Fabio Grosso

Fabio Grosso

Infobox Football biography
playername = Fabio Grosso

fullname = Fabio Grosso
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1977|11|28|df=y
cityofbirth = Chieti
countryofbirth = Italy
height = height|m=1.90
position = Left back
currentclub = Lyon
clubnumber = 11
youthyears = 1994–1998
youthclubs = Renato Curi
years = 1998-2001
clubs = Chieti
caps(goals) = 068 (17)
067 0(7)
069 0(1)
023 0(2)
031 0(1)
nationalyears = 2003-
nationalteam = Italy
nationalcaps(goals) = 037 0(3)
pcupdate = August 10 2008
ntupdate = September 6 2008

Fabio Grosso, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI [ [http://www.fifa.com/en/organisation/president/index/0,4095,129202,00.html?articleid=129202 FIFA.com] ] [ [http://www.ascotsportal.com/news/newsdtl.aspx?PID=89262e2c-3beb-4080-bd5e-949f498ecbcc&CID=4ca0fc99-f8bf-4260-b379-ee5bca3085eb&NID=e47baa4d-fe98-4feb-a0ff-a007b8e62e87 AscotSportal.com] ] , (born November 28, 1977) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer, who plays for Ligue 1 team Olympique Lyonnais and the Italian national football team.

Club career

Grosso was born in Chieti. After a number of seasons with Renato Curi (Pescara), an amateur team of the Abruzzo Eccellenza division, Grosso debuted at professional level with Chieti of Serie C2. At the time he was an attacking midfielder, and scored 17 goals in 68 appearances. He then joined Perugia of Serie A in 2001, and was first capped for Italy in 2003. At Perugia he was transformed into a left back by coach Serse Cosmi. Grosso signed for Palermo in January 2004, when the Sicilian team was still playing in Serie B.

Grosso is a left wing back or left back, who can play also in the role of left wing. He is also a free kick and corner specialist.

Grosso joined Internazionale for a fee reported of € 5.5 million on 6 June 2006.

On July 8 2007, Grosso officially signed a four year deal with French team Olympique Lyonnais after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. He was given the number 11 shirt. [ [http://www.olweb.fr/index.php?lng=fr&a=33948&pid=101002 OLWEB.fr | Site officiel de l'Olympique Lyonnais ] ]

International career

Grosso made his debut for the Italian national football team in 2003. The former Palermo defender has impressed at left-back and convinced coach Marcello Lippi to switch the experienced Gianluca Zambrotta to the opposite side of the backline. The 2006 World Cup was the then-28-year-old's first major tournament.

Grosso's had three international goals - one came in a qualifying match for the 2006 World Cup, an equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, and one in 2006 FIFA World Cup semifinal against Germany. He also scored the penalty kick that clinched Italy's fourth World Cup triumph, in the Final against France. Grosso scored his third international goal which sealed the victory against Georgia 2-0 in the EURO 2008 qualifiers on 13 October 2007.

Grosso courted controversy in a match against Australia in the Round of 16 of the 2006 World Cup in Kaiserslautern. Grosso won a crucial penalty that allowed Italy to advance to the quarterfinals. Some believe that he dived to the floor after contact from Lucas Neill's outstretched leg inside the penalty area, winning a penalty in the final seconds of the match which was converted by Francesco Totti, giving Italy a 1-0 win with the last kick of the game. Others believe that the penalty was indeed legitimate as Neill did mistackle the player, causing Grosso to trip over Neill's body. Match referee Luis Medina Cantalejo has been very harshly criticised over this incident, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter has even apologised to the Australia's Football Federation over the incident.Conversely Sepp Blatter in Europe stated that Italy were very worthy winners, showing that he was simply being a politician in Australia.

In the semis Grosso scored a goal in the 119th minute to put Italy through to the final over hosts Germany. His dramatic celebration after the goal (where he ran back to his team mates with an ecstatic fervor) was compared by many fans as being very similar to the exuberant celebrations by yesteryear Azzurri legend Marco Tardelli. This was the record breaking latest winning goal in the FIFA world cup finals history, only to be surpassed minutes later by Alessandro Del Piero. He has also become an Italian national sporting hero after scoring the fifth and final penalty shot against France in the shoot-out to win the final which gave the Italians their fourth World Cup title, making them the most successful European nation in FIFA World Cup history.

He was called up to Italy's squad for Euro 2008.

Fabio Grosso and his wife Jessica Repetto are parents of a son, Filippo, born on September 7, 2006.



Inter Milan

*Serie A: 2007

*Coppa Italia (runner-up): 2007

*Supercoppa Italiana: 2006


*French Ligue 1 Championship: 2007-08

*French Cup: 2007-08

*French Super Cup: 2007


*FIFA World Cup: 2006


External links

* [http://www.footballdatabase.com/site/players/index.php?dumpPlayer=7006 FootballDatabase.com provides Grosso's profile and stats]

NAME= Grosso, Fabio
DATE OF BIRTH= 1977-11-28
PLACE OF BIRTH= Rome , Italy

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