Valerio Di Cesare

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Valerio Di Cesare
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-05-23) 23 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
000?–2001 Lazio
2001–2003 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Chelsea 0 (0)
2004 Avellino (loan) 11 (0)
2004–2005 AlbinoLeffe 16 (0)
2005–2006 Catanzaro 5 (0)
2006–2008 Mantova 49 (2)
2008–2010 Vicenza 46 (2)
2010–2013 Torino 59 (1)
2013– Brescia 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Valerio Di Cesare (born 23 May 1983) is an Italian footballer, who plays as a defender for Brescia.


Di Cesare moved his first footsteps into Lazio's youth system. During the summer of 2001, he accepted an offer from Chelsea, initially joining the Blues' reserve team.[1] However, he failed to break into the first team, and left England on January 2004 without making a single appearance, joining Avellino in temporary deal.[2] Di Cesare was suffered him serious knee injury;[3] before move to Avellino, he also went to Brentford[3] and Como for a trial.[4]

Di Cesare then went on to play in Serie B with AlbinoLeffe, Catanzaro and Mantova, joining the Virgiliani in January 2006. Di Cesare only played twice for the Veneto side in 2005–06 Serie B. In the next 2 seasons, out of possible 84 Serie B games, he played 46 times.

In June 2008, Di Cesare moved to Vicenza along with Simone Calori for €1 million and €500,000 respectively.[5] However co-currently, Mantova had to sign Mattia Marchesetti and Riccardo Fissore also for €1 million and €500,000,[5] thus made the deal a pure player swap without involvement of cash. All 4 players signed 3-year contract.[5][6] Di Cesare only briefly played again in the first season with his new club (13 times in Serie B); Di Cesare played 33 games in 2009–10 Serie B.

In his final year of the contract, Vicenza decided to sell him to Torino for €250,000 in 3-year contract (€750,000 short with the original price or €83,333 with the residual value of the contract), while Calori who never played for the club was released for free with a write-down of €166,667.[7][8][9] Di Cesare made 50 out of possible 84 Serie B appearances with the Toro, winning the promotion back to Serie A. Di Cesare played 9 times in 2012–13 Serie A. In June 2013, Di Cesare also obtained a license as youth team coach.[10]

On 8 August 2013, Di Cesare joined Serie B team Brescia.[11]


  1. ^ "England – Who's who – Valerio Di Cesare". Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Rosicky: Chelsea move was close". Sky Sports. 1 February 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Blues duo handed Bees trial". Sky Sports. 10 September 2003. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Como invite Chelsea star". Sky Sports. 3 December 2003. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Vicenza Calcio SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2008 (Italian)
  6. ^ "CALORI E DI CESARE AL VICENZA, FISSORE E MARCHESETTI AL MANTOVA" (in Italian). AC Mantova. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. 
  7. ^ Vicenza Calcio SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  8. ^ Torino FC SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2011 (Italian)
  9. ^ "DI CESARE AL TORO" (in Italian). Torino FC. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°331 (2012–13)" [Press Release N°331 (2012–13)] (in Italian). FIGC Settore Tecnico. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Valerio Di Cesare al Brescia Calcio" (in Italian). Brescia Calcio. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 

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