Parma, 26 April 2019 – Simone Barone is this week’s Old Flame for Chievo vs. Parma, with the Crociati set for a trip to the Bentegodi this Sunday.
After coming through the youth ranks at Parma, he made his first-team debut during the 1996-97 campaign, featuring against both Atalanta and Juventus. He was soon sent on loan to Padova and then Alzano, during which he gained both playing time and experience.
A move to Chievo followed in 2000, as he notably played a key role in helping the Gialloblu secure their first-ever promotion to Serie A – making a total of 31 league appearances. He spent the next season in the top tier with Chievo before then returning to Parma in 2002-03. He spent two seasons with the Crociati during his second stint with the club, making 62 appearances in total and scoring four goals.
His debut for the Italy National Team arrived on 18 February 2004, coming during a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic in Palermo. Coincidentally, he then signed for the Rosanero in 2004. After two seasons in Sicily, he was called up by Marcello Lippi for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, along with teammates Grosso (who joined Inter prior to the competition), Barzagli and Zaccardo. Barone played on two occasions during the Azzurri’s triumphant tournament, featuring against the Czech Republic and Ukraine.
Stints with Torino, Cagliari and Livorno then followed prior to his retirement, while Barone then launching his coaching career with Modena’s youth sector before moving to Parma’s academy. The former Azzurri international then followed Zambrotta to Delhi Dynamos in India before returning to Italy to coach Juventus’ Under-16s. Currently, he is in charge of Sassuolo’s Berretti outfit.