Liverani in 2009
|Full name||Fabio Liverani|
|Date of birth||29 April 1976|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He made 288 Serie A appearances across 12 seasons, representing Perugia, Lazio, Fiorentina and Palermo. He was the first black player for the Italy national team, playing three matches from 2001 to 2006.
In 2013, Liverani began his managerial career with a brief spell at top-flight club Genoa. He also managed English club Leyton Orient and Serie B club Ternana before taking Lecce to two consecutive promotions to the top flight.
Fabio Liverani was born in Rome, Italy in 1976 to a Somali mother and an Italian father. He made his professional footballing debut with Viterbese of Serie C2 in 1996–97. He transferred to Perugia in the 2000–01 season. From 2001 to 2006, Liverani played for Lazio in Italy's Serie A. He was part of their team that won the Coppa Italia in 2004, defeating Juventus 4–2 on aggregate.
The 2006 season saw Liverani move to Fiorentina. He played a total of two seasons with the team, including the Viola' team's 2007–08 Serie A campaign, which ended with Fiorentina securing fourth place and a spot in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League 2008-09. Fiorentina and Liverani parted company the following season.
In May 2008, Liverani signed a three-year contract with Palermo, being also appointed team captain. Liverani was forced to miss the first three months of the 2009–10 season due to a serious injury that he had sustained on May, and broke back into the first team only on November, then being replaced as permanent team captain by Fabrizio Miccoli. In his first game as a regular, against Chievo, the first game of new head coach Delio Rossi in charge of the team, Liverani went on to be sent off during the game.
On 25 April 2001, Liverani became the first black Italian footballer to play internationally with the senior Italian national team, making his debut with the Azzurri in a friendly match against South Africa in Perugia, under the management of Giovanni Trapattoni; the match ended in a 1–0 victory for the Italians.
On 16 August 2006, he was again summoned to start for the Italian national team in a friendly in Livorno against Croatia by the team's new coach, Roberto Donadoni; the match ended in a 2–0 loss. In total he made three appearances for Italy.
Style of play
In spite of his lack of pace, agility, stamina, or defensive skills, Liverani was a highly creative, reliable, and quick-thinking player, who was known in particular for his technique, vision, range of distribution, and precise passing with his left foot, which enabled him to create chances for teammates, and made him an excellent assist provider. Due to his unique set of skills and ability to set the tempo of his team's play in midfield, he usually operated in the centre or in front of the back-line, where he functioned as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield. A diminutive midfielder, he was not, however, particularly imposing physically or strong in the air. In addition to his playmaking abilities as a footballer, he also stood out for his mentality and leadership, both on and off the pitch.
On 7 June 2013, Genoa president Enrico Preziosi announced the appointment of Liverani as new first team manager in place of Davide Ballardini. He was sacked on 29 September after one win in his seven Serie A games in charge, and replaced by Gian Piero Gasperini.
On 8 December 2014, Liverani was appointed as manager of English League One team, Leyton Orient on a two-and-a-half year contract replacing Mauro Milanese who returned to his role as Sporting Director after 8 matches in charge. Following their relegation to League Two, Liverani left the club in May 2015.
On 6 March 2017, Liverani was appointed as manager of Serie B team, Ternana Calcio replacing Carmine Gautieri who was sacked after gaining only 3 points in 7 matches. Ternana was last with only 23 points in 29 matches, but he gained 26 points in 13 games to avoid direct relegation as well as play-outs. At the end of the season, with the club under new ownership, Liverani's contract was not renewed.
On 17 September 2017 was named new coach of Lecce, with whom he achieved two direct promotions from Serie C to Serie A, thus bringing the Salento club back to the Italian top tier league after seven years.
- As of 20 October 2019
|Genoa||7 June 2013||29 September 2013||7||1||2||4||14.3|||
|Leyton Orient||8 December 2014||13 May 2015||27||8||6||13||29.6|||
|Ternana||6 March 2017||30 June 2017||13||8||2||3||61.5|||
|Lecce||17 September 2017||Present||84||44||20||20||52.4|
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