Andrea Masiello

Andrea Masiello (born 5 February 1986) is an Italian professional footballer, who plays as a right-back for Genoa. He is perhaps best known for match-fixing in the Derby of Puglia, whilst playing for Bari, scoring an own goal to guarantee Lecce survival in Serie A. He was banned 26 months for selling the matches Salernitana–Bari, Bari–Sampdoria, Palermo–Bari, Bari–Lecce and Bologna–Bari.

Andrea Masiello
Masiello with Atalanta in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth Viareggio, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Right back, centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 55
Youth career
2003–2005 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Lucchese 2 (0)
2005–2006 Juventus 1 (0)
2005–2006Avellino (loan) 39 (1)
2006–2007 Siena 0 (0)
2007–2008 Genoa 19 (1)
2008Bari (loan) 20 (0)
2008–2011 Bari 113 (3)
2011–2020 Atalanta 157 (8)
2020– Genoa 20 (0)
National team
2004 Italy U18 2 (0)
2004–2005 Italy U19 16 (0)
2005–2006 Italy U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:03, 19 March 2021 (UTC).



A graduate of Juventus' youth system, he made his Serie A debut for Juve, in a home defeat Inter, on 20 April 2005. Masiello joined Juventus on loan in 2003 from Lucchese and in January 2004, he turned to a co-ownership deal for €300,000.[1] In June 2004 Juventus acquired him outright.

Masiello was on loan to Avellino of Serie B in 2005, along with Boudianski, where he played 41 times. Avellino were involved in the Serie B relegation playoffs, losing to AlbinoLeffe 4–3 on aggregate.

Siena & Genoa

In the wake of the 2006 Italian football scandal Juve were forced to play in Serie B. Thus, the squad faced clearance in order to improve the financial condition. Masiello, along with Abdoulay Konko and Giovanni Bartolucci were now joint-owned by Siena and Juventus, which valued Masiello at €350,000, Konko at €500,000 and Bartolucci for a peppercorn fee of €500.[2]

After failing to make an appearance in the first half of the 2006 season, Juventus sold 50% of its ownership of Masiello and Konko to Genoa on 25 January 2007, (which were previously owned by Siena and Juventus, after Genoa and Siena) worth €1.25 million (Masiello) and €1 million (Konko) respectively,[3] for part of the deal of the permanent transfer of Domenico Criscito. He played 15 times and won promotion along with his teammate.

Genoa and Siena were failed to make an agreement for the two players before the deadline, thus they had to submit a bid to Lega Calcio.[4] Eventually Genoa acquired Masiello for €1.08 million[5] and Siena acquired Konko outright for €823,787.[6] However, in July Genoa acquired Konko outright for €1.2 million[7][8] (with Fernando Forestieri moved to Siena for €1.7 million in co-ownership deal[7][9]), but after playing 4 times for the club, he went back to Serie B to play for Bari on loan.


Masiello joined Bari in a co-ownership bid after the 2007–08 season, for €1.5 million.[10] He was part of the team that won Serie B in 2009, so the club decided to buy him outright for another €800,000.[11] After the season-ending injury of Andrea Ranocchia, he moved to centre-back from right-back. Masiello was a regular starter in the 2009–10 Serie A season.

After the departure of Ranocchia and Leonardo Bonucci, Bari failed to sign quality replacements. At first, he was the centre-back, as the team signed right-back Andrea Raggi, but in mid-season he was moved back to right-back. In January 2011 Bari signed centre-back Kamil Glik and after the departure of coach Giampiero Ventura, Masiello remained as the starting right-back and Nicola Belmonte became the usual centre-back under Bortolo Mutti. As Bari performed poorly in both attack and defence, the team finished bottom and were relegated to Serie B.

On 15 May 2011, in the 70th minute of the derby between Bari and Lecce, he deflected a shot from Lecce striker Jeda, into his own goal, thus ensuring Lecce's victory and survival in the Serie A. He later admitted to interviewers that he was offered at least €50,000 to turn the ball into his own net.[12][13]


On 25 July 2011, Bari agreed to sell Masiello to Atalanta B.C. for €2.5 million cash plus Marino Defendi (tagged for €1 million). Bari also retained 50% registration rights of Masiello.[14][15][16][17] He was presented on the next day. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw with Fiorentina. After the exposure of the betting scandal, Masiello was released by the club, but returned shortly after. Over the next few years Masiello cemented himself as a starting centre-back for Atalanta under Gian Piero Gasperini, leading them to a historic 3rd-place finish in the 2018–19 season, earning them qualification to the 2019–2020 Champions League Group Stage. One of Masiello's most important contributions to the season came on 22 April 2019 against Napoli where he made an incredible goal line clearance in the 50th minute to keep the game at 1–0 for Napoli. Atalanta would go on to win that game 2–1 earning Atalanta three vital points in their push for a top four finish.[18]

Genoa return

On 29 January 2020, Masiello signed a deal with Genoa.[19]

Career statistics

As of 22:03, 19 March 2021 (UTC).
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Juventus 2004–05 Serie A 100010
Avellino (loan) 2005–06 Serie B 3911020421
Siena 2006–07 Serie A 000000
Genoa 2006–07 Serie B 15000150
2007–08 Serie A 410041
Total 191000000191
Bari (loan) 2007–08 Serie B 20000200
Bari 2008–09 Serie B 40020420
2009–10 Serie A 37210382
2010–11 36131392
Total 13336100001394
Atalanta 2011–12 Serie A 17110181
2014–15 14000140
2015–16 29020310
2016–17 35330383
2017–18 3142081415
2018–19 2403061331
2019–20 701040120
Total 15781201820018710
Genoa 2019–20 Serie A 20020220
Career total 379132111822041016




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  7. A.C. Siena SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2008 (in Italian), Italian CCIAA
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  9. "Conti in rosso per il calcio Inter e Milan, perdite record". il Sole 24 ORE (in Italian). 1 May 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  10. Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 30 June 2008 (in Italian)
  11. Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2009 (in Italian)
  12. Kington, Tom (2 April 2012). "Andrea Masiello confesses over match-fixing in Serie A". The Guardian. London.
  13. "Italian 'match-fixing' footballer arrested". BBC News. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  14. AS Bari SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2012 (in Italian), pdf purchased from CCIAA archive
  15. Atalanta BC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2011 (in Italian), pdf purchased from CCIAA archive
  16. "Masiello all'Atalanta, De Fendi al Bari". AS Bari (in Italian). 26 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  17. "Notiziario" [Notice]. Atalanta BC (in Italian). 25 July 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  18. "Fixtures and Results | Season 2018–19 | 33^ Match Day | Lega Serie A". Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  19. "QUINTO RINFORZO, UFFICIALE ANDREA MASIELLO" (in Italian). Genoa. 29 January 2020.