Daniele De Rossi


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Daniele De Rossi

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  • Full Name: Daniele De Rossi
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Birthday: July 24, 1983 (Age: 30)
  • Club: AS Roma
  • Height: 6' 0" (1.84m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
6 530 0 0 7

Daniele De Rossi

Such is the standing of De Rossi within the Italian game he is nicknamed Capitan Futuro and is seen as a future leader for both club and country - succeeding Francesco Totti at AS Roma and Gianluigi Buffon with Italy.

De Rossi began his career at his home-town club of Ostiamare but in 2000 he joined Roma's youth system and, one year later, he marked his senior debut for the Serie A side in a Champions League clash against Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. He has never looked back and the all-action performer, who plays in a defensive midfield role, became one of the side's top players.

His importance to Roma was symbolised in the club handing him a big-money five-year contract in February 2012 that reportedly made him the highest paid player in Italy.

Winning two Coppa Italia trophies, he has yet to secure a Serie A title, but finished as a runner-up five times and was named the Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009.

The midfielder also progressed through the ranks to earn his spot with the Italian senior team. A star turn for the Italian Under-21 side that won the 2004 European Championships, he also has an Olympic bronze medal to his credit, not to mention the 2006 World Cup.

Strengths: Tough tackler and his versatility means he can play in a defensive or attacking role with great consistency.

Weaknesses: Temperament is his main problem and he is a little hot-headed. He also does not contribute many goals.

Career high: Winning the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and scoring a penalty in the shoot-out.

Career low: Was sent off against USA in a World Cup 2006 group match for elbowing, virtually ending his tournament. He only played two matches.

Style: All-action performer with an excellent long-range shot.

Quotes: "Daniele is already one of the most complete midfielders in the world. He is not inferior to either Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard of England." Marcello Lippi, September 2008.

Trivia: De Rossi's father, Alberto, also played for Roma and was coach of their Primavera, or youth team.

Euro 2012

Spain 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Croatia 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Republic of Ireland 1 0 0 3 0 2 3 1 0
England 1 0 0 6 1 0 3 0 0
Germany 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0