LAZIO VS. PARMA, THE OLD FLAME: MARCO BALLOTTA

Parma, 19 September 2019 – His long career saw him defend the goals of both sides who will face off this Sunday in the league. Marco Ballotta is the Old Flame for Lazio vs. Parma.

The goalkeeper was born in 1964 and signed early in the 1980s by Bologna, who sent him to play for Casalecchio. He later represented Modena 188 times. After a year with Cesena, Parma signed Ballotta in 1991.

He was with the Crociati until 1994, playing 33 times. At Parma, he won the Coppa Italia, Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup.

That was followed by a season at Brescia (32 appearances) and a move to Reggiana, where Carlo Ancelotti’s side won promotion. After another season with Reggiana, he moved to Lazio, where he played between 1997 and 2000. In the capital, he won the Scudetto, Coppa Italia twice, Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup.

Then, after one year at Inter, where he made six appearances, he went back to Modena, collecting 88 appearances over the course of three years. At that point his career saw him make another return, going back to Lazio from 2005 to 2008 and playing 48 games. After his second spell in the Biancocelesti shirt, Ballotta began his adventure in amateur football changing from a goalkeeper to a striker. He scored 24 goals in 37 appearances for Calcara Samoggia and then moved to San Cesario, where he played both in goal and up front before once again returning to Calcara in attack, this time scoring five goals from 19 games. Finally, he returned, aged 50, to his place between the sticks at amateur club Castelvetro.