Matteo Sereni

Matteo Sereni (born 11 February 1975) is an Italian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Matteo Sereni
Sereni playing for Torino in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-02-11) 11 February 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth Parma, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1993–1995 Sampdoria
1994–1995 → A.C. Crevalcore (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Sampdoria 85 (0)
1997–1998Piacenza (loan) 34 (0)
1998–1999Empoli (loan) 30 (0)
2001–2003 Ipswich Town 25 (0)
2002–2003Brescia (loan) 23 (0)
2003–2007 Lazio 31 (0)
2006Treviso (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2010 Torino 89 (0)
2010–2011 Brescia 15 (0)
Total 339 (0)
National team
1995–1997 Italy U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Parma, Sereni started his career at UC Sampdoria, and was loaned out to A.C. Crevalcore in 1994. He returned to Sampdoria and only made 10 appearances before being transferred to Piacenza Calcio in 1997. Here he helped the club avoid relegation to Serie B, but in 1998 he transferred to Empoli F.C., where he failed to avoid relegation.

In 1999, Sereni returned to Sampdoria in Serie B and made 75 (out of 76) Serie B appearances. In 2001, Ipswich Town signed him for £4.5 million,[1] which remains the highest transfer fee paid by the club. He failed to avoid relegation with Ipswich and was loaned to Brescia in 2002.[2]


In 2003, he transferred to Lazio,[3] for €550,000[4] to compete for the number one goalkeeping slot with Angelo Peruzzi. In 2004, he started for the club in both legs of the 2004 Coppa Italia Final against Juventus F.C. and played the matches in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup, when Lazio went out to Olympique de Marseille in the semi-finals.

In January 2006 he was loaned out to Treviso, with Samir Handanović going to Lazio on loan in return. He returned to Lazio for the 2006–07 campaign, but did not play a single match, being excluded from the roster for the whole season.


In June 2007 he signed for Torino in a free transfer to replace Christian Abbiati,[5] signed a two-year contract.[6] In November 2008, he signed a new contract which last until June 2011.[7]


On 5 July 2010 he was signed by Brescia Calcio for on free transfer.[8] A few days before the last game of Serie A, his contract was mutually terminated, following the club's relegation a few weeks before.[9]

International career

He was internationally selected at the age of 16 for the Italian national under-17 team, and played for the Italian national under-23 team at the 1997 Mediterranean Games, where Italy were champions.

Post-playing career

After divorcing his ex-wife Silvia, Sereni was accused of having raped their daughter during a 2009 holiday on Sardinia's Costa Smeralda. He denied the charges.[10] In 2015, Sereni was found guilty, and was sentenced to three years and six months in prison.[11][12] In July 2017, Sereni's conviction was annulled on appeal and he was scheduled a new trial in Turin.[13]


  1. "Ipswich sign Sereni". BBC. 17 August 2001. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  2. "Accident may delay Sereni debut". 29 July 2002. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  3. "Sereni set for Lazio move". BBC. 18 July 2003.
  4. "2004 Bilancio al 30 giugno 2004" (PDF). SS Lazio (in Italian). Borsa Italiana archive. 1 December 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. Football Italia (27 June 2007). "Sereni to guard Toro posts". Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2007.
  6. "Sereni firma per il Toro". Torino FC (in Italian). 27 June 2007. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2010. Il Torino Football Club S.p.A. è lieto di comunicare di aver raggiunto un accordo con il calciatore Matteo Sereni per l'acquisizione del diritto alle prestazioni sportive fino al 30 Giugno 2009.
  7. "Sereni ha prolungato il contratto fino al 2011". Torino FC (in Italian). ca. November 2008. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. "Ufficiale: MATTEO SERENI è un giocatore del Brescia" [Matteo Sereni is a Brescia player] (in Italian). Brescia Calcio. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  9. "Ufficiale: Matteo Sereni non è più un giocatore del Brescia". Brescia Calcio (in Italian). 19 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  10. "Sereni denies child abuse". Football Italia. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  11. "Sereni, abusi sulla figlia minorenne: condannato a 3 anni e mezzo" [Sereni, abuse on minor daughter: sentenced to three years and a half]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  12. Shaw, Connell (30 June 2015). "Former Torino And Lazio Goalkeeper Convicted Of Child Abuse". Forza Italian Football. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  13. "Presunti abusi su figlia, annullata condanna a ex portiere della Samp Sereni". Il Secolo XIX (in Italian). 13 July 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.