Marco Storari (5 Viewers)


The Informer
Dec 19, 2003

Date of birth 7 January 1977 (1977-01-07)
Place of birth Pisa, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+1⁄2 in)
Weight 76 kg
Playing position Goalkeeper​

Club career

Early years/Messina

Born in Pisa, Storari finished his football formation at Perugia Calcio and Montevarchi Calcio Aquila 1902 (six months), making his professional debuts with A.C. Ancona, in the third division. With the latter, he helped to a promotion in 1999–2000.

After two seasons, Storari left for S.S.C. Napoli which was also then in level two, in a joint-ownership deal. He continued to play in that level, joining F.C. Messina Peloro on loan in January 2002, in exchange for Emanuele Manitta, with the deal being made permanent in the 2003 summer. Messina promoted in 2003–04, with Storari an undisputed starter.

He made his Serie A debut on 12 September 2004, against Parma FC, in a 0–0 away draw. In the following seasons, he remained the starter, amassing a further 80 league appearances.

AC Milan

On January 17, 2007, Storari was acquired by A.C. Milan, as an emergency signing, as both Dida and backup Željko Kalac were out of action due to injury; he signed a two 1/2 year contract. In three league appearances, against Livorno Calcio, A.C. Siena and Udinese Calcio, he conceded seven goals. He did not appear in any cup matches since his debut for Milan commenced shortly after they were eliminated from the competition by A.S. Roma, on January 31.

On July 3, 2007, reports surfaced that Milan were close to sending Storari to La Liga side Real Betis, on a one-year loan. The deal was increased to two years, and the player, along with his manager, traveled to Seville. Although having stayed in the city for three days, Betis president Manuel Ruiz de Lopera failed to meet with the player and Storari returned to Italy as the deal failed to materialize. On August 12, Storari was eventually loaned to another club in Spain, Levante UD, on a two-year contract.

However, the loan deal ended after only six months, as the Valencian team was immerse in a deep financial crisis; on January 5, 2008, Storari returned to Italy, with Cagliari Calcio due to Levante's inability to pay his salary. "[The] club was in financial difficulty and couldn’t pay me...there are some wonderful people here who were honest with us, but working without pay is a difficult situation to be in.”

Storari signed a loan contract for ACF Fiorentina in July 2008. His output consisted of a cup match and another in the league, barred by longtime first-choice Sébastien Frey.

Due to injury to starter Christian Abbiati, Storari began 2009–10 as first-choice, over Dida; on August 22, 2009, two years and three months after his last official match for the club, he was between the posts for the 2–1 win at Siena. Additionally, in October, he signed a new contract, adding two extra years to his link, but soon got injured, losing his place to the Brazilian.

After the recovery of Abbiati, Storari faced additional competition for a regular starting berth; thus, on January 15, 2010, he went on loan to U.C. Sampdoria, replacing injured Luca Castellazzi. He played his first game two days later, in a 1–1 home draw against Calcio Catania.

International career

Storari was not capped for Italy, although he was chosen as third-choice by national boss Marcello Lippi, for a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification against Slovenia, in October 2005.

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