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Damiano Tommasi
Italian footballer

Damiano Tommasi

Damiano Tommasi
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Intro Italian footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Italy
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 17 May 1974, Negrar
Age 48 years
Star sign Taurus
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Biography

Damiano Tommasi (born 17 May 1974) is an Italian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and the current president of the Italian Footballers' Association.
After a full decade representing the colours of Roma – winning the 2001 national championship – he started an abroad career, going on to play for teams in three different countries until his retirement at the age of 37. He amassed Serie A totals of 262 games and 14 goals.
Tommasi gained 25 caps for Italy, and was a member of the team that took part at the 2002 World Cup.

Club career

Born in Negrar, Province of Verona, Tommasi started his professional career with local Hellas Verona FC, in Serie B. He made his Serie A debut on 7 September 1996 with A.S. Roma in a 3–1 win over Piacenza Calcio, and would be an instrumental figure in the latter side's 2001 conquest of the scudetto.

During a summer friendly match against Stoke City in 2004, Tommasi suffered a horrible knee injury, caused by Gerry Taggart, and was out of action for a long time. In the summer of 2005 he accepted a one-year contract extension, with youth player wages (€1,500 a month) – a contract which he instigated himself in the name of fairness. He finally returned to play on 30 October 2005, coming on as a second-half substitute for Olivier Dacourt during a league match against Ascoli Calcio 1898 and being hailed with a long standing ovation by the Roma supporters.

On 27 November 2005, Tommasi scored after just two minutes in an eventual 1–1 home draw against ACF Fiorentina, being an important first-team member as Roma finished runner-up. After ten years with the same club, in July 2006 he joined Levante UD in Spain, spending two seasons with the La Liga strugglers, which eventually got relegated in 2007–08.

On 10 September 2008, Tommasi agreed a one-year deal with English Football League Championship team Queens Park Rangers. On 9 January 2009, his contract was terminated by mutual consent and, after advanced talks with Chinese League's Tianjin Teda, he signed for the club early in the following month, citing an interest in a third experience abroad as the main reason for it.

After one season, 35-year-old Tommasi left Teda and decided to return to Italy, joining amateurs Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo (Seconda Categoria), where he played alongside his two brothers. He made his debut with the team on 13 December 2009; he came out of retirement nearly six years later, with S.P. La Fiorita. He stated on his decision: "It's a challenge that La Fiorita have given me the chance to experience all over again. I've been looking forward to this Europa League draw for ages now. Let's hope it will be a beautiful adventure and that I can add another chapter to my football career", and went to feature in their campaign in the UEFA Europa League campaign against FC Vaduz.

International career

Tommasi played for the Italian under-21 team that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship, also being picked for the 1996 Olympic Games and making three appearances in Atlanta, making three appearances. He made his debut for the senior side on 18 November 1998, under Dino Zoff, in a 2–2 home draw against Spain, but did not become a regular team member until 2001.

After featuring prominently during the Azzurri's 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Tommasi was picked by manager Giovanni Trapattoni for the squad that would take part at the finals in Japan and South Korea. He played in all four matches during the tournament, which ended in round-of-16 exit; in the decisive clash against co-hosts South Korea, he came close to scoring twice: first when Roma teammate Francesco Totti played him in only to have his shot blocked by Lee Woon-Jae. During extra time, referee Byron Moreno disallowed him a goal due to a controversial offside decision, and the Italians were eventually defeated by a golden goal.

Tommasi made his last appearance for Italy on 16 November 2003, in a 1–0 home victory over Romania. He scored the first of two goals for his country on 5 September 2001, in a friendly with Morocco.

Style of play

A quick, strong, tenacious, consistent, hardworking and versatile player, Tommasi primarily excelled at breaking down his opponents' plays and intercepting passes as a box-to-box or defensive midfielder, due to his stamina and hard-tackling style of play. He also possessed good technique, intelligence and was an accurate passer, which enabled him to retain possession and start attacking plays after winning back the ball; these attributes allowed him to play anywhere in midfield, and he was often deployed on the right flank earlier on in his career, as well as in the centre.

Post-retirement

In January 2010, together with his agent Andrea Pretti and longtime friend Werner Seeber, Tommasi set up a company in China, called Tommasi Pretti Seeber Sports Culture & Exchange Co., Ltd (TPS), aimed at creating a reliable bridge between Europe and the Asian country in the field of football.

On 9 May 2011, he became the president of the Italian Footballers' Association, succeeding historical founder Sergio Campana who had been in office for 43 years.

Personal life

  • Married to Chiara, Tommasi has six children: Beatrice, Camilla, Susanna, Samuele, Emanuele and Aurora.
  • A philanthropist, he was heavily involved in charity work, and arranges for footballers' disciplinary fines to go to good causes.
  • Tommasi first began his involvement with charitable organisations in 1994, when he chose to undertake civil service instead of military service, as he "did not want to serve his country by holding a rifle."
  • For his charitable work, he received the "Altro-pallone" award in 2000.
  • When first called up by the national side, Tommasi said he didn't deserve the honour in that moment.

Honours

Club

Roma
  • Serie A: 2000–01
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2001
  • Coppa Italia: Runner-up 2005–06

Country

Italy under-21
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 1996

Individual

  • Pallone d'Argento: 2000–01
  • A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2015

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