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Fabio Liverani
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Personal information
Date of birth April 29, 1976 (1976-04-29) (age 33)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Palermo
Number 11
Youth career
1994–1995 Palermo
1995–1996 Cagliari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Nocerina 2 (0)
1997–2000 Viterbese 104 (18)
2000–2001 Perugia 32 (3)
2001–2006 Lazio 126 (6)
2006–2008 Fiorentina 60 (1)
2008– Palermo 32 (0)
National team
2001–2006 Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 8, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 16, 2006

Fabio Liverani (born April 29, 1976 in Rome) is an Italian football midfielder of partial Somali[1][2] descent who currently plays for U.S. Città di Palermo in the Serie A league. He also served as club captain for the rosanero in the 2008–09 season,[3] and usually plays as a deep-lying playmaker.




Club career

Liverani with Fiorentina

Liverani, born to a Somali mother and an Italian father,[4] made his professional footballing debut with Viterbese of Serie C2 in 1996–97. However, it was not until his transfer to Perugia over the 2000–01 season that he showed his full potential.

Liverani played for Lazio from 2001 to 2006. Despite mediocrity with Lazio in Serie A, Liverani earned a call-up to the national team during the pre-World Cup stage held on May 2 and 3. However, he was not re-called for the FIFA World Cup.

The 2006 season saw Liverani move to Fiorentina. He played a total of two seasons with the team, being instrumental in the viola's successful 2007–2008 Serie A campaign, which ended with Fiorentina securing fourth place in the League's final standings. This ensured them a spot in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League 2008-09. Fiorentina and Liverani parted company the following season.

In May 2008, Liverani signed a three year contract with Palermo, being also appointed team captain. A highly influential player in Palermo's squad, he controlled the midfield, picking up the most completed passes by any player in the Serie A 2008-2009 season. Liverani was forced to miss the first three months of the 2009–10 season due to a serious injury that he had sustained on May, and broke back into the first team only on November, then being replaced as permanent team captain by Fabrizio Miccoli. In his first game as a regular, against Chievo, the first game of new head coach Delio Rossi in charge of the team, Liverani went on to be sent off during the game.

International career

In 2001, Liverani became the first African to play internationally with the senior Italian national team, making his debut with the Azzurri in a friendly match against South Africa under the management of Giovanni Trapattoni.[4]

On August 16, 2006, he was again summoned to start for the Italian national team in a friendly against Croatia by the team's new coach, former Italian international Roberto Donadoni.


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