parma also signed Sébastien Frey from Internazionale for 40 billion lire[5] (€20,658,275; cash plus Sérgio Conceição) and sold Gianluigi Buffon and Lilian Thuram to Juventus.

Parma[edit]

A permanent transfer was made because of his good performance in May 2002, for €5.7 million.[5][6] That season, Inter also sent Adriano and Vratislav Greško to Parma (in co-ownership deal for €8.8 million and definite deal for €16 million[5][6]), and signed Fabio Cannavaro (undisclosed) and Matías Almeyda (for €16 million[7]) from the Emilia side.[8] In three seasons as a starter for Parma, Ferrari appeared in 81 league matches and scored 3 goals. At Parma, Ferrari led his team win their first National convenor.

Roma[edit]

In July 2004, he joined A.S. Roma for €7.25 million. He also signed a contract worth €2.965 million annually in gross.[9] (Part of the fee paid via Damiano Ferronetti going in the opposite direction and the loan of Cesare Bovo.),[10] as a replacement of Walter Samuel who went to Real Madrid. He failed to give the performances he had delivered in Parma in his first season with the capital club.

Ferrari came back to Roma at the beginning of the season 2006–07 as Roma finished 2nd in the previous season and qualified for 2006–07 UEFA Champions League group stage (benefited due to the scandal) and was first choice central-back partnered with Philippe Mexès, while Cristian Chivu as left back or central back and Christian Panucci as the primary right-back, with Marco Cassetti as replacement. Roma also sent experienced Samuel Kuffour out on loan and sold Leandro Cufré. Ferrari played 27 time in Serie A, 24 of them were starters,[11] helping Roma to achieve second place in Serie A and winning the Coppa Italia. His erratic performance and poor security that has given in defense earned him the nickname Svirgolone as he could not show the same brilliant game during his time at Parma.

Everton (loan)[edit]

Despite facing a transfer ban blocking Roma from signing players,[12] on 24 August 2004, the Giallorossi loaned him to UEFA Champions League competitor Everton for €200,000, with an option to purchase for €5.5 million.[13]

It took a few games for him to get accustomed to the Premiership, but Ferrari showed plenty of quality when he finally got going for Everton. Unfortunately that was brought to an end in the 1–0 win over Arsenal, when he sustained nerve damage to his hamstring which kept him out of action. He returned to the Everton side for the FA Cup 4th round replay defeat against Chelsea. In April 2006 Everton FC manager David Moyes was talking about the summer transfer campaign on evertonfc.com and said that based on player performance he had already decided which players he wanted to keep.[14]

"Players are always playing for their future in some way, but we know exactly what they can do and I don't think what happens in the last month of the season will make a big difference to what I have decided."

–David Moyes

In May 2006, Moyes told evertonfc.com, the official site of Everton FC, that Ferrari loan would not be extended.[15]

Genoa[edit]

As his contract with Roma expired at the end of 2007–08 Serie A season, Clubs like AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina, Genoa and Manchester City were linked to Ferrari.[citation needed] Eventually, Ferrari decided to sign with Genoa for the 2008–09 Serie A season on a free transfer.[16] Following his move to Genoa, Ferrari made his debut on the opening game of the Serie A 2008/09 season on 31 August 2008 in a 1–0 loss against Catania. During his time at Genoa, Ferrari had disciplinary issues with 6 yellow card and 2 red card. Ferrari received a red card in a 1–1 draw against Catania (the club he played against on his debut on a Genoa shirt) on 25 January 2009 after a second bookable offence.[17] He received a one match ban and made his return against Palermo in a 1–0 win on 1 February 2009. Ferrari received another after another second bookable offence in a 3–1 win over Sampdoria on 3 May 2009.[18] He also received a one ban match and made his return against Chievo in a 2–2 draw on 17 May 2009. At Genoa, Ferrari played under coach Gian Piero Gasperini was a regular player in defense.

BeÅŸiktaÅŸ[edit]

Ferrari training before the match preparation at BeÅŸiktaÅŸ.

After one season at Genoa, Turkish side Beşiktaş J.K. were interested in signing him. Eventually on 7 July 2009, Genoa confirmed on its official website that Ferrari transferred to Turkish club Beşiktaş for €4.5 million. He signed a 4-year contract. His salary rises[citation needed] to € 2.5 million per season.[19] On the opening day of the Turkish League, Ferrari made his debut for Beşiktas in a 1–1 draw against İstanbul B.B. on 7 August 2009.[20] On 27 October 2009, Ferrari received a straight red card in a 2–1 win over Kasımpaşa SK.[21] In September 2009, Ferrari had been one of the under-performing players for Besiktas and was expected to leave in the January transfer window.[22] However, Ferrari didn't leave and remained at the club. In the 2010/11 season, Ferrari's play with the first team squad was limited under manager Bernd Schuster and also Ferrari suffered a serious injury in the match against Bursaspor and was absent for two months. He was then released on 21 August 2011.[23] Following his release, Besiktas said the club filed a lawsuit against Ferrari at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, saying the defender left in violation of his contract and the club was seeking €7.7 million ($10.5 million) from Ferrari in damages. Ferrari said he had filed a case against Besiktas with CAS, saying he was owed several months' salary.[24]

Montreal Impact[edit]

Following time away from BeÅŸiktaÅŸ, Ferrari began training with Monza in Lega Pro Prima Divisione from 12 November 2011, until the end of December.[25] Ferrari then proceeded to train with Inter Milan, the club where he began his football career.[26]

While training with Inter Milan, the Montreal Impact organization invited Ferrari to the team's preseason training camp in Los Angeles, on 14 February 2012. During his tryout, Ferrari and the Impact organization began negotiating contractual terms, so that Ferrari can join the club for its inaugural 2012 MLS season.[27] On 1 March 2012, the Impact formally announced that he had signed with the club for the 2012 season.[28] Ferrari scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 league win against Real Salt Lake on May 11, 2013.

National team[edit]

Ferrari chose to play for the Italy national football team. He also played for their U15, U16, U17, U18, U20, and U21 team.

Italy Olympic Team[edit]

He played at two Olympic Games, in 2000 and in 2004.

In 2000, he only played in Italy's quarter-final defeat to Spain. In 2004, he was one of the three over-age players permitted for Italy. He played in all of their matches as they lost in the semi-finals to eventual champions Argentina, then won the Bronze Medal match against Iraq.

Senior team[edit]

Ferrari's first senior call-up was against Serbia and Montenegro (as FR Yugoslavia), but he did not play. In the same year, he made his full debut against Turkey on 20 November 2002. He played his first competitive international in a Euro 2004 qualifying match against Azerbaijan, replacing Alessandro Nesta for the last 14 minutes. His last cap for Italy was a friendly against Tunisia, on 30 May 2004. He later received a single call-up from new coach Marcello Lippi in September, but did not play.

Career statistics[edit]

International statistics[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Parma F.C.
A.S. Roma
BeÅŸiktaÅŸ J.K.
Montreal Impact

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Matteo and Aida Together Again http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/magazin/magazinhatti/13321255.asp?gid=222
  3. ^ "La squadra a sarre per il ritiro". inter.it (in Italian). 10 July 2000. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Andrea Schianchi, Massimo Cecchini, Luca Curino, Giampietro Agus, Sergio Ghisleni, Silvano Stella (6 July 2001). "Parma, non-solo Nakata" (require login). La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d FC Internazionale Milano SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2002 (Italian), CCIAA
  6. ^ a b "TRANSFER MARKET, INTER AND PARMA HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT". inter.it. 23 May 2002. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Parma AC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2002 (Italian)
  8. ^ "MEETING BETWEEN PARMA AND INTER IN MILAN – FABIO CANNAVARO SIGNS FOR NERAZZURRI". inter.it. 7 August 2002. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Approvazione Della Relazione Semestrale Al 31 Dicembre 2004" (in Italian). AS Roma. 16 March 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Serie A 2006/2007". Gazzetta.it. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Roma face block on transfers". UEFA.com. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "APPROVAZIONE DELLA SITUAZIONE FINANZIARIA MENSILE AL 31 LUGLIO 2005". AS Roma (in Italian). 31 August 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Matthew Gamble (9 April 2006). "MOYES PLANS SUMMER FINE-TUN". Evertonfc.com (Official Site of Everton FC). Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  15. ^ Scott McLeod (8 May 2006). "DUNC'S EVERTON CAREER OVER". Evertonfc.com (Official Site of Everton FC). Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Genoa win Ferrari race". Sky Sports. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Match: Genoa v Catania". ESPN Soccernet. 25 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "Match: Genoa v Sampdoria". ESPN Soccernet. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Material Event Disclosure (Update)". Turkish Public Disclosure System (KAP) (in Turkish). 8 July 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "Match: Istanbul BB v Besiktas". ESPN Soccernet. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Match:Besiktas v Kasimpasa". ESPN Soccernet. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Besiktas Could Offload Former Genoa Defender Matteo Ferrari – Report". Goals.com. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Besiktas Release Ferrari". SuperLigNews.com. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "Besiktas Sues Former Player Ferrari". Australia News. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Matteo Ferrari si allena con il Monza" (in Italian). TUTTO MERCATO WEB. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "Ferrari set for Inter return?". Football Italia. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "Defender Matteo Ferrari joins the Impact in California". impactmontreal.com/en (Official Site of the Montreal Impact). 14 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  28. ^ "Italian defender Matteo Ferrari officially joins the Impact". impactmontreal.com/en (Official Site of the Montreal Impact). 1 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  29. ^ a b c d e "Football: Matteo Ferrari". FootballDatabase.eu. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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