Angelo Di Livio
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|Date of birth||26 July 1966|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, Defender|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Angelo di Livio (born 26 July 1966 in Rome) is a retired football midfielder and defender. He played for several Italian clubs in Serie A throughout his career, coming to prominence with Juventus, where he won several domestic and international titles. At international level he also played for the Italian national side in two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Football Championships, reaching the final of UEFA Euro 2000.
During his playing career he was known as soldatino (little soldier) or soldatino Di Livio, a nickname his Juventus teammate Roberto Baggio gave him because of Di Livio's characteristic way of running up and down the flank. A quick, experienced, combative, reliable, and tactically versatile player, Di Livio was usually deployed on the wing, and was capable of playing on either flank, as a wide midfielder, or as a full-back or wing-back; he was also capable of playing in the centre, as a defensive midfielder. Although he was not the most naturally talented player, he was known for his stamina, work-rate, tenacity, man-marking, and crossing ability, as well as his consistency, which enabled him to have a successful career.
Di Livio played for Reggiana (1985–86), Nocerina (1986–87), Perugia (1987–89), Padova (1989–93), Juventus (1993–99) and Fiorentina (1999–2005). His tireless running and quality crossing made him an important element in the dominant Juventus starting lineup from 1993 to 1999, during one of the most successful periods in the club's history. With Juventus, he won three scudetti (Italian A League; 1995, 1997, 1998) and one Champions League title (1996), in addition to two Italian Supercups (1995, 1997), a Coppa Italia, an UEFA Supercup (1996), and an Intercontinental Cup (1996); he also reached the final of the 1994–95 UEFA Cup. In 1999, he moved to Fiorentina, where he captained the team to win the Coppa Italia during the 2000–01 season. In 2002, when AC Fiorentina went bankrupt and was reborn as Florentia Viola in Serie C2, Di Livio showed his dedication by being the only player to stay with the team, as he played through the depths of Italian football on the climb back to Serie A in 2004, finally retiring after the conclusion of the 2004–05 Serie A season.
Di Livio was capped 40 times for Italy. He played for Italy at Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 (where Italy finished in 2nd place), and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. His first cap came on 6 September 1995 against Slovenia; his last on 18 June 2002 against South Korea. For Italy, he was often used as a holding player to shut down games when the team was ahead, thus sealing the win.
After retiring, Di Livio worked as a coach in the AS Roma Youth System (Allievi "Coppa Lazio"); his son also plays for the giallorossi youth system.
As one of the most popular footballers from his generation, Di Livio has kept his public influence and positive reputation till today. In 2011, Angelo di Livio was named as "Brand ambassador" for SKS365's brand planetwin365.
|Italy national team|
- Serie A: 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98
- Coppa Italia: 1994–95
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1995, 1997
- UEFA Champions League: 1995–96
- UEFA Super Cup: 1996
- Intercontinental Cup: 1996
- Serie C2: 1987–88
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- "Euro 2000 Profile: Angelo Di Livio". BBC. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "Di Livio: "Capello non mi volle alla Roma"" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb.com. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- Stefano Bedeschi. "Gli eroi in bianconero: Angelo DI LIVIO" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- Official AS Roma's site
- planetwin365 renews cooperation with Angelo Di Livio: sks365 - planetwin365 renews cooperation with Angelo Di Livio, accessdate: August 26, 2015
- Angelo Di Livio at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Angelo Di Livio". Eurosport. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- "A. Di Livio". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- "ONORIFICENZE". quirinale.it (in Italian). 12 July 2000. Retrieved 19 March 2015.