Francesco Tavano

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Francesco Tavano
Personal information
Full name Francesco Tavano
Date of birth (1979-03-02) March 2, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Caserta, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Empoli
Number 10
Youth career
0000–1997 Nola
1997–1999 Fiorentina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Pisa 11 (0)
2000–2001 Rondinella 46 (21)
2001–2006 Empoli 142 (43)
2006–2007 Valencia 3 (0)
2007 Roma (loan) 14 (2)
2007–2011 Livorno 128 (48)
2011– Empoli 118 (63)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francesco "Ciccio" Tavano (born 2 March 1979 in Caserta) is an Italian football striker who currently plays for Empoli.

Career[edit]

Tavano started his professional career with Pisa, before being sold to minor Florence team Rondinella, then in Serie C2. He then joined Empoli, where he slowly established himself as one of the stars of the small Tuscan team. During the January 2006 transfer window, several Italian football pundits claimed that Real Madrid were interested in signing Tavano,[1] but he eventually signed for Valencia in mid-2006. He received a call-up from national team in April 2006,[2] but never made any debut.

His time in Spain, however, proved to be unsuccessful, as he fell out with coaching staff after making statements in the press which led to him being a sub player for the majority of the short stay which he had. Tavano then returned to Italy for a loan spell with Roma, where he mostly served as a reserve player for the main giallorossi strikers.

In 2007 he was permanently signed by Livorno,[3] for a reported €5.5 million on a 4-year contract.[4] He received the #10 jersey, previously retired in honour of Igor Protti and unretired that year under explicit request from the former amaranto star. Despite being the club top scorer in his comeback season in Tuscany, his side did not manage to escape from relegation. Tavano agreed to stay at Livorno also in their Serie B 2008–09 campaign in order to try to lead his team back into the top fllght.

He scored a hat-trick at Avelino on the opening round, the first round 1 hat trick since 1994. He would than score at Piacenza, before standing back to back with a team mate in celebration. He missed a penalty against old club Empoli with the score 1-1, before Antonio Busce scored Empoli's winner. Tavano would, however, get a goal in the 5-2 win over Frosinone, on the way to 25 for the season, giving him the capocannionaire title, and ensuring promotion through the playoffs after missing out on automatic promotion to Bari and Parma. However he had a hard season in Serie A, as Livorno were the only newly promoted team to go down. He scored the winner at Roma, but only scored 4 other goals. He was also inconsistent, so much so that one fan interrupted training to slap him. He was still described as important. New manager Giuseppe Pillon said, "He is a fundamental player but must be motivated. I believe he has a desire for revenge after a poor Serie A Season."

Honours[edit]

Roma
Coppa Italia 
Winner: 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Empoli's Tavano excited by Real Madrid interest, tribalfootball.com, January 5, 2006
  2. ^ "Convocazione Nazionale" (in Italian). FIGC. 30 April 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Quattro nuovi acquisti del Livorno Calcio". AS Livorno Calcio (in Italian). 30 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tavano e Rossini al Livorno Via Abbiati, Torino su Sereni". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 27 June 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2011.