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Football: Italy's Maccarone joins Brisbane Roar

Massimo Maccarone
Sydney, Australia | AFP
2017-07-17 12:55:16

    Former Italian international striker Massimo Maccarone has signed as Brisbane Roar's marquee player for the next Australian A-League season, the club said on Monday.

The former Middlesbrough Premier League forward, 37, joins the Roar from Serie A side Empoli. He scored 24 goals in 80 matches for Boro.

Maccarone becomes just the second player to come to Australia's A-League directly from the Serie A after Italy and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.

"His playing career is impressive and we are confident that Massimo’s experience at the highest level will strengthen our already talented squad," head coach John Aloisi said.

Adelaide United also announced the signing of former Turkish international defender Ersan Gulum on a season-long loan from Chinese side Hebei China Fortune.

Gulum, 30, made 126 appearances for Turkish Süper Lig giants Besiktas and played seven times for Turkey.

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