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 31)
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 29 (3)
National team
2014– Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 10:20, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
‡ 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.

Association football Team field sport

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S.S. Lazio professional Italian sports club based in Rome

Società Sportiva Lazio, commonly referred to as Lazio, is an Italian professional sports club based in Rome, most known for its football activity. The society, founded in 1900, plays in the Serie A and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Italian football. Lazio have been Italian champions twice, and have won the Coppa Italia six times, the Supercoppa Italiana four times, and both the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup on one occasion.

Serie A professional association football league in Italy

Serie A, also called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by TIM, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and the winner is awarded the Coppa Campioni d'Italia. It has been operating for over eighty years since the 1929–30 season. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, when the Lega Serie A was created for the 2010–11 season.

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Until the age of 22, Acerbi played only in the lower tiers of the Italian football, before being purchased by the Serie B club Reggina, where he established himself as a starting lineup defender. In 2011, Acerbi signed with Chievo Verona, thus making his Serie A debut. Despite being used only sporadically, Acerbi managed to draw the attention of A.C. Milan, who signed him the next summer. Having appeared in 10 games for the rossoneri, Acerbi returned to Chievo to complete the season. In 2013, he signed with Sassuolo, where he would become an undisputed starter even in spite of his cancer diagnosis during his debut season for the club. In 2018, having made 173 appearances in all competitions for the neroverdi, Acerbi transferred to Lazio. [1]

Serie B, currently named Serie BKT for sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It is currently contested by 19 teams, however usually consists of 22 teams, and is organized by the Lega Serie B since July 2010, after the split of Lega Calcio that previously took care of both the Serie A and Serie B. Common nicknames for the league are campionato cadetto and cadetteria, as cadetto is the Italian for junior or cadet.

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U.S. Sassuolo Calcio Italian association football club

Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio, commonly referred to as Sassuolo, is an Italian football club based in Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna. Their colours are black and green, hence the nickname Neroverdi.

An Italian international since 2014, he has played for the national team on 3 occasions in friendly games.

Club career

Pavia

Born in Vizzolo Predabissi, Lombardy, Acerbi started his career at Lombard team Pavia, making his league debut on 23 April 2006. [2] He was then loaned to Serie D team Renate on 11 January 2007 [3] and played a club friendly on the same day. [4] He made his official debut on 28 January in a 0–0 draw with Palazzolo. [5] He returned to Pavia on 30 January [6] and played in the last round of 2006–07 Serie C2. [7]

Vizzolo Predabissi Comune in Lombardy, Italy

Vizzolo Predabissi is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Milan in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of Milan.

Serie D highest Italian non-professional association football league

Serie D is the top level of the Italian non-professional football association called Lega Nazionale Dilettanti. The association represents over 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy. Serie D ranks just below Serie C, and is thus considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. It is organized by the Roman Comitato Interregionale, a "league in the league" inside the LND.

A.C. Renate association football club

Associazione Calcio Renate is an Italian association football club based in Renate, Lombardy. It currently plays in Serie C.

On 2 August, Acerbi was loaned to Triestina [8] then to Spezia on 16 August, though he only played for the latter's primavera under-20 team. [9] 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. [10] [11] The team was promoted after some teams were expelled from the league due to financial problems.

Spezia Calcio Italian association football club

Spezia Calcio is an Italian football club, based in La Spezia, Liguria. Currently it plays in Serie B, hosting games at the 10,336-capacity Stadio Alberto Picco.

Campionato Nazionale Primavera

The Campionato Nazionale Primavera – Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti, was an Italian football youth competition. It is organised by the Lega Serie A and the participating teams that take part in Serie A and Serie B: the first edition was held in the 1962–63 season, in place of the "Campionato Cadetti". Due to ceremonial reasons, the league is officially called Campionato Primavera Tim – Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti.

2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione

The 2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season will be the thirty-second football league season of Italian Lega Pro Seconda Divisione since its establishment in 1978, and the second since the renaming from Serie C to Lega Pro.

Reggina

Acerbi received a call-up to the pre-season camp of Serie B team Reggina on 13 July [12] and the co-ownership deal completed on 16 July. [13] 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. [14] [15] 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. [16] [17] 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 [18] and was not included in the third round. [19]

Co-ownership is a system whereby two football clubs own the contract of a player jointly, although the player is only registered to play for one club. It is not a universal system, but is used in some countries, including Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. It was formerly commonplace in Italy, though the practice has now been abolished there.

Calabria Region of Italy

Calabria, known in antiquity as Bruttium, is a region in Southern Italy.

Genoa C.F.C. professional Italian association football and cricket club

Genoa Cricket and Football Club, commonly referred to as Genoa, is an Italian professional football club based in Genoa, Liguria. Established on 7 September 1893, it is Italy's fourth oldest football team and the most enduring one, with 125 years of activity.

Chievo

On 24 June 2011, Genoa purchased the remaining 50 percent of Acerbi's registration rights from Reggina for €2.2 million [14] and sent Antonino Ragusa the other direction. On 1 July 2011, Acerbi was sold to Chievo in a co-ownership deal for €2 million [14] 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. [14] [20] 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.

Antonino Ragusa is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie B club Hellas Verona, on loan from Sassuolo.

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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. [21] 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. [22] 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. [23] Acerbi, as a part of the deal, moved to Genoa also for €4 million, [23] from where his previous club Chievo loaned him back for a €300,000 fee. [24] 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. [24] another remained a propriety of Genoa. [25] During a pre-season medical, a tumor in his testicles was discovered. Immediately, he underwent surgery in Milan. Soon after having the tumor removed, he resumed training 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 had returned, which led to Acerbi being diagnosed with 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. [26] Despite this, his return to the pitch was postponed until the next season.

In June 2014, the co-ownership deal was renewed by Sassuolo. [27]

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

Lazio

On 11 July 2018, Acerbi joined Lazio on a five-year contract. [31]

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. [32]

On 10 August 2012, Acerbi received his first senior team call-up from Cesare Prandelli. [33]

He made his debut on 18 November 2014 in a 10 friendly win over Albania in Genoa, playing the full 90 minutes. [34]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 17 March 2019 [35]
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 2633080373
Total2633080373
Career total2972021020034320
  1. All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. All appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

As of 20 November 2018 [36]
Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
201410
2015
201610
2017
201810
Total30

Honours

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