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Who is Lecce manager Fabio Liverani?
The current Lecce manager Fabio Liverani was born in Rome in 1976. He is a face that will be familiar to fans across Italy having spent the entirety of his playing career and most of his time in management in his homeland.
Like most managers, Liverani was a player before he became a coach. He had a 17-year career, stretching from 1996 to 2011. He began his youth career at Palermo before switching two times, firstly to Napoli and alter to Cagliari. Ultimately, however, he failed to be awarded a contract at any of the three Serie A clubs and therefore went elsewhere in pursuit of a contract. Nocerina was his preferred destination, a small provincial club based in the Naples region. Nocerina were not a professional club but Liverani felt he needed to make the step down in order to continue his footballing career. He made two senior appearances for them before moving on.
He joined Viterbese in 1997 where he would stay for three years. From central-midfield, Liverani would appear over 100 times for the then Serie C2 club, scoring 18 times in the process, a very decent return for a player employed predominantly in a deep-lying role. It was a highly impressive start to his professional career.
After four seasons with Viterbese, Liverani joined nearby by Perugia. This was another step up for Liverani who by this point was on a definite upward trajectory. Perugia played in Serie B and Liverani's one and only season with them was successful, he featured in nearly all of their league games and scored three times. His excellent performances were noticed by a number of highly-respected scouts and it wasn't long before he was on the move once more.
In the Summer of 2001, Liverani made the switch from Perugia to Lazio, a move which would come to define his career. It was at the Rome club that Liverani began to make a real name for himself as a top player. He stayed with the club for almost six years, during which he was called dup to the Italy national squad three times, the only caps he gained during his career came in his time with Lazio.
He also won the only honour of his career with the club, as a player or manager, when he lifted the Coppa Italia at the end of the 2004/2004 season. It would be the club with which he would spend the most amount of time and make the most amount of appearances. In total, he played 126 times in Serie A, scoring six times. Arguably, however, the greatest disappointment of his entire career came with Lazio as he narrowly missed out on selection to the World Cup in Germany at the end of the 2005/2006 season. Italy eventually won the tournament after victory over Zinedine Zidane's France in the final in Berlin.
After leaving Lazio in 2006, Liverani would go on to have spells with two more clubs in Italy: Fiorentina and Palermo in Serie A. In the first spell he was wildly successful, helping Fiorentina to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the 2007/08 season. His influence began to wane the following season however and he left having played 64 times for the club, scoring once.
Palermo played a similar amount of games for Palermo, albeit in a longer stay of three years. He was a hugely important player for the team and was made captain upon his arrival. After 66 games, he would effectively hang up his boots - he had another spell in Switzerland with Lugano but failed to make a single appearance with the club due to fitness issues.
The same year as his retirement, 2011, was the time when Liverani made the move into coaching, taking charge of the Genoa youth team. He held this position for two seasons before he replaced Davide Ballardini as the first-team manager in 2013. His time in this more senior position was remarkably brief however, the Genoa hierarchy dismissed Liverani after just seven games, all of which were very poor.
In 2014 he took a radical change in career direction, joining English side Leyton Orient. His one and only season with the club was a disaster, the London club being relegated following its conclusion.
From here he had a more successful spell with Ternana, back in Italy, in Serie B. He managed to avoid relegation with the club before leaving following the arrival of the club's new owners.
After this he joined Lecce who were then in Serie C. His time with the club so far has been nothing short of remarkable, achieving back to back promotions to take them to the top-flight.