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Emiliano Viviano

Emiliano Viviano

Viviano playing for Bologna in 2011
Personal information
Full name Emiliano Viviano
Date of birth (1985-12-01) 1 December 1985
Place of birth Florence, Italy
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 2
Youth career
1999–2002 Fiorentina
2002–2004 Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Internazionale 0 (0)
2004–2005 Cesena (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2009 Brescia 126 (0)
2009–2011 Bologna 72 (0)
2011–2012 Internazionale 0 (0)
2012– Palermo 20 (0)
2012–2013 Fiorentina (loan) 32 (0)
2013–2014 Arsenal (loan) 0 (0)
2014–2015 Sampdoria (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2004 Italy U-19 11 (0)
2004–2005 Italy U-20 10 (0)
2006–2007 Italy U-21 10 (0)
2008 Olympic Italy 6 (0)
2010– Italy 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2011

Emiliano Viviano (born 1 December 1985) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A side U.C. Sampdoria on loan from Palermo.

Club career


Born in Florence, Viviano is a product of Fiorentina and Brescia youth teams. He started his career with a loan in Serie B at Cesena in the 2004–05 season. Then he spent 4 years as first choice goalkeeper in Serie B with Brescia.

Inter, Brescia loan & Bologna

In January 2009, Viviano signed by Internazionale in co-ownership deal for €3.5 million.[1] He was immediately loaned back to Brescia. In the 2009–10 season he made his debut in Serie A with Bologna where he became the first choice goalkeeper.[2] Bologna signed him in by purchasing Brescia's 50% registration rights for undisclosed fee (which had €3.5 million nominal value).

Inter return, Genoa and Palermo

On 25 June 2011, Viviano rejoined Inter from Bologna after Lega Serie A announced the result of co-ownership deals. It was due to an administrative error allowed him to join Inter for a fee of €4.1 million.[3] The error came as the Bologna club director Stefano Pedrelli accidentally halved again the initial €4.71 million valuation of the remaining 50% of his contract to bid only €2.33 million in response to Inter's €4.1 million valuation on the bid submitted to the league office on 24 June.[4] On 23 July 2011, Viviano was diagnosed with a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee.[5] The injury ruled him out for almost half of the 2011–12 season. in August 2011, Inter swapped Viviano with Juraj Kucka in co-ownership deal, which half of Kucka for €8 million and half of Viviano for €5 million.[6] However both players remained in the original club to wait for the recovery of Viviano. In January 2012, Palermo bought Genoa's half to end their goalkeeper search since summer 2011. He signed a contract which last until 30 June 2016.[7] Viviano would compete with Greek international Alexandros Tzorvas and squeezed Francesco Benussi out. In a separate deal, the transfer fee would compensate the signing of Cesare Bovo from Palermo to Genoa outright.


In July 2012, Palermo also bought Inter's 50% of the player for €3 million[8] (with Matías Silvestre to Inter on loan also for €3M[8]), and instantly loaned him to his hometown club Fiorentina for €500,000 with option to buy outright for €7.5M.[8]


On 2 September 2013, Viviano moved to Premier League team Arsenal on a one-year loan deal with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.[9] However, Viviano returned to Palermo at the end of the season without ever having played a competitive game for the Gunners.

International career

He was first choice goalkeeper in the Italy U-20 team at 2005 U-20 World Cup. In 2007 with the Italy U-21 he took part at the U-21 European Championship. He also took part at the 2008 Summer Olympics with the Olympic team.

He made his debut for Italy senior team on 7 September 2010, in a 5-0 victory against the Faroe Islands in Florence. He became the second choice goalkeeper for Italy, only after veteran Gianluigi Buffon and ahead of Salvatore Sirigu.


  1. ^ "Bilancio intermedio al 31 dicembre 2010: Nota integrativa: parte 1". Bologna FC 1909 (in Italian). 4 April 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Deals done for six yougnsters". 13 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ Bologna FC 1909 Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Viviano injury: test results". FC Internazionale Milano ( 23 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Genoa CFC SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2011 (Italian)
  7. ^ US Città di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  8. ^ a b c US Citta di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  9. ^ "Arsenal sign Emiliano Viviano on loan". Retrieved 2 September 2013. 

External links

  • Emiliano Viviano career stats at Soccerbase
  • Emiliano Viviano – FIFA competition record
  • FIGC (Italian)
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