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Mauro Esposito (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmauro eˈspɔːzito]; born 13 June 1979) is an Italian retired footballer who played mainly as a right winger.

Mauro Esposito
Personal information
Full name Mauro Esposito
Date of birth (1979-06-13) 13 June 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Torre del Greco, Italy
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1985–1997 Pescara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Pescara 47 (12)
1999–2001 Udinese 9 (0)
2001Pescara (loan) 18 (4)
2001–2007 Cagliari 198 (58)
2007–2010 Roma 8 (0)
2008–2009Chievo (loan) 27 (0)
2010Grosseto (loan) 18 (4)
2010–2011 Atletico Roma 19 (5)
Total 344 (83)
National team
2004–2006 Italy 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Torre del Greco, Campania, Esposito made his professional debut in 1997 with Pescara Calcio after having a trial with English club Everton.[1] He went on to play in two Serie B campaigns with the team. After an unsuccessful trial with Rangers, he joined Udinese Calcio with which he first appeared in Serie A, playing just nine league games in two years and also being loaned to his previous club.

In 2001–02, Esposito moved to Cagliari Calcio in the second division, being an undisputed starter during his spell with the Sardinians and scoring in double digits in three of his six seasons – in 2003–04, he netted a career-best 17 goals in 40 matches, with his team finishing in second position and returning to the top flight after a five-year absence.

After his scoring partner David Suazo's confirmed departure, on 4 July 2007, A.S. Roma acquired 50% of Esposito's rights for €2 million, plus the free loan of Daniele Magliocchetti.[2][3] He signed a three-year contract, with a gross annual salary of €1.4 million.

In June 2008, Esposito was purchased definitely by Roma for €350,000, and Magliocchetti was sold in a co-ownership deal for a nominal fee of €484. During his two seasons with the side, he was very rarely used, with all of his league appearances coming in 2007–08; on 1 September 2008, he was sent on loan to A.C. Chievo Verona of Serie B, with the Veneto club having the option to sign him permanently for €2.5M (plus VAT) at the end of the season.[4]

On 1 February 2010, Esposito moved, in the same predicament,[clarification needed] to U.S. Grosseto FC, also in the second level.[5] His contract with Roma expired on 30 June and, in September, he signed with Atletico Roma F.C. of the Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

In the 2011 summer, his club was dissolved and Esposito retired, aged 32.

International careerEdit

On 9 October 2004, Esposito made his debut for Italy, in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Slovenia, starting in the 0–1 loss in Celje. He would be later called by coach Marcello Lippi for the pre-World Cup stage held on 2/3 May, but did not make the final cut.

On 16 August 2006, Esposito was picked by new manager Roberto Donadoni for a friendly with Croatia, starting in a 0–2 home defeat. It would be his last appearance for the national team.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football: Gascoigne in new deal at Ibrox". 4 July 1997. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ Esposito alla Roma (Esposito to Roma) Archived 6 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine; Cagliari's official website, 4 July 2007 (in Italian)
  3. ^ Acquisizione a titolo definito con accordi di partecipazione del diritto alle prestazioni sportive del calciatore Mauro Esposito; Roma's official website, 4 July 2007 (in Italian)[dead link]
  4. ^ Approval of the draft separate and consolidated financial statements as of end for the year ended 30 June 2009; Roma's official website, 28 September 2009[dead link]
  5. ^ Operazioni di mercato realizzate (Transfer market operations); Roma's official website, 1 February 2010 (in Italian)[dead link]

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