Andrés D'Alessandro

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Andrés D'Alessandro
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D'Alessandro traning for Internacional in 2008
Personal information
Full name Andrés Nicolás D'Alessandro
Date of birth (1981-04-15) 15 April 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Winger
Club information
Current club Internacional
Number 10
Youth career
River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 River Plate 70 (19)
2003–2007 VfL Wolfsburg 61 (8)
2006 Portsmouth (loan) 13 (1)
2006–2007 Zaragoza (loan) 36 (2)
2007 Zaragoza 14 (3)
2008 San Lorenzo 15 (2)
2008– Internacional 189 (48)
National team
2003–2011 Argentina 28 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 January 2012

Andrés Nicolás D'Alessandro (born 15 April 1981 in Buenos Aires) is a left-footed Argentine footballer who currently plays for Internacional in Brazil. He is best known for his dribbling and his short passing ability.

D'Alessandro has played top-flight football in Argentina, Germany, England, Spain and Brazil. He won the Olympic Gold with Argentina in 2004 and also played in that year's Copa America.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

D'Alessandro was born in the La Paternal section of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the labor force as a pizza delivery boy before becoming a professional footballer.[1] Known as El Cabezón ("The Big Headed") for how large his big head looks on his small frame rather than any ego connotations, he emerged through the River Plate youth system[2] that has produced much of Argentina's top talent over the years. He followed the likes of Santiago Solari and Pablo Aimar through the ranks, together with Javier Saviola, with whom he shared the limelight in the 2001 Youth World Championship held in Buenos Aires. D'Alessandro started out that tournament as a substitute, but injuries in the team allowed him a place in the team during the later games. Argentina won the title after beating Ghana 3–0.

Wolfsburg[edit]

After his transfer to Wolfsburg in July 2003 for a club record €9 million,[3] D'Alessandro played in the Argentine U-23 team that won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. On 21 September 2005, D'Alessandro scored the Bundesliga's 40,000th goal since its creation in 1963, for the fourth goal in a 4–2 victory over Hannover 96.

Loans to England and Spain[edit]

In January 2006, to the surprise of most fans, D'Alessandro joined English Premier League club Portsmouth on loan for the remainder of the season.[4] His main objective with his new club was to blend in with new team-mates and help his club to avoid relegation. On Easter Monday, 17 April 2006, he scored his first goal in English football – a contender for goal of the season – in Portsmouth's 2–1 defeat away to Charlton Athletic.[5]

Portsmouth survived and manager Harry Redknapp sought to sign D'Alessandro on a permanent basis. But he was attracting the attention of many European clubs with strong interest from the likes of Atlético Madrid and Benfica. On 17 June 2006 he ended the speculation regarding his career by completing a season-long loan switch to La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza, citing his desire to play in Spain as a major factor in his decision. On 6 June 2007, he signed a contract at Zaragoza, keeping him at the club until 2011.

Return to South America[edit]

In 2008, he joined his former River Plate manager Ramón Díaz at Argentine club San Lorenzo. However, after Díaz left the club, D'Alesandro opted to move to Brazil to play for Internacional. Playing for the former Copa Libertadores champions, he described as a "step forward" in his career.[6]

On 13 December 2008 it was reported on ESPN Deportes that the Los Angeles Galaxy had made a $10 million offer to Internacional for D'Alesandro but was declined. Their vice president Fernando Carvalho was quoted; "The offer came from the Los Angeles Galaxy of the United States. I didn't even want to listen to the details. The offer was for more money than we paid for D'Alessandro, who arrived here for five million euro, but we want to keep the Argentinian."[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate
1999–2000 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2000–2001 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 0
2001–2002 36 9 0 0 5 0 41 9
2002–2003 29 11 0 0 11 4 40 15
Total 70 20 0 0 19 4 89 24
VfL Wolfsburg 2003–2004 29 3 1 1 4 0 34 4
2004–2005 19 3 0 0 0 0 19 3
2005–2006 13 2 2 0 3 1 18 3
Total 61 8 3 1 7 1 71 10
Portsmouth(loan)
2006 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Real Zaragoza (loan)
2006–2007 36 2 5 2 0 0 41 4
2007 14 2 3 0 2 0 19 2
Total 50 4 8 2 2 0 60 6
San Lorenzo
2008 15 2 0 0 9 0 24 2
Total 15 2 0 0 9 0 24 2
S. C. Internacional
2008 11 2 0 0 7 2 18 4
2009 31 10 7 1 3 0 41 11
2010 28 4 0 0 15 1 43 5
2011 40 14 0 0 8 1 48 15
2012 28 2 0 0 5 1 33 3
2013 51 16 7 4 0 0 58 20 2014 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 194 49 14 5 38 5 247 59
Career Total 394 81 25 8 75 10 494

102

National team[edit]

On 20 August 2010, Argentine coach Sergio Batista recalled D'Alessandro to the national team for a friendly against Spain, which was played on 7 September 2010 at the Monumental Stadium River Plate.

National team statistics[edit]

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 9 2
2004 10 1
2005 3 0
2010 3 0
2011 3 0
Total 28 3

*Stats as of 17 February 2011[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

River Plate
Internacional

National team[edit]

Argentina U-20
Argentina Olympic

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Page 12 of News of the World sport section; 9 April 2006.
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Andres D´Alessandro". Southamericanfutbol.com. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wolfsburg snap up D'Alessandro". UEFA.com. 12 June 2003. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Portsmouth snap up d'Alessandro". BBC Sport website. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Charlton 2–1 Portsmouth". BBC. 17 April 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "D'Alessandro Pens Four-Year Inter Deal". Goal.com. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Internacional turn down Galaxy D'Alessandro bid". ESPN Soccernet. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "D'Alessandro, Andrés". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 

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