Francesco Valiani

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Francesco Valiani
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-10-29) 29 October 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Pistoia, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Wide Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
1999–2000 Pistoiese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Pistoiese 92 (12)
2000–2001 Maceratese (loan) 27 (3)
2001–2002 Imolese (loan) 25 (1)
2005–2008 Rimini 92 (9)
2008–2010 Bologna 72 (7)
2010–2012 Parma 75 (1)
2012–2014 Siena 58 (2)
2014–2015 Latina 32 (3)
2015–2017 Bari 52 (4)
2017– Livorno 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 February 2017 (UTC).

Francesco Valiani (born 29 October 1980) is an Italian football midfielder who currently plays for Livorno.



Valiani joined Rimini along with Emmanuel Cascione. Valiani spent two-and-a-half seasons in Serie B with the club.

His final game (and goal) for Rimini was on 2008-01-26 and, ironically, against the team he would join the next week. Bologna won the match 2–1.[1]


Valiani joined Bologna in January 2008 for €2.5 million[2] and helped them to promotion.

On 31 August 2008 he made his Serie A debut by scoring the winning goal in a shocking 2–1 win for Bologna at San Siro against AC Milan.[3]


On 29 January 2010 Parma signed the midfielder from Bologna in return for winger Andrea Pisanu on joint ownership deals, both 50% registration rights of the players were tagged for €2.5 million.[4][5] Valiani signed a 3½ year contract.[6]

With Parma, he often featured as one of the 3 central midfielder in 3–5–2 formation, or one of the midfielder in 4–3–3 formation. On 17 October 2010, he unusually became a wingforward in the 4–3–3 formation. He generally represented the club on the right-hand side of midfield in Franco Colomba's 4–4–2 formation towards the end of the 2010–11 season and was the outfield player with the most appearances over the seasons, playing in all but three matches.[citation needed]

In June 2011 Parma acquired Valiani outright and co-currently Andrea Pisanu jointed Bologna outright. Co-currently Alessandro Elia and Riccardo Pasi returned to their mother club.

Elia was valued an aggressive price of €1.5 million [nb 1] While Pasi's 50% rights was valued an aggressive price of €1.6 million; [nb 2] Valiani cost Parma €2.8 million [nb 3] and co-currently Parma sold Andrea Pisanu outright for €2.5 million. The four deals made Bologna received €200,000 in net.[7][8]


On 14 July 2012, Parma sold Valiani outright to fellow Serie A club Siena[9] for just €100,000.[10] In June and July 2012 Siena and Parma also made cash-less players only swap, namely: Brandão, Iacobucci, Pacini and Rossi of Siena for a total of €5.6 million; Coppola, Dellafiore, Doumbia and Galuppo of Parma also for a total of €5.6 million.[10]


  1. ^ It made Parma received a financial income of €500,000 as its retained half was increased to €1.5 million but co-currently a financial cost for Bologna as it cannot capture the €500,000 profit
  2. ^ It made Parma a financial cost of €600,000 and financial income to Bologna
  3. ^ It made Parma had a financial cost of €300,000 as the price of the other half had raised from €2.5M to €2.8M but on Bologna side a financial income as a bonus


  1. ^ "Rimini 1–2 Bologna". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Bologna F.C. 1909 S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2008 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  3. ^ "Ronaldinho non-basta Il Bologna sbanca San Siro" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Bilancio intermedio al 31 dicembre 2010: Nota integrativa: parte 1" (PDF). Bologna FC 1909 (in Italian). 4 April 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Bilancio intermedio al 31 dicembre 2010: Nota integrativa: parte 2" (PDF). Bologna FC 1909 (in Italian). 4 April 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Parma FC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2010 (Italian)
  7. ^ Bologna FC 1909 Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  8. ^ Parma FC Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  9. ^ "Valiani in bianconero: "Pronto per una sfida entusiasmante"". A.C. Siena (in Italian). 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b AC Siena SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)

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