Fabrizio Miccoli scored 103 goals in 259 matches in Serie A, across nine seasons in representation of Perugia, Juventus, Fiorentina and Palermo, also spending time on loan to Benfica in Portugal; he later spent two seasons with his hometown club Lecce in Lega Pro. Following his impressive performances, Juventus showed interest in signing the player, and ultimately acquired his transfer rights from Ternana in July 2002, then loaning him to minor Serie A side Perugia for the 2002–03 season. Miccoli showed great qualities during his first season in the top flight, scoring great goals and showing excellent technical ability. He was dubbed the Romario of the Salento, the Maradona of the Salento, and bomber tascabile (pocket bomber), due to his small stature, pace and his technical ability. His efforts helped Perugia reach an UEFA Intertoto Cup spot. For his efforts, he received an Azzurri call-up during the season and Juventus recalled him back for the following season. In a two-year international career, Miccoli scored twice in ten appearances for Italy.