Tommaso Rocchi

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Tommaso Rocchi
Rocchi Tommaso.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-09-19) 19 September 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Venice, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Haladás
Number 18
Youth career
1986–1993 Venezia
1994–1996 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Juventus 0 (0)
1996–1997 Pro Patria (loan) 27 (6)
1997 Fermana (loan) 4 (0)
1997–1998 → Saronno (loan) 28 (10)
1998–2000 Como 62 (20)
2000–2001 Treviso 37 (8)
2001–2004 Empoli 104 (28)
2004–2012 Lazio 235 (82)
2013 Internazionale 13 (3)
2013–2014 Padova 18 (5)
2014– Haladás 6 (1)
National team
2006–2007 Italy 3 (0)
2008 Olympic Italy 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 August 2008

Tommaso Rocchi (Italian pronunciation: [tomˈmazo ˈrɔkki]; born 19 September 1977 in Venice) is an Italian footballer who plays as striker for Szombathelyi Haladás in the NB I. Before joining Inter in January 2013, Rocchi played for Lazio, and is the club's fifth highest goalscorer of all time, three behind Bruno Giordano. Rocchi has also been capped three times for the Italian national team.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Early years[edit]

Rocchi began playing football in his home city of Venice and joined the youth ranks of Venezia at nine years of age. He came up through the ranks in the Venezia junior system before signing for giants Juventus in 1994. Rocchi won the Primavera title with the Turin club that year before moving up to the first team for the 1995–96 season, in which the bianconeri claimed the Champions League title. He did not make any first team appearances however, and soon left the club.

From then on, Rocchi played Serie C football (mainly in Serie C1), playing in 121 matches and scoring 36 goals for Pro Patria, Fermana, Saronno and Como. Como bought Rocchi for 300 million lire (€154,937) in 1998 in co-ownership deal. In June 2000 Como bought Rocchi outright for 900 million lire (€464,811), 600 million lire (€309,874) excess the original fee.[1][2] He managed to get a chance in Serie B with Treviso, which Como sold half of the registration rights to Treviso in 2000 for 1.4 billion lire (€723,040)[1] and bought back in June 2001.

Empoli[edit]

From Treviso (via Como), Rocchi moved to Tuscany with Empoli, also in Serie B at the time. With Empoli, Rocchi made over 100 appearances, and scored a total of 29 goals, 16 of which came in Serie A, where Rocchi had put in some decent performances during the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons. He scored a winner against Inter, on 18 January 2004,[3] and a week later he scored a hattrick against original club Juventus in a 3–3 draw.[4]

Lazio[edit]

These performances earned Rocchi a €1.5 million move to Lazio for the 2004–05 season, in another co-ownership deal.[5][6]

Rocchi's first goal of the championship for Lazio came on 22 September 2004 against Brescia at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti in a 2–0 win. His finest individual performance of the season was a hattrick against Lecce,[7] and Rocchi ended a successful debut season with 13 goals in 35 league appearances. He also scored twice in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, his first appearance in European competition. Most significantly however, Rocchi scored the third goal in a 3–1 Derby della Capitale win, the first of these clashes in which he played.[8] In June 2005 Lazio bought him outright for another €2.5 million.[6]

It was during this time that Rocchi began to develop a partnership with teammate Paolo Di Canio. Often creating assists for each other, Rocchi and Di Canio had a good relationship both on and off the field.[9] Di Canio left Lazio in 2006, leaving Rocchi as the major star striker at the club.

Rocchi also had a strong partnership with Macedonian forward Goran Pandev. Often Pandev would play in the hole behind Rocchi, but they were also able to play up front together with a central attacking midfielder behind. Between them, they were Lazio's top goalscorers for three seasons consecutively. A positive 2005–06 season saw Rocchi score a personal best 16 league goals as Lazio finished sixth, a place which was later taken away from them due to the Calciopoli scandal. At first relegation to Serie B was the verdict, but Lazio were soon reinstated to the top flight.

Beginning the 2006–07 season with an eleven-point deduction, a relegation battle appeared on the cards for Lazio, and a slow start did nothing to help the situation. However, the team's form soon improved, and the deduction was reduced to three, making a tilt at a UEFA Champions League place an unlikely yet possible goal. Rocchi backed up his 16 goal haul yet again, as Lazio finished third and qualified for Europe's premier club competition.

The 2007–08 season saw Rocchi make his personal debut in the UEFA Champions League, where he scored a crucial winning goal against Werder Bremen. This season he ended the campaign with 14 Serie A goals. He spent much of the year as captain of Lazio, deputizing for the often injured Luciano Zauri. On 20 February 2008, Rocchi renewed his contract, extending the deal by five years. This contract extension would run until 2013, and effectively ensure Rocchi would remain at the club for the remainder of his career.[10] On 19 March 2008, Rocchi scored his fourth goal in the Derby della Capitale in a 3–2 victory against A.S. Roma.

From a personal perspective, 2008–09 was a poor season for Rocchi. After missing the first two months of the season due to an injury suffered while on international duty at the 2008 Beijing Games, Rocchi never reached his usual goalscoring form, finishing with just 9 for the season; his lowest tally in six years. However, the club won their fifth Coppa Italia title, defeating Sampdoria in a penalty shootout. Rocchi suffered the indignity of being the only Lazio player to fail to convert his spot kick. This season was also his first as the official team captain, after the departure of Zauri to Fiorentina.

Rocchi receives the Coppa Italia trophy from Giorgio Napolitano.

At the end of the 2008–09 season, having made over 200 appearances in the Lazio shirt, and having scored 83 goals, Rocchi declared his target was to join an exclusive list of players to have scored 100 goals for the club. This mark had only previously been reached by four players, Silvio Piola, Giuseppe Signori, Bruno Giordano and Giorgio Chinaglia. Rocchi decided to change his number 18 shirt for the number 9, which had previously been worn by all of those four, aside from Signori.[11]

Inter Milan[edit]

On January 4, 2013, Rocchi, after nine years at Lazio, joined Inter Milan. His new side paid a fee of 300,000 euros to the Roman side.[12] He scored his first goal for Inter Milan on April 7, 2013 against Atalanta in a 3-4 loss from a corner. On 17 April Tommaso Rocchi give his first assist for Inter in Coppa Italia vs AS Roma, Nerazzurri lost the match in San Siro 2-3. On April 21 Rocchi scored his second goal for Inter in San Siro against F.C. Parma, in a 1-0 win for the Nerazzurri.

International career[edit]

Rocchi has represented Italy at youth level several times.

In August 2006, following Italy's fourth FIFA World Cup title, new Azzurri boss Roberto Donadoni called Rocchi up to the squad as a reward for his exceptional scoring record in Serie A.

He made his debut against Croatia in the 2–0 loss at 29 years of age. Rocchi played two more matches for the national team on the road to Euro 2008 but did not make the squad for the final tournament.

He was selected as the only overage player in Pierluigi Casiraghi's Olympic team to play at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He scored against South Korea on 10 August.

Statistics[edit]

Updated until 22 May 2013

Season Club League National cups Continental cups Total
Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Apps Goals
1995–96 Juventus A 0 0 CI 0 0 CL 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Pro Patria C2 27 6 CI 0 0 27 6
1997–98 Fermana C1 4 0 CI 0 0 4 0
Oct. 1997 Saronno C1 28 10 CI 0 0 28 10
1998–99 Como C1 32 11 CI 0 0 32 11
1999–00 C1 30 9 CI 5 4 35 13
Total Como 62 20 5 4 67 24
2000–01 Treviso B 37 8 CI 1 0 38 8
2001–02 Empoli B 37 11 CI 4 1 41 12
2002–03 A 34 6 CI 7 1 41 7
2003–04 A 33 11 CI 2 0 35 11
Aug. 2004 B 0 0 CI 1 0 1 0
Total Empoli 104 28 14 2 118 30
2004–05 Lazio A 35 13 CI 1 2 UC 5 2 41 17
2005–06 A 37 16 CI 1 0 IC 3 1 41 17
2006–07 A 36 16 CI 3 3 39 19
2007–08 A 36 14 CI 4 1 CL 8 4 48 19
2008–09 A 27 9 CI 5 2 32 11
2009–10 A 32 6 CI + SI 2 + 1 1 + 1 EL 5 2 40 10
2010–11 A 18 3 CI 2 0 20 3
2011–12 A 11 5 CI 2 1 EL 7 3 20 9
2012–13 A 5 2 CI 2 0 EL 0 0 7 2
2012–13 Inter A 13 3 CI 2 0 EL 0 0 15 3
Total Lazio 235 82 21 11 28 12 284 105
Total Serie A 308 101
Total Career 503 156 42 17 28 12 573 185

Honours[edit]

Lazio[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Calcio Como Spa Report and Accounts on 30 June 2000 (Italian) CCIAA
  2. ^ "PARAMATTI E'DELLA JUVE". Juventus FC (in Italian). 24 May 2000. Archived from the original on 22 June 2000. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  3. ^ INTER – EMPOLI 0–1 Quotidiano.net (Italian)
  4. ^ LaRepubblica L'Empoli fa tremare la Juventus spettacolo e gol: finisce 3–3 (Italian)
  5. ^ Giulio Cardone (1 September 2004). "Rocchi arriva dall' Empoli in comproprietà (1,3 milioni di euro), alla Lazio guadagnerà 300mila euro". www.repubblica.it. p. 11. Retrieved 1 September 2004. 
  6. ^ a b "Bilancio al 30 giugno 2005 con relazione Consiglio di Sorveglianza". SS Lazio (in Italian). Archived from the original on 17 February 2006. 
  7. ^ Repubblica.it Lazio, non basta un grande Rocchi
  8. ^ CNN International Football Di Canio sets up victory for Lazio
  9. ^ Cieri Stefano (6 January 2005). "Rocchi sa come colpire gliel'ha spiegato Di Canio" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. p. 11. Retrieved 28 January 2009. 
  10. ^ Australian FourFourTwo
  11. ^ Eurosport Lazio, Rocchi Giocherà con il numero 9 (Italian)
  12. ^ Mudança de ares: Internazionale fecha compra de Rocchi

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