(born 12 November 1981 in Vibo Valentia
) is an Italian footballer
who plays as a striker
for Serie A
club S.S. Lazio
Floccari began playing football as a junior with the local side of his town, Nicotera
, before moving into the youth system of Catanzaro
. He began professionally in Serie D
before moving up to Serie C2
and Faenza. It was at Faenza, under coach Carlo Regno, current assistant to Davide Ballardini
, that Floccari first bloomed, scoring many goals.
Following his successful period at Faenza, he joined Genoa
in 2002, but did not establish himself as a regular, playing just nine league games and scoring one goal in his first season of Serie B
Floccari took a step back into Serie C2, joining Rimini
where he played and scored regularly. His goals contributed to successful promotions as Rimini went from playing in C2
to Serie B during his time there.
In January of 2006
, Floccari's form was rewarded when Serie A
signed him as they looked to avoid relegation. Floccari scored three times as Messina survived thanks to the Calciopoli
scandal. Two of those goals came in a 2–2 draw with Juventus
. In his first full season of Serie A in 2006–07
, Floccari scored only twice as Messina finished last.
The Calabrese striker did not return to Serie B with his Messina teammates though. Atalanta
signed him for a fee of 1.6 million euro plus defender Mariano......