|Date of birth||10 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Parma, Italy|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Cagliari (loan)||29||(3)|
|2012–||→ Cagliari (loan)||43||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:08, 10 January 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Dessena began his football career in the youth ranks of Parma and made his official debut in the first team on 27 February 2005 against Lazio. Since then, he played 81 games scoring 5 goals in the Emilian shirt.
In the summer of 2008 he arrived at Sampdoria where he played for one season (25 appearances and two goals) before transferring to Cagliari.
He then returned to the city of Genoa, playing 22 games in 2010–11 for Sampdoria.
Having made only eight appearances in 2011–12, he was loaned back to Cagliari in January for the remainder of the season.
From 2006 to 2009, he was a member of the Italy U-21's, coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi. He played for Italy at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In May 2009, he was called up to the European Championships but only made substitute appearances as second choice behind Luca Cigarini and Claudio Marchisio.
- Daniele Dessena – FIFA competition record
- "DESSENA Daniele". Panini Digital. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "UFFICIALE: Dessena torna a Cagliari" [OFFICIAL: Dessena returns to Cagliari]. Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 28 December 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
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