Rodrigo Taddei

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Ferrante and the second or paternal family name is Taddei.
Rodrigo Taddei
Rodrigo Taddei.jpg
Taddei training with Roma in 2012
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Ferrante Taddei
Date of birth (1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Full back
Club information
Current team
free agent
Number N/A
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Palmeiras 25 (1)
2002–2005 Siena 74 (14)
2005–2014 Roma 220 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rodrigo Ferrante Taddei (born 6 March 1980) is a Brazilian footballer who is currently a free agent, having last played for Italian club Roma. Though a midfielder, Taddei is notable for his versatility on the field. During his career he has played in every position except central defender. Once Taddei played even as a goalkeeper for Palmeiras, when the original goalkeeper got a red card.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He started his career in Brazil with Palmeiras, then moved to Italy in September 2002 and signing for Siena, a then Serie B team, which later earned promotion to Serie A.

After another season with Siena, Taddei left on a Bosman free transfer and signed a five-year contract with Roma on 3 June 2005. He earned a gross salary of €1.75M in the first season and € 2.23M in the next 4 seasons.[1]

AS Roma[edit]

Joining Roma offered Taddei the chance to perform on the European stage. He scored the opening goal in Roma's 2–1 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of the 2007 Champions League quarter-finals. However, he was injured in the warm-ups of the second leg and was ruled out of the match.

Taddei received some attention after he performed a move he later titled "The Aurelio", named after AS Roma assistant manager Aurelio Andreazzoli, in a Champions League group stage match against Olympiacos on 18 October 2006.[2]

On 7 June 2010 Roma announced that Taddei had signed a new 4-year contract in which he would earn a gross annual salary of €2.8M in the first three years and €1.9M in the last year.[3]

He scored one goal in 24 matches in 2011-12 season. In 2012-13 season he continued to play as a full back under Zdenek Zeman.He finished the season with just 6 matches in all competitions. New coach Rudi Garcia moved him back to midfield. He came as a substitute in first game of the 2012-13 season against Livorno.

International career[edit]

Taddei has never been capped by the Brazilian national team but, thanks to his Italian citizenship, he is also eligible to play for Italy. He is in fact an Italian Brazilian, his great-grandparents were from Perugia and Torino.[4] In February 2009, he publicly stated that he would accept a call from Marcello Lippi.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In late 2003, Taddei was seriously injured in a car accident. His younger brother Leonardo died in the accident and his teammate Pinga was also hurt.[6] Upon recovery, Taddei returned to playing for Siena.

Honours[edit]

Roma[edit]

  • Momentary Italian Record of 11 consecutive victories in the Serie A (Roma)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Relazione mensile al 30 giugno 2005". AS Roma (in Italian). 2005-07-05. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  2. ^ channel4.com – Football Italia
  3. ^ "Prolungamento contratto economico Taddei". AS Roma (in Italian). 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Interview on "Radio2 - SuperMax" radio broadcasting by Max Giusti". http://www.corederoma.it/. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ The Star Malaysia