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Simone Barone
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Barone playing for Torino in 2008
Personal information
Full name Simone Barone
Date of birth (1978-04-30) 30 April 1978 (age 45)
Place of birth Nocera Inferiore, Italy
Height 1.78 m
Playing position Central Midfielder
Youth career
1995–1997 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Parma 2 (0)
1999 Padova (loan) 28 (5)
1999–2000 → Alzano Virescit (loan) 28 (1)
2000–2002 Chievo 47 (4)
2002–2004 Parma 62 (4)
2004–2006 Palermo 71 (5)
2006–2009 Torino 82 (2)
2009–2010 Cagliari 16 (0)
2011–2012 Livorno 20 (2)
Total 356 (23)
National team
2004–2006 Italy 15 (1)
Teams managed
2016 Delhi Dynamos (assistant)
2017–2018 Juventus Youth Team
2018–2021 Sassuolo Youth Team
2021 Correggese
Men's football
Representing  Italy
FIFA World Cup
Winner 2006 Germany
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Simone Barone Ufficiale OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [siˈmoːne baˈroːne]; born 30 April 1978) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a midfielder. He played for several Italian clubs throughout his career, before coming to prominence with Palermo. At international level, he was part of the Italian side that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and represented the national side on 16 occasions between 2004 and 2006, scoring once.

Club career

Barone started his career making his first team debut on 4 May 1997 for Parma, against Atalanta. He then played for Padova of Serie C1 in 1998, Alzano Virescit of Serie B in 1999.

In summer 2000, he joined Chievo in a co-ownership deal, where he played for 2 seasons. He was loaned back to Parma in the 2002–03 season, then bought back permanently in 2003, with Amauri moved to Chievo.

On 16 July 2004, he transferred to Palermo for €5M. He signed a 4-year contract. He was the regular of the team, and the team qualified for 2006–07 UEFA Cup (after the Calciopoli trials).

On 5 August 2006, Simone moved to Serie A newcomer Torino after the club signed Mark Bresciano and Fábio Simplício from Parma. He played 3 seasons for the Serie A struggler and left the club after relegated in 2009.

On 6 August 2009, he was signed by Serie A side Cagliari. He was mainly used as a substitute, however, only playing 5 times as a starter, as a right midfielder on each occasion.

International career

Barone debuted for the Italy national football team on 18 February 2004, in a 2–2 friendly tie against Czech Republic in Palermo. Stefano Bettarini and Sergio Volpi also received their first call-up and made their debut under manager Giovanni Trapattoni during the match. He was part of Italy's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, under Marcello Lippi, appearing two times as a substitute as Italy went on to win the tournament. In Italy's final group match of the competition, a 2–0 win against the Czech Republic on 22 June, Barone helped to win back possession in midfield before laying the ball off to Simone Perrotta, who subsequently set up Filippo Inzaghi with a one on one opportunity with a throughball after the striker had managed to beat the offside trap; Inzaghi went on to score after rounding Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech, while Barone also followed Inzaghi's run to provide him with an additional attacking option across goal. This play is such iconic in Italian culture that, as Inzaghi completely ignored Barone’s 50-metre run, youngsters use the expression “utile come la corsa di Barone” (Italian for “as useful as Barone’s run”) to indicate something superfluous or unnecessary. He later also appeared in Italy's 3–0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals of the tournament. In total, Barone made 16 appearances for Italy between 2004 and 2006, scoring his only international goal on 9 February 2005, in a 2–0 friendly home win over Russia, in Cagliari, at the stadio Sant'Elia.

Style of play

A versatile, consistent, energetic, and hard-working player, Barone was primarily deployed as a central or right sided midfielder, although he was capable of playing in any midfield position, and was also deployed as a defensive midfielder, due to his stamina, tactical intelligence, positional sense, and decision-making, as well as his ability to break down opposition plays and subsequently start attacking moves with his passing.

Managerial career

In late June 2016, Barone was appointed assistant manager for Indian Super League club Delhi Dynamos, under his former international teammate Gianluca Zambrotta.

In the 2017–18 season, he was appointed manager for the Juventus academy.

He took over the Sassuolo Primavera team for the 2018–19 season.

On 7 July 2021, he was hired as a head coach of Correggese in Serie D. However, he left the club before the league season started.

Career statistics


Italy senior team
Year Apps Goals
2004 2 0
2005 9 1
2006 4 0
Total 15 1

International goal

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 February 2005 Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Italy  Russia 2–0 2–0 Friendly





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    CONI: Golden Collar of Sports Merit: Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo: 2006

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