Marco Rossi (footballer, born 1978)

Marco Rossi (born 1 April 1978) is an Italian retired footballer who played as a right midfielder.

Marco Rossi
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-04-01) 1 April 1978 (age 43)
Place of birth Seravezza, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Lucchese 31 (0)
1998–2000 Salernitana 45 (3)
2000–2002 Fiorentina 36 (1)
2002–2004 Como 19 (0)
2003–2004Genoa (loan) 38 (8)
2004–2013 Genoa 230 (30)
National team
1997–2000 Italy U21 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2012

He played most of his 18-year professional career with Genoa, appearing in nearly 300 official games during nine seasons, six spent in Serie A.

Club career

Early years

Born in Seravezza, in the Province of Lucca, Rossi started playing football with Lucchese in Serie B, moving for the 1998–99 campaign to Salernitana, newly promoted to Serie A. After two seasons he joined A.C. Fiorentina (for 17 billion lire; €8.78 million in cash plus player deal[1]) and returned to the top division, remaining in Florence for two years.

In 2002 Rossi left Fiorentina due to unpaid wages (the club declared bankruptcy shortly after) and signed with modest Como, appearing sparingly in his first season and being relegated from the top flight.


In 2003–04 Rossi joined Genoa C.F.C. in the second level, on loan, being an instrumental figure from the start and scoring a career-best eight goals in his first year. He then returned to Como, but returned to his previous club in the 2005 January transfer window after his contract expired.

Genoa was initially promoted at the end of the season, as champions, but suffered relegation to Serie C1 instead, with Rossi remaining with the team, which achieved promotion in 2006. In the 2006–07 campaign he became club captain, and the club returned to division one alongside Juventus FC, under manager Gian Piero Gasperini. The player's versatility – he was capable of producing as either a defender or a midfielder, on either side – made him an undisputed starter, and he contributed to that promotion with three goals.

On 30 March 2008, in a league game against Reggina Calcio, Rossi scored his second goal in the top level, closing the score in the 90th minute (2–0, at home). He only missed four games as the club finally finished tenth.

Although he appeared less in the 2008–09 season, Rossi netted on five occasions. On 28 November 2009, during the 101st Derby della Lanterna, against U.C. Sampdoria, he scored the second goal, in an eventual 3–0 home win;[2] in February of the following year, he scored against A.C. Chievo Verona (the game's only) and added two the following week at Juventus, albeit in a 2–3 away defeat.[3]

Rossi retired from football at the end of the 2012–13 campaign, aged 35. He was immediately appointed Genoa's director of football.[4]

International career

Rossi collected six caps for the Italian U-21s, helping the national side win the 2000 European Championship.





Italy Under-21


  1. A.C. Fiorentina S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2001 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  2. Genoa 3–0 Sampdoria; ESPN Soccernet, 28 November 2009
  3. Del Piero's disputed spot-kick; ESPN Soccernet, 14 February 2010
  4. Rossi hangs up Genoa boots; Football Italia, 27 July 2013