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Marco Negri
Personal information
Date of birth October 27, 1970 (1970-10-27) (age 39)
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994-1995 Cosenza 34 (19)
1995-1997 Perugia 60 (33)
1997-2001 Rangers 30 (32)
1999-2000 Vicenza (loan) 9 (1)
2001-2002 Bologna 3 (0)
2002 Cagliari 5 (2)
2002-2003 Livorno 10 (8)
2004-2005 Perugia 3 (0)
Total 154 (95)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marco Negri (born 27 October 1970 in Milan) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a Striker for Perugia, Rangers, Bologna and Livorno.

Career

When Rangers manager Walter Smith bought the Italian forward from Perugia for £3.5 million in 1997 he was rewarded with instant success - Negri scored 23 goals in his first ten league games.[1] His low-key celebrations were noteworthy - often he felt the need only to exchange a handshake with other players and showed little in the way of facial expressions.

He easily topped the goal charts in that first campaign, with 32 League strikes. His scoring run was brought to an end on suffering a serious eye injury, attributed to a squash match with Sergio Porrini.. After that first season Negri only played three more first team games; he sat out the whole of one campaign. Rangers then loaned him to Vicenza and the striker returned to Ibrox injured[2]. Eventually he was sold to Bologna, in February 2001.

His record at Bologna reads two substitute appearances in two years, so it would appear that his attitude to the game remained the same. He apparently did start working with a famous sports clinic in Italy with a view to regaining full fitness and at that time, Ivano Bonetti held talks with Negri about a return to Scotland as replacement for Claudio Caniggia at Dundee.

After Bologna Negri dropped into Serie B with Livorno but they released him after a few months. In 2004 the player had a trial at Derby County, although he wasn't offered a contract.

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