Giuseppe Rossi (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈrossi]; born 1 February 1987) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward. Born in the United States, he represented Italy at international level.
Rossi in 2017
|Full name||Giuseppe Rossi|
|Date of birth||1 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Teaneck, New Jersey, United States|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2006||→ Newcastle United (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007||→ Parma (loan)||19||(9)|
|2016||→ Levante (loan)||17||(6)|
|2016–2017||→ Celta (loan)||18||(4)|
|2008||Italy Olympic team||6||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018|
Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, he began his career with the Clifton Stallions in nearby Clifton, New Jersey, but joined the youth team of Italian club Parma at the age of 12. When he was 17, he was signed by English club Manchester United, but he was unable to break into the first team; after loan spells with Newcastle United and back at Parma, he signed for Spanish club Villarreal in 2007. His first four seasons in Spain were successful, as he maintained a consistent goalscoring rate, and even helped Villarreal qualify for the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League; however, his final full season season with the club was cut short by a serious injury. After five-and-a-half years with Villarreal, he returned to Italy, signing for Fiorentina in January 2013. His first full season with the club started well, with Rossi finding the net often, but his appearances with the club became increasingly limited due to several recurring injuries. After several injury-plagued seasons with Fiorentina, in January 2016, Rossi was sent on loan to Spanish club Levante, while he spent the following season on loan with Celta. Afer his contract with Fiorentina expired in the summer of 2017, he became a free agent, and he later returned to Italy, joining Genoa in December 2017, where he spent the remainder of the 2017–18 season. At the end of the season, he was without a club once again, but was later given permission to train with his former team Manchester United in January 2019.
Due to his prolific performances in the Spanish La Liga, Rossi earned the nickname Pepito Rossi, a reference to his namesake Paolo Rossi, who was nicknamed Pablito following his goalscoring performances in Italy's victorious 1982 FIFA World Cup campaign in Spain.
At international level, Rossi represented Italy at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Along with Mario Balotelli and Daniele De Rossi, he is Italy's all-time top scorer in the FIFA Confederations Cup, with 2 goals.
Rossi is an Italian American, born to Italian immigrant parents in Teaneck, New Jersey; his father, Fernando Rossi from Fraine, Abruzzo, coached football and taught Italian and Spanish at Clifton High School. His mother, Cleonilde Rossi from Acquaviva d'Isernia, Molise, was also a language teacher at Clifton, and his sister, Tina currently lives in the USA.
When offered a spot on the youth team of Parma, Rossi (then 12) and his father moved to Italy until Manchester United bought his contract when he was 17. His first-team debut came on 20 November 2004, at home to Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the League Cup, as an 84th-minute substitute for David Bellion.
For his Premier League debut on 15 October 2005, he came on in the 78th minute for Ruud van Nistelrooy and nine minutes later scored the last goal in a 3–1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. On 18 January 2006, in an FA Cup third-round replay, he started and scored twice as United beat non-league Burton Albion 5–0. Although Rossi did not play in the League Cup final against Wigan Athletic, Nemanja Vidić (who made a seven-minute cameo at the end of the game) gave Rossi his medal in recognition of Rossi's contribution to the team's success in the earlier rounds.
At the start of the 2006–07 season, Rossi moved to Newcastle United on loan until 1 January 2007, where he was expected to gain some first team experience. He made his home debut on 24 September 2006. Rossi scored his only Newcastle goal in his first start on 25 October 2006, against Portsmouth in a League Cup third round tie at St James' Park.
On 31 July 2007, Manchester United confirmed that Rossi had been sold to Spanish club Villarreal for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around £6.6 million (€10 million). He scored his first goal for Villarreal on his debut against Valencia on 26 August 2007.
In his second season with Villarreal, Rossi had scored 12 goals in 30 league appearances, along with three goals in eight Champions League appearances. In January 2011, he signed a contract extension with Villarreal until 2016. The 2010–11 season proved to be his breakthrough season, as he scored 32 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions, helping the club to a fourth-place finish in La Liga, scoring 18 goals, which qualified them for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, also helping Villarreal to the semi-finals of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League that season, scoring 11 goals, and the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. An anterior cruciate ligament injury on Rossi's right knee that he picked up in the 3–0 loss against Real Madrid on 26 October 2011 caused Rossi to be out for six months. Rossi reinjured his anterior cruciate ligament of right knee in training on 13 April 2012, and was out for a further 10 months.
On 4 January 2013, Fiorentina came to an agreement with Villarreal for the transfer of Rossi for a fee of approximately €11.8 million. On 7 January, Fiorentina held a press conference unveiling Rossi, where it was revealed the player had signed a four-year contract containing a €35 million release clause.
On 26 August, Rossi scored his first goal in 23 months in Fiorentina's opening match of the 2013–14 Serie A season – a 2–1 defeat of Catania. On 20 October, Rossi inspired Fiorentina to a 4–2 come from behind win over rivals Juventus, netting a 14-minute hat-trick that condemned Juve to their first defeat in Florence for 15 years.
On 5 January 2014, Rossi was substituted in Fiorentina's match against Livorno as he suffered a second-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament in his right knee. The blow was dealt by Leandro Rinaudo, who tackled Rossi from behind in a manner so dirty that he drew international condemnation. Up to this point Rossi had been the leading goal scorer in Serie A with 14 goals in 18 league appearances.
On 14 August 2014, Rossi injured his medial meniscus of right knee in training. On 5 September 2014 Fiorentina confirmed Rossi would be out for 4–5 months.
Rossi returned to the pitch on 30 August 2015, in a 3–1 away defeat to Torino; later that week he also agreed with his club to take a salary cut. On 1 October, he scored his first goal since coming back from his injury in Fiorentina's 4–0 away victory over Belenenses in the Europa League.
Loan to LevanteEdit
On 22 January 2016, Rossi returned to La Liga by signing a loan deal until end of the season with Levante, in order to gain playing time, and a place in the Italian national side at Euro 2016. He made his club debut on 31 January, scoring in a 3–1 away defeat to Sevilla. On 13 March at the Estadi Ciutat de València, he scored the only goal of a win over city rivals Valencia CF, managed by his former United teammate Gary Neville. On 8 May, he scored a late winner in a 2–1 home win over title contenders Atlético Madrid, although the result was not sufficient to prevent the team from being relegated.
Loan to Celta VigoEdit
On 29 August 2016, Rossi signed a one-year contract with Celta de Vigo, with an option for another year. He scored his first goal for the club on his debut, which came in a 1–1 away draw against Standard Liège in Celta's opening group match of the Europa League. He made his league debut with the club on 18 September, coming on as a substitute in a 0–0 away draw against Osasuna. On 3 April 2017, Rossi scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 home win over Las Palmas in La Liga; this was his first goal since he scored against Espanyol on 25 September 2016, and his first hat-trick since 20 October 2013, when he scored three goals for Fiorentina in a 4–2 home win against Juventus. On 9 April 2017, Rossi suffered the fifth serious injury of his career when he ruptured the ACL in his left knee in a game against SD Eibar, and was consequently ruled out of action for at least 6 months. Rossi became a free agent in July after Fiorentina allowed his contract to expire and he subsequently rejected an offer by Celta to remain with the Spanish side until January 2018.
On 4 December 2017, Rossi was signed by Genoa on a free transfer. He made his debut for the club on 20 December, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 away defeat against Juventus in the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia.
He left Genoa at the end of the 2017–18 season.
On 12 May 2018 Rossi failed a drug test following a Serie A match against Benevento, testing positive for the banned substance dorzolamide. Although the country's anti-doping prosecutor wanted Rossi to face a one-year ban for this offence, following a hearing with that took place on 1 October, Rossi was ultimately given a warning; afterwards, Rossi's lawyer Sergio Puglisi claimed: "We don't understand how this substance ended up among Rossi's foods, there was no intentionality – the line of good faith and consistency prevailed." Rossi later tweeted: "A nightmare of four months is over. I only want to think about football."
Training with Manchester UnitedEdit
In January 2019, Rossi started training with his former club, Manchester United.
Rossi represented Italy at almost every youth level from under-16 to under-21 levels. In 2006, he was invited to a pre-World Cup training camp with the United States national team by coach Bruce Arena but declined, stating his desire to play for Italy. He was called up for the 2007 Under-21 European Championship by Italy under-21 head coach Pierluigi Casiraghi. The following year, he scored four goals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, making him the top scorer of the tournament, despite only reaching the quarter-finals with Italy, following a 3–2 loss to Belgium on 16 August, in which he scored twice from the penalty spot; his other two goals came in the opening match of the competition – a 3–0 win against Honduras on 7 August, in which he scored the second goal of the game from a penalty – and in Italy's second group match on 10 August – a 3–0 win over Korea Republic – in which he scored the opening goal.
Italian national football team manager Marcello Lippi stated that had Rossi been fit, he would have received a call-up for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers in September 2008. Rossi was called up to the Italy squad in October 2008, making his senior debut for the national team as a second-half substitute in a 0–0 away draw against Bulgaria on 11 October, in a 2010 World Cup qualifier. Rossi scored his first goal for the Italian national team on 6 June 2009, in a friendly against Northern Ireland, at Pisa's Arena Garibaldi. He also scored two goals in a 3–1 win against his country of birth, the United States, in Italy's opening match of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa on 15 June 2009, although Italy subsequently lost their next two matches and suffered a first-round elimination.
On 17 November 2010, for his 18th cap for Italy, Rossi was picked by Italian manager Cesare Prandelli to wear the captain's armband for the first time ahead of the team's friendly against Romania.
After a two-year absence from the national team due to injury, Rossi appeared in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match on 15 October 2013, as Italy drew 2–2 against Armenia at home. On 13 May 2014, Rossi was named in Italy's provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, however on 1 June, it was announced that Rossi had not made the final 23-man World Cup squad.
Style of playEdit
A quick and mobile left-footed forward, Rossi is known for his overall attacking and creative style of play, as well as his work-rate, movement off the ball, his powerful and accurate striking ability, and instincts in the box. Regarded as one of the most promising Italian players of his generation in his youth, his playing style has often been compared to that of compatriot Alessandro Del Piero, due to his acceleration, strong technical skills, range of passing, dribbling talents, and his ability to either score goals or pick out a pass and create chances for teammates; he has also been compared to his namesake, 1982 World Cup-winning striker Paolo Rossi, due to his opportunism, pace, agility, and eye for goal. Giuseppe Rossi is known for his ability to both finish off chances and link-up well with midfielders; due to his abilities, he often drops deep between the lines and is involved in the buildup of plays. Because of this, Rossi is able to play in a variety of attacking positions, including on the wings, as a supporting striker, as a lone-striker, and in an attacking midfield role. He is also an accurate penalty taker. Despite his talent, skill, and goalscoring ability, Rossi's playing time has been limited in recent seasons due to several recurring injury problems.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Other[nb 2]||Europe||Total|
|Newcastle United (loan)||2006–07||11||0||0||0||2||1||—||13||1|
|Celta Vigo (loan)||2016–17||18||4||4||1||—||7[c]||1||29||6|
- As of 7 July 2015.
|Italy national team|
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Mainstream Publishing. p. 355. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3.
- "Giuseppe Rossi".
- Giovanni Capuano (May 8, 2014). "Rossi, Mondiale a rischio. Ma Prandelli si ricordi di Pablito..." panorama.it (in Italian). Panorama. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "Da Pablito a Pepito stesso fiuto del gol ma lui è più potente" [From Pablito to Pepito the same eye for goal but he's more powerful] (in Italian). Il Giornale. November 13, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "Confederations Cup: Gol Fatti" (in Italian). Italia1910. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
- Longman, Jeré (June 9, 2009). "Young Soccer Star Is Close to Completing His Italian Dream". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
- Matteo Dovellini (July 14, 2014). "Per Rossi la maglia numero 22, con dedica al padre". repubblica.it (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
- Canales, Andrea (November 30, 2005). "My Country, 'Tis of Thee". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Man Utd 2-0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. November 10, 2004. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
- "Sunderland 1-3 Man Utd". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. October 15, 2005. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
- "Man Utd 5-0 Burton Albion". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. January 18, 2006. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
- Thompson, Gemma (January 21, 2014). "Vida's Cup revelation". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- Hughes, Ian (September 20, 2006). "Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
- "Newcastle 3-0 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. October 25, 2006. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
- "Man Utd agree Parma loan deal for Rossi". ESPN. January 18, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
- "Giuseppe Rossi". ESPN. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
- Hibbs, Ben (July 7, 2007). "Rossi to join Villarreal". Manchester United. Retrieved August 1, 2007.
- "El Villarreal ficha al delantero Giuseppe Rossi" (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. July 31, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2007.
- "Barcelona held by ten-man Racing". UEFA. August 26, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
- Giuseppe Rossi Football Stats
- MacDonald, Paul (January 25, 2011). "Official: Villarreal Striker Giuseppe Rossi Signs Contract Extension Until 2016. However Rossi has been subject to a move to Tottenham Hotspur, and a fee has been agreed on deadline day". goal.com. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- "Rossi out for six months". ESPN. October 27, 2011.
- "Giuseppe Rossi reinjures knee". ESPN. April 13, 2012.
- Iacopo Barlotti. "BILANCIO ACF, Ecco il costo di Gomez e Rossi" (in Italian). Firenze Viola. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
- Adam Digby (January 7, 2013). "Rossi delighted with Viola switch". ESPN FC. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- "Rossi Finally Back on the Field". New York Times. May 22, 2013.
- "Giuseppe Rossi scores first goal in 23 months as Fiorentina wins Serie A opener (Video)". NBC. August 27, 2013.
- "Fiorentina 4-2 Juventus". ESPNFC. October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- "Fiorentina confirm Rossi injury". football-italia. January 6, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
- "Rinaudo deserves to be banned until Rossi returns". Goal.com. January 6, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- Wahl, Grant (February 11, 2014). "SI Now: Giuseppe Rossi". SI Now. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
- "Napoli defeat Fiorentina after fan is shot to win their fifth Coppa Italia". The Guardian. May 4, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- "Pushing for Italy: Giuseppe Rossi scores in second game back from injury". Sports Illustrated. May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- "Rossi out for four-five months". Football Italia. September 5, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
- "Giuseppe Rossi agrees to reduced Fiorentina salary". ESPN FC. September 11, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- "Giuseppe Rossi's goal icing on top as Fiorentina dominate Belenenses". ESPN FC. October 1, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- Dermot Corrigan (January 22, 2016). "Giuseppe Rossi agrees Levante loan from Fiorentina for rest of season". ESPN FC. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
- "Ronaldo scores hat trick as Real crushes Espanyol". Sportsnet.ca. January 31, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
- "Levante's Giuseppe Rossi sinks Gary Neville and Valencia". The Irish Times. March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
- Harry De Cosemo (May 8, 2016). "Atletico's title hopes ended by relegated Levante". Marca.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- "Giuseppe Rossi signs for RC Celta". Celta Vigo. August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
- "Man United lose Europa League opener while Inter stumble to defeat at home". ESPN FC. September 15, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
- "Made in Italy: Sansone scores stunner whilst Sirigu makes Sevilla debut". Vivoazzurro.it. September 19, 2016. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- "Rossi hat-trick masterminds Celta Vigo win". SBS. April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- "Giuseppe Rossi torna al gol: prima tripletta in quasi 4 anni" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- "Official: Rossi suffers further ACL tear". Football Italia. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
- ESPN Staff (April 10, 2017). "Celta Vigo's Giuseppe Rossi faces six months out with another knee injury". Archived from the original on April 22, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- Garcia, Adriana (July 6, 2017). "Giuseppe Rossi leaves Celta Vigo to be free agent as recovery continues". Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- "Official: Genoa sign Giuseppe Rossi". Football Italia. December 4, 2017.
- "Rossi given Genoa debut". Football Italia. December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
- Sergio Baldini (December 20, 2017). "Coppa Italia, Juventus-Genoa 2-0: Dybala e Higuain si regalano i quarti con il Torino" (in Italian). Tutto Sport. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
- Matt Davis (July 19, 2018). "Giuseppe Rossi: Ex-Manchester United forward on his injury nightmare". BBC Sport. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
- "Giuseppe Rossi: Former Manchester United striker avoids doping ban". BBC Sport. October 1, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
- Higgins, Adam (January 14, 2019). "Solskjaer confirms Rossi is training with United". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
- JEFF BRADLEY (July 10, 2012). "GIUSEPPE ROSSI COULD MAKE HISTORY AT THE WORLD CUP. IF ONLY HE WERE MAKING IT FOR THE U.S." ESPN.com. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Giuseppe Rossi should have chosen USA over Italy, agent admits". The Guardian. May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
- "Casiraghi: fantasia!" (in Italian). Eurosport.com. May 30, 2007. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Argentina's Midas touch". FIFA.com. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Italy-Belgium 2-3". FIFA.com. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Honduras - Italy". fifa.com. August 7, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
- "Italy-Korea Republic 3-0". FIFA.com. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- Gozzini, Alessandra (September 2, 2008). "Lippi: "Un'altra Berlino? Dipende anche da Cipro"". Gozzini (in Italian). Gazzetta.it. Retrieved August 2, 2007.
- "Maggio, Pepe, Rossi e Santacroce sono quattro i nomi nuovi di Lippi" (in Italian). La Repubblica. October 5, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Pari d'oro per l'Italia in Bulgaria Lippi promuove l'esordio di Pepe" (in Italian). Il Messaggero. October 12, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Italy 3-0 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. June 6, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
- Ashenden, Mark (June 15, 2009). "USA 1-3 Italy". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved June 17, 2009.
- Duncan White (June 21, 2009). "Confederations Cup: Brazil and Kaka humiliate Italy". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
- "Grosso misses out for Italy". Sky Sports. May 18, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
- "Pronta la squadra azzurra: ecco la lista dei 23 per il Mondiale". FIGC (in Italian). June 1, 2010. Archived from the original on June 4, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
- "Giuseppe Rossi to captain Italy". November 17, 2010.
- "Nazionale, torna Giuseppe Rossi. Per Danimarca e Armenia anche Balzaretti e Balotelli". repubblica.it (in Italian). La Repubblica. October 6, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "World Cup 2014: Striker Giuseppe Rossi in Italy's provisional squad". BBC. May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
- "Italy World Cup squad: Giuseppe Rossi 'saddened and disappointed' by snub". The Guardian. June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "Toronto FC's Giovinco left off Italy's Euro 2016 roster". The Toronto Star. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
- Stefan Coerts (July 4, 2011). "Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi could be the heir to Juventus' Alessandro Del Piero - agent". Goal.com. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- "Rossi: Kalinic better than Bacca". Football Italia. September 21, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Giuseppe Rossi".
- "Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi to decide future next week as Barcelona transfer talk intensifies". Goal.com.
- "Best forward left - why Giuseppe Rossi is the right man for Barcelona". Goal.com.
- "Eden Hazard the new penalty taker king; Julio Cesar the best stopper". ESPN FC. October 7, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "After 2 years of injuries and 3 surgeries, Giuseppe Rossi relishing return to Italy's roster". Fox News Sports. October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- "Giuseppe Rossi". ESPN FC.
- "Giuseppe Rossi". UEFA.
- "Giuseppe Rossi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
- Bostock, Adam (May 4, 2010). "Award joy for Keane". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- Bostock, Adam (May 4, 2010). "De Laet's delight". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- "Argentina's Midas touch". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- "Pallone d'argento a Giuseppe Rossi durante Fiorentina vs Torino". libero.it (in Italian). Retrieved January 21, 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Giuseppe Rossi.|