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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

American Giuseppe Rossi Signs Historic Deal with Villarreal

Today, Giuseppe Rossi, who was born in Clifton, New Jersey, signed a historic deal with Villarreal of the Spanish La Liga. Rossi, who played the last half of the season on loan from Manchester United at Parma (where he scored 9 goals in 16 games in their relegation battle), becomes the highest transfer fee ever for an American. The Spanish club paid 10 million euros (about $13.5 million) for his services.

Rossi, 20, moved with his family to Italy in 2001 at the age of 14. He was in the Parma soccer school (scuola calcio), and later, in their Primavera (reserve team). In 2004, he was purchased by Manchester United on a free transfer from Parma. He spent his first year in their reserves, and in 2005-2006, received some first team exposure. Sir Alex Ferguson was very keen on the young man, and wanted to provide him with more playing time. His first loan spell at Newcastle in 2006 fell short of expectations, so Sir Alex sent him back to Parma, where he was coached by Claudio Ranieri. He scored a goal in his debut, and helped keep Parma in the Serie A. More importantly, he demonstrated that he could play at the highest levels on a consistent basis.

Villarreal is a small but very competitive Spanish team. Their nickname is the "Yellow Submarine," which is an affectionate reminder of their team kit. Their recent world-class players have included Diego Forlan of Uruguay and Juan Roman Riquelme of Argentina. Rossi signed a six year deal, and has been capped by the Italian U-21. He remains, however, available to US coach Bob Bradley. A few years ago, Rossi agitated then coach Bruce Arena with a refusal to attend a training camp. He has not hidden his desire to play for the senior Azzurri; however, with this move to Spain, he will not receive the same close scrutiny by Italian National team coach, Roberto Donadoni.

Muy buena suerte, Giuseppe.

To read more about him, please read Ives Galarceps' article in the North Jersey Media Group Herald News. Mr. Galarcep has a very informative blog called "Soccer by Ives."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Coach Bradley should give him a call and not just invite him to camp, but offer a cap in the next friendly.
The US has worked its way toward the forward position, Good Goalies, Defenders, Midfielders. But we have not produced great forwards yet.
Giuseppe Rossi could fill that roll immediatly.
Giuseppe Rossi, please come home to the country you were born in.

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