Viviano playing for Bologna in 2011
|Full name||Emiliano Viviano|
|Date of birth||1 December 1985|
|Place of birth||Florence, Italy|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|SPAL (on loan from Sporting CP)|
|2004–2005||→ Cesena (loan)||13||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Fiorentina (loan)||32||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Arsenal (loan)||0||(0)|
|2019–||→ SPAL (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2011
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
In January 2009, Viviano was signed by F.C. Internazionale Milano in a co-ownership deal for €3.5 million. 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.
Inter return, Genoa and Palermo
On 25 June 2011, Viviano rejoined Inter Milan from Bologna after Lega Serie A announced the result of co-ownership deals. Due to an administrative error he again linked up with Inter now for a fee of €4.1 million. 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. On 23 July 2011, Viviano was diagnosed with a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee. 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. 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. 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; less 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 (with Matías Silvestre to Inter on loan also for €3 million), and instantly loaned him to his hometown club Fiorentina for €500,000 with option to buy outright for €7.5 million.
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. However, Viviano returned to Palermo at the end of the season without having played a competitive game for Arsenal.
On 12 August 2014, Viviano was signed by Sampdoria in a temporary deal, with an option to sign him outright. On 26 June 2015, the loan was extended with an obligation to purchase. He signed a 1+4 year contract with a transfer fee of €2.3 million (€24,000 loan fee + €2.276 million outright).
Viviano was the first choice goalkeeper for Italy at the 2005 U-20 World Cup. In 2007 he was a part of the Italian squad for the U-21 European Championship. He made another appearance for the national U-21 side in a friendly against the Dutch on 5 February 2008 in preparation for the Olympics. Viviano went on to play at the 2008 Summer Olympics with Italy. The Olympic team was composed of winners from the 2007 U-21 Euro, which some of them ineligible to play in the 2009 edition. Viviano did not take 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.
- As of 20 May 2018
|Cesena (loan)||2004–05||Serie B||13||0||0||0||—||—||13||0|
|Arsenal (loan)||2013–14||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- As of 19 February 2018
|Italy national football team|
- 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)
- "Deals done for six youngsters". Inter.it. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
- "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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
- Bologna FC 1909 Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (in Italian)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Viviano injury: test results". FC Internazionale Milano. www.inter.it. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- Genoa CFC SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2011 (in Italian)
- US Città di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (in Italian)
- "VIVIANO E' ROSANERO" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- US Citta di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (in Italian)
- "Arsenal sign Emiliano Viviano on loan". Arsenal.com. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "Dal Palermo ecco Emiliano Viviano, il benvenuto del presidente Ferrero" (in Italian). U.C. Sampdoria. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- "VIVIANO PASSA ALLA SAMPDORIA RESCISSO IL CONTRATTO DI NELSON" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- "VIVIANO ALLA SAMPDORIA" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- 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)
- "Venti Azzurrini per l'amichevole Italia-Olanda. La novità è Rossettini" (in Italian). FIGC. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015.