Parma, 25 October 2018 – A midfielder born in 1976, Domenico Morfeo joined the Atalanta youth academy in the early 1990s. His long professional career would begin here before he later ended up with the Crociati. He’s the focus of the this Old Flame article ahead of Atalanta vs. Parma on matchday ten of the 2018/19 Serie A TIM season. Morfeo made his Serie A debut at the age of 17. It was on 19 December 1993 when Atalanta faced Genoa. His first season as a professional was a positive one on a personal level as he made nine appearances and scored three goals, including a brace against Lecce in March 1994. It was a tough season however for the Bergamo club who were relegated to Serie B. In the second division, Morfeo found more playing time, appearing 18 times and scoring three goals. The following season, with Atalanta back in Serie A, he made 30 appearances and scored eleven goals.
It was then an important year for the young Morfeo. In addition to making an important contribution in what was an excellent season for Atalanta who reached the Coppa Italia final, he was called up by Cesare Maldini for the Under-21 European Championship. The Azzurrini could count on a talented core of youngsters such as Buffon, Nesta, Cannavaro and Totti as they made the final in Barcelona against Spain. The final went to penalties and it was Morfeo who took the final spot kick to win it.
In the summer of 1997, Morfeo moved to Fiorentina. He played 26 times and scored five, usually operating in a role where he set up Batistuta. He would however lose his place to Edmundo and he went out on loan in order to play more, first moving to AC Milan before then switching between Cagliari and Hellas Verona where he helped keep the side up under Cesare Prandelli after joining with them fourth from bottom halfway through the season. He returned to Fiorentina and went out on loan again, returning to Atalanta who finished seventh in the 2000/1 season.
After another season at Fiorentina where he made 18 appearances and scored two goals, Morfeo moved to Inter where he made 25 appearances and scored two goals, one of which was in the Champions League. He then joined Parma in the 2003/4 season. For the Crociati, ‘Mimmo’ played a big role over five seasons, scoring at least one in each campaign. Overall, he made 96 appearances across Serie A, the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup, scoring a total of 16 goals.
He later went on to represent Brescia and Cremonese before bringing his career to an end at his local club, San Benedetto dei Marsi.