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Marco Padalino Player Profile

Marco Padalino Player Profile
Marco Padalino
Date of Birth:Dec 8, 1983 (Age 33)
Place of Birth:Lugano
Nationality: Switzerland
Height:177 cm.
Weight:72 Kg.
Squad Number:14
Marco Padalino & Antonio Cassano - Sampdoria-Lecce - Serie A (Grazia Neri)
Marco Padalino had to wait a few years before he had the chance to play top flight football in Italy. After he left his hometown club FC Lugano he moved to the Challenge League, the second division in Switzerland, and played for Malcantone Agno. His former coach helped him move to Serie B and signing a contract with Cagliari Calcio. Later on, after three successful seasons with Piacenza he signed for Sampdoria and fulfilled his dreams of playing in Serie A.

He is not always in the starting XI of Sampdoria, but he still plays an important role bringing power and energy to the pitch as a substitute. The right winger made his debut for the “Nati”  on 11 February 2009 in a friendly game against Bulgaria. Since then he played another six games for the Swiss national team under coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.  

Did you know?  

He had to leave his hometown club FC Lugano because they went bankrupt. Without the help of his former coach, Roberto Morinini, he possibly wouldn’t have had the chance to shine in Italy and become an international player.