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Daniele De Rossi
Personal information
Full name Daniele De Rossi
Date of birth 24 July 1983 (1983-07-24) (age 26)
Place of birth Lido di Ostia, Rome, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 16
Youth career
1997–2000 Ostiamare
2000–2003 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001– Roma 212 (25)
National team
2001 Italy U-19 3 (0)
2002 Italy U-20 4 (0)
2003–2004 Italy U-21 16 (3)
2004– Italy 52 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2010

Daniele De Rossi, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (born 24 July 1983 in Lido di Ostia, Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Roma and the Italian national team.

De Rossi is nicknamed by the Roma fans as Capitan Futuro (English: Future Captain).[3] This is a double entendre for his high probabality as heir-apparent to Francesco Totti's captain armband. This is mainly due to their common Roman heritage and shared dedication to be one club men. He is well noted for his ability to shoot from distance.

Club career

De Rossi joined the youth system of Roma from Ostiamare where he had played as a striker in 2000. He made his first-team debut on 10 October 2001 against Belgian side Anderlecht in the Champions League. He made his Serie A debut on 25 January 2003 against Como. His first Serie A start, and his first goal, came on 10 May 2003 against Torino.

In March 2006, De Rossi was praised by referee Mauro Bergonzi for fair play [4]. Roma were trailing 1-0 in a Serie A match against Messina, when De Rossi scored a goal with his hand, Bergonzi did not see the incident and allowed the equaliser to stand. However, De Rossi immediately told the referee that he had pushed the ball in with his hand leading to the goal being disallowed. Roma went on to win 2–1.

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

International career

De Rossi played many matches in the Italy national under-21 football team, winning as a regular the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. In the same year, he collected a bronze medal with the Italy national football team at the Athens Olympics. A few weeks after returning from Greece, De Rossi earned his first cap in the senior squad, scoring on his debut in the 2006 World Cup qualifying game against Norway (2-1), at the age of 21.

2006 World Cup

De Rossi was named to the Italian national team in 2006. During a 2006 World Cup group play match against the United States, De Rossi received a straight red card after he elbowed Brian McBride in the face. McBride left the pitch bloodied, but returned after treatment and later required three stitches. De Rossi later apologised to McBride (who subsequently praised De Rossi as "classy" for approaching him after the match).[5] De Rossi was subsequently banned for four matches and fined CHF 10,000.[6]

After having been disqualified for four matches, De Rossi returned for Italy in the final against France, coming on as a substitute on the 61st minute for Roma team mate 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 his country win their fourth FIFA World Cup.

Euro 2008

De Rossi played in all of Italy's Euro 2008 qualifying games, scoring a goal against Georgia. He has also been given the honour of wearing the number 10 shirt after Totti decided to retire after the World Cup final. He captained the team on three occasions: two friendly matches against South Africa on 17 October 2007 and Portugal on 6 February 2008, respectively, and in the Euro 2008 qualifier against the Faroe Islands. On 17 June, during UEFA Euro 2008, De Rossi scored from a deflected freekick off Thierry Henry's left boot in a 2-0 win over France. This was his 5th international goal and guaranteed Italy's progress to the quarter-finals. In the quarter-final penalty shoot-out against Spain, his shot was saved by Iker Casillas as Italy lost 4-2. He scored his first double in the national team against Georgia 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 1-3 after Andrea Pirlo set up Rossi for his second of the game.

De Rossi is tipped by many to be Italy's next captain after Fabio Cannavaro, such is his dedication to the cause. A firm fan favorite, he 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 he is given license to get forward with the presence of Gennaro Gattuso in the team to hold the midfield and as a result his goal ratio is much greater than at club level.

Personal life

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

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

De Rossi has been 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. He 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 Internazionale in the Supercoppa Italiana in 2009.


Club Playing Honours


International Playing Honours




  • Cavaliere OMRI BAR.svg
    5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2004[7]
  • Ufficiale OMRI BAR.svg
    4th Class / Official: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006[8]

Career statistics

Correct as of 14 March 2010.
Team Season Serie A Coppa Italia European
Other Tournaments2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Roma 2001–02 - - 3 0 1 0 - - 4 0
2002–03 4 2 2 0 - - - - 6 2
2003–04 17 0 4 0 6 1 - - 27 1
2004–05 30 2 5 1 2 1 - - 37 4
2005–06 34 6 4 0 7 0 - - 45 6
2006–07 36 2 8 2 10 2 1 0 55 6
2007–08 34 5 6 0 10 0 1 1 51 6
2008–09 33 3 2 0 7 0 1 1 43 4
2009–10 24 5 2 1 12 3 - - 38 9
Career Total 212 25 36 4 55 7 3 2 306 38

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
2Other tournaments include the Supercoppa Italiana

Competition statistics

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. September 4, 2004 Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy  Norway
1 – 1
2 – 1
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2. October 13, 2004 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy  Belarus
2 – 0
4 – 3
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
3. March 1, 2006 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy  Germany
3 – 0
4 – 1
Friendly match
4. October 11, 2006 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia
0 – 1
1 – 3
UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
5. June 17, 2008 Letzigrund, Zürich, Switzerland  France
0 – 2
0 – 2
UEFA Euro 2008
6. September 10, 2008 Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy  Georgia
1 – 0
2 – 0
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7. September 10, 2008 Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy  Georgia
2 – 0
2 – 0
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
8. June 15, 2009 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa  United States
1 – 2
1 – 3
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup


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Simple English

Daniele De Rossi
Personal information
Full name Daniele De Rossi
Date of birth 24 July 1983 (1983-07-24) (age 27)
Place of birth    Rome, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 16
Senior clubs
Years Club
2001- Roma
National team
2004- Italy

Daniele De Rossi (born 24 July 1983) is an Italian football player. He plays for Roma and Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2001/02RomaSerie A00301040
CountryItaly 1882034343426527
Total 1882034343426527

International career statistics


Italy national team


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