Acerbi with Milan in 2012
|Date of birth||10 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Vizzolo Predabissi, Italy|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007||→ Renate (loan)||1||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Spezia (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011||→ Reggina (loan)||16||(1)|
|2013||→ Chievo (loan)||7||(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.
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 Triestinathen 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 Julyand 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 millionand 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.
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 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. Despite this, his return to the pitch was postponed until the next season.
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.
On 11 July 2018, Acerbi joined Lazio on a five-year contract.
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.
On 10 August 2012, Acerbi received his first senior team call-up from Cesare Prandelli.
He made his debut on 18 November 2014 in a 1–0 friendly win over Albania in Genoa, playing the full 90 minutes.
|Italy national team|