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Paolo Negro
Personal information
Date of birth April 16, 1972 (1972-04-16) (age 37)
Place of birth Arzignano, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Retired
Youth career
1988–1990 Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Bologna 49 (0)
1992–1993 Brescia 26 (1)
1993–2005 Lazio 264 (19)
2005–2007 Siena 50 (4)
National team
1991–1994 Italy U21 10 (2)
1994–2000 Italy 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paolo Negro (born 16 April 1972 in Arzignano, Vicenza) is a former Italian footballer. He could either play as a central defender or a right back.

Club career

A youth player at Brescia Calcio, Negro joined Bologna F.C. 1909 in 1990, and had his Serie A debut against Genoa C.F.C. on 28 October, amassing over 50 overall appearances in his first two professional seasons.

After a quick return with Brescia, he then went on to have a 12-year stint with Rome's S.S. Lazio. Scored an own goal in a December 17, 2000 derby against A.S. Roma, which eventually lifted the scudetto (the previous year, Negro had helped Lazio win it).

Having joined A.C. Siena in 2005, Negro scored a dramatic 85th-minute goal to defeat former side Lazio 2-1 on the final day of the 2006-07 season; without it, Siena would have been relegated to the second division, instead of A.C. Chievo. He appeared a further 50 times in the league in two campaigns, for a total of 363.

In August 2008, almost one year after retiring, 36-year old Negro underwent a trial at Serie B club Modena FC , but nothing came of it.

International career

On November 16, 1994, Negro made his debut for the Italian national team, in a match against Croatia for the Euro 1996 qualifiers (1-2 home loss). He received a total of eight caps with the azzurri, and was selected in the squad for the 2000 European Football Championship, where the nation finished second.

Previous, Negro was an essential member of the U21s, as they defeated Portugal at the 1994 European Championships, in Montpellier.

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