Franco Brienza is an Italian footballer who plays for Reggina Calcio in Serie B and also represented Italy at international level. He is a left footed forward usually playing on the right wing.
Born in Cantu but grown in Ischia, he began his footballing career for local club Campagnano, before moving in Florence at the age of 15 to play for Isolotto. In 1997-98 he joined with Serie B club Foggia. In 2000 he joined U.S. Citta di Palermo, then playing in Serie C1, helping his club to win the league and achieve promotion to Serie B. In 2002 he moved on loan at Ascoli, where he scored 7 goals playing as second striker. In 2003 he returned at Palermo, playing for the rosanero for the first half of the season before being loaned out to Perugia on January 2004 as part of the agreement that brought Fabio Grosso to Palermo, making his Serie A debut at Stadio San Siro, in an away match lost 2-1 to AC Milan. He returned once again at Palermo in the 2004-05 Serie A campaign, scoring an impressive 10 goals in 33 games playing just behind Luca Toni. That year, Brienza was called up to the Italian national team and has been subsequently been capped during a North-American tour with the Azzurri, marking his debut in a 1-1 draw with Serbia and Montenegro at Rogers Centre, Toronto on June 8, 2005, and playing also the next match, another 1-1 draw, this time to Ecuador, three days later.
In 2005-06, new Palermo boss Luigi Del Neri, who always showed a preference to play a 4-4-2 formation, ruled out a 'free role' for Brienza, who had little space during the first half of the season. After Del Neri's dismissal, Brienza later found more space in the starting lineup with new coach Giuseppe Papadopulo. He scored only one goal in 27 matches, being also featured 13 times in the UEFA Cup, scoring three goals in the continental competition.
Brienza's profile (from US Palermo official website)
Brienza's profile (from La Gazzetta dello Sport website)
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