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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Giuseppe Rossi Loaned Back to Parma

Today, it was announced that Teaneck, New Jersey native, Giuseppe Rossi, had been loaned from Manchester United to his boyhood club of Parma. Rossi grew up in the States, but spent many formative years in Italy. He began his career with the Parma youth team, but caught the eye of Manchester United. In 2004, he went to Old Trafford on a free transfer during the financial crisis of Parmalat, then owners of the Parma team. He is a striker with a very good left-footed shot.

Parma, for a small club, has always produced great talent. Gigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro played there before going on to bigger things. So did Lilian Thuram and Hernan Crespo. Rossi should receive playing time, which did not occur during his most recent loan to Newcastle United. Since Parma is fighting relegation, this will be an excellent period for his own personal development. He also features on the Italian U-21 team, and is rated very highly by Sir Alex Ferguson, among many others, at Manchester United.

The terms of the loan are for six months, so Rossi will return to England in the summer. His first appearance will be historic. It will mark the first time since 1996 that an American has played in the Serie A. Presently, LA Galaxy President and GM Alexi Lalas remains the only American to play in the Italian top flight. A few days ago, another American, Gabriel Ferrari, signed a contract with Sampdoria of Genoa. Out of the two, I believe that Rossi will be the first to make his debut at the senior level.

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