BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Ex-Italy international Massimo Maccarone is set to join Brisbane Roar in a one-season deal to play in Australia’s A-League.
Brisbane coach John Aloisi confirmed Monday that the 37-year-old Empoli forward would join the Roar squad for pre-season training next week.
”We are pleased and excited to welcome a player of Massimo’s caliber to Brisbane,” Aloisi said in a statement. ”His playing career is impressive and we are confident that Massimo’s experience at the highest level will strengthen our already talented squad.”
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Maccarone, who spent five years with Middlesbrough in the English Premier League before returning to Italy, is only the second player to join the A-League directly from the Serie A. Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero played for Sydney FC from 2012-14.