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Name Daniele De Rossi
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
  As Roma Captain


Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Boca Juniors
  As Roma


Wife Sarah Felberbaum

2015 05 08 Retrieve

[Daniele de Rossi on Steven Gerrard] Gerrard has been my idol for 10 years and is one of the best players in the world. He is the example of what all midfield players aspire to. He is always there in the heat of the battle, leading by example. He is everywhere you look - in defence, in the middle of the pitch and in attack. I would love to be close to that level

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] As a boy, I was ecstatic just to see him play. At 38, he still does amazing things on the pitch. I think I’m destined to be ‘Captain Future’ forever – he is the all-time captain

2016 05 07 Retrieve

[Roma and Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi revealed his favourite destinations] I put Glasgow in the top three as representatives of the Celtic culture, which I love. I saw it with the Nazionale, albeit for a brief spell. Between the stadium and the hotel I experienced only a few bits of the city, but it remained in my mind. These [New York and Glasgow] are places I’d really like to go back to so I can get deeper into them, as they deserve

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[2006 FIFA World Cup winner Daniele de Rossi hinted this could be his final season with AS Roma during the Italian side’s tour of the United States] The contract? I’m calm, because I’m not thinking whether or not it will be my last year of the contract. These are conversations that I must have with my family, sooner or later I’ll have to think about it, but not now. But it could also be the last season, so why not make it the most beautiful of my career? Now I have to forget about it. My goal is to have a great season. I do not think now about what I will do, a mature player must be in step with his physique and every decision we’ll take will be taken with clear thought

2016 08 20 Retrieve

[Daniele de Rossi tells about his decision to spend his whole career with Roma] It’s all about ambitions. Money is not something that can move me from Rome to Chelsea because I will get money in Chelsea. I get money in Rome, so that’s not a difference – at another team I can get more money but this [extra] amount doesn’t matter. What’s more ambitious, a player who wants to win the Champions League in Real Madrid, or one who wants to win the league in Rome? Roma never won a lot of titles. In 90 years, we won three. It’s been hard. I think a great ambition could be also to try to win something nobody ever won. It’s more difficult

2016 10 08 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi is in forgiving mood when reflecting on Gianluigi Buffon’s uncharacteristic error against Spain in Russia 2018 qualifying] The best goalkeeper in history can make mistakes too, otherwise he’d be a machine. I’d have preferred he made a mistake for Juventus rather than Italy, but you can’t have everything!

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi speaks about a pet peeve of his with today’s youth culture] When I see them do live Instagram videos from inside the locker room before a game, I’d like to take a baseball bat to their teeth. But they’re 18 years old, and in 20 years’ time, they will find themselves complaining about the youth of today

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi talks about what it will be like playing without long-time team-mate Francesco Totti, who finished his career with the club after last season] I always feel him, he will never be on his own. But we have to move on, he will face a new situation and we will also go forward, it’s nothing problematic, although things will be different without him. He’s a great friend

2017 10 28 Retrieve

[Daniele de Rossi talks about Gianluigi Buffon’s achievements] When Gigi Buffon made his debut for the national team, I was 14 years old. At the time I was already playing for Roma, but not with the national team. I made my debut for the national youth teams at 16. It was a dream, something very difficult to achieve, but fortunately I’ve been able to achieve it for many years. It seems to me that I’ve done something incredible, never mind Gigi who’s been doing it for 20 years. The national was and is something unique for a player, and what Gigi has done will remain unrepeatable forever

2019 08 03 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi completes his move to Boca Juniors after spending 18 years with AS Roma] If you love football, if you like great stadiums full of passion, no-one should deny themselves an experience like this. My aim is the same as Boca’s … to win the Libertadores, win the league. From what I’ve heard it’s to win everything

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi claims win on league debut with Boca Juniors] Being 36 years old and changing everything at once was something that could scare me, but this place stimulates me. I asked myself many times. I lived for 20 years in a country where football is lived 24 hours a day. I could have chosen a much quieter place to relax, but I only know one way: seriousness, and then I chose to come to a place with the craziest fans in football

[The former Italy international was also clearly looking forward to making his debut at La Bombonera] These days I think I want to be inside this stadium, to know deeply what it means. The reception at the airport was incredible. I can’t thank you enough other than by doing my job as seriously as I can. I have to be serious to show that we all made a good choice

2020 01 06 Retrieve

[Roma legend De Rossi announces retirement just six months after joining Boca] I don’t have any health-related issues, I have the need to be with my daughter. They miss me, and I miss them. I had the pleasure of working with the new board. They tried to convince me to stay but the decision was set. They asked me to think about this for a few days.

The board offered me their help. But I don’t need help. I need to go back home. I’m not only saying goodbye to a club that’s in my heart, I’m saying goodbye to football, it’s my world. I dont want to get into details. I’ve already explained it well. My oldest daughter was the only one to stay in Italy. She’s living well, she’s not in danger, she just needs her father. Here in Argentina we’re very far [away]. If I were elsewhere in Europe, I would be an hour away

[Despite his premature departure, De Rossi insists he has no regrets about the move and will always hold the club dear] You guys know how the Boca fanbase is, what La Bombonera is, I’m leaving a piece of my heart here. I will continue to be a part of Boca. Perhaps destiny (will) bring us together once again. I will continue to watch Boca. The people I’ve met here have been magical, I will never forget this experience. This decision wasn’t made from one day to the next, this decision was made a while ago

[despite bringing the curtain down on his playing career, De Rossi is unlikely to be leaving football for good after admitting he hopes to move into management] I have the dream of becoming a head coach. I want to study for that. I’ll always be close to football, football is my life

2020 01 29 Retrieve

[His time at Boca Juniors lasted barely six months as he announced his retirement at the beginning of 2020] I don’t have any health-related issues, I have the need to be with my daughter. They miss me, and I miss them. The board offered me their help. But I don’t need help. I need to go back home. I’m not only saying goodbye to a club that’s in my heart, I’m saying goodbye to football, it’s my world. I don’t want to get into details. I’ve already explained it well. My oldest daughter was the only one to stay in Italy. She’s living well, she’s not in danger, she just needs her father

2020 04 05 Retrieve

[Daniele De Rossi said playing for Boca Juniors showed him Argentina has a passion for football that Italy cannot match] I would need a whole quarantine to describe the emotions I experienced in those six months. It is a unique place, very similar to Italy - more than we think, also because half of them are of Italian origin. They live on passion for anything, from food to music, to a passion for football. It’s a championship that can be technically and tactically discussed, but in six months I haven’t seen a player pulling back his leg or not giving 200 per cent.

[It was the atmosphere at La Bombonera that De Rossi said he would treasure above all else] It is not about being a ruffian, which I don’t like. But the most beautiful thing is what you see in the stands. It is a warmth that we no longer have in Italy: it is pure and selfless passion. La Bombonera is the most absurd and sensational stadium in the world. I wish all fans to be able to visit it during a Boca match. I feel privileged to have played there, even if it didn’t last long

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[De Rossi reveals why he turned down Man Utd] Since I was a child I have loved United. It was the right choice that I didn’t go to Manchester because there was Keane and Scholes, incredible players. It was really my desire to go to Boca Juniors. I never chose to leave Roma, but I felt like a god at Boca.

[Bonucci has earned a reputation for being a difficult character] We’re talking about a guy who all the people I know tell me is irritating and unlikable. There is this perception of Leo and a reputation, but it’s totally wrong. He’s an incredible professional and it’s sad that people think he’s unlikable. He can be a bit annoying at times on the pitch, but that’s because of the jersey he wears, as that club gives you a certain attitude and it’s one of the reasons why they win so much

[Despite their friendship, De Rossi recalls one incident in which tempers did flare between the pair] He threw a boot at me in training once, it slipped and caught me with a stud. It was a little less of a joke for a moment, but it was all water under the bridge a minute later. Bonucci is one of the lads I remember with most fondness. That dinner table was chaos, great times

2020 04 11b Retrieve

[De Rossi: I want to coach Roma, even if it takes me 20 years to get the job] I followed a path that is not unique but is rare. Playing 20 years for one team doesn’t happen every day. That can’t happen if I become a coach, especially at Roma. One day I would like to coach Roma, but first I have to become a coach. As well as the courses, there is a development path that all young coaches need. In a few days I went from being an old footballer to a young coach, so I start by seeing things with tranquillity and calm. I am not in a hurry to make it happen tomorrow: it could happen in five, 10 or 20 years. But it will happen only because I will have become good, not because I was an important player for this team. I have always been recognised as a leader, so maybe I will take advantage of this, but the coach is much more than this.

I will go to see a thousand coaches, because I need it. A child on his feet cannot see how an elderly man is sitting. I am a child right now. They will be professional trips but also fun because I really like this world