Doniéber Alexander Marangon
(born 22 October 1979), more frequently known as simply Doni
, is a Brazilian footballer
who plays for Liverpool
as a goalkeeper
. He was born in Jundiaí
, São Paulo
He is the elder brother of João Paulo Fernando Marangon
. Doni also holds an Italian
passport. His parental family came from Veneto
and his grandmother came from Mantua
Doni joined Roma on 30 August 2005, after Roma paid the buy-out fee of about US$18,000.
With Roma, Doni at first was blocked from first team action by Italian U-21 international Gianluca Curci
and was restricted to UEFA Cup
games. However, after impressing in cup competition, he replaced Curci in goal for league games.
His contract was renewed on 13 April 2006, now worth €1.25 million a season (in gross). He won Coppa Italia
twice in 2007 and 2008, and also finished as the runner-up of Serie A
in 2007 and 2008.
On 11 April 2007, Doni conceded seven goals in a UEFA Champions League
tie against Manchester United
, which the final result ended 7-1 to the Red Devils. The following season the two teams met again, but Doni was injured.
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