Francesco Acerbi with Milan
|Date of birth||10 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Vizzolo Predabissi, Italy|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007||→ Renate (loan)||1||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Spezia (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Chievo (loan)||17||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Milan (loan)||6||(0)|
|2013||→ Chievo (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:50, 19 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016
Born in Vizzolo Predabissi, Lombardy, Acerbi started his career at Lombard team Pavia, making his league debut on 23 April 2006. He was then loaned to Serie D team Renate on 11 January 2007 and played a club friendly on the same day. He made his official debut on 28 January in a 0–0 draw with Palazzolo. He returned to Pavia on 30 January and played in the last round of 2006–07 Serie C2.
On 2 August, Acerbi was loaned to Triestina then to Spezia on 16 August, though he only played for the latter's primavera under-20 team. He returned to Pavia on 1 July and became a regular in the first-team. He played both legs of 2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione promotion playoffs and finished as losing semi-finalists. The team was promoted after some teams were expelled from the league due to financial problems.
Acerbi received a call-up to the pre-season camp of Serie B team Reggina on 13 July and the co-ownership deal completed on 16 July. On 31 January 2011, Pavia sold the remain 50 percent registration rights to Reggina for an undisclosed fee, whereupon the Calabrian side formed another co-ownership deal with Serie A team Genoa for €1 million. Acerbi only missed two games in 2010–11 Serie B and played both legs of promotion playoffs, losing to eventual playoff winners Novara in the semi-final. He played once during the 2010–11 Coppa Italia, a match he was ultimately sent off in. He was suspended in the next cup match and was not included in the third round.
On 24 June 2011, Genoa purchased the remaining 50 percent of Acerbi's registration rights from Reggina for €2.2 million and sent Antonino Ragusa the other direction. On 1 July 2011, Acerbi was sold to Chievo in a co-ownership deal for €2 million as part of the deal that saw Kévin Constant transferred to Genoa for €7.8 million, with Ivan Fatić also returning to Chievo for €200,000 in June 2011. Acerbi entered the starting XI in the second half of the season making 14 starts, partnering with Marco Andreolli in nine games, Dario Dainelli three games and Boštjan Cesar two games.
On 20 June 2012, Milan bought Chievo's 50 percent share of Acerbi, with Genoa retaining the remaining half of his registration rights. Co-currently, Milan signed Kévin Constant in temporary loan deal from Genoa. In July 2012, Isaac Cofie joined Chievo from Genoa as part of financial compensation. Genoa revealed in the financial report of 2012 calendar year that Genoa repurchased 50 percent of the registration rights to Acerbi for €3.75 million and subsequently sold them to Milan for €4 million, whilst Cofie cost Chievo €1.5 million. The deals effectively made Genoa a profit of €250,000, whilst Chievo received new compensation for Constant's price tag.
Acerbi debuted for Milan in its 3–1 win over Bologna, though he failed to gain a stable place in starting line-up and left the club during the winter transfer window.
Genoa and Chievo
On 26 January 2013, Milan purchased 50 percent of the rights of Kévin Constant for €4 million. Acerbi, as a part of the deal, moved to Genoa also for €4 million, from where his previous club Chievo loaned him back for a €300,000 fee. He made seven appearances in the second half of 2012–13 Serie A.
On 9 July 2013, Sassuolo, recently promoted to the Serie A purchased half of Acerbi's playing rights for a €1.8 million fee. another remained a propriety of Genoa. During a pre-season medical, a tumor in his testicles was discovered. Immediately, he underwent surgery in Milan. Soon after the tumor had been removed, he resumed training sessions with his new teammates. Acerbi had taken part in 13 games of 2013–14 Serie A season (mostly as a starter) before he failed a doping test on 1 December 2013. He denied using doping, claiming that a positive result might be caused by the side-effects of prescribed medicine he had been taking after his surgery. After an extra check-up, it was revealed that a tumor returned and Acerbi was subsequently diagnosed with testicular cancer. This time, he underwent a course of chemotherapy. On 15 March 2014, he announced that his life was not in danger anymore and expressed his desire to play football as soon as possible. It was also reported that Acerbi did not miss the majority of training sessions during his cancer treatment period. In June 2014, the co-ownership deal was renewed by Sassuolo.
On 30 January 2015, Sassuolo purchased Acerbi outright for an additional €1.8 million fee. On the same day Genoa acquired Lorenzo Ariaudo and Leonardo Pavoletti from Sassuolo on temporary deals for free.
- As of 2 April 2016 (UTC)
- All appearances in UEFA Champions League
- As of 29 March 2016
|Italy national team|
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