De Rossi Daniele
Daniele De Rossi, is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Roma and the Italy national team. De Rossi inherited the captaincy of Roma at the start of the 2017–18 season following the retirement of Francesco Totti. De Rossi made his professional debut with Roma during the 2001–02 season, and made his Serie A debut the following year; he has remained with the side ever since. With the club, 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 Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009. De Rossi has represented Italy at under-19, under-20, under-21 and senior levels, winning the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, and also represented Italy at the 2004 Olympics, winning a bronze medal. Since his senior international debut in 2004, he has earned 114 caps, and is Italy’s fifth-highest capped player of all time. With 21 goals, he is the highest scoring midfielder for Italy post-World War II, and the Italy’s all-time second most prolific midfielder behind Adolfo Baloncieri. He was part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup-winning squad and has also participated at UEFA Euro 2008, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012 (finishing in second place), the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup (finishing in third place), the 2014 World Cup, and Euro 2016. De Rossi was named in the Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament for his performances. Along with Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi, De Rossi is Italy’s top scorer in the Confederations Cup, with two goals In 2009, the French sports magazine L’Équipe named De Rossi as the eighth-best midfielder in the world.
World Cup 2010 Qualifying
Albania vs Italy
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De Rossi in 2017 is still the highest scoring midfielder for the Italian national side post-World War II, with 20 goals in 112 international appearances, and the all-time second highest-scoring midfielder for Italy, behind only Adolfo Baloncieri. De Rossi earned his first cap with the Italy senior squad on 4 September 2004, scoring on his international debut in a 2–1 win against Norway in a 2006 World Cup qualifying match, at the age of 21. He wore Italy’s captain’s armband for the first time in the second half of a 0–0 friendly draw against Iceland on 30 March 2005. After Totti decided to retire from international football following Italy’s victorious 2006 World Cup final, De Rossi was also given the honour of wearing the number 10 shirt. He also captained the team on three occasions: two friendly matches, against South Africa on 17 October 2007 (his first starting appearance as Italy’s captain), and Portugal on 6 February 2008, respectively, and in the Euro 2008 qualifier against the Faroe Islands. He scored his first double with the national team in a 2–0 home win against Georgia on 10 September 2008, in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match.
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For the Fifa World Cup 2010 Qualifying games a new badge was introduced by FIFA. Since then the team who won the previous World Cup has an extra WORLD CUP WINNER’s badge on chest representing the World Cup Champions. Italy was the first team to introduce this badge. Also for the World Cup 2010 Qualifying games Italy played with match details printed on sleeves as happened once only before, during the game vs Iceland in 2004.
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Regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world during his prime, De Rossi has been referred to as a “complete midfielder” because of his tackling, vision, awareness, passing range, strength and goal-scoring ability, which enable him to start counter-attacks or make attacking runs to advance into offensive positions after winning back possession. A quick, hard-working and tenacious player, with good technique and an excellent ability to read the game, he has been praised for his leadership, ball skills, stamina, positional sense and ability in the air, as well as his powerful long distance shooting; he is also an accurate penalty kick and set-piece taker. He has occasionally been criticised, however, for his aggression and tendency to pick up yellow cards unnecessarily. De Rossi’s ability to break down opposition plays and his adeptness at the box-to-box style of midfield play has led pundits to compare him to other world class box-to-box midfielders, such as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, players whom De Rossi greatly admires. He is considered to be one of the greatest Italian midfielders of his generation by pundits and managers. A former striker, De Rossi is a tactically intelligent and versatile player, who can play in various midfield positions, both in a defensive and attacking midfield role, or even as a central midfielder, and as a deep-lying playmaker, due to his ability to set the tempo of his team’s play in midfield with short passes or create chances with long balls; on occasion, he has also played as a defender or as a sweeper, or even as a false-attacking midfielder. Due to his leadership and dedication on the pitch, he has been given the nickname capitan futuro (“future captain”) by Roma fans and the media.
Italy vs Spain
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The UEFA Euro 2012 Final was a football match that took place on 1 July 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 2012. Spain, who defeated Germany 1–0 to win Euro 2008, successfully defended their title with a 4–0 win over Italy, becoming the first team to win two consecutive European Championships, and the first team to win three consecutive major tournaments – Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. It was the greatest margin of victory in the history of the European Championship finals, and the fourth time that teams who played each other in the group stage played each other again in the final (1988, 1996 and 2004). Usually, the winner of the European Championship gains entry to the Confederations Cup, which was played in Brazil in 2013. However, since Spain already qualified as the 2010 World Cup champions, Italy qualified automatically as the UEFA representative, with their win in the semi-final against Germany, despite losing in the final to Spain. Despite accusations of playing negative, defensive football, Spain took control early in the game, as a characteristically long spell of possession ended with a Xavi shot that went just over. They took the lead in the 14th minute, though, when Andrés Iniesta played a through-ball to Cesc Fàbregas, who drove past Giorgio Chiellini to the by-line before pulling back a cross for David Silva to head into the net from six yards. Chiellini was clearly struggling with a thigh injury he had picked up in the earlier rounds, and he was replaced by Federico Balzaretti after 20 minutes. Italy responded with a couple of shots from Antonio Cassano that were saved by Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, but Spain doubled their lead before half-time, when Xavi picked out left-back Jordi Alba, who capped a long forward run with a precise finish past Gianluigi Buffon in the Italy goal. Antonio Di Natale came on for Cassano at half-time and twice went close to scoring, the second effort forcing a save from the onrushing Casillas. Italy’s final substitution saw Thiago Motta replace Riccardo Montolivo, but he soon suffered a hamstring injury; with all of their substitutes used, Italy had to play the last 30 minutes of the match a man down. Fernando Torres replaced Fàbregas with 15 minutes left to play, and scored in the 84th minute – assisted by Xavi – to become the first man to score in two European Championship finals. Torres then turned provider four minutes later, cutting the ball back with the outside of his boot for fellow substitute and Chelsea forward Juan Mata to sweep into an empty net for a final score of 4–0, the widest margin of victory in any European Championship final. Spain became the first team to retain the European Championship title and also the first European team to win three major international competitions in a row.
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The 2012 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2012 or simply Euro 2012, was the 14th European Championship for men’s national football teams organized by UEFA. The final tournament, held between 8 June and 1 July 2012, was co-hosted for the first time by Poland and Ukraine, and was won by Spain, who beat Italy 4–0 in the final at the NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kiev, Ukraine.Poland and Ukraine’s bid was chosen by UEFA’s Executive Committee on 18 April 2007. The two host teams qualified automatically while the remaining 14 finalists were decided through a qualifying competition, featuring 51 teams, from August 2010 to November 2011. This was the last European Championship to employ the 16-team finals format in use since 1996; from Euro 2016 onward, it was expanded to 24 finalists.
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Following Lippi’s departure after the 2010 World Cup, in Italy’s first match under new manager Cesare Prandelli, a friendly against the Ivory Coast, De Rossi was named captain, due to the injury of newly appointed captain Gianluigi Buffon, as well as the absence of acting captain Andrea Pirlo; Italy lost the match 1–0. On 7 September, he scored his tenth goal for Italy in a 5–0 home win over the Faroe Islands in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match; the goal allowed him to overtake Totti as Roma’s highest goalscorer with the national side. In May 2012, De Rossi was named to Prandelli’s final 23-man squad for Euro 2012. Due to Andrea Barzagli’s pre-tournament injury, however, De Rossi played as a central defender in a three-man defence in Prandelli’s 3–5–2 formation, alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, during Italy’s opening two group matches of the competition against Spain and Croatia, which both ended in 1–1 draws, receiving praise for his performances in the media; he was temporarily replaced by Thiago Motta and Riccardo Montolivo alongside Pirlo and Marchisio in Italy’s three-man midfield. He then played a more regular midfield-role against the Republic of Ireland in the last group match, partnering with Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo. He continued to play as a midfielder against England in the quarter-final, in which Italy went through after a penalty shootout victory. De Rossi also played the entire semi-final against Germany, as Italy won the match 2–1, and also played all 90 minutes in Italy’s 4–0 defeat to Spain in the final. De Rossi was included in the Team of the Tournament for his performances.