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Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (born 24 July 1983 in Rome) is an Italian Association football who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club A.S. Roma. Daniele De Rossi is the current Roma's vice-captain and nicknamed as Capitan Futuro (English: Future Captain) due to Daniele De Rossi high probability as heir-apparent to Francesco Totti's captain armband.

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Daniele De Rossi biography

Daniele De Rossi, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (born 24 July 1983 in Rome) is an Italian Association football who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club A.S. Roma. Daniele De Rossi is the current Roma's vice-captain and nicknamed as Capitan Futuro (English: Future Captain) due to Daniele De Rossi high probability as heir-apparent to Francesco Totti's captain armband.

With Roma Daniele De Rossi has won the Coppa Italia twice and the 2007 Supercoppa Italiana. Daniele De Rossi was named Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 2006 and the Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009.

De Rossi has represented Italy at Italy national under-19 football team, Italy national under-19 football team, Italy national under-19 football team, and Italy national football team levels. Daniele De Rossi was part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup winning-squad and has also participated at UEFA Euro 2008, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

De Rossi joined the youth system of Roma from A.S. Ostia Mare 1945, where Daniele De Rossi had played as a striker in 2000. Daniele De Rossi made Daniele De Rossi first-team debut on 10 October 2001 against Belgium side R.S.C. Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League. Daniele De Rossi made Daniele De Rossi Serie A debut on 25 January 2003 against Calcio Como. Daniele De Rossi first Serie A start, along with Daniele De Rossi first goal, came on 10 May 2003 against Torino F.C..

In March 2006, De Rossi was praised by referee Mauro Bergonzi for fair play. Roma were trailing 1–0 in a Serie A match against A.C.R. Messina, when De Rossi scored a goal with Daniele De Rossi hand, Bergonzi did not see the incident and allowed the equaliser to stand. However, De Rossi immediately told the referee that Daniele De Rossi had pushed the ball in with Daniele De Rossi hand leading to the goal being disallowed. Roma went on to win 2–1.

In the 2006–07 A.S. Roma season, De Rossi scored from 40 yards against ACF Fiorentina with Sébastien Frey in goal. This was the first of three goals of the night for Roma. Daniele De Rossi also scored the lone Roma goal in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United F.C. in the 2006–07 season.

In February 2012, De Rossi signed a new five-year contract with Roma. Daniele De Rossi became the highest paid Italian footballer in the Serie A at 6.5 million euro per annum. Daniele De Rossi stated that one of the main reasons of Daniele De Rossi signing with Roma is Daniele De Rossi coach, Luis Enrique Martínez García, whom Daniele De Rossi thinks is the best coach Daniele De Rossi has ever worked with.

International career

De Rossi played many matches for the Italy national under-21 football team and was a regular on the squad that won the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. In the same year, Daniele De Rossi won a bronze medal with the Italy national football team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. A few weeks after returning from Greece, De Rossi earned Daniele De Rossi first cap in the senior squad, scoring on Daniele De Rossi debut in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Norway national football team (2–1), at the age of 21.

2006 World Cup

De Rossi was named to the Italian national team in 2006. During a 2006 FIFA World Cup group stage match against the United States men's national soccer team, De Rossi received a straight Misconduct (football) after Daniele De Rossi elbowed Brian McBride in the face. McBride left the pitch bloodied, but returned after treatment, later receiving three stitches. The BBC stated that De Rossi had "disgraced himself with a sickening, needless elbow on Brian McBride." De Rossi later apologised to McBride, who subsequently praised De Rossi as "classy" for approaching Daniele De Rossi after the match. De Rossi was subsequently banned for four matches and fined Swiss franc 10,000.

After having been disqualified for four matches, De Rossi returned for Italy in the final against France national football team, coming on as a substitute on the 61st minute for Roma teammate Francesco Totti. In the penalty shoot-out at the end of the match (which finished 1–1), De Rossi scored Italy's third penalty to help Daniele De Rossi country win their fourth FIFA World Cup.

Euro 2008

De Rossi played in all of Italy's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying games, scoring a goal against Georgia national football team. Daniele De Rossi was also given the honour of wearing the Squad number (association football) after Totti decided to retire after the World Cup final. Daniele De Rossi Captain (association football) the team on three occasions: two Exhibition game Association football matches against South Africa national football team on 17 October 2007 and Portugal national football team on 6 February 2008, respectively, and in the Euro 2008 qualifier against the Faroe Islands national football team. On 17 June, during UEFA Euro 2008, De Rossi scored on a freekick deflected off Thierry Henry's left boot in a 2–0 win over France. This was Daniele De Rossi 5th international goal and guaranteed Italy's progress to the quarter-finals. In the quarter-final penalty shoot-out against Spain national football team, Daniele De Rossi shot was saved by Iker Casillas as Italy lost the shoot-out 4–2. Daniele De Rossi scored Daniele De Rossi first double in the national team against Georgia national football team on 10 September 2008.

2009 Confederations Cup

In the 2009 Confederations Cup on 15 June, De Rossi scored for Italy against the United States in the 71st minute with a low long-range strike. The goal put Italy 2–1 up after Giuseppe Rossi had equalized after Landon Donovan scored the opener in the first half. Italy went on to win the game 3–1 after Andrea Pirlo set up Rossi for Daniele De Rossi second of the game.

De Rossi is tipped by many to be Italy's next captain after Fabio Cannavaro, as De Rossi's dedication to international football is widely admired. An Italian fan favorite, Daniele De Rossi is noted to be a big game player, and plays a pivotal role in breaking down the opposition and being a box-to-box player. De Rossi has scored crucial goals for Italy in their 2008–09 World Cup Qualifying campaign. For Roma, De Rossi plays mainly as a defensive midfielder but for the Azzurri Daniele De Rossi gets farther forward with the presence of Gennaro Gattuso in the team as a holding midfielder, and, as a result, Daniele De Rossi goal ratio is much greater than at club level.

2010 World Cup

De Rossi scored Italy's first goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Paraguay national football team, making the score 1–1. And in the second match against New Zealand the penalty Italy scored to 1–1 committed on him. The game ended 1–1.

Personal life

De Rossi is the son of Alberto De Rossi, former Roma player and Roma's Primavera coach. Daniele De Rossi married Tamara Pisnoli on 18 May 2006, the mother of Daniele De Rossi daughter Gaia and ex-dancer of Mediaset, Sarabanda. The couple separated in early 2009.

De Rossi made Daniele De Rossi debut for Roma wearing the number 27 shirt, which Daniele De Rossi wore for two seasons. Daniele De Rossi then switched to the number 4, which Daniele De Rossi also wore during the 2006 World Cup. With the birth of Daniele De Rossi daughter on 16 June 2005, Daniele De Rossi changed to number 16 during the 2005–2006 season.

De Rossi was chosen as Pringles spokesperson for UEFA's Euro 2008 football championship, along with other top European football players such as Thierry Henry, Fernando Torres, Alexander Frei, Philipp Lahm, and Michael Owen. Daniele De Rossi also appears in an Adidas Dream Big Commercial along with Steven Gerrard, Michael Ballack, and David Beckham.

De Rossi is featured on the cover of FIFA 09 in the Italian version of the game. The picture on the cover is taken from De Rossi's emphatic goal-scoring celebration after scoring versus F.C. Internazionale Milano in the Supercoppa Italiana in 2008.



- Coppa Italia (2): 2006–07 Coppa Italia, 2007–08 Coppa Italia
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2007 Supercoppa Italiana

- Serie A (5): 2003–04 Serie A, 2005–06 Serie A, 2006–07 Serie A, 2007–08 Serie A, 2009–10 Serie A
- Coppa Italia (4): 2002–03 Coppa Italia, 2004–05 Coppa Italia, 2005–06 Coppa Italia, 2009–10 Coppa Italia
- Supercoppa Italiana (3): 2006 Supercoppa Italiana, 2008 Supercoppa Italiana, 2010 Supercoppa Italiana


- UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
- Summer Olympic Games: Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament
- FIFA World Cup: 2006 FIFA World Cup


- Serie A Young Footballer of the Year: 2006
- Italian Footballer of the Year: 2009


- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer with Italy national team: 10 goals
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker with Italy national team: 71 games


- Image:Cavaliere OMRI BAR.svg 5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2004

- Image:Friedrich Order.png Collar of Merit Sports: Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo: 2006

- Image:Ufficiale OMRI BAR.svg 4th Class / Official: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006


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