Luca Di Matteo
|Date of birth||25 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Pescara, Italy|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right / Left midfielder|
|2009||→ Cittadella (loan)||10||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Crotone (loan)||6||(0)|
|2012||→ Lecce (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:36, 7 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Luca Di Matteo (born 25 February 1988) is an Italian footballer who is currently unattached.
Di Matteo started his career with Ipswich Town, establishing himself as a player with good potential despite his young age. On January 31, 2008 Palermo signed Di Matteo from then-Serie C1 club Pescara, together with teammate Edgar Çani in co-ownership deal for €500,000 and €600,000 respectively. In June 2008 Pescara made a discount on both players, which both were sold for €450,000.
He made his Serie A debut on 27 April 2008 in a 0–0 home tie against Atalanta. Di Matteo was confirmed as part of the Palermo first team squad for the 2008–09 season, but was never featured on the patch and he was successively loaned out to Serie B outfit Cittadella on February 2, 2009 for the remainder of the season. He spend the first half of the 2009–10 season on loan to Crotone.
Di Matteo made his second comeback to Palermo on June 2011, as his co-ownership was solved in favour of the rosanero for €200,000. In return Nicola Rigoni was sold back to Vicenza also for €200,000. After failing to make a single appearance with Palermo, he was loaned out to Lecce on 31 January 2012. He then returned to Vicenza on August 2012 after being deemed as surplus to requirements from Palermo, and played one season in Serie B and the first half of the 2013–14 season in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione.
On January 2014 he left Vicenza for Serie B club Padova, amassing only a total eight appearances for the club, and suffering a second consecutive relegation. He successively found himself without a club after Padova was excluded from the Italian league system due to financial issues.
- "UFFICIALE: Di Matteo al Palermo" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- US Città di Palermo Report and Accounts on 30 June 2008 (Italian)
- "Palermo e Atalanta sono già in vacanza" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2008-04-27. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- "Ecco Legati, Coresi e Di Matteo" (in Italian). FC Crotone. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2009-07-10.[dead link]
- Vicenza Calcio Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
- "Ultimi movimenti di mercato per i rosa" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- "DI MATTEO IN PRESTITO AL LECCE" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.