Marco Amelia: Five things Chelsea fans should know about the Italian

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The ex-AC Milan goalkeeper has signed on a short-term deal with the Blues, but how much do we really know about the former Italy international?

Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to ease the pressure on Thibalt Courtois’ current stand-in Asmir Begovic, with Marco Amelia signing for Chelsea until the end of the season - as announced on the club's official website.

The 33-year-old is an experienced Serie A operator and the ideal short-term addition to the Blues squad ahead of a busy couple of months in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League.

But how much do the Pensioners really know about Amelia? He are five things Chelsea fans should probably know about their new keeper.

1. He didn’t make the grade at AS Roma

Amelia spent 10 years on the books with the Giallorossi, rising through the club’s youth ranks, yet failed to make a single Serie A appearance, with Francesco Antonioli keeping him out of the team.

Loaned to then Serie C1 side Livorno in 2001, he was eventually used as a makeweight in the deal that saw Roma acquire half of the rights to a defender by the name of Giorgio Chiellini.

2. He’s capable of weighing in with a goal

Having established himself as first choice goalkeeper with Livorno, Amelia made a memorable impact for the Italian underdogs during their 2006-07 foray into the UEFA Cup.

With the club only in the competition due to the Calciopoli scandal engulfing Serie A, a last gasp Amelia header, away from home against Partizan Belgrade, helped the Italians qualify for the knockout phase - where they were beaten by eventual finalists Espanyol.

3. He’s prone to being beaten from distance

After Livorno’s relegation, Amelia moved on to Palermo, where he showcased both the good and bad sides of his game.

On the one hand, Rosanero fans will always fondly remember a famous penalty save from Ronaldinho. On the other, they will also recall Catania’s Giuseppe Mascara beating him from all of 45 yards in a fiery Derby di Sicilia encounter that Palermo lost 4-0.

4. He’s got something of an explosive temper

Having moved on to AC Milan, where he enjoyed sporadic appearances for the Diavolo, Amelia landed himself in hot water after getting involved in a scuffle involving fellow Rossoneri star Daniele Bonera.

The clash took place on the coach back from the unveiling of Milan’s new headquarters, with Amelia objecting that some players refused to sign autographs and meet fans. He later denied any altercation took place.

5. He’s been out of the professional game

Released by Milan in July 2014, Amelia spent time with amateur side Rocca Priora in a bid to maintain fitness.

While there, he not only served as a player but also honorary president, before Perugia offered him a route back into the game in February of this year.

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