Full Name: Alberto Aquilani
Birthday: 7th July 1984
Birth Place: Rome, Italy
A Short Biography:
There have been many aspects that Aquilani has been credited for but it is safe to say that his best assets are his passing range & success rate. Alberto Aquilani was always noted as something special, when he was just 16 years old he was targeted by both Arsenal and Chelsea, Aquilani however had other plans, he wanted to pursue his childhood dreams and play football for his beloved Roma.
His day came at the age of 18 when a certain Fabio Capello gave him his debut in 2003. A season later he was sent on loan to a Serie B club (Triestina) this was so the young Italian could gain some valuable first team experience.
Aquilani returned back to Roma the following season and successfully made his name in the starting eleven. He was also a key member in the team that broke the record for "most consecutive wins" in Serie A in 2006. Things were only getting better and better for the Italian but this was not going to continue to be the case as in the 06/07 season Aquilani suffered his first major injury, the problem meant that he would be unable to play for several months. Aquilani did not return until very late in the season playing just 3 games.
Aquilani started the next season positively scoring in the first two Serie A matches for Roma. Again he had started playing with quality and style and the Roma fans were looking forward to seeing their upcoming star player feature more frequently in the league campaign. Unfortunately Alberto was injured again in October resulting in him missing a string of matches. He returned in January 2008.
Injury wasn't the only thing that was becoming a recurring nightmare for the Italian it also appeared that the month of October was becoming something of a curse, unbelievably in October 2008 Aquilani was injured again, this time in a match against Chelsea which kept him out until the following January, after just one month he was injured again in February, he appeared as a substitute against Arsenal in March after picking up this injury but did not appear again for the rest of the season.
Injury prone? Stricken? Or just down right unlucky despite this Roma still offered Alberto a new contract in 2009 which initially was supposed to keep him at the club until 2013. However as we all know Liverpool announced on the 5th August 2009 that they had agreed a deal with Roma on the transfer of Aquilani and depending on a tight medical he would sign a 5 year contract with the club.
That he did, he was now a Liverpool player with a reported fee of around £19million Aquilani was given the number 4 shirt and the first step on his new career ladder was taken.
Some fun facts about Alberto Aquilani:
*One of his nicknames is "Il Principino" which after recently starting to study basic Italian i can proudly translate successfully to the English "The Little Prince".
*He thinks the best players in the world are; Totti, Ronaldo, Kaka and Messi.
*His favourite film is "Gladiator" but he was apparently very disappointed upon finding out that Russel Crowe was a Lazio fan.
*He is a big fan of Roger Federer.
So after successfully making his debut for the reserves against Sunderland last night we are all now anxiously awaiting his first team appearance, after doing the research and finding out about the injuries etc i'm actually weary of him possibly starting in "October", it doesn't appear to be a very lucky month for the guy. Nevertheless i hope the future is nothing but bright for Aquilani's Liverpool career: Welcome to Anfield.