Daniele De Rossi – AS Roma | Player Profile

Daniele De Rossi is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Roma. He is the current Roma’s vice-captain and is fondly nicknamed as Capitan Futuro. De Rossi was a product of the youth system of Roma from Ostia Mare, 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. In the 2006–07 season, De Rossi scored from 40 yards against Fiorentina with Sébastien Frey in goal. He also scored the lone Roma goal in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United in the 2006–07 season. De Rossi played many matches for the Italy national under-21 football team and was a regular on the squad that won the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. In the same year, he won a bronze medal with the Italy national football team at the Athens Olympics. With Roma he has won the Coppa Italia twice and the 2007 Supercoppa Italiana. He was named Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 2006 and the Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009. De Rossi scored Italy’s first goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Paraguay, making the score 1–1.

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