Francesco Acerbi

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Francesco Acerbi
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Acerbi with Milan in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-02-10) 10 February 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Vizzolo Predabissi, Italy
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 33
Youth career
Pavia
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2010 Pavia 48 (3)
2007Renate (loan) 1 (0)
2007–2008Spezia (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2011 Reggina 24 (1)
2011 Genoa 0 (0)
2011Reggina (loan) 16 (1)
2011–2012 Chievo 17 (1)
2012–2013 Milan 6 (0)
2013 Genoa 0 (0)
2013Chievo (loan) 7 (0)
2013–2018 Sassuolo 157 (11)
2018– Lazio 17 (3)
National team
2014– Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 22 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Francesco Acerbi (Italian pronunciation:  [franˈtʃesko aˈtʃɛrbi] ; born 10 February 1988) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Lazio in Serie A.

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Club career

Pavia

Born in Vizzolo Predabissi, Lombardy, Acerbi started his career at Lombard team Pavia, making his league debut on 23 April 2006. [1] He was then loaned to Serie D team Renate on 11 January 2007 [2] and played a club friendly on the same day. [3] He made his official debut on 28 January in a 0–0 draw with Palazzolo. [4] He returned to Pavia on 30 January [5] and played in the last round of 2006–07 Serie C2. [6]

On 2 August, Acerbi was loaned to Triestina [7] then to Spezia on 16 August, though he only played for the latter's primavera under-20 team. [8] 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. [9] [10] The team was promoted after some teams were expelled from the league due to financial problems.

Reggina

Acerbi received a call-up to the pre-season camp of Serie B team Reggina on 13 July [11] and the co-ownership deal completed on 16 July. [12] 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. [13] [14] 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. [15] [16] 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 [17] and was not included in the third round. [18]

Chievo

On 24 June 2011, Genoa purchased the remaining 50 percent of Acerbi's registration rights from Reggina for €2.2 million [13] and sent Antonino Ragusa the other direction. On 1 July 2011, Acerbi was sold to Chievo in a co-ownership deal for €2 million [13] 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. [13] [19] 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.

Milan

Acerbi next to Real Madrid's Pepe during Milan's match against Real Madrid Francesco Acerbi and Pepe - A.C. Milan vs. Real Madrid 2012.jpg
Acerbi next to Real Madrid's Pepe during Milan's match against Real Madrid

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. [20] 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. [21] 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. [22] Acerbi, as a part of the deal, moved to Genoa also for €4 million, [22] from where his previous club Chievo loaned him back for a €300,000 fee. [23] He made seven appearances in the second half of 2012–13 Serie A.

Sassuolo

On 9 July 2013, Sassuolo, recently promoted to the Serie A, purchased half of Acerbi's playing rights for a €1.8 million fee. [23] another remained a propriety of Genoa. [24] During a pre-season medical, a tumor in his testicles was discovered. Immediately, he underwent a surgery in Milan. Soon after having the tumor removed, he resumed training sessions with his new teammates. Acerbi had taken part in 13 games of the 2013–14 Serie A season (mostly as a starter) prior to failing a doping test on 1 December 2013. He denied using any banned performance-enhancing drugs and claimed that a positive result of the test might have been caused by the side effects of a prescribed medicine that he had been taking in the wake of his surgery. Following an additional medical examination, it was revealed that a tumor returned, which led to Acerbi being diagnosed with a testicular cancer. This time, he underwent a course of chemotherapy. On 15 March 2014, Acerbi announced that his life was no longer in danger and expressed his strong desire to return to playing football again as soon as possible. It was also reported that Acerbi did not miss the majority of training sessions during his cancer treatment period. [25] Despite this, his return to the pitch was postponed until the next season.

In June 2014, the co-ownership deal was renewed by Sassuolo. [26]

On 30 January 2015, Sassuolo purchased Acerbi outright for an additional €1.8 million fee. [27] [28] On the same day Genoa acquired Lorenzo Ariaudo and Leonardo Pavoletti from Sassuolo on temporary deals for free. [27] [29]

Lazio

On 11 July 2018, Acerbi joined Lazio on a five-year contract. [30]

International career

Acerbi has been capped once for the Italy under-20 Lega Pro representative team at the first match of 2008–09 Mirop Cup, losing to Hungary. [31]

On 10 August 2012, Acerbi received his first senior team call-up from Cesare Prandelli. [32]

He made his debut on 18 November 2014 in a 10 friendly win over Albania in Genoa, playing the full 90 minutes. [33]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 22 December 2018 [34]
ClubSeasonLeague Cup Europe Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Pavia 2005–06 102030
2006–07 100010
2008–09 22230252
2009–10 24110251
Total48360543
Renate 2006–07 100010
Total100010
Reggina 2010–11 40210412
Total40210412
Chievo 2011–12 17130201
Total17130201
Milan 2012–13 60202 [lower-alpha 1] 0100
Total602020100
Chievo (loan) 2012–13 700070
Total700070
Sassuolo 2013–14 13000130
2014–15 32300323
2015–16 36420384
2016–17 3841010 [lower-alpha 2] 0494
2017–18 38030410
Total157116010017311
Lazio 2018–19 1730060233
Total1730060233
Career total2882018018032920
  1. All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. All appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

As of 20 November 2018 [35]
Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
201410
2015
201610
2017
201810
Total30

Honours

Individual

References

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