Acquafresca with Bologna in 2011
|Full name||Robert Acquafresca|
|Date of birth||11 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Turin, Italy|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2005–2007||→ Treviso (loan)||43||(11)|
|2007–2009||→ Cagliari (loan)||68||(24)|
|2009–2010||→ Atalanta (loan)||12||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Cagliari (loan)||37||(8)|
|2011–2012||→ Bologna (loan)||32||(5)|
|2013||→ Levante (loan)||13||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2015.
Born in Turin to an Italian father and a Polish mother residing in Alpignano, Acquafresca entered the Torino youth system at the age of 6. In the 2004–05 Campionato Primavera, he played 14 games and scored two goals for the granata.
In summer 2005, Torino was promoted back to Serie A; however, Torino was expelled from Serie A due to the club's financial problems, with the consequent free release of all of their players. He was signed by Internazionale as a youth team player, but two days later was loaned out to Treviso in order to gain first team experience.
Internazionale loaned him to Treviso (also in co-ownership deal for €35,000), thus partnering former Torino teammate Pinga. He made eight Serie A appearances in 2005–06 season. As part of the co-ownership deal, Acquafresca remained in Treviso for the 2006–07 Serie B season and scored 11 goals in 35 appearances. In June 2007, Inter bought the remaining half of the co-ownership deal from Treviso, for €1.5 million.
On 25 June 2008 it was confirmed that Inter had bought Cagliari's 50% of Acquafresca for €6 million, making them his sole club, however he was loaned back to Cagliari for the 2008–09 season.
After missing the first game of the season against Lazio, he then played the next five games without opening his account before scoring his first goal of the season against Torino. He scored again the next match at home against Chievo. On 2 November he scored two goals at home against Bologna in a 5–1 win. He also scored one goal against his parent team, Inter, on 13 January 2009.
Genoa & Atalanta
On 29 June 2009, Acquafresca became a member of Genoa C.F.C. as a part of Diego Milito and Thiago Motta move to Internazionale. and moved along with Leonardo Bonucci, Francesco Bolzoni, Riccardo Meggiorini and Ivan Fatic. He was valued €9.5 million at that time, signing a 5-year contract. He was immediately loaned to Atalanta as the club sold its striker Sergio Floccari to Genoa.
In January 2010 the Italian striker has prematurely ended his loan spell at Atalanta and has returned to Genoa, as the club completed a three players three club swap, which saw Hernán Crespo moved to Parma, and Parma's Nicola Amoruso moved to Atalanta.
Back to Cagliari
On 1 July 2010, his no.9 shirt was given to Luca Toni, and Acquafresca was transfer-listed by Genoa. After a loan negotiation, Acquafresca finally returned to Cagliari on loan for €2 million and took no.9 shirt from Nenê. Cagliari also had an option to buy him after the loan.
On 22 June 2011 Cagliari announced that the club would not exercise the right to sign him outright, even though Acquafresca had been the flagship striker for Cagliari since the departure of Alessandro Matri in January 2011.
On 19 July 2011 he was loaned to Bologna for €500,000, rejoining coach Pierpaolo Bisoli, which in June 2011 the club sold its forward Riccardo Meggiorini back to Genoa and also signed Federico Rodríguez from Genoa. Bologna made Acquafresca's move permanent after the 2011–12 season, buying the 50% registration rights of Acquafresca for €2.5 million. Acquafresca signed a 1+3-year contract worth €1.692 million a season in summer 2011. Scoring 5 goals in 20 Serie A games during his first season at the club.
Loan to Levante
On 31 January 2013 Acquafresca left for Spanish club Levante UD, after a goal drought in 6 Serie A appearances in 2012–13 season. In total he made 13 appearances in La Liga scoring 3 goals. In June 2013 Bologna acquired Rodríguez outright from Genoa for free, as well as Acquafresca for €1.267 million. The deals made Bologna had spent €4.267 in total to acquire Acquafresca.
Return to Bologna
Acquafresca has been capped for Italian U-17s, U18s, U19s, U20s and Under-21 side, making his debut in a qualifying match against Albania on 1 June 2007. Also, Polish Football Federation, together with national coach Leo Beenhakker, have been trying to convince him to play for Poland. Acquafresca, who speaks Polish, in an interview given to Gazeta Wyborcza (14 March 2008) said that he would leave the decision to the near future . On 18 March, he finally opted to refuse the Polish Football Federation offer, and instead confirming his choice to represent Italy at international level.
With national youth team, Acquafresca finished as the third in group 6 of 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualification. With under-21 team, Acquafresca finished as losing semi-finalist in 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, lost to Germany 0–1. Eventually Germany was the champion.
With the Italy Olympic's team (de facto U21 team with overage player) in 2008 Summer Olympics, Acquafresca finished as losing quarter-finalist to Belgium. Scoring 1 goal in 4 games in the tournament. Acquafresca also played for the Olympics team against Romania in a friendly match, as well as against Lega Pro club Borgo.
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