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Fabio Grosso
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Personal information
Full name Fabio Grosso
Date of birth 28 November 1977 (1977-11-28) (age 32)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Left back / Left winger
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 6
Youth career
1994–1997 Renato Curi
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Renato Curi 108 (47)
1998–2001 Chieti 074 0(19)
2001–2004 Perugia 067 0(6)
2004–2006 Palermo 090 0(2)
2006–2007 Internazionale 023 0(2)
2007–2009 Lyon 052 0(2)
2009– Juventus 019 0(2)
National team
Italy 048 0(4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2009

Fabio Grosso, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (born 28 November 1977 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who currently plays for Italian Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. Grosso is primarily a left back, but can also play on the left wing. He is also a free kick and corner kick specialist.[3] He is remembered around the world for scoring the dramatic late first goal against Germany in the 2006 World Cup semi-final and also for scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shootout against France in the final that won the trophy for the Azzuri.


Club career

Grosso was born in Rome, but hails from Chieti in Abruzzo, where his family soon returned. After a number of seasons with Renato Curi Angolana, an amateur team of the Abruzzo Eccellenza division, Grosso debuted at professional level with Calcio Chieti of Serie C2. An attacking midfielder at the time, he scored 17 goals in 68 appearances. He then joined Perugia of Serie A in 2001, and was first capped for Italy in 2003. At Perugia, he was converted into a left back by coach Serse Cosmi. Grosso signed for Palermo in January 2004, when the Sicilian team was still playing in Serie B.

Internazionale and Lyon

Grosso joined Internazionale for a fee reported of €5.5 million on 6 June 2006, but just over a year later, on 8 July 2007, Grosso officially signed a four-year deal with French team Olympique Lyonnais after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. He was given the number 11 shirt.[4]


On 31 August 2009 it was confirmed that Grosso had returned to Serie A following his two-year spell in France. After chasing the defender all summer long a deal was met on the final day of the transfer market at a €2 million plus bonus up to 1 million.[5] He scored his first goal in a league game against Udinese in November 2009.

International career

Grosso was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup winning team. In the Last 16 round of the tournament against Australia, Italy were awarded a controversial penalty in stoppage time after Australian defender Lucas Neill made an attempted sliding tackle which was considered an obstruction, however there remains controversy over whether Grosso played for the penalty or not. The penalty was converted by Francesco Totti and consequently Australia were knocked out of the tournament. On 4 July 2006, he scored the first goal against Germany in the 119th minute with a curling left-footed strike beyond the reach of Jens Lehmann into the Germans' net from the edge of the box and famously ran around screaming "I don't believe it!" as his teammates celebrated. In the final five days later, he scored the winning penalty against France, giving Italy their fourth World Cup.

Grosso was also included in Roberto Donadoni's European Cup team in 2008. Grosso is still the first choice left back in Marcello Lippi's Azzurri squad.

Personal life

Fabio Grosso is married to Jessica Repetto. They have a son Filippo who was born shortly after World Cup 2006. [6]

Grosso studied political science and is fluent in French.





National team


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Simple English

Fabio Grosso
Personal information
Full name Fabio Grosso
Date of birth 28 November 1977 (1977-11-28) (age 33)
Place of birth    Rome, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 6
Senior clubs
Years Club
Renato Curi Angolana
Città di Palermo
Internazionale Milano
Olympique Lyonnais
National team
2003-2009 Italy

Fabio Grosso (born 28 November 1977) is an Italian football player. He plays for Juventus and Italy national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1994/95Renato Curi Angolana182
1998/99ChietiSerie C2124
2001/02PerugiaSerie A241
2003/04Città di PalermoSerie B211
2004/05Serie A361
2006/07Internazionale MilanoSerie A232
2007/08Olympique LyonnaisLigue 1301
2009/10JuventusSerie A
CountryItaly 37383
France 522
Total 42585

International career statistics

Italy national team


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