Fabio Liverani

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Fabio Liverani
Fabio Liverani 2.jpg
Liverani in October 2009.
Personal information
Full name Fabio Liverani
Date of birth (1976-04-29) 29 April 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Centre Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1995 Palermo
1995–1996 Napoli
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 64 (1)
2008–2011 Palermo 66 (0)
2011 Lugano 0 (0)
Total 394 (28)
National team
2001–2006 Italy 3 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Genoa (youth)
2013 Genoa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fabio Liverani (born 29 April 1976) is an Italian football manager and former midfielder of partial Somali descent.[1][2]

Football career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Fabio was born in Rome, Italy in 1976 to a Somali mother and an Italian father making him an Italo-Somalo.[3] He 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 with Fiorentina.

From 2001 to 2006, Liverani played for Lazio in Italy's Serie A. Despite a string of lacklustre performances by the club, he earned a call-up to the national team during the pre-World Cup stage held on 2 and 3 May. 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 the club 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.

On 30 August 2011, he moved to Lugano, signing a two-year contract. Liverani never played a single game for the Swiss, and rescinded his contract by mutual consent later on November.[4]

International career[edit]

In 2001, Liverani became the first Italian footballer of Somali descent 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.[3]

On 16 August 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.

Managerial career[edit]

Following his retirement, Liverani was offered a position as youth coach at Genoa, in charge of the Allievi Regionali B squad, which he formally accepted on 15 November 2011.[5]

On 7 June 2013, Genoa president Enrico Preziosi announced the appointment of Fabio Liverani as new first team manager in place of Davide Ballardini.[6]

On 29 September 2013, Genoa decided to sack Liverani after one win in his seven games in charge.[7]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 29 September 2013.
Team Nat From To Competition Record
G W D L Win % GF GA GD
Genoa Italy 7 June 2013[6] 29 September 2013[7] Serie A 6 1 1 4 16.67 5 10 –5
Coppa Italia 1 0 1 0 00.00 2 2 0
Total 7 1 2 4 14.29 7 12 –5
Career totals League 6 1 1 4 16.67 5 10 –5
Domestic Cup 1 0 1 0 00.00 2 2 0
Total 7 1 2 4 14.29 7 12 –5




  1. ^ Palermo's Liverani Hopes For Roma Switch
  2. ^ Bresciano fulfils his Italian dream
  3. ^ a b "Trapattoni colora l' Italia, chiamato Liverani" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 21 April 2001. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Liverani-Lugano: è finita" [Liverani-Lugano: it's over] (in Italian). Ticino News. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Liverani è già in campo: "Sono rossoblù, era ora"" [Liverani already on the pitch: "I am a rossoblù finally"] (in Italian). Il Secolo XIX. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Genoa, Preziosi: "Ho scelto Liverani, sicuro delle sue qualità"" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Official: Genoa recall Gasperini". Football Italia. 29 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 

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