|Full name||Simone Pasquale Perrotta|
|Date of birth||17 September 1977|
|Place of birth||Ashton-under-Lyne, England|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Simone Perrotta, Ufficiale OMRI (born 17 September 1977 in Ashton-under-Lyne) is a retired Italian footballer who used to play as a midfielder for Serie A club Roma. He was a member of the Italian national football team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Perrotta was known for his versatility, box-to-box play and hard running style. He retired on the 29th of June 2013.
Early career and Juventus
Perrotta grew up in the youth system of Reggina and debuted in Serie B in 1995, becoming an important fixture in their line-up. In 1998, Juventus decided to sign him, but with great midfielders like Antonio Conte, Didier Deschamps, and Zinedine Zidane ahead of him, he only made five appearances for the Turin club.
In 1999, Perrotta was farmed to Bari in a co-ownership deal for 3 billion Italian lire (or €1,549,371), as part of Gianluca Zambrotta's deal, where he played for two seasons. In June 2001, Bari acquired him outright for approximately €300,000, making Juventus booked a financial cost of €1.25 million for the discount.
At the start of 2001–02 Serie A, he was shipped to Chievo. There, he was a mainstay in the midfield of the surprising Chievo squad that was first place at the winter break. He even provided the winning assist in their famous victory over Internazionale that season.
In 2004, Roma signed him from the Veneto club for €7.2 million on a four-year instalment. The deal was later changed to three instalments, however; new Roma signing Matteo Brighi, valued at €16 million was loaned to Chievo for the season as part of the deal. and then discounted to €7.05 million, In merit of his fine performances for the capital club, he earned a call-up to Marcello Lippi's Italy squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, starting all seven games for the eventual champions. In 2006, he also signed a contract extension with the capital club, keeping him in Rome until 2010.
Under Roma coach Luciano Spalletti's 4–2–3–1 formation, he played behind the first striker in between the left and right winger as an attacking central midfielder.
Perrotta signed a new one-year extension to his contract with Roma in October 2009, extending his stay at the club until 2011. In March 2011, he signed another contract, with basic salary decreased to €2.5 million per season.
For the 2011–12 season, Perrotta was usually used as a central midfielder alongside Daniele De Rossi and Miralem Pjanić. On 20 February 2012, Perrotta signed a new one-year extension to his contract with Roma that will keep him at the club until 2013. Perrotta's fixed gross fee for the current season was raised to €2.6 million plus performance bonuses. He played 20 matches in the 2011–12 season, failing to score a goal. After almost two years without scoring, he scored against Siena on 2 December 2012, giving Roma a 1–2 lead away. Roma eventually won the game 1–3, with a brace from Mattia Destro. He scored again on 3 March 2013, also in a 3–1 win, against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico. He was substituted on for striker Pablo Osvaldo in the 81st minute and eight minutes later, in the 89th minute, he scored a goal that sealed the match. After the appointment of Aurelio Andreazzoli as caretaking manager, he received significantly more playing time than under the Czech Zdeněk Zeman. He finished the season with 16 league appearances, only four as a starter, with two goals scored. On 29 June 2013, Perrotta announced his retirement from professional football.
Although eligible for England, Perrotta played at the under-21 level for Italy. He won the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship but dropped from the 2000 Summer Olympics squad due to injury. He debuted at the senior level in 2002. He played for Italy at UEFA Euro 2004, scoring a goal against Bulgaria.
Unlike with Roma, Perrotta was often used as a left winger with the Italian national team or as a "front-lying" defensive midfielder, as he was in the 2006 World Cup.
In 2009, after being left out from 2010 FIFA World Cup squad by Marcello Lippi, he retired from international football.
Perrotta is of Calabrian origins and was born in England. He lived in England until the age of four, attending the former St Ann's RC Primary School on Burlington Street in Ashton-under-Lyne. His parents, Francesco and Anna Maria, ran a pub in Ashton and lived on Fitzroy Street and briefly at the Chiltern Chapel before moving back to Italy in 1982. He is married and he has a son.
On 22 December 2010, a statue of Perrotta was unveiled in Ashton-under-Lyne, close to Curzon Ashton F.C.'s Tameside Stadium in the Roy Oldham Sports Village, Richmond Street. The triple sculpture by Andrew Edwards and Sculpture For Sport commemorates the three men from the borough of Tameside who hold World Cup winner's medals: Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Armfield, and Perrotta. He speaks English and Italian.
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- "Perrotta and Pizarro sign new deals". Ontheminute.com, 30 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- "Prolungamento contratto economico del calciatore Perrotta" ( PDF (15.1KB)) (in Italian). AS Roma. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- "Prolungamento del contratto economico del calciatore Simone Perrotta" ( PDF (18.11 KB)). AS Roma (in Italian). 22 March 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
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- Wier, Katie. "Statue depicts a hat-trick of heroes". MEN Media. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- Simone Perrotta at National-Football-Teams.com