Ahmed Barusso

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Ahmed Barusso
Personal information
Full name Ahmed Apimah Barusso
Date of birth (1984-12-26) 26 December 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Manfredonia 61 (9)
2006–2007 Rimini 7 (2)
2007–2012 Roma 3 (0)
2008 Galatasaray (loan) 2 (1)
2008–2009 Siena (loan) 3 (0)
2009–2010 Brescia (loan) 11 (1)
2010 Torino (loan) 15 (2)
2010–2011 Livorno (loan) 23 (1)
2012 Nocerina (loan) 11 (1)
2012–2013 Genoa 0 (0)
2012–2013 Novara (loan) 11 (0)
2014 Torino 0 (0)
2015 Arezzo 1 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Ghana 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2015.

Ahmed Apimah Barusso (born 26 December 1984) is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder .

Club career[edit]

Barusso started off his European footballing career at Manfredonia, where he moved after recommendations by Ghanaian football legend Abedi Pele, from Nania F.C. of Accra.[citation needed] He helped Manfredonia to three successive promotions from the Italian amateur leagues (Serie D) to Serie C1.

At the start of the 2006–07 season Barusso was signed by Serie B club Rimini in a co-ownership deal that was later turned permanent after his immediate impact at his new club,[1] including man of the match performances against Juventus F.C. and Bologna F.C. 1909.[2] Barusso's success was nearly halted, however, after a fractured tibia after a tackle by Alfredo Cardinale in the week 9 game at Crotone,[3] forcing him to miss several games due to surgery.


On 15 June 2007, it was reported in the Italian media that A.S. Roma have secured the co-ownership signing of Barusso from Serie B side Rimini.[4] The move was made official on 9 July 2007.[5][6] It cost €1.7M for sign him in co-ownership deal. He was awarded no.29 shirt.,[7] which was taken by Nicolás Burdisso in 2009-10 season.

Barusso made his Serie A debut for A.S. Roma in a 3–0 away win over Parma on 7 October 2007, at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Barusso was loaned to Turkish Galatasaray in January 2008, following the African Cup of Nations

He was subsequently loaned out to Serie A team Siena on June 2008,[8] along with Gianluca Curci as part of the deal that Roma signed Simone Loria and Artur. At Siena, He struggled to find a place in the first team (3 appearances).[9] He was call-up to Roma's pre-season retreat on 2 July 2009.[10]

On 24 July 2009 as revealed by his agent Mauro Cavoli, Brescia of Serie B have signed the Ghanaian midfielder on loan from AS Roma for a season,[11] which made official on 27 July.[12]

On 31 January 2010, he was loaned to Torino[13] where he met with Roma teammate Loria. Barusso almost won promotion back to Serie A with the club, which lost to Brescia in the final.

On 25 June 2010, Roma bought him outright for another €100,000.[14] He spent the other half of the 2010–11 season on loan at Livorno.

On 21 July 2011, it was reported that Barusso may sign with Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa, but the deal never materialized. In August 2011, Barusso had his car attacked, along with teammate Stefano Okaka, by angry Roma fans due to his unwillingness to be traded, which would free up a spot for a non-EU player to be brought in.

Late career[edit]

On 23 August 2012, Barusso joined Genoa on a free transfer and next day, was moved out to Serie B side Novara Calcio in a temporary deal.[15] The signing was solely for granting Genoa a quota of non-EU signing when releasing him on 30 June 2013 as a free agent.

On 30 January 2014, he returned to Torino. He was released on 30 June 2014 without any appearances. The club also received a quota to sign non-EU player Josef Martínez.[16] In February 2015 Barusso was signed by Lega Pro club Arezzo.

International career[edit]

Barusso was part of the Ghanaian Olympic Team, known as the Black Meteors that qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.


National team


  1. ^ "Rimini complete outright deal for Barusso". tribalfootball.com. 30 November 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "Ahmed Barusso: The Next Big Thing". ghanaweb.com. 7 October 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "Week 9 Reports". channel4.com. 28 October 2006. Archived from the original on 13 March 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2006. 
  4. ^ "Barusso On Way To Rome". goal.com. 15 June 2007. Archived from the original on 17 June 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Barusso completes Roma switch". bbc.co.uk. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Comunicato stampa n°3: Variazione numerazione maglie" (PDF). Lega Calcio (2007-08 Archive) (in Italian). 17 August 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Mercato: Curci e Barusso al Siena" (in Italian). AC Siena. 25 June 2008. Archived from the original on 30 June 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Ahmed Barusso – Siena – Campionato di Serie A" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Inizio Stagione 2009-2010. I convocati per il ritiro.". AS Roma (in Italian). 2 July 2009. Archived from the original on 5 July 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Barusso wechselt nach Brescia
  12. ^ "approvazione del resoconto intermedio di gestione al 30 settembre 2009" [INTERIM REPORT ON OPERATIONS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2009 APPROVED] (PDF) (in Italian). AS Roma. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Barusso al Torino". Torino FC (in Italian). 31 January 2010. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "relazione finanziaria annuale al 30 giugno 2010" (PDF) (in Italian). AS Roma. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "IN AZZURRO IL CALCIATORE AHMED BARUSSO". Novara Calcio (in Italian). 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Calciomercato Toro, Martinez è l’ultima idea per l’attacco" (in Italian). Tuttosport. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 

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