Francesco Acerbi with Milan
|Date of birth||10 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Vizzolo Predabissi, Italy|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007||→ Renate (loan)||1||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Spezia (loan)||0||(0)|
|2013||→ Chievo (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of (11:13, 23 November 2014 (UTC)).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Vizzolo Predabissi, Lombardy, Acerbi started his career at Lombard team Pavia. He made his league debut on 23 April 2006. He then loaned to Serie D team Renate on 11 January 2007 and played a club friendly on the same day. He made his official debut on 28 January, a 0–0 draw with Palazzolo. However he returned to Pavia on 30 January and played the last round of 2006–07 Serie C2.
On 2 August he was loaned to Triestina and loaned to Spezia on 16 August. However he only played for its Primavera under-20 team. He returned to Pavia on 1 July and became a regular of the first team. He played both legs of 2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione promotion playoffs and finished as losing semi-finalists. However the team promoted as some teams were expelled from the league due to financial problems.
He received a call-up to the pre-season camp of Serie B team Reggina on 13 July and the co-ownership deal completed on 16 July. On 31 January 2011 Pavia sold the remain 50% registration rights to Reggina for undisclosed fee and the Calabrian side formed another co-ownership deal with Serie A team Genoa for €1 million. He only missed 2 games in 2010–11 Serie B and played both legs of promotion playoffs, losing to the playoffs winner Novara in the semi-final. He played once in 2010–11 Coppa Italia, which he was sent off. He was suspended in the next cup match and not included in the third round.
On 24 June 2011 Genoa bought the remaining 50% registration rights from Reggina for €2.2 million and sent Antonino Ragusa to Reggio Calabria. On 1 July 2011 he was sold to Chievo in a co-ownership deal for €2 million, as part of the deal that Kevin Constant transferred to Genoa for €7.8 million; co-currently Ivan Fatic returned to Chievo for €200,000 in June 2011. Acerbi entered the starting XI in the second half of the season (14 starts), partnering Marco Andreolli (9 games), Dario Dainelli (3 games) and Boštjan Cesar (2 games).
On 20 June 2012 Milan bought Chievo's share on Acerbi, with Genoa retained 50% registration rights. Co-currently, Milan signed Kévin Constant in temporary deal from Genoa. In July 2012 Isaac Cofie joined Chievo from Genoa as part of financial compensation. Genoa revealed in the financial report of 2012 calendar year, that, Genoa bought back 50% registration rights of Acerbi for €3.75 million, and sold to Milan for €4 million, while Cofie cost Chievo €1.5 million. The deals effectively made Genoa profited €250,000 as middle man, and Chievo got new compensation for Constant's price tag.
Acerbi debuted in Milan's 3-1 win over Bologna. However, he failed to gain a stable place in starting line-up and left the club during winter transfer window.
Genoa and Chievo
On 26 January 2013, AC Milan purchased a half of rights for Kevin Constant for €4 million. Acerbi, as a part of a deal, moved to Genoa also for €4 million, from where his previous club Chievo loaned him back, for €300,000. He made 7 appearances in the secold half of 2012-13 season.
On 9 July 2013 Sassuolo, recently promoted into Serie A side, made an official statement about the transfer of Acerbi. Only a half of contract rights was bought, for €1.8 million, another remained a propriety of Genoa.
During pre-season medical check-up, a tumor in his testicles was discovered. Immediately, he underwent surgery in Milan. Soon after the tumor had been removed, he resumed training sessions with his new teammates. Acerbi had taken part in 13 games of Serie A 2013-14 season (mostly as a starter) before he failed his doping test on 1 December 2013. The player denied accusations of using doping, claiming that a positive result might be caused by side-effects of the medicine he had been taking to reconcile the consequences of surgery. During the extra check-up it was revealed that a tumor returned and Acerbi was diagnosed with testicular cancer. This time he underwent a course of chemotherapy to treat the disease. On 15 March 2014 he announced that his life was not in danger anymore and expressed his readiness to play football again. It was also reported that Acerbi did not miss the majority of trainings during that time he had been receiving treatment.
- Club statistic
- As of 9 January 2013 (UTC)
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