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Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi, Ufficiale OMRI (born 24 July 1983 in Rome) is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Roma.

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Daniele De Rossi: "My one regret is that I can devote just one career to Roma". Happy birthday, capitano.
I only do missionary tbh. Nothing extravagant, I just do my job then go home. I'm the Daniele De Rossi of beating.
Italy youngster Marco Verratti could join Roma in exchange for Daniele De Rossi who would go to PSG.
Daniele De Rossi waited with Alessandro Florenzi’s family until 4am to hear the results of the scan on his left knee. Wha…
going for the Daniele de Rossi Euro 2012 look last night?
Leicester City and A.S. Roma in talks over Daniele De Rossi.
Daniele De Rossi spotted talking to Everton representatives.
Daniele De Rossi looking to force FC Porto move.
New post (Daniele De Rossi Photos Photos - Daniele De Rossi of Italy scores the ...) has been published on Fif ...…
Tackling madman. PL fans favorite player. Breaks ankles with tackles and is a crazy man. Takes over from the Great Totti. Dan…
An outrageous dive from Kevin Strootman allows Daniele De Rossi to draw Roma level in the htt…
QUOTE: Daniele De Rossi on young players:. "When I see them do videos in the locker room, I want to take a baseball bat to their…
Cambridge's Fraser Nicholls. apart from being the best dressed goalkeeper in New Zealand, is a fair likeness for Da…
Barkley's channeling his inner Daniele De Rossi with his sleeves
Zdenek Zeman 'right' to drop Daniele De Rossi, but Francesco Totti should play on
AC Milan also hope to sign free agent Daniele De Rossi this summer but it will be difficult convincing De Rossi to play for another side
Daniele De Rossi leaves his World Cup medal in the coffin of late ...
.Sky Italia: Milan also have an ambitious plan to tempt Daniele De Rossi to the club. The 33 year old is o…
Daniele De Rossi has rejected AS Roma’s latest contract offer, with Inter and Juventus monitoring the situation.…
Issa Sarr is looking like Daniele De Rossi on that pitch, smoother, technique is clean and a technician.
Daniele de Rossi, still a good reason for watching AS Roma. 😈
Daniele De Rossi included in squad for tomorrow after recovering from ankle injury…
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Daniele De Rossi is suffering with an ankle injury, so the midfielder could miss the game.
Daniele De Rossi: "Having Fabio Capello as a coach during my early years was fundamental. He really forges you."
Daniele De Rossi: "He had a passion for me and perhaps that was the greatest boost I could have in my career." -
Daniele De Rossi on Luciano Spalletti: "Roma should do everything to keep him, because he will be the best."
Daniele De Rossi did not suffer calf muscle tear in Juventus defeat - Roma Gab Marcotti says the only thing that c…
Daniele De Rossi: Each of De Rossi's last 4 international goals have been scored in home matches for Italy
Never thought we'd ever hear Daniele De Rossi's name being cheered by the home team at the Juventus Stadium 😂😂
Daniele De Rossi has already forgiven Gigi Buffon for his howler against Spain. READ:
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Italy's Daniele De Rossi forgives Buffon blunder: Even the best make mistakes
Daniele De Rossi leapt to captain Gianluigi Buffon's defence following the goalkeeper's mistake in the natch...
Looks like Daniele De Rossi enjoyed his goal...
Equaliser! Daniele De Rossi rescues point for Italy against Spain with late penalty.
"Buffon? Also the greatest GK of all time makes mistakes..." - Daniele De Rossi
Relief for Italy as Daniele De Rossi saves them from defeat against Spain 📷:
Daniele De Rossi: . "Buffon? Even the best GK in history makes mistakes. It would've better if he did it with Juve and no…
Italy have only lost one game in 20 which Daniele De Rossi has scored (England 2-1). Good omen.
Daniele De Rossi: "The spirit at the end was the right one. I wasn't surprised by the response, it's in our DNA."
Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi has a 'beware of being tackled' tattoo on his right calf.
Italy keeps unbeaten home record at drawing 1-1 with Spain. Vitolo strikes. Daniele De Rossi levels score…
The veteran midfielder beat Spain David de Gea from the spot after Sergio Ramos had brought down Eder in the box
Italy midfielder Daniele de Rossi celebrates after snatching a late equaliser from the penalty spot in the 1-1 draw
Daniele de Rossi rescues draw for Italy against Spain in Turin…
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Daniele De Rossi during a press conference, on June 02, 2016 in Florence, Italy.
Daniele De Rossi: "Roy Keane is my absolute hero. The 16 on my shirt is dedicated to him."
With Marchisio and Verratti out of the are Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi needed for one last showdown?
Daniele De Rossi confessed his love for Oasis, Roy Keane and Glasgow
Il Tempo: Italy coach Antonio Conte hasn't changed his mind, Daniele De Rossi will likely not be called to Euro 2016
Daniele De Rossi's first ever goal in 2002-03 (Vine by
AS Roma legend Francesco Totti is joining the New York Cosmos [Sky Sports]
Daniele De Rossi is the type of player who gives blood, sweat and tears on the pitch... and photo shoots
Swansea in advanced talks with Daniele De Rossi.
Daniele De Rossi has put his 2006 World Cup winners medal in the coffin of the team's kitman, who died recently.
78: Last change from Spalletti and it's Francesco on for Daniele De Rossi
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OFFENSE!! Roma A yellow card in the 68th minute for Daniele de Rossi.
Everton in advanced talks with Daniele De Rossi.
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Daniele De Rossi - all his life with his club, we need more loyal players like him!
carb up for the new season lol. Go get some tips off my boy Daniele de Rossi 😎
FC Porto in advanced talks with Daniele De Rossi.
Roma’s Daniele de Rossi celebrated an incredible milestone in the best possible way today...
🔁 90' Seydou Keita is on for Luciano Spalletti's final change, replacing Daniele De Rossi.
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Daniele De Rossi left his Word Cup winners medal in the coffin of late Italy kitman. Beautiful gesture!
West Ham in advanced talks with Daniele De Rossi.
Kevin Strootman has picked Maicon, Medhi Benatia, Leo Castan, Daniele De Rossi, Miralem Pjanic and Francesco Totti for his dream team.
Daniele De Rossi looking to force Newcastle move.
Rudiger and De Rossi miss Madrid: . Antonio Rudiger and Daniele De Rossi are out of Rom...
Antonio Rudiger and Daniele De Rossi out of ’s Champions League trip to
Daniele De Rossi. One club man, lived the dream.
Francesco Totti and Seydou Keita both not fit enough for tomorrow's match and aren't called. Daniele De Rossi is called.
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Daniele De Rossi and Seydou Keita both did individual training today. They are in risk of missing the Chievo match. (via
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No chance lol he'll be offered a big role ...he is mr Roma...he has stopped Daniele De Rossi taking over lol
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Walyo! That's not Daniele De Rossi. Funny guy you are!
Leo Castan: "Daniele is crucial to the defence. He makes life easy for me. Tactically, De Rossi is perfect."
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(2/2) The most surprising aspect of that is Daniele De Rossi is offering absolutely nothing, walking around in midfield like a zombie
I want to get the Daniele De Rossi tattoo! 👌
Club icon Francesco Totti seemed on forlornly and captain Daniele De Rossi unleashed a cry of frustration as Roma’…
Roma's Daniele De Rossi believes his side need to work harder after their 2-0 home defeat against Atalanta .
Daniele De Rossi chanting Edin Dzeko's name with the fans during the Rome Derby...
Today, we played against Daniele De Rossi, Luca Toni, Bilyaletdinov and uh...Qiu Li.
Daniele De Rossi celebrates scoring his 52nd goal for Roma en route to the club's 3-1 win over Empoli.
Italy's Daniele De Rossi (L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring ...
De Rossi: Second place means nothing for Roma: Daniele de Rossi says only the title will do for Roma. The Gial...
De Rossi: 'Second place is failure': . Roma star Daniele De Rossi said “in football if ...
star Daniele De Rossi said “in football if you come second, then you are a failure”
Willie Collum refereeing Italy game this weekend. Get yer money on at least one red card, especially if Daniele De Rossi is playing!
Daniele speaks about about Rome bid for 2024 ->
see you saturday Daniele De rossi xx
Daniele De Rossi “He will become as great a player as Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard”
Roma’s De Rossi returns to scene of recent crime: In the absence of Francesco Totti, Daniele…
punished for derby insults: Daniele De Rossi and are deferred to the Disciplinary Commission for…
- Italy 1-0 Bulgaria: Daniele De Rossi turns from hero to villain as both sides fi... via
Daniele De Rossi did not look pleased at all after being taken off during Roma's 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona.
Roma’s Daniele De Rossi lost his head after he was subbed v Hellas Verona (Video)
If it's your birthday today, you share it with: Daniele De Rossi (32), Dino Baggio (44), Martin Keown (49) and Kerry Dixon (54…
Daniele De Rossi: "I cheered on Liverpool until the end, but they lost the Premier League title in an incredible way!"
DID YOU KNOW: Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has a "beware of being tackled" tattoo on his right calf.
De Rossi on Juve: “They are human and beatable”: Looking forward to Monday, an optimistic Daniele De Rossi spo...
Daniele De Rossi admits “fell asleep for a month,” but are wide awake and ready to beat
Roma's spine is missing: Castán, Benatia, De Rossi and Strootman. Each piece was important, so much that Daniele suffers alone now.
I missed an important qualifier in the quote, "probably" - my bad memory
Daniele De Rossi: "It is never normal for me to play against Gerrard, it always gets me emotional, I won’t deny it."
Serie A midfielder and AS Roma captain Daniele De Rossi still thinking about US move, just not this year...probably not next year either
Seydou Kéita returns from AFCoN to the squad. Daniele De Rossi [calf] & Kevin Strootman [knee] are sidelined.
“I'd like to end my career overseas. I want to live in America, and I hope I'll be able to do that." - Daniele De Rossi [
will be pleased that Daniele De Rossi has won the Serie A Player of the Month award.
Manchester City must stop Roma duo Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti if they are to stay in the Champions League
Just noticed Daniele De Rossi celebration. Could I please cry over this? Daje Roma!
Goodness me. Maxi Moralez should've made it 2-2 after an error from Daniele De Rossi but...somehow puts it wide.
Daniele De Rossi: It was an honour to play against Steven Gerrard. -
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QUESTION: Yesterday today Daniele De Rossi, but who is your favourite player to reach 100 caps & why?
Best footballers tattoos: Daniele de Rossi: Italian de Rossi has one of the best individual tattoos of any foo...
Who cares that Daniele De Rossi is here, we're with Daniele Cardinale
Daniele De Rossi is a supporter of Galatasaray and knows the history well as well as following Gala closely.
Daniele De Rossi earned his 100th cap for Italy this weekend. One of the most under-rated midfielders.
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Daniele de Rossi dedicates his 100th cap to Serie D player Emanuele Mancini, with whom he started p…
Daniele De Rossi scored on his 1st appearance. Tonight, the legend plays his 100th game
Daniele De Rossi in a deeper roll looked to play into the feet of Immobile and Zaza but there wasn't enough movement in the final 3rd.
Daniele De Rossi admits Italy “have to work on our possession play” after a draw with Croatia
Daniele De Rossi spoke to interviewers after the hard fought draw against Croatia. He began on the off the field issues: “It was very unfortunate to see that happen (the flares). On the pitch, it was a normal match, but the match was interrupted. Unfortunately, they’ll let almost anyone into the stadium nowadays. I don’t know why. Croatia is on our level. We knew it was going to be a tough match. I knew I’d be man marked for 90 minutes. We have to work hard, especially when we have possession of the ball. These things can be fixed over time.”
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MILESTONE! legend Daniele De Rossi could make his 100th appearance this week...
FIFAcom: Daniele De Rossi scored on his 1st azzurri appearance. Tonight, ...
Daniele De Rossi in the libero is a sight to watch and enjoy
Daniele De Rossi makes his 100th appearance for Italy tonight
Daniele De Rossi: Only Andrea Pirlo (7903) has completed more passes in Serie A in the last 5 seasons than De Rossi (7071)
Daniele De Rossi and Ivica Olić will both make their 100th international appearance this evening!
A new render of Daniele De Rossi was added to the website - View it here:
Conte: "When I got to Juventus I wanted to have De Rossi, I tried but Daniele only sees one team in Italy: Roma"
You've got to love Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi's tattoo!
Daniele De Rossi and Mattia Destro are sitting on the bench today.
I was gonna tell ppl I was Daniele De Rossi. But I was wearing jeans!
Roma could field Daniele De Rossi in central defence for the trip to Napoli if the injury situation doesn’t improve
Daniele De Rossi - Genoa's goal more important to Roma than mine
Mattia Destro and Daniele De Rossi goals sent to be back in their winning form beating Cesena at 2-0. Watch @
'Daniele De Rossi can always play as central defender because we have enough midfielders' (Ro)
Roma beat Cesena 2-0 thanks to goals from Mattia Destro and Daniele De Rossi, meaning they move level on points with Juventus
Roma captain acknowledges signs of fatigue: Roma’s Daniele De Rossi has blamed fatigue for his side di...
Roma catch leaders Juve: . Roma saw off Cesena with Mattia Destro and Daniele De Rossi ...
Daniele De Rossi's last goal in Stadio Olimpico was on 12/12/2011 against
FT: Mattia Destro and Daniele de Rossi score either side of half-time as Roma defeat Cesena 2-0 to move level with leaders Juventus
USA's Mia Hamm: "I watch Serie A on TV. My favorite player is Francesco Totti , but I also really like Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi."
Roma, Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi out for a month with calf injury
I said a few weeks ago that Daniele De Rossi was the player Liverpool fans think Gerrard is, now it seems it's just BR that thinks that.
Daniele De Rossi is the highest paid player in the Serie A on £100,000 a week! Paul Pogba is on just £23,000 a week!
Based on terms agreed with United, Arturo Vidal would earn same amount as Daniele De Rossi and Carlos Tevez-combined. --[La Stampa]
Daniele De Rossi receiving lessons from tight end
Favourite Italian player ever? — so so hard for me Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti are two of my favourites...
Daniele De Rossi on Mario Balotelli: “We need real men, not Panini stickers or characters.”
212 - Daniele De Rossi has attempted (212) and completed (195) the most passes at the so far. Brain.
Some good guesses too but likes of Materazzi, Daniele De Rossi and Burgnich only got one red card for the Azzurri
Italy haven't won any of their last nine games in which Daniele De Rossi hasn't played. Incredible.
It's (not) raining men!. De Rossi wants more real men in any future Italy squad. Gr:
What do Daniele De Rossi and Claudio Marchisio have, that Mario Balotelli doesn't? Red cards for Italy in a World Cup.
'We need to start over as real men', says Daniele De Rossi, who, aged 22, got sent off in a World Cup for elbowing Brian McBride.
Daniele De Rossi, next captain of the Azzurri: "We must start all over from the real men, not from the characters". -
Daniele De Rossi had an MRI and the results don't look good. Pessimism regarding his recovery. (via
Daniele De Rossi ruled out for Italy clash against Uruguay.
Someone get me the name of the Costa Rican player who took down Daniele De Rossi so I can get to work. Time for some serious mal'occhio.
Anyway. Enough about Hope Solo, whose fifteen minutes should have ended about 5 years ago. Can we talk about Daniele De Rossi being out?
Daniele De Rossi : "You cannot think Italy will beat Costa Rica just because we are called Italy." This is the perfect sentence that summed up this World Cup thus far.
Claudio Marchisio, Mario Mbalotelli, and Daniele De Rossi. Expect a goal from one of these 3 stallions today. Forza Italia ale!!!
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (pictured) and left-back Mattia De Sciglio are back in training but a late decision will be made on their availability. Centre-half Andrea Barzagli and defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi picked up minor knocks earlier in the week and will be assessed. Costa Rica look set to continue with the 5-4-1 formation that served them so well in a 3-1 win over Uruguay. Joel Campbell is again expected to lead the line, with Bryan Ruiz breaking from an advanced right position.
Rooney gives Roy England dilemma Following an uneven display against Italy in his side's opening World Cup defeat, Wayne Rooney is at risk of turning from England's biggest asset into manager Roy Hodgson's biggest headache. The 28-year-old Manchester United striker has been his country's talisman for the best part of a decade, but as Hodgson looks to flood his team with youthful vim and vigour, there is a fear that Rooney is starting to get in the way. Rooney's diminished status was clear from the moment Saturday's game in Manaus kicked off, as he padded over to the left flank in order to accommodate Liverpool's teenage livewire Raheem Sterling in the number 10 role. While Sterling's electric pace and neat close control make him an obvious attacking threat, it was also with defensive considerations in mind that Hodgson decided to deploy him in the centre. Hodgson explained that Sterling's "pace and sharpness" made him an ideal candidate to "nullify" Italy midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi, and ...
Group D: Italy's Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and teammates jump for the ball against England's Wayne Rooney, front, and Phil Jagielka at the Amazonia arena in Manaus.
Claudio Marchisio of Italy (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Daniele De Rossi
Italy secure slim win over England Italy held out against diligent England to earn a 2-1 win, courtesy of goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli, that leaves them second on goal difference in Group D at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Daniel Sturridge had equalised soon after the Juventus midfielder had opened the scoring, but Cesare Prandelli's side held on to their lead for the second time following an early goal after the break. England began brightly, looking to improve on a record of just one competitive win over Gli Azzurri, as Raheem Sterling rippled the side-netting from range with a rasping effort, before Jordan Henderson forced Salvatore Sirigu into a low save inside the first five minutes. Antonio Candreva gave Joe Hart a similar test at the other end, but his left-footed strike was dealt with - albeit uncomfortably - by the Manchester City goalkeeper. England continued to look the more threatening though, with Daniele De Rossi going agonisingly close to turning into his own net, d ...
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2' 0-0 England emerged 2-1 victors in Berne in August 2012 the last time they met. Daniele De Rossi opened the scoring before Phil Jagielka and Jermain Defoe, who didn't make the Three Lions' finals squad responded.
Italy’s Daniele De Rossi has described today as a sad day in the wake of Riccardo Montolivo’s injury...
So according to ESPN, Dani Alves is a better player than Daniele De Rossi and Gerard Pique. Okay.
Featuring interviews with Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and coach Cesare Prandelli, this is a special look at Italy's rich World Cup history, how they q...
FIFA Ultimate Team - Team of the Season - Serie A Each week FIFA Ultimate Team assembles the best players from international and club competition around the world and rewards them as part of our Team of the Week. Now, we celebrate the best players from club competition based on their performances during the course of the 2013-14 season. This edition features the best players from Italy’s Serie A. Juventus locked up their third straight Serie A title and did so in commanding fashion. They had incredible performances from a handful of players including Giorgio Chiellini, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tévez. In his first season in Turin, Tévez led the club with 19 league goals and seven assists. AS Roma had an unbelievable turnaround in 2013-14, finishing in second place. Morgan De Sanctis was a huge part of that success, earning 21 clean sheets in 36 matches played. Defenders Medhi Benatia and Maicon, defensive-midfielder Daniele De Rossi and Winger Gervinho also attributed to the club’s improve ...
TOP TEN BIGGEST PAYING CLUBS IN THE WORLD Who spends the most on salaries and wages? The top 10 Clubs are revealed here Courtesy of ESPN, the ten clubs in world football that currently spend the most on wages has been announced. Five Premier League clubs are included, as are giants from the Italian, German and Spanish leagues. In at ten, are the Serie A Champions League hopefuls, AS Roma. 10. AS Roma - £73,838,418 a year. Roma signed Kevin Strootman and Mehdi Benatia for big money in the summer, and pay Italian stalwarts Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti very well, which for their years of service, is well deserved. 9. Liverpool - £77,332,127 a year The Reds made Luis Suarez their highest ever paid player around Christmas time, and pay captain Steven Gerrard an equally deserved six figure wage. Their bill is set to get even larger, with rumours circulating that young English duo Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge set to awarded new deals. 8. Arsenal - £88,649,595 a year The Gunners have famously b ...
Daniele De Rossi is the player with most effective passes in this season of at 1757 - via
this sticker album is going to make me hate Daniele De Rossi and by extention Roma, isn't it?
Daniele De Rossi has claimed that he would have committed suicide if he had joined Premier League side Manchester United last Summer
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witnessed long serving player, Daniele De Rossi bow out with a 3-2 victory in his testimonial match.
have you got any swaps yet? Daniele de Rossi is going spare if u need him?!
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he's got a little Daniele de Rossi in him too I feel
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If Fellaini could play like Xavi Alonso, Javi Martinez, Daniele de Rossi he would be a sensational defensive midfielder
You ever done a Daniele De Rossi one?
Daniele De Rossi is one of those players I adore watching.
Daniele De Rossi's 450th appearance for Roma today
In other news, Daniele De Rossi will make his 450 appearance today also. Congratulations !!!
Daniele De Rossi plays his 450th game for Roma today against Sassuolo (332 Serie A, 55 cup, 63 Europe)
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Time for Rudi Garcia, Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti to have their say
Daniele De Rossi will make his 450th Roma appearance today should he feature against Sassuolo.
"De Rossi's position? Daniele can do a good job anywhere"
find a way to get Daniele De Rossi at Wsw. That would make me very happy Ross.
60363961 ROME - MAY 05: Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma shows his dejection as he applauds the fans after the Tim Cup match between FC Internazionale Milano and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on May 5, 2010 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Daniele De Rossi 2010 Getty Images
A potentially serious injury suffered by Man Utd's Xherdan Shaqiri overshadowed events on what was a breezy evening at Old Trafford. Tenacious defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi suffered the ignominy of scoring a calamitous own goal in the 6th minute. Flamboyant winger Samir Nasri then equalized for Manchester City in the 31st minute with a close range finish which was timed impeccably. Wonderkid Matija Nastasic then put Manchester City in front after 59 minutes with a well timed finish from close range. Winger Juan Cuadrado then equalized for Manchester United in the 78th minute with a placed shot. Tireless midfielder Yaya Touré then clinched a late winner on 87 minutes with a well timed close range finish. Touré's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.
Ill-tempered Roma-Inter draw Roma 0 - 0 Inter Stadio Olimpico There was a disallowed goal, penalty appeals and two potential video evidence incidents, but Roma-Inter ended goalless. There were over 25,000 seats locked down in the Curva Sud, Curva Nord and Distinti Sud as punishment for repeated anti-Neapolitan chants, which fell foul of rules on ‘territorial discrimination.’ The Giallorossi had won their last five League home games, but were without Francesco Totti, Douglas Maicon, Dodo and Federico Balzaretti. Hernanes was only fit for the Nerazzurri bench, but Mauro Icardi got his first start alongside Rodrigo Palacio. After two minutes Samir Handanovic punched away an Adem Ljajic free kick, then smothered a Gervinho volley on a Daniele De Rossi ball over the top. Ljajic turned Jonathan inside out only for his pass to flash across the face of goal with nobody able to tap in. Icardi volleyed wide, but claimed he was being dragged back by Mehdi Benatia. Inter are the only team without a penalty awarde ...
Miralem Pjanic may not play for one of Europe’s very best sides, turning out for a Roma team starved of European football, but he has quietly established himself as one of the greatest midfielders in the world. The Bosnia international has become the fulcrum of Rudi Garcia’s revolution in the Italian capital. Alongside the more robust Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, Pjanic’s primary responsibility is to provide a link between the midfield and attack. This is a role he carries out with excellence on a regular basis, fashioning numerous chances in each match. Such is the formidable nature of Roma’s midfield, they have been dominant in virtually every Serie A fixture they have played this season and reduced the great Juventus to playing a counter-attacking game against them. Pjanic’s class was the primary reason, and to force a side such as Juve to adopt a different tactical approach is high praise of his excellence. As was his key role in taking Bosnia to their first ever World Cup.
Moyes spotted at Juve game on a Scouting mission! Looking to find a solution to his worries this winter, David Moyes was spotted at Juventus' Serie A clash with Cagliari on Sunday. The Manchester United manager won his first game of 2014 against Swansea on Saturday, stopping the rot of three straight defeats. But he still has a lengthy injury list to deal with at Old Trafford, and has been linked with several players this January. One question is, who was he looking at during this particular game? The usual January suspects Luke Shaw, Cesc Fabregas and Daniele De Rossi were unsurprisingly nowhere to be seen at the Stadio Is Arenas. United have been linked with Claudio Marchisio in the past, a creative midfielder (though he was on the bench), while former youth player Paul Pogba was in action. It's possible, with former Juve star and current Real Madrid assistant manager Zinedine Zidane claiming, in the Sunday Mirror: 'I think it was a mistake letting Paul Pogba leave. 'He will go on to be one of the best ...
SS: 'Khedira, Draxler and Daniele De Rossi have all been linked but City's pragmatic manager likes to keep his cards close to his chest'
Juventus moved eight points clear at the top of Serie A after beating second-placed Roma, who were reduced to nine men. Arturo Vidal stabbed in the opener with Juve's first attack before Leonardo Bonucci volleyed home a second. Roma had two players sent off within a minute as Daniele De Rossi fouled Giorgio Chiellini before Leandro Castan handled on the goalline. Mirko Vucinic then scored from the penalty spot to complete the win. Roma finished 2013 somewhat disappointingly after a blistering start to the season, drawing five of their last seven games, but they arrived at the Juventus Stadium without a defeat in their first 17 matches. Initially, they looked more like the side that won their first 10 games as they kept Juve back inside their own half, confidently passing the ball around as they patiently searched for an opener. In contrast, Juventus offered little in the opening 15 minutes, but their first attack produced the game's first goal as Carlos Tevez spun superbly before threading the ball to Vid ...
TONIGHT'S BIG MATCH! ITALY - SERIE A JUVENTUS VS ROMA KICK OFF AT 19.45 GMT FACTS JUVENTUS Andrea Pirlo has trained with the rest of the team following the winter break and is available for Antonio Conte. The manager will therefore have to leave out one of his midfielders, with Claudio Marchisio likely to drop out. Andrea Barzagli suffered a minor injury during a test match, and Martin Caceres is ready to take his place should the Italy international not recover in time. ROMA As Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi have served their suspensions, Rudi Garcia will have his usual midfield all available. Michael Bradley is expected to be on the bench once again at kick-of and his reserve position in the roster could lead him to leave the club in January. Mattia Destro has gained a starting spot in the big match with his recent performances and goals, while Florenzi and Ljajic will be sidelined. STATISTICS Juventus have won their last 9 matches in Serie A. Roma are undefeated in their last 19 matches in Serie ...
A number of clubs are interested in a loan move for Wilfred Zaha, with Cardiff City being the favourites. Also, as well as the deal for Koke is still highly likely, David Moyes has not ruled of a move for highly rated Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
"Thank goodness I didn't go to Manchester, otherwise I would have committed suicide by now." - Daniele De Rossi on joining man utd
How Manchester United can sneak back into title contention The Red Devils are clearly in strife this season. When Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie aren't in excellent form, United seem just another average Premier League outfit. January could prove pivotal to their chances of European football, and even possibly, winning the title. Who they should target - Defensive midfielders and defenders Arturo Vidal, Luka Modric, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Javi Martinez, Daniele De Rossi, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Shawcross, Nicolas Nkoulou and Phil Jagielka
December 26th Transfer News: {Chelsea to offer £48m for Gonzalo Higuain} {Man. United will bid £30m for Koke} {Adam Lallana could leave Southampton} {Borussia Dortmund want £40m for Marco Reus} {Newcastle say Yohan Cabaye will cost £22m} {Fulham sign Clint Dempsey for six months} {Swansea could move for Iago Aspas} {Sunderland and Newcastle want Liam Bridcutt} {Liverpool and Tottenham keen on Ashley Cole} {Bacary Sagna will listen to offers} {PSG want Daniele De Rossi and Miralem Pjanic}
French newspaper Le Parisien has suggested that Roma stars Daniele De Rossi and Miralem Pjanic are on Paris Saint-Germain radar. PSG boss Laurent Blanc is determined to sign a high-profile midfielder in January and Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye remains his number one target. However, should the move for the Frenchman fall through, the Saints will turn to one of their other targets. And while Borja Valero and Radja Nainggolan are also on their radar, Roma’s Miralem Pjanic and Daniele De Rossi appear to be on top of club’s hit-list. The problem is that Roma won’t be interested in selling two of their key players, although PSG chiefs are hoping the Giallorossi would not be able to resist a big money offer. Rudi Garcia’s side will have a perfect opportunity to revive their title bid when they face leaders Juventus in Turin, with Roma priced at 9/2 to defeat their more illustrious opponents.
(Inside Futbol) Manchester United manager David Moyes was in the crowd at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico Madrid took on FC Porto in the Champions League, with Koke the man the Scot is believed to have been checking up on. The Red Devils have been linked with the talented young midfielder, with speculation over a January bid from the English champions for the Spaniard swirling. Atletico Madrid are keen to keep Koke, who has rapidly sped up his development over the last 18 months and as a result has collected a whole host of suitors. AC Milan and Barcelona are attentive to the Spaniard's talents, while Liverpool have also taken a keen interest in his progression under coach Diego Simeone. Manchester United boss Moyes is currently running the rule over a number of potential additions ahead of a January transfer window which is expected to see the English champions working hard to strengthen their squad. Moyes famously failed with bids for Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas, Daniele De Rossi, Ander Herrera and ...
4 reasons why rugby better. 1. Footballers, unlike ruggers, are weak What is wrong with some of these players? They collapse when barely touched. Are they so weak? Rugby players get tackled with the whole body and they just get on with it. You hardly see rugby players rolling around, writhing in pain like footballers. If footballers are always bothered by so much pain and injury, perhaps FIFA can introduce a new rule — every time you go down in agony, you should be given a mandatory 5-minute rest on the sidelines to recover. I’m sure that would take ‘heal’ all the fake injuries immediately. Footballers, from what we can see, are feeble. (See how Daniele De Rossi goes down so easily after getting clipped on his heels here) 2. Footballers, unlike ruggers, have no respect for the referee You see footballers constantly arguing with the referee. I have never seen rugby players argue with the referee. Why do footballers do it? Where is the respect for the referee? I think FIFA should make it mandatory t ...
Italy - Nigeria Friendly game, 18/11/2013 21:45 PREDICTION : over 2,5 goals in the match ODD: 2.1 STAKE : 6/10 Bookmaker: Nigeria's Super Eagles are coming to this friendly game after dispatching Ethiopia in Calabar to win a place at next year's World Cup on 4-1 aggregate having won the first leg 2-1 in Addis Ababa in October. The Italians sealed their place at the 2014 World Cup after a 2-2 draw against Armenia. And on Friday, the Azzurris of Italy played out a 1-1 draw in an international friendly with Germany at the San Siro in Milano. Is the second time they meet each other, in the 1st match Italy won 2-1 in USA at World Cup with a lately goal from Roberto Baggio. Italy have got big names in goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli among others. John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Vincent Enyeama, Efe Ambrose, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Shola Ameobi are just among those that are available for this clash for Nigeria. Bu ...
today Daniele De Rossi and Angelo Ogbonna have trained separately due to some minor problems.
Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Daniele de Rossi and Xabi Alonso are just a few of Chelsea's centre-mid targets.
Daniele De Rossi has returned to the Italy squad ahead of their friendlies with Germany and Nigeria. The Roma...
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Chelsea are close to singing Daniele De Rossi from AS Roma for around £11m, [Metro]hat you can't do it, prove them wrong,
Roma midfielders Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi have both been named in the latest Italy squad.
Daniele De Rossi's 400th career appearance for
Kinda ruing how we missed out on Daniele De Rossi in the summer
Daniele De Rossi is the man. Who else could do the short sleeve- long sleeve combo?
That is the idea. High-energy players. That's why they're worn by the likes of Dani Alves, Javi Martinez and Daniele De Rossi.
How Daniele De Rossi got his game back at Roma under Rudi Garcia. Piece from yesterday from me here: .
Roma midfielder (2001 - ) Daniele De Rossi will make his 318th Serie A appearance for the club against Sassuolo on Sunday.
How Daniele De Rossi got back to the top of his game under Rudi Garcia at Roma.
Worked out today that my data analysis lecturer looks like a cross between Andrea Pirlo and Daniele de Rossi, him being Italian aswell
Daniele De Rossi will reach Giuseppe Giannini with 318 appearances in with a Roma shirt.
Considered as the ideal midfield partner for Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman and Miralem Pjanic by AS...
Roma rumbles on Roma have been successful due to each player believing in head coach Rudi Garcia and his objectives. See how they ran. All in a line, players and staff, hand in hand toward the away end at the Stadio Friuli. Alessandro Florenzi punched the air, Federico Balzaretti roared, his arms outstretched, while an overexcited Daniele De Rossi rather amusingly stumbled. For the 4,000 Roma supporters who had made the six-hour trip to the wintry, north-eastern town of Udine, a place closer to Slovenia’s capital than Italy's, it had all been worthwhile. They had watched their team win again. Francesco Totti had done so, too, back at his home in Rome. Laid up with a hamstring injury, el capitano must have been sat in front of the TV with his laptop open, for not long after full-time, his thoughts were to be found online on his Curva Sud blog. "Compliments to my teammates who all showed that they have courage, strength and, as we like to say, a pair of b- like this!" Totti wrote in a short post. Opponent ...
Spain - 4:53 PM 'Facing Barcelona is like racing Bolt' Valladolid coach Juan Ignacio Martinez believes Neymar will make up for the absence of Lionel Messi on Saturday when the sides meet at Camp Nou Italy - 4:29 PM Kovacic wary of Roma quality The midfield starlet identifies Francesco Totti, Miralem Pjanic and Daniele De Rossi as the Giallorossi dangermen, while Jonathan claims he is relieved not to be facing Maicon England - 4:12 PM Dawson signs new three-year Tottenham deal Despite coming close to leaving White Hart Lane in 2012, the central defender ties himself to Spurs until 2016 as he closes in on 300 career appearances for the club England - 3:46 PM Pellegrini: Hart not guaranteed to start for Manchester City against Everton The England goalkeeper's poor display against Bayern Munich prompted talk that Costel Pantilimon could be given a chance, which the Chilean did not deny Italy - 3:23 PM Rossi sets sights on Italy return The 26-year-old is eager to force his way back into Cesare Prandelli's ...
Would it surprise you that David Moyes reached out to Fabio Capello about a certain Daniele De Rossi? Stay tuned... :)
Marouane Fellaini holds the key for United How Manchester United's new signing is exactly what United have been missing in Europe This summer oversaw a difficult start to Manchester United's dealings in the transfer window. Where other clubs were strengthening to prepare for a title challenge, United were left with rejected approaches, failed enquiries and bids turned down. Names such as Cesc Fabregas, Daniele De Rossi and Thiago Alcantara were amongst the rumours or bids from Manchester United, while a persistently rumoured return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo failed to materialise. In truth, United very closely came to going a whole summer window without bringing in one big name at the club. Double bids for the most likely arrivals; Moyes' former players at Everton, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, were swiftly rejected, leaving Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward bearing the brunt of United fan's frustrations. It took until the 11th hour of transfer deadline day to complete a signing, i ...
Daniele De Rossi has now played more games for the Azzurri than Alessandro Del Piero did. (92)
Daniele De Rossi is one of five midfielders being eyed by Manchester United boss David Moyes. (Source: Daily Star Sund…
News coming through of a 12m bid by for midfielder Daniele De Rossi being rejected
Daniele De Rossi would be a great signing.
Manchester United make £10m bid for Chelsea target Daniele De Rossi - Daily Star
United have made a €12m bid to sign Daniele De Rossi that has been rejected by both AS Roma & the player. [sky italia] -
Italian newspaper Corriere Della sera reporting a £10m bid has been made by for Daniele De Rossi
Manchester United move for Ander Herrera and 'bid for Daniele De Rossi'. • Athletic Bilbao reject £25m offer for...
Cool seeing Daniele De Rossi, Michael Bradley and Totti out here at Wellesley College training with
Daniele De Rossi is close to signing for Chelsea, likely costing around £11m, taking Oriol Romeu's place in the squad. (Mail)
I'll be sad if the hugely underrated Jon Obi Mikel leaves. However, if he's replaced by Daniele De Rossi, got a feeling it won't last long.
''Top 10: One-club footballers'' 10. Victor Valdes | Barcelona The Spanish keeper is at number 10 on the list as, although he has been loyal to the Catalan giants, he is expected to leave the Nou Camp by next summer. 9. Iker Casillas | Real Madrid Casillas may not have played much for Real Madrid last year, but he is undoubtedly a legend at the Bernabeu. 8. Steven Gerrard | Liverpool The loyal midfielder is the only Englishman on the list, even though he was linked with a move away from Anfield several years ago. 7. Igor Akinfeev | CSKA Moscow The Russian keeper remains, to this day, loyal to CSKA Moscow - and helped them win the league and finish runners-up in the Russian cup last season. 6. Daniele De Rossi | AS Roma The midfielder is still at Roma but his loyalty may have to soon be questioned if big clubs continue to pursue his signature. 5. Bastian Schweinsteiger | Bayern Munich The 28-year-old has long been a regular in both the Bayern Munich and Germany midfields. 4. Andres Iniesta | Barcelona The ...
The Daily Mirrorhave news for Chelsea fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern as it has been claimed that Roma's Daniele De Rossi could well be on his way tothe club. Chelsea have been considering a move for the creative player for some time now and look set to succeed where Manchester City failed. Given the desire and failure of Roberto Mancini to land the Roma midfield general, one couldbe forgiven for thinking that Mourinho may well miss out too. However it seems to be that very factor that could well convince DeRossi to leave the club he has become a legend at and make the switch to the Premier League. After seeing Isco depart for Real Madrid and also being unsure over the future of Xabi Alonso at his former club, Mourinho has turned his attentions to the Italian and has made him one of the top priorities at the club. Mourinho feels that De Rossi could well provide what his new team are lacking - that spark in the middle of the park and is willing to spend big time and money in order to persuade bot ...
Latest EPL News & Transfer Gossips :- - Manchester United stars have had enough of the Wayne Rooney sideshow as Arsenal and Chelsea keep an eye on the striker. - Arsenal have opened talks with manager Arsene Wenger about a new deal. - Tottenham will attempt to finalise a new contract with Gareth Bale when he returns for training to the club this week. - Daniele De Rossi is keen to make it third time lucky for Jose Mourinho and join him at Chelsea. - Aston Villa have lodged a complaint with the Premier League over the Elite Player Performance Plan compensation scheme. - Jozy Altidore has assured Sunderland and Paolo Di Canio: “I am the real deal.” - Jose Mourinho claims Chelsea were unknown to the rest of the world before he first arrived at Stamford Bridge. - David Moyes does not expect to be given Fergie time as new Manchester United manager. - Wayne Rooney fears Manchester United fans will boo him when the Premier League season kicks off next month. - Jermain Defoe is a target for new Stoke boss Mar ...
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Arsenal's plan to capture Maroune Fellaini from Everton could end in upset if their 17M (pounds sterling) offer is rejected. Full back Bacary Sagna is attracting interest from clubs all over Europe. Cardiff City are interested in an ambitious move for out of contract striker Javier Saviola but could face competition from West Ham. The Bluebirds are said to be about to swoop in for Le Harve player Benjamin Mendy from under Sunderland's noses. The Welsh outfit have also been linked with another ambitious deal this time Saint Ettiene's Kurt Zouma. Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal with Norwich City for keeper John Ruddy. Yesterday the Blues captured Dutch winger Marco Van Ginkel. Mourinho has launched a 15M (pounds sterling) bid for Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi. Lots of talk today linking Chelsea with a move for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez but so far that's all it is. Talk. No official word from either club as yet. Fulham are preparing a bid for Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone. Liverpool hav ...
Chelsea Transfer News: Daniele De Rossi Could Be Missing Link In Chelsea Midfield Chelsea has had a relatively successful couple of seasons. They won two major European competitions while finishing sixth and third in the Premier League, respectively. Chelsea is not satisfied with this success. With new manager Jose Mourinho, Chelsea is hoping the Portuguese man can bring more domestic success to the side. It is no secret Mourinho wants to improve the team in the summer transfer window. One major signing for Chelsea could be Italy and Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi. With reports emerging that De Rossi may be for sale, he immediately became a priority for top clubs around the world. De Rossi is a world class midfielder. He is a classic box-to-box midfielder. As comfortable making the tough challenge as he is distributing from a deep midfield position, De Rossi would be an asset for any club. De Rossi would fill a much-needed role at Chelsea. Not since Michael Essien’s prime have Chelsea had a really inf ...
July 4th Transfer News: {Inter Milan set to beat Newcastle to Douglas} {Newcastle to bid for want-away striker Arouna Kone} {Free agent, Roque Santa Cruz, rejects Bologna move} {West Ham enter race for Morgan Amalfitano} {Clement Grenier declares he will decide his fututre soon} {Arsenal extremely close to landing Gonzalo Higuain} {Tottenham face fight from Man. City for Negredo} {Zenit confirm that Chelsea have made a move for Hulk} {Bafetimbi Gomis high on Swansea and Cardiff's watch list} {Toby Alderweireld closer to Liverpool switch} {Chelsea set to bid £10 million for Daniele De Rossi} {Cristiano Ronaldo rules out Man. United return} {Scott Parker is a suprise target for QPR} {Man. City ahead of Arsenal in race for Stevan Jovetic} {Norwich reject a £5 million bid by Chelsea for John Ruddy} {Costel Pantilimon reportedly part of Pellegrini's plans} {Hull want Stoke's out of favour midfielder, Wilson Palacios} {Blackpool want free agent, Christophe Berra}
De Rossi could be Mourinho's Alonso in Chelsea rebirth The Roma midfielder continues to go from strength to strength for Italy but looks in need of a fresh start at club level - and it could well be at Stamford Bridge Around the streets of Rome he remains ‘Il Capitan Futuro’. The would-be successor to Francesco Totti as skipper, icon and all-round hero at Roma, Daniele De Rossi has long been expected to don the prestigious armband until the day he retires from football. But as he edges towards his 30th birthday later this month, the midfielder now faces a make or break moment in his career. While his performances in the national shirt continue to improve, his club form has been notably lacking over the last three or four years. Once the driving force of the Roma side, he too often comes across as a passenger these days, to the point that many Romanisti watching Italy games at the recent Confederations Cup will have been forgiven for wondering who the outstanding midfielder wearing De Rossi’s usual N ...
Chelsea are set to be preparing a second bid of €12m for AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
Football - Premier League Paper Round: Chelsea target Italy ace Chelsea have turned their attentions to an Italian international striker in a bid to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new season. Returning Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been given a warchest by Roman Abramovich and AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy currently tops the Portuguese's shortlist, according to the Daily Express. El Shaarawy, who has just returned from the Confederations Cup in Brazil, is being chased by a number of top European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City and Monaco. The 20-year-old, who linked up well with Mario Balotelli for the Rossoneri last season when he netted 16 times in Serie A, would set the Blues back around £30 million. The same paper also reports that Chelsea are on the verge of lodging a bid for the £10m-rated Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, as Abramovich's policy of splashing the cash shows no sign of flagging upon reaching his 10th anniversary in char ...
"Roma president James Pallotta alerted fans and Daniele De Rossi that “everybody is on the market.”"
Italy should just revert back to the Holy Roman Empire and stick Daniele De Rossi in charge.
LINE-UP NEWS Hernanes - the only Brazilian squad member to play his football in Italy - starts for A Selecao in place of Paulinho in the solitary change from their opening wins against Japan and Mexico. Even with his broken nose, David Luiz starts. Italy make five changes after their thrilling 4-3 win against Japan. Antonio Candreva, Claudio Marchisio, Leonardo Bonucci, Ignazio Abate and Alessandro Diamanti all come in with Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Barzagli, Christian Maggio and Emanuele Giaccherini making way.
Fifa Confederations Cup, Brazil Venue & date: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador; Saturday, 22 June Brazil midfielder Paulinho could miss the group match against Italy because of a sprained left ankle. Central defender David Luiz is expected to play despite suffering a broken nose against Mexico. Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli must reshuffle his midfield with Andrea Pirlo (leg) ruled out. Daniele De Rossi is suspended after picking up yellow cards in both previous group matches so Antonio Candreva and Alessio Cerci could start. MATCH PREVIEW With qualification to the semi-finals already assured, Brazil and Italy meet for the right to top Group A and more than likely avoid world and European champions Spain in the last four. It is a far cry from when the two countries met at the identical stage of the last Confederations Cup, with Italy needing to beat Brazil to make sure they stayed in the competition. Then-world champions Italy were beaten and headed home early. The less critical nature of this game provides ...
Italy storms back, outlasts Japan (Submitted by Sports Journalist) ITALY rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Japan 4-3 Wednesday and earn a spot in the Confederations Cup semifinals. First-half substitute Sebastian Giovinco scored the winner in the 86th minute of an entertaining match at the Arena Pernambuco, pounding home a cross from Claudio Marchisio. After a dismal start for the Azzurri that saw Japan score twice in the opening 33 minutes, Daniele De Rossi pulled one back with a header in the 41st. Japan defender Atsuto Uchida scored an own-goal in the 50th and Mario Balotelli converted a penalty kick in the 52nd. Japan had taken the lead with a penalty kick by Keisuke Honda in the 21st. Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa doubled the lead for Japan in the 33rd after a defensive error. Shinji Okazaki made it 3-3 in the 69th with a header in extreme heat. ''The climate was incredible,'' De Rossi said. ''This was one of the toughest matches of my career.'' The Azzurri moved even with Brazil a ...
Cap collectors, goal blitzes & pass masters Lionel Messi outranking Diego Maradona, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon reaching appearance milestones, goal blitzes in Fortaleza and Tashkent, and the Spanish youngsters’ exceptional ball retention feature in’s latest stats review. 100 caps is what Andrea Pirlo, who only made his international debut as a 23-year-old, became only the fifth Italian to reach on Sunday after Dino Zoff, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon. The 34-year-old midfielder capped the occasion in style, delivering an immaculate performance and scoring a trademark free-kick – his 13th for Gli Azzurri – in the 2-1 defeat of Mexico in their FIFA Confederations Cup opener. Incredibly, ten of Italy’s starting line-up came from either Juventus (6) or AC Milan (4) – Roma’s Daniele De Rossi was the odd man out – while Mexico’s XI came from nine different clubs. 91 per cent was the exceptional pass-completion rate with which Spain finished their triumphan ...
SOCCER LOVERS.ENJOY; WEDNESDAY FOOTBALL HEADLINES ***Manchester United target Thiago Alcantara has described Spain's European Under-21 Championship campaign as "a perfect tournament". The Barcelona midfielder scored a hat-trick during his side's 4-2 win over Italy in the final of the tournament on Tuesday. ***Fabio Capello will reportedly be announced as the new Paris Saint-Germain coach today. The former England boss is currently in charge of Russia but will be at the helm at Parc des Princes next season. (Sky Sport Italia) ***Italy's Daniele De Rossi believes that Shinji Kagawa will be the biggest threat to his team when they play Japan in the Confederations Cup tonight. The Italians are looking to build on their opening 2-1 win against Mexico on Sunday. ***Chelsea will hold crunch talks with Napoli in the next 24 hours to try to bring their Uruguayan hitman Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed he plans to meet the Londoners this week. (The Mirror) ***Stoke ...
Introducing Chelsea’s Talented Young Defensive Midfielders Looking back to what happened last season, all of us surely agree what positions we need to upgrade. First, it’s our striking force. Second, it’s our defensive midfielder. For quite a long period we missed the presence of the real anchor Claude Makelele. Michael Essien has lost it and we’re afraid he’ll never make it anymore. As one of the better, John Obi Mikel provides us safety with his short simple passes in our own area but he’s fairly inconsistent last season. Oriol Romeu had injury season and his performance during Di Matteo spell was a bit off. That’s why we’re continually linked with some talented defensive midfielders recently, and the last names are the well-known Nemanja Matic and World Cup 2006 winner Daniele De Rossi. First of all I would like to tell you that we’re talking on defensive midfielder: a midfielder who focuses on defensive duties such as marking, intercepeting the ball, and tackling the oppositions, cov ...
Buffon: 'Balotelli provoked' Gigi Buffon again stands up for Mario Balotelli, suggesting he is provoked “because it’s the only way they can stop him.” The striker was sent off for two bookings in three minutes during last night’s 0-0 World Cup qualifier in the Czech Republic. “Everyone tries to make him lose his cool,” explained Buffon on Sky Sport Italia. “He is such a strong, marauding player and so crucial for us that opponents find it’s the only way to stop him.” The goalkeeper also commented on Italy teammate Daniele De Rossi, who could be considering a move away from Roma and Serie A. “I hope Daniele can choose the club that will give him the most joy. Whether it’s Roma or somewhere else, only he knows that. These are tough decisions to make.”
Meanwhile Hulk himself has indicated that there is in interest from Chelsea, but that he is totally focussed on his role in Brazil’s squad for the Confederations Cup this month. The 26-year-old is reportedly unhappy at Zenit St Petersburg after moving to Russia from Porto last summer. Italy coach Cesar Prandelli has said that leaving Roma might be a good move for reported Chelsea target Daniele De Rossi. The 29-year-old has spent his while career at the Italian club, but could be tempted by a move this summer after a difficult season where Roma finished outside the European places in Serie A.(3/3)
World Football News Update! 1. Real Sociedad have unveiled Jagoba Arrasate as their new head coach 2. Higuan's father has taken a swipe at Real Madrid, saying they never respected his son, 3. Newcastle midfield star Yohan Cabaye is keen on a move to Man United 4. Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli thinks Daniele De Rossi should leave Roma at the end of the season as it would present a new test in his career. 5. Bulgarian winger Aleksandar Tonev has joined Aston Villa from Lech Poznan. 6. Florent Malouda, David Bentley and Andrey Arshavin are three of the highest-profile names featured on the Premier League free transfer list, which was released on Friday. 7. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed he has held talks with Chelsea over a deal for Edinson Cavani 8. Toulouse president Olivier Sadran claims he rejected £10m for Arsenal and Tottenham target Etienne Capoue in January but admits the midfielder is likely to depart this summer - 9. Hugo Lloris says the experience he gained from his first ...
Cesare Prandelli believes Daniele De Rossi would benefit from leaving Roma at the end of the season
Hazard eager to link up with Mourinho The Belgium international described the returning Portuguese manager as “special”, while he also admitted he would like to add more goals to his game next season Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is looking forward to working under new boss Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge next season. The 50-year-old's appointment was officially confirmed on Monday as he returns to the west London club following spells with Inter and Real Madrid during a nearly six-year absence. And though Hazard admits he may be "intimidated" by the two-time Champions League winning coach, the Belgian is delighted to get the opportunity to play under him. "They already knew for a long time at Chelsea that he was going to sign and they all told me that it would be a good thing for me," Hazard told The Guardian. "Jose Mourinho is someone special and it's a pleasure to have him as a coach. Maybe in the first training session I will be a bit intimidated - after all, it's Jose Mourinho. "But he is also ...
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