Đovani Roso

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Giovanni Rosso
Personal information
Full name Đovani Roso [1]
Date of birth (1972-11-17) 17 November 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Split, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Zadar 30 (9)
1993–1996 NK Zagreb 64 (11)
1996–1997 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 34 (6)
1997–2000 Hapoel Haifa 89 (26)
2000–2001 Beitar Jerusalem 33 (6)
2001–2005 Maccabi Haifa 101 (23)
2005–2007 Maccabi Tel Aviv 52 (5)
2007–2008 Maccabi Haifa 28 (3)
2008–2009 Hajduk Split 4 (0)
Total 435 (89)
National team
2002–2004 Croatia 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Đovani Roso (also Giovanni Rosso), born 17 November 1972 is a former Croatian football player of Croatian and part Italian ethnicity. Roso was a midfielder, who preferred to play on the center-right flank of the field. He finished his footballing career at Hajduk Split. Roso is known in Israel for his technique and freekicks.[2]

Roso was born in Split, Croatia, (then as SR Croatia, part of SFR Yugoslavia), in a family, whose grandfather was of Italian origins. He played for NK Zagreb between 1994 and 1996 before moving to Israel. Roso enjoyed great success in the decade he played for top teams in Israel, including a campaign in the UEFA Champions League with Maccabi Haifa. He's acknowledged as being among the very best foreign players ever to play in the Israeli Premier League, as well as for his lively personality and prominent sense of humour.

Roso's form in 2004 got him called up for Croatia, so he played for his birth country at Euro 2004. It was only later, in 2005, that he finally obtained Israeli permanent resident status. However he could never play for the Israeli national team, since he had already played for Croatia.

Roso speaks fluent Hebrew, and stated numerous times that he plans on coming back to live in Israel at the end of his football career.

In media, his name is often Italianized to Giovanni Rosso, due to its origins.

His return to Hajduk Split was ruined by injuries. He only ended up playing four times in the Croatian first league. He retired from club football in June 2009. It was reported that he is to take up a coaching job at Hajduk.

He appeared as the Pit Stop Greeter of Leg 3 in HaMerotz LaMillion 2 ("The Amazing Race: Israel"), which took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In 2015 he participated in the reality TV series "Goalstar".



Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Hapoel Haifa
Maccabi Haifa


  • Israeli Player of the Year: 1998-99, 2001–02[3]


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