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Fabio Liverani is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

) is an Italian
Italy
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 football coach and former midfielder
Midfielder
A midfielder is an association football position. Some midfielders play a more defensive role, while others blur the boundaries between midfielders and forwards. The number of midfielders a team uses during a match may vary, depending on the team's formation and each individual player's role...

 of partial Somali
Somali people
Somalis are an ethnic group located in the Horn of Africa, also known as the Somali Peninsula. The overwhelming majority of Somalis speak the Somali language, which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family...

 descent, currently working as youth coach of Genoa
Genoa C.F.C.
Genoa Cricket and Football Club, commonly referred to simply as Genoa , is a professional Italian football club based in the city of Genoa, Liguria...

.

Club career


Fabio was born in Rome
Rome
Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated city and comune, with over 2.7 million residents in . The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy.Rome's history spans two and a half...

, Italy
Italy
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 in 1976 to a Somali
Somali people
Somalis are an ethnic group located in the Horn of Africa, also known as the Somali Peninsula. The overwhelming majority of Somalis speak the Somali language, which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family...

 mother and an Italian father. He made his professional footballing debut with Viterbese of Serie C2
Serie C
The Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico , commonly known as Lega Pro , is the governing body that runs the third and fourth highest football divisions in Italy, the Prima Divisione and Seconda Divisione respectively. It also includes the sole professional club of San Marino...

 in 1996–97. However, it was not until his transfer to Perugia
Perugia Calcio
Associazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio is an Italian association football club based in Perugia, Umbria, direct heir of the old Perugia Calcio and A.C. Perugia, excluded from Italian football because of financial troubles....

 over the 2000–01 season that he showed his full potential.

From 2001 to 2006, Liverani played for Lazio
S.S. Lazio
Società Sportiva Lazio, commonly referred to as Lazio, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. The team, founded in 1900, play in the Serie A and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Italian football...

 in Italy's Serie A
Serie A
Serie A , now called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by Telecom Italia, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since 1929. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, but a new...

. Despite a string of lacklustre performances by the club, he earned a call-up to the national team during the pre-World Cup stage held on May 2 and 3. However, he was not re-called for the FIFA World Cup
2006 FIFA World Cup
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.

The 2006 season saw Liverani move to Fiorentina
ACF Fiorentina
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. He played a total of two seasons with the team, being instrumental in the Violas successful 2007–2008 Serie A campaign, which ended with Fiorentina securing fourth place in the League's final standings. This ensured the club a spot in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League 2008-09. Fiorentina and Liverani parted company the following season.

In May 2008, Liverani signed a three year contract with Palermo
U.S. Città di Palermo
Unione Sportiva Città di Palermo is an Italian football club from Palermo, Sicily which currently plays in Serie A, the top level of Italian football. Formed in 1900 as Anglo Panormitan Athletic and Football Club, the club had various names before assuming its final form in 1987 and is currently...

, being also appointed team captain. A highly influential player in Palermo's squad, he controlled the midfield, picking up the most completed passes by any player in the Serie A 2008–2009 season. Liverani was forced to miss the first three months of the 2009–10 season due to a serious injury that he had sustained on May, and broke back into the first team only on November, then being replaced as permanent team captain by Fabrizio Miccoli
Fabrizio Miccoli
Fabrizio Miccoli is an Italian football striker who currently is playing for Serie A team Palermo.-Early years:After playing at youth level with Milan, he returned to his native Apulia in 1995 to join Serie C1 team Casarano, where he made his professional debut at the age of 17...

. In his first game as a regular, against Chievo, the first game of new head coach Delio Rossi
Delio Rossi
Delio Rossi is an Italian association football manager, currently managing Fiorentina.-Playing career:Rossi's playing career was not a bright one, as he reached his personal top from 1981 to 1983, playing Serie B with U.S. Foggia, where he spent most of his footballing time...

 in charge of the team, Liverani went on to be sent off during the game.

On 30 August 2011 he moved to Lugano, signing a two year contract. He never played a single game for the Swiss, and rescinded his contract by mutual consent later on November.

International career


In 2001, Liverani became the first Italian player of Somali descent to play internationally with the senior Italian national team
Italy national football team
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, making his debut with the Azzurri in a friendly match against South Africa
South Africa national football team
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 under the management of Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni
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.

On August 16, 2006, he was again summoned to start for the Italian national team in a friendly against Croatia
Croatia national football team
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 by the team's new coach, former Italian international Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Donadoni is an Italian football manager and former player, last in charge of Serie A club Cagliari.An attacking midfielder or winger known for pace and technique, he was a pillar of the powerhouse AC Milan teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s and one of the pioneers of Major League...

.

Coaching career


Following his retirement, Liverani was offered a position as youth coach at Genoa
Genoa C.F.C.
Genoa Cricket and Football Club, commonly referred to simply as Genoa , is a professional Italian football club based in the city of Genoa, Liguria...

, in charge of the Allievi Regionali B squad, which he formally accepted on 15 November 2011.

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See also

  • Italian Somalians
    Italian Somalians
    Italian Somalis or Italo Somalis are Somali descendants from Italian colonists, as well as Italian long-term residents in Somalia.- History :...