Enzo Maresca retires from football

Former Sevilla and Malaga midfielder Enzo Maresca has announced his retirement from football aged 37.

The holding midfielder has called time on a career that was largely spent in his native Italy but which also included stints in England and Greece, alongside five seasons in Spain.

Maresca’s most successful spell came during his four-season spell at Sevilla – whom he joined from Fiorentina in 2005 for €2.5m – where he won five major trophies: two UEFA Cup’s, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super and Supercopa de Espana.

He scored twice in the 2006 UEFA Cup final victory over Middlesbrough where he was made Man of the Match, donating the €10k prize money to the San Juan de Dios hospital in Seville.

Maresca then went on to spend a season in Greece before returning to Spain in January 2011, where he helped guide Malaga to fourth place, their first Champions League qualification in their history.

The midfielder then completed his career back in his homeland with spells at Sampdoria, Palermo and Hellas Verona.

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