Giuseppe Mascara

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November 27, 2021

Giuseppe Mascara (Caltagirone, 22 August 1979) is a football coach and former Italian footballer, with an attacking role, Syracuse coach.

Biography

Since 2002 he has been married to Ramona Taiani from Benevento, met during the season in Avellino, with whom he had four children: Marcello, Francesco, Nicolò and Leonardo.

Technical features

Player

Mascara was a striker who could play different roles in the attack: although he was born a center forward, he was later mainly used (especially in Catania) as a left winger, second striker or playmaker if necessary.

Career

Player

Club

The amateurs and Serie C

Born in Caltagirone and raised in Comiso, he began playing in the oratory of his parish. His first field was that of Comiso, his country's team. There he was noticed by Emanuele Massari, Ragusa youth coach, who took him into his team. At 16 he made his debut in the National Amateur Championship with the Biancazzurri iblei, putting together 29 appearances and 5 goals in two seasons. In the summer of 1997 he moved to Battipagliese and in three seasons he collected 10 goals in 48 games and a double relegation from Serie C1 to the Dilettanti. So Avellino took him on a free transfer and the coach Aldo Ammazzalorso made him play as a center forward. He played 29 games and scored 16 goals in Serie C1, plus 2 games and a goal (the only one of him) in the play-offs for Serie B, lost against Catania.

Serie B

In 2001 he married to Salernitana, with whom he made his Serie B debut on 26 August 2001 in the 2-0 against Sampdoria, scoring his first goal, then moved to Palermo, wanted by the coach Bortolo Mutti. His rosanero experience was unfortunate: after an excellent start (on the sixth day he was the second best scorer in the category), a serious injury to the malleolus, which he had in the friendly against Nissa played on 21 October 2001, he kept him out for half a season. and the second year other muscular discomfort limited its use. He closed the Palermo experience with 38 appearances and 8 goals. In January 2003 he was bought by Genoa in an equal exchange with Paul Costantin Codrea who then passes to Sicily. With the rossoblù he relegated to Serie C1 with 13 appearances and 2 goals. On 31 August 2003 he moved to Catania. His season was very positive: he scored 13 goals in 41 games, making him the top scorer (with Luís Oliveira) and the most present on the pitch (with Guglielmo Stendardo) of his team. The patron of Catania, Luciano Gaucci, esteemed him so much that he promised him a thousand euros for every goal he scored. With the demobilization of the rossazzurra company, president Gaucci brought all the precious pieces to Perugia, including Mascara. In Umbria the left winger scored 4 goals in 37 games.

Serie A with Catania

The radiation of the red and white griffins, in the summer of 2005, allowed Mascara to return to Catania. He contributed 14 goals to the promotion of the team to Serie A, obtained on May 28, 2006. In the match against Mantova he scored a hat-trick. The debut in the top flight took place on 10 September against Cagliari. In Milan, against Inter, he also scored a goal that led to the illusory advantage of his team (the match, in fact, was then won by the neroazzurri 2-1 with a brace from Dejan Stanković). In the rest of the championship he was sent off three times in the first twelve days, he played several subdued matches and was plagued by various muscular problems (the last against Siena, in the second round); in all he played 28 games scoring 6 goals. In December 2006, together with other Sicilian sportsmen, including Giovanni Tedesco and Maddalena Musumeci, he took part in the creation of the 2007 calendar of the Sicilian Onlus Association for the fight against leukemia and childhood cancers, the proceeds of which were donated to Di Cristina hospital in Palermo for the construction of a room

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