Who is Italy football legend Daniele De Rossi? Meet the former World Cup winner who has been tasked with saving Roma’s season after sacking Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Roma on Tuesday morning following the club’s 3-1 defeat to AC Milan.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager had won just one of their past six league games, while they were also dumped out of the Coppa Italia by arch-rivals Lazio last week.

In total, Roma have won just eight of their 20 matches in Serie A this season and sit behind the likes of Bologna, Atalanta and Fiorentina in the race for European qualification.

Former Italy and Roma legend Daniele De Rossi will take over from Mourinho until the end of the season as the former midfielder looks to save their campaign.

Mail Sport breaks down everything you need to know about Daniele De Rossi.

Daniele De Rossi has been appointed as the new head coach of Serie A side Roma 

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Roma on Tuesday morning, with the club ninth in the Serie A table

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Roma on Tuesday morning, with the club ninth in the Serie A table

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His playing career 

Born on July 24, 1983, De Rossi joined the Roma youth set up back in 2000 from Ostia Mare.

The 40-year-old made his first team debut for Roma under Fabio Capello on 30 October 2001 against Belgian side Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League.

In his first season with the club, he would go also go on to make three appearances in the Coppa Italia.

The following season, De Rossi made his Serie A debut in January 2003 against Como – with his first start coming, along with his first league goal coming, coming four months later against Torino.

De Rossi, 40, would play for the club between 2001 and 2019, going onto captain the club and win two Coppa Italias before leaving for Boca Juniors.

He made over 600 appearances for the Serie A outfit before heading to Argentina – where he would make five appearances for Boca Juniors in a short spell in South America. 

De Rossi earned his first cap for the Italian national team in 2004 in a 2-1 win away to Norway. A year later, he would go on to captain his beloved nation for the first time in a goalless draw against Iceland.

The midfielder was then named in Marcello Lippi’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Germany – where Italy would go on to beat France in the final.

The football icon made 117 appearances for his country before retiring in 2017.

After retiring from professional football in 2020, De Rossi stated his intentions to get into management.  

De Rossi made over 600 appearances for Roma as a player, captaining the side in his later years at the club

De Rossi made over 600 appearances for Roma as a player, captaining the side in his later years at the club

De Rossi (right) made 117 appearances for Italy and was part of the side that won the World Cup in 2006

De Rossi (right) made 117 appearances for Italy and was part of the side that won the World Cup in 2006

His managerial record 

In 2020, De Rossi started the UEFA A licence course and was unveiled as Roberto Mancini’s new assistant in charge of Italy a year later. 

Mancini’s side were successful at Euro 2020 – defeating Gareth Southgate’s England in the final at Wembley.

After leaving the national team, De Rossi would go on to complete his UEFA A coaching course – and would then take up another role within the Italian Football Federation. This time, he would take over as a technical collaborator for the Under-15 to Under-20 youth representatives.

 His first test as a full-time manager came back in October 2022 – where he took over Serie B side SPAL.

Unfortunately, he could not replicate his on-pitch talent in the dugout. 

The 40-year-old lost his job in February 2023 after only 16 league games in charge – and only managed just three wins.

He left the club third bottom in the league – a point away from safety in Italy’s second tier. 

De Rossi only lasted four months in the role and was eventually replaced by former international teammate Massimo Oddo – who failed to keep them in the division.

He has been out of the job since – before being appointed by Roma. 

De Rossi has limited coaching experience, but was Roberto Mancini's assistant when Italy won Euro 2020

De Rossi has limited coaching experience, but was Roberto Mancini’s assistant when Italy won Euro 2020

The former midfielder had an unsuccessful time with SPAL and was sacked after just 16 league games in charge

The former midfielder had an unsuccessful time with SPAL and was sacked after just 16 league games in charge

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What’s been said on his appointment?

De Rossi has been appointed as the Roma head coach until 30 June 2024. 

His first game in charge will be the club’s home match against Verona on Saturday. 

In a statement, Roma owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin said: ‘We are happy to be able to hand over the managerial role of AS Roma to Daniele De Rossi, as we feel that the leadership and ambition that have always defined him can prove decisive in achieving the team’s objectives until the end of the season.

‘We were aware of Daniele’s unbreakable bond with the club, but his enthusiasm for accepting the position for the next few months convinced us even more of his ability to be a guide for the players and a proud representative of the club’s values. Welcome home, Daniele.’

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