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Giuseppe Rossi
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Personal information
Full name Giuseppe Rossi
Date of birth February 1, 1987 (1987-02-01) (age 23)
Place of birth Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Second striker
Club information
Current club Villarreal
Number 22
Youth career
2000–2004 Parma
2004–2006 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Manchester United 5 (1)
2006 Newcastle United (loan) 11 (0)
2007 Parma (loan) 19 (9)
2007– Villarreal 79 (28)
National team
2003 Italy U-16 5 (3)
2003–2004 Italy U-17 14 (6)
2004–2005 Italy U-18 3 (0)
2006–2008 Italy U-21 22 (11)
2008– Italy 14 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:55, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:04, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Giuseppe Rossi (born February 1, 1987) is an American-born Italian footballer who plays for the Spanish club Villarreal as a second striker. He was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, in the United States, and has dual American and Italian citizenship; he made his debut for Italy in October 2008, scoring his first international goal in June 2009.


Early life

Rossi was born to Italian immigrant parents in Teaneck, New Jersey in the United States; his father, Fernando Rossi, coached soccer and taught Italian and Spanish at Clifton High School. His mother, Cleonilde Rossi, was also a language teacher at Clifton.[1]

Club career


Early career

When offered a spot on the youth team of Parma, Rossi and his father moved to Italy until Manchester United bought his contract when he was 17.[2] He scored a long range effort for Manchester United in a 3–1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.[3]

At the start of the 2006–07 season, Rossi moved to Newcastle United on loan until January 1, 2007, where he was expected to gain some first team experience. He made his home debut on September 24, 2006.[4] Rossi scored his only Newcastle goal in his first start on October 25, 2006, against Portsmouth in a Carling Cup Third Round tie at St James' Park.[5]

For the second half of the season, he was again loaned out, this time to his former club, Parma.[6] Scoring nine goals in 19 league appearances,[7] he helped the club escape the threat of relegation.


On July 31, 2007, Manchester United confirmed Rossi had been sold to Spanish club Villarreal for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around £6.6 million (10 million).[8][9] However, a clause was added to Rossi's Villarreal contract that allows Manchester United to re-purchase him at a later date.[10] He scored his first goal for Villarreal on his debut against Valencia on August 26, 2007.[11] In his second season with Villarreal, Rossi had scored 12 goals in 30 league appearances, along with three goals in eight Champions League appearances.[12]

International career

Rossi has represented Italy at almost every youth level from U-16 to U-21. In 2006, he was invited to a pre-World Cup training camp with the United States national team by then-coach Bruce Arena but declined, stating his desire to play for Italy. He was called up for the 2007 Euro U-21 by head coach Pierluigi Casiraghi. He scored four goals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, making him the top scorer for the tournament, despite only reaching the quarter final.

Italian national football team manager Marcello Lippi has stated that should Rossi have been fit, he would have received a call-up for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers in September 2008.[13] Rossi was called up to the Italy squad in October 2008, making his debut for the national team as a second half substitute against Bulgaria on October 11. Rossi scored his first goal for the Italian national team on June 6, 2009, in a friendly against Northern Ireland, at Pisa's Arena Garibaldi.[14] He also scored 2 goals against the USA in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup on June 15th 2009, in South Africa.[15]

International goals

Scores and results list. Italy's goal tally is listed first.
 #  Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 June 2009 Italy Arena Garibaldi, Pisa, Italy  Northern Ireland 1–0 3–0 Friendly
2 15 June 2009 South Africa Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Praetoria, South Africa  United States 1–1 3–1 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
3 3–1


Manchester United


  1. ^ Longman, Jeré (June 9, 2009), Young Soccer Star Is Close to Completing His Italian Dream, The New York Times,, retrieved June 13, 2009 
  2. ^ Andrea Canales (November 30, 2005). "My Country, 'Tis of Thee". Canales (ESPNsoccernet). Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Sunderland 1-3 Man Utd". BBC Sport. October 15, 2005. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Ian (September 20, 2006). "Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle". BBC Sport. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Newcastle 3-0 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. October 25, 2006. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Man Utd agree Parma loan deal for Rossi". ESPN. January 18, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Giuseppe Rossi". ESPN. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ben Hibbs (July 7, 2007). "Rossi to join Villarreal". Manchester United.{B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=449090. Retrieved August 1, 2007. 
  9. ^ "El Villarreal ficha al delantero Giuseppe Rossi" (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. July 31, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Man Utd sell Rossi to Villarreal". August 1, 2007. Retrieved April 1, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Barcelona held by ten-man Racing". UEFA. August 26, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  12. ^ Giuseppe Rossi Football Stats
  13. ^ Alessandra Gozzini (September 2, 2008). "Lippi: "Un'altra Berlino? Dipende anche da Cipro"" (in Italian). Gozzini ( Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
  14. ^ BBC (June 6, 2009). "Italy 3-0 Northern Ireland" (in English). BBC News (BBC News). Retrieved June 7, 2009. 
  15. ^ "USA 1-3 Italy". BBC Sport. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 

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Simple English

Giuseppe Rossi
Personal information
Full name Giuseppe Rossi
Date of birth 1 February 1987 (1987-02-01) (age 24)
Place of birth    Teaneck, United States
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Villarreal
Number 22
Senior clubs
Years Club
Manchester United
Newcastle United (loan)
Parma (loan)
National team
2008-2009 Italy

Giuseppe Rossi (born 1 February 1987) is an Italian football player. He plays for Villarreal and Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05Manchester UnitedPremier League0000200020
2006/07Newcastle UnitedPremier League110002100131
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League Cup EuropeTotal
2006/07ParmaSerie A19900-10209
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2007/08VillarrealLa Liga271152-503713
CountryEngland 161227220275
Italy 19900-10209
Spain 572362-1337628
Total 9233847216312342

International career statistics


Italy national team



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