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Roberto di Matteo
Personal information
Date of birth 29 May 1970 (1970-05-29) (age 39)
Place of birth Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Club information
Current club West Bromwich Albion (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 FC Schaffhausen 50 (2)
1991–1992 FC Zürich 34 (6)
1992–1993 FC Aarau 33 (1)
1993–1996 Lazio 87 (7)
1996–2002 Chelsea 119 (15)
National team
1994–1998 Italy 34 (2)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Milton Keynes Dons
2009– West Bromwich Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roberto "Robbie" di Matteo (born 29 May 1970 in Schaffhausen, Canton of Schaffhausen) is a Swiss-born Italian former professional footballer and current manager of West Bromwich Albion having been unveiled on 30 June 2009. As a midfielder, he enjoyed spells at FC Schaffhausen, FC Zürich, FC Aarau, Lazio, and Chelsea. He was capped by Italy 34 times, scoring two goals for the Italian national team, and played for them in the UEFA Euro 1996 and 1998 FIFA World Cup.


Playing career

Switzerland and Italy

Born in Switzerland to Italian parents, Di Matteo began his career with Swiss club Schaffhausen, before joining FC Zürich in 1991 and FC Aarau a year later. He won the Swiss Nationalliga A with Aarau in 1993 and in the same season was awarded Switzerland's Player of the Year award. He signed for Lazio in the summer of 1993 on a free transfer. Di Matteo became a regular in the Lazio side and made his debut for Italy during his time with the Rome giants for three seasons. However, a falling out with coach Zdeněk Zeman over a defensive error which resulted in a loss to Internazionale, ended his career with the club. As a result he was signed by Ruud Gullit for English side Chelsea for a then club record fee of £4.9m.


Di Matteo made an impressive start to his Chelsea career, scoring the winner against Middlesbrough on his home debut. His passing ability and accurate long-distance shooting saw him become one of the driving forces of Chelsea's resurgence in the late 1990s. He contributed nine goals in his first season, including long-range efforts against both Tottenham Hotspur and Wimbledon. He helped the club finish 6th in the league, their highest placing since 1989-90, and reach the 1997 FA Cup Final at Wembley. Within 42 seconds of the kick-off, Di Matteo scored from 30 yards, to set Chelsea on their way to a 2–0 win. This was the quickest goal scored in a cup final at the old Wembley, although Louis Saha has since broken the record for the fastest goal scored in an FA Cup final.

The following season he again proved his worth to the team, chipping in with ten goals and numerous assists, as Chelsea went on to claim the Football League Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, their first European honour since 1971. In the League Cup final, again against Middlesbrough, Di Matteo scored the second goal in a 2-0 win. Season 1998-99 turned out to be a special season for Chelsea as they went on an unbeaten run of over 20 games to finish third in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League. Di Matteo played a pivotal role in midfield next to Gustavo Poyet, Dennis Wise and Dan Petrescu and scored some memorable goals, among them a strike against Coventry City in the dying seconds of the game.

During the 1999-00 season he was hampered by injury but returned late in the season to score a handful of crucial goals, including his third Cup-winning goal at Wembley, once again in the FA Cup. In a dour match, Di Matteo capitalised on an error by Aston Villa goalkeeper David James to score the winner in the 71st minute, handing Chelsea their fourth major trophy in three years. This lead Di Matteo to comment on the old Wembley Stadium saying "It's a shame they're tearing the old place down - it has been a very lucky ground for me".

Early into the 2000-01 season, Di Matteo sustained a triple leg fracture in a UEFA Cup tie against Swiss side FC St. Gallen and spent the next eighteen months on the sidelines. He eventually gave up on his comeback and retired in February 2002 at the age of 31.[1] In his six years at Chelsea, he made 175 appearances and scored 26 goals. He was selected in the squad of Chelsea's greatest ever XI, and former manager Claudio Ranieri handed him the honour of leading the Chelsea team out in the 2002 FA Cup final, which Chelsea went on to lose 2-0 to rivals Arsenal. Di Matteo still occasionally returns to Chelsea for promotional purposes on match days and also to use the new gym at the Cobham training base.

Management career

Milton Keynes Dons

In July 2008, Di Matteo was appointed as Milton Keynes Dons new manager after Paul Ince left to join Blackburn Rovers.[2] He in turn appointed former Chelsea colleague Eddie Newton as his assistant and Ade Mafe, who appeared at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and worked at Chelsea during Di Matteo's time there, as his fitness coach. He began qualifying for his UEFA coaching licences while still playing - completing his "B" licence during his time with Chelsea. In his first season with MK Dons, he led them to third place in Coca-Cola League One behind Leicester and Peterborough. They lost in the play-offs semi-finals against Scunthorpe. It was 1–1 in the first leg and 0–0 in the second at stadium:mk. The Dons lost 7–6 on penalties. Di Matteo's old team-mate from Chelsea, Tore André Flo, hit the crossbar on the losing penalty.

West Bromwich Albion

He joined West Bromwich Albion in June 2009 in the newly-created role of head coach.[3]

Honours as a player

FC Aarau
S.S. Lazio
Chelsea F.C.

Managerial Statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
MK Dons England 2 July 2008 30 June 2009 52 27 11 14 51.92
West Bromwich Albion England 30 June 2009 Present 43 24 10 9 55.81
Total 95 51 21 23 53.68
As of 13 March 2010.

Personal life

Di Matteo currently lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire with his wife Zoe and three children and regularly dines with his brother in law, Toby Hollowell.


External links

Simple English

Roberto Di Matteo
Personal information
Full name Roberto Di Matteo
Date of birth 29 May 1970 (1970-05-29) (age 40)
Place of birth    Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
National team
1994-1998 Italy
Teams managed
2008-2009 Milton Keynes Dons

Roberto Di Matteo (born 29 May, 1970) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Since mid 2008, he is the manager of the English football team, Milton Keynes Dons F.C. (also known as MK Dons).

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1988-89SchaffhausenNationalliga B180
1991-92ZürichSuper League346
1992-93AarauSuper League321
1993-94LazioSerie A294
1996-97ChelseaPremier League347
CountrySwitzerland 1169
Italy 887
England 11915
Total 32331

International career statistics


Italy national team


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