Crociati

PARMA-FIORENTINA, THE OLD FLAME: AMAURI

Parma, 16 May 2019 – Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira is our Old Flame ahead of Parma vs. Fiorentina, the Crociati’s final home game of the season.

As a player, he first caught the eye during the Viareggio Cup in 2000 by scoring five goals. A few months later he was snapped up Bellinzona before moving to Parma. A loan switch to Napoli then materialised where he started off in the Primavera but then moved up to the first team. It was here where he scored his first Serie A goal against Hellas Verona.

His Italian adventure continued at Piacenza and then Messina in Serie B, scoring four goals in 22 appearances for the latter. His next three campaigns were spent in Serie A with Chievo, making 96 appearances and scoring 22 goals from 2003 to 2006. A two-year stint with Palermo was to follow, helping the Rosanero qualify for the UEFA Cup and scoring 23 goals in 52 appearances.

Juventus was his next destination from 2008 to 2011, scoring on 17 occasions in 17 games. Come January 2011 Parma came calling once again, this time on-loan as he scored seven goals in 11 matches to help the Crociati avoid relegation. Fiorentina was his next stop in the following January transfer window, bagging one decisive strike to defeat league leaders Milan at San Siro.

The start of the 2012-13 campaign led to another spell in the Crociati shirt, scoring a total of 10 goals – one of which was a spectacular overhead kick against Pescara. After eight goals and another season at the Tardini, Torino were the next side to acquire his signature. He eventually concluded his nomadic career in the United States, featuring for both Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the New York Cosmos.