Daniele Dessena

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Daniele Dessena
Daniele Dessena 2012.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Parma, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brescia
Number 27
Youth career
1997–2004 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Parma 81 (5)
2008–2009 Sampdoria 25 (2)
2010–2012 Sampdoria 30 (0)
2012–2019 Cagliari 166 (7)
2019– Brescia 11 (1)
National team
2004 Italy U18 2 (0)
2006–2009 Italy U19 7 (1)
2006–2009 Italy U21 25 (6)
2008 Italy Olympic 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2019

Daniele Dessena (born 10 May 1987)[1] is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Brescia.

Club career[edit]

Parma[edit]

Dessena began his football career in the youth ranks of Parma and made his official debut in the first team on 27 February 2005 against Lazio.[2] This season also made his debut in the UEFA Cup on 24 February 2005, in a 2–0 win against VfB Stuttgart. During the 2005–06 season he scored 3 goals in 17 games. During the 2006–07 season Dessena became one of the star players at Parma, he made 34 Serie A appearances scoring 2 goals, he also scored 2 goals in 6 games during the UEFA Cup campaign.

The 2007–08 season, Dessena played in 28 Serie A games for Parma. In total he played 101 games for Parma in all competitions scoring 7 goals in the Emilian shirt.

Sampdoria and Cagliari[edit]

In the summer of 2008 Dessena arrived at U.C. Sampdoria for a €4 million transfer fee. He made his debut on 31 August in a 1–1 draw against Inter Milan. On 23 October 2008, he scored his first goal for Sampdoria against Partizan Belgrade in the group stage of the UEFA Cup. He also scored a brace for Sampdoria in a 5–0 victory against Reggina on 9 May 2009. He made 25 appearances and scored two goals during his first season at the club.

On 31 August 2009, he joined fellow Serie A side Cagliari. On 27 September, he scored his first goal for Cagliari in the game against his former team Parma. He scored again on 18 October against Catania and 14 March 2010 against Genoa.

On 25 June 2010, he was re-signed by Sampdoria after being brought back to the club by his former Parma Manager Domenico Di Carlo. Despite playing in a UEFA Champions League qualifier game for Sampdoria during the 2010–11 season, Sampdoria had to settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League after failing to progress to the group stages. Dessena made 6 appearances for Sampdoria during the Europa League campaign. However, the Serie A season ended in relegation to Serie B, Dessena stayed with the club in Serie B making 8 appearances during the first half of the 2011–12 season.

Cagliari[edit]

Having made only eight appearances in 2011–12 during the first part of the season for Sampdoria in Serie B, Dessena was loaned to Serie A club Cagliari in January for the remainder of the season. He made 12 appearances and scored 1 goal.[3] After impressing during his 6-month loan spell, he joined Cagliari on a permanent deal in July 2012.

In the 2012–13 season he totalled 31 appearances and three goals under managers Massimo Ficcadenti and Ivo Pulga.

In the 2013–14 season he was deployed more frequently in a holding midfield position under new manager Luis Diego López. In February 2014, Dessena wore special rainbow laces against Inter Milan in support of Paddy Powers #Allacciamoli campaign to combat homophobia in football.[4]

Brescia[edit]

On 10 January 2019, Dessena signed with Serie B club Brescia.[5]

International career[edit]

Dessena made 2 appearances for the Italy U18 team and 7 appearances for the U-19 team.

In May 2008 he won the Toulon Tournament with the Italy National Olympic team, assisting teammate Dani Osvaldo for the only goal of the victorious final against Chile.[6] During the event, he scored a goal in Italy's victory over the United States.[7] He played for Italy at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

From 2006 to 2009, he was a regular member of the Italy U-21's, coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi.

In May 2009, he was called up to the European Championships but only made substitute appearances as second choice behind Luca Cigarini and Claudio Marchisio. He finished with a Bronze medal with Italy finishing in 3rd.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Updated 12 June 2019[8]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Parma 2004–05 Serie A 2 0 1 0 6 0 2 0 11 0
2005–06 17 3 3 0 20 3
2006–07 34 2 3 0 6 2 43 4
2007–08 28 0 1 0 29 0
Total 81 5 8 0 12 2 2 0 103 7
Sampdoria 2008–09 Serie A 25 2 2 0 6 1 33 3
Cagliari 2009–10 Serie A 29 3 0 0 29 3
Sampdoria 2010–11 Serie A 22 0 1 0 7 0 30 0
2011–12 Serie B 8 0 1 0 9 0
Sampdoria total 55 2 4 0 13 1 0 0 72 3
Cagliari 2011–12 Serie A 12 1 0 0 12 1
2012–13 31 3 3 0 34 3
2013–14 33 0 1 0 34 0
2014–15 28 1 2 0 30 1
2015–16 Serie B 16 0 2 1 18 1
2016–17 Serie A 18 2 1 0 19 2
2017–18 17 0 1 1 18 1
2018–19 11 0 1 0 12 0
Total 195 10 11 2 0 0 0 0 206 12
Brescia 2018–19 Serie B 11 1 0 0 11 1
Career total 342 18 23 2 25 3 2 0 389 23

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Cagliari

International[edit]

Italy U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniele DessenaFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "DESSENA Daniele". Panini Digital. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. ^ "UFFICIALE: Dessena torna a Cagliari" [OFFICIAL: Dessena returns to Cagliari]. Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 28 December 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Danuele Dessena torna si schiera contro l'omofobia" [Daniele Dessena is opposed to homophobia]. Mariomieli (in Italian). 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  5. ^ "UFFICIALE: Brescia, preso Daniele Dessena dal Cagliari" (in Italian). Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Italy Under-21s Champions Of Toulon". Goal.com. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  7. ^ William Wood (25 May 2008). "Italy U-21 Excel Past USA". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  8. ^ "D. Dessena". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Serie B: Cagliari title, Livorno relegated". Football Italia. 20 May 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.uefa.com/newsfiles/19078.pdf

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