Emerson Palmieri dos Santos (born 3 August 1994), known as Emerson Palmieri (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛːmersom palˈmjɛːri])[note 1] or simply Emerson, is a professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Chelsea and the Italy national team. Mainly a left back, he has been deployed as a left wing back and a left midfielder on occasion.
|Full name||Emerson Palmieri dos Santos|
|Date of birth||3 August 1994|
|Place of birth||Santos, Brazil|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2014–2015||→ Palermo (loan)||9||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:52, 22 July 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:37, 11 October 2020 (UTC)
Internationally, Emerson played for his native Brazil at under-17 level, but he later declared his desire to represent Italy, having been granted Italian citizenship in 2017. He has since been called up to the Italy national team, making his senior international debut with the side in 2018.
Born in Santos, São Paulo, Emerson finished his formation in local Santos' youth categories, and made his first team debut on 17 April 2011, coming on as a late substitute for Keirrison in a 3–0 Campeonato Paulista home win against Paulista. His first start occurred on 21 January 2012, in a 1–1 away draw against XV de Piracicaba. In February, he returned to the youth team, but he was called up to the match against Mogi Mirim in the following month. He also appeared against Ituano and Paulista, as the club was crowned champions of Paulistão for the third consecutive time.
On 25 August 2014, Emerson was loaned to Serie A's Palermo, with a buyout clause. He made his debut in the competition on 24 September, coming on as a second half substitute for Fabio Daprelà in a 3–3 away draw against Napoli.
Emerson played nine league matches for the club, being mainly a backup to another new signing, Achraf Lazaar.
On 31 August 2015, Emerson joined fellow league team Roma, on loan for one year. A second-choice behind Lucas Digne, he made his debut for the club on 4 October in a 4–2 away win against former side Palermo.
Emerson scored his first goal in the top league of Italian football on 14 May 2016, in a 3–1 away win against Milan; after replacing Stephan El Shaarawy in the 78th minute, he netted his team's third after a rebound. His loan was extended for a further season on 7 July.
Emerson missed much of the first half of the 2017–18 season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury that he suffered in May 2017. He made his comeback on 1 December 2017, coming off the bench in the last 15 minutes of the match against SPAL for the Serie A, which turned out as his sole appearance for Roma during that season.
On 30 January 2018, Emerson joined English side Chelsea on a four-and-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. According to Roma, the transfer fee was €20 million plus €9 million bonus. He made his debut against Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, assisting fellow January signing Olivier Giroud for his first Chelsea goal. The Blues came out 4–0 winners at Stamford Bridge.
Emerson made his Premier League debut on 4 March 2018 as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat at Manchester City. His first Premier League start came away to Burnley on 19 April. Emerson set up Victor Moses for the winning goal as Chelsea claimed a 2–1 victory.
On 26 September 2018, in his first appearance of the season, Emerson scored his first goal for Chelsea, the temporary equaliser in an eventual 2–1 away win against Liverpool, in the third round of the EFL Cup. On 24 February 2019, he started for Chelsea in the 2019 EFL Cup Final on, and was one of the three Chelsea players to convert their spot kicks in the resulting shoot-out following a 0–0 draw after extra-time; however, Manchester City ultimately prevailed 4–3. On 29 May, he assisted Olivier Giroud's opening goal in a 4–1 win over Arsenal in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final.
Emerson represented Brazil at under-17 level during the 2011 South American U-17 Championship and during 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, being crowned champions of the former. He was an undisputed starter during both tournaments, scoring a goal against Chile on 16 March 2011.
In March 2017, after being close to acquiring Italian citizenship, Emerson was reportedly pursued by Italy head coach Gian Piero Ventura with the intention of switching his international allegiance to Italy. He officially switched allegiance to Italy on 29 March 2017. Emerson was called up by Ventura for matches against Uruguay and Liechtenstein in June 2017, however, withdrew due to injury and replaced by Andrea Conti.
On 19 May 2018, new Italy coach Roberto Mancini called him for Italy's May and June friendly matches against Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands, however, he withdrew due to another injury. He was later called up again to the team in September 2018, for Italy's opening UEFA Nations League matches against Poland and Portugal later that month. He made his senior international debut for Italy on 10 September, during the UEFA Nations League match against Portugal, coming on as a second-half substitute for Domenico Criscito in his team's 1–0 away loss.
Emerson has Italian ancestry on his mother's side from Rossano, nearby Cosenza in Calabria,  and has been an Italian citizen since March 2017. His older brother, Giovanni, is also a footballer and a left back.
- As of match played 29 September 2020
|Club||Season||League||State League[a]||National Cup[b]||League Cup[c]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Palermo (loan)||2014–15||Serie A||9||0||—||0||0||—||—||—||9||0|
- As of match played 11 October 2020
- In isolation, Emerson is pronounced [ˈɛːmerson]
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- "Com pênalti polêmico, Fla vence reservas do Santos em má atuação" [With polemic penalty, Fla beats Santos' reserves in poor performance] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 17 June 2012.
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- "Napoli 3–3 Palermo". Football Italia. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
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- "Milan 1–3 Roma". Football Italia. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
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- "Emerson Palmieri completa 12 jogos pela Roma e rende R$ 7 mi ao Santos" [Emerson Palmieri completes 12 matches for Roma and worths R$ 7 mi to Santos] (in Portuguese). Lance!. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- "Roma defender Emerson suffers anterior cruciate ligament injury". FourFourTwo. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
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- "Operazioni di mercato Emerson Palmieri" (PDF) (Press release) (in Italian). Rome: A.S. Roma. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- "Willian Brace Leads Chelsea to Easy 2018 FA Cup Win vs. Hull City". Bleacher Report. 17 February 2018.
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- "Nazionale, Emerson Palmieri in azzurro: si attende l'ok della Fifa" [Emerson Palmieri in azurro: if the OK from FIFA arrive] (in Italian). La Roma 24. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- "Nazionale, Emerson è ora convocabile. E il prossimo può essere Diawara" [National team, Emerson is now available to call-ups. And the next may be Diawara] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
- "Italia, i convocati per l'amichevole contro l'Uruguay: Conti sostituisce Emerson Palmieir" (in Italian). 31 May 2017.
- "Le prime convocazioni in Nazionale di Roberto Mancini". Il Post (in Italian).
- "Emerson e Marchisio out per i prossimi impegni con Arabia Saudita, Francia e Olanda" (in Italian). vivoazzurro.it. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- "Chiellini rejoins Italy squad; Pellegri called up". sportsnet.ca. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
- "Silva takes revenge on Italy". Football Italia. 10 September 2018.
- "Portogallo-Italia 1-0: non c'è Cristiano Ronaldo, decide André Silva" (in Italian). Tutto Sport. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- "Emerson: "Chiamatemi solo Emerson, perché..."" [Emerson: "Call me only Emerson, because..."] (in Italian). Mediagol.it. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- "Palmieri comemora boa fase no Palermo e não quer voltar" [Palmieri celebrates good form at Palermo and does not want to come back] (in Portuguese). A Tribuna. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- Emerson Palmieri at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
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- "Games played by Emerson Palmieri in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
- "Games played by Emerson Palmieri in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
- "Games played by Emerson Palmieri in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
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