Matteo Sereni is an Italian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Born in Parma, Sereni started his career at UC Sampdoria, and was loaned out to A.C. Crevalcore in 1994. He returned to Sampdoria and only made 10 appearances before being transferred to Piacenza Calcio in 1997. Here he helped the club avoid relegation to Serie B, but in 1998 he transferred to Empoli F.C., where he failed to avoid relegation. In 1999, Sereni returned to Sampdoria in Serie B and made 75 (out of 76) Serie B appearances. In 2001, Ipswich Town signed him for £4.5 million, which remains the highest transfer fee paid by the club. He failed to avoid relegation with Ipswich and was loaned to Brescia in 2002. He was internationally selected at the age of 16 for the Italian national under-17 team, and played for the Italian national under-23 team at the 1997 Mediterranean Games, where Italy were champions.