Emiliano Viviano

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Emiliano Viviano
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Viviano playing for Bologna in 2011
Personal information
Full name Emiliano Viviano
Date of birth (1985-12-01) 1 December 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Florence, Italy
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 2
Youth career
1999–2002 Fiorentina
2002–2004 Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Brescia 126 (0)
2004–2005 Cesena (loan) 13 (0)
2009–2011 Bologna 72 (0)
2011–2012 Inter Milan 0 (0)
2012–2014 Palermo 20 (0)
2012–2013 Fiorentina (loan) 32 (0)
2013–2014 Arsenal (loan) 0 (0)
2014– Sampdoria 83 (0)
National team
2001 Italy U16 1 (0)
2003 Italy U18 2 (0)
2003–2004 Italy U19 11 (0)
2004–2005 Italy U20 10 (0)
2006–2007 Italy U21 5 (0)
2008 Italy U23 1 (0)
2008 Italy Olympic 4 (0)
2010– Italy 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:15, 1 June 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2011

Emiliano Viviano (born 1 December 1985) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Sampdoria and the Italy national team.

Club career[edit]


Born in Florence, Viviano is a product of Fiorentina and Brescia youth teams. He started his career with a loan in Serie B at Cesena in the 2004–05 season. Then he spent four years as first-choice goalkeeper in Serie B with Brescia.

Inter, Brescia loan & Bologna[edit]

In January 2009, Viviano was signed by F.C. Internazionale Milano in a co-ownership deal for €3.5 million.[1] He was immediately loaned back to Brescia. In the 2009–10 season he made his debut in Serie A with Bologna where he became the first-choice goalkeeper. Bologna signed him in by purchasing Viviano's 50% registration rights from Brescia also for €3.5 million.[2][3]

Inter return, Genoa and Palermo[edit]

On 25 June 2011, Viviano rejoined Inter Milan from Bologna after Lega Serie A announced the result of co-ownership deals. It was due to an administrative error allowed him to join Inter for a fee of €4.1 million.[4] The error came as the Bologna club director Stefano Pedrelli accidentally halved again the initial €4.71 million valuation of the remaining 50% of his contract to bid only €2.33 million in response to Inter's €4.1 million valuation on the bid submitted to the league office on 24 June.[5] On 23 July 2011, Viviano was diagnosed with a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee.[6] The injury ruled him out for almost half of the 2011–12 season. in August 2011, Inter swapped Viviano with Juraj Kucka in co-ownership deal, which half of Kucka for €8 million and half of Viviano for €5 million.[7] However both players remained in the original club to wait for the recovery of Viviano. In January 2012, Palermo bought Genoa's half to end their goalkeeper search since summer 2011. He signed a contract which last until 30 June 2016.[8][9] Viviano would compete with Greek international Alexandros Tzorvas and squeezed Francesco Benussi out. In a separate deal, the transfer fee would partially compensate the signing of Cesare Bovo from Palermo to Genoa outright.

In June 2012, the co-ownership deal of Viviano was renewed between Inter and Palermo; Kucka, however, returned to Genoa from Inter for €6.5 million with youngster Samuele Longo returned to Inter for €7 million; Lesser than a month later, Inter sold Viviano to Palermo outright in another player swap (for Silvestre), making the club eventually received no cash for their €7.6 million investment on Viviano .


In July 2012, Palermo also bought Inter's 50% of the player for €3 million[10] (with Matías Silvestre to Inter on loan also for €3 million[10]), and instantly loaned him to his hometown club Fiorentina for €500,000 with option to buy outright for €7.5 million.[10]


On 2 September 2013, Viviano moved to Premier League team Arsenal on a one-year loan deal with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.[11] However, Viviano returned to Palermo at the end of the season without having played a competitive game for the Gunners.


On 12 August 2014, Viviano was signed by Sampdoria in a temporary deal, with an option to sign him outright.[12][13] On 26 June 2015, the loan was extended with an obligation to purchase.[14] He signed a 1+4 year contract with a transfer fee of €2.3 million (€24,000 loan fee + €2.276 million outright).[15]

International career[edit]

He was first choice goalkeeper in the Italy U-20 team at 2005 U-20 World Cup. In 2007 with the Italy U-21 he took part at the U-21 European Championship. He also took part at the 2008 Summer Olympics with the Olympic team. He played once for U-21 team as overage player (de facto U23) on 5 February 2008 against Dutch Olympics team, in order to prepare for the Olympic.[16] The Olympic team was composed of winner from 2007 U-21 Euro, which some of them ineligible to 2009 edition. Viviano did not took part in 2008 Toulon Tournament, however.

Viviano made his debut for Italy senior team on 7 September 2010 during a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match, in a 5–0 victory against the Faroe Islands in Florence. At that time he became the second choice goalkeeper for Italy, only after veteran Gianluigi Buffon and ahead of Salvatore Sirigu.


  1. ^ F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2009, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  2. ^ "Deals done for six yougnsters". Inter.it. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Bilancio intermedio al 31 dicembre 2010: Nota integrativa: parte 1" [Notes on financial statements of 2010–11 Half Yearly Report (part 1)] (PDF) (in Italian). Bologna FC 1909. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ Bologna FC 1909 Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (in Italian)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  6. ^ "Viviano injury: test results". FC Internazionale Milano. www.inter.it. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Genoa CFC SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2011 (in Italian)
  8. ^ US Città di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (in Italian)
  9. ^ "VIVIANO E' ROSANERO" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c US Citta di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (in Italian)
  11. ^ "Arsenal sign Emiliano Viviano on loan". Arsenal.com. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Dal Palermo ecco Emiliano Viviano, il benvenuto del presidente Ferrero" (in Italian). U.C. Sampdoria. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "VIVIANO PASSA ALLA SAMPDORIA RESCISSO IL CONTRATTO DI NELSON" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "VIVIANO ALLA SAMPDORIA" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  15. ^ U.C. Sampdoria S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2015, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  16. ^ "Venti Azzurrini per l’amichevole Italia-Olanda. La novità è Rossettini" (in Italian). FIGC. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 

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