D'Alessandro with Internacional in 2008
|Full name||Andrés Nicolás D'Alessandro|
|Date of birth||15 April 1981|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2006||→ Portsmouth (loan)||13||(1)|
|2006–2007||→ Zaragoza (loan)||36||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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. 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 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.
After his transfer to Wolfsburg in July 2003 for a club record €9 million, 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
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. 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.
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
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.
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." D'alessandro has become one of Internacionals most idolized players of all time along the likes of Falcão, Valdomiro, and Fernandão. In 2008 he was part of Inter's Sulamericana chamionship. In 2009 Inter reached the second spot in both the Brasileirao and copa do brasil. In 2010 D'alessandro led Inter to their second libertadores chamionship and was elected the best player in South America for that year. In 2011 D'alessadro had personally an even better year but Inter only managed to win the state gaucho championship. 2012 was a bad year for Inter and D'alessandro. Rumours of him leaving to play in china caused a major distraction. After long drawn out drama he stayed but soon was injured. In 2013 his game improved again and while Inter only won the state championship he was praised as the only positive factor on the team that year. 2014 started well, D'alessandro continued to play well and led Imter to their 4th straight Gaucho championship.
|Real Zaragoza (loan)|
|S. C. Internacional|
National team statistics
|Argentina national team|
*Stats as of 17 February 2011
- River Plate
- San Lorenzo
- Primera División: Torneo Clausura 2007
- Copa Sudamericana: 2008
- Campeonato Gaúcho: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Copa Libertadores: 2010
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2011
- 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship – Silver Ball
- 2010 FIFA Club World Cup – Bronze Ball
- South American Footballer of the Year: 2010
- Page 12 of News of the World sport section; 9 April 2006.
- "Player Profile: Andres D´Alessandro". Southamericanfutbol.com. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "Wolfsburg snap up D'Alessandro". UEFA.com. 12 June 2003. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009.
- "Portsmouth snap up d'Alessandro". BBC Sport website. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "Charlton 2–1 Portsmouth". BBC. 17 April 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- "D'Alessandro Pens Four-Year Inter Deal". Goal.com. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "Internacional turn down Galaxy D'Alessandro bid". ESPN Soccernet. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "D'Alessandro, Andrés". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- Argentine Primera statistics at Futbol XXI (Spanish)
- Andrés D'Alessandro at ESPN FC
- Short Bio