Liverani in October 2009.
|Full name||Fabio Liverani|
|Date of birth||29 April 1976|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Fabio Liverani was born in Rome, Italy in 1976 to a Somali mother and an Italian father making him an Italo-Somalo. He made his professional footballing debut with Viterbese of Serie C2 in 1996–97. However, it was not until his transfer to Perugia over the 2000–01 season that he showed his full potential.
From 2001 to 2006, Liverani played for Lazio in Italy's Serie A. 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 2 and 3 May. However, he was not re-called for the FIFA World Cup.
The 2006 season saw Liverani move to Fiorentina. He played a total of two seasons with the team, being instrumental in the Viola's 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, 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. In his first game as a regular, against Chievo, the first game of new head coach Delio Rossi 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. Liverani never played a single game for the Swiss, and rescinded his contract by mutual consent later on November.
In 2001, Liverani became the first black Italian footballer (Somali descent) to play internationally with the senior Italian national team, making his debut with the Azzurri in a friendly match against South Africa under the management of Giovanni Trapattoni.
Following his retirement, Liverani was offered a position as youth coach at Genoa, in charge of the Allievi Regionali B squad, which he formally accepted on 15 November 2011.
On 8 December 2014, Liverani was appointed as manager of League One team, Leyton Orient on a two-and-a-half year contract replacing Mauro Milanese who returned to his role as Sporting Director after 8 matches in charge. Following their relegation to League Two, Liverani left the club in May 2015.
- As of 3 May 2015
|Genoa||7 June 2013||29 September 2013||Serie A||6||1||1||4||16.67||5||10||–5|
|Leyton Orient||8 December 2014||13 May 2015||League||27||8||6||13||29.63||35||40||-5|
|Football League Cup||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||0|
- "Trapattoni colora l' Italia, chiamato Liverani" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 21 April 2001. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- "Liverani-Lugano: è finita" [Liverani-Lugano: it's over] (in Italian). Ticino News. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
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- "Liverani è già in campo: "Sono rossoblù, era ora"" [Liverani already on the pitch: "I am a rossoblù finally"] (in Italian). Il Secolo XIX. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- "Genoa, Preziosi: "Ho scelto Liverani, sicuro delle sue qualità"" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
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- "Leyton Orient: Boss Fabio Liverani departs by mutual consent". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- Includes Johnstone's Paint Trophy and Football League play-offs.
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