|Date of birth||10 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Parma, Italy|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2019|
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. 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.
Sampdoria and Cagliari
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.
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. After impressing during his 6-month loan spell, he joined Cagliari on a permanent deal in July 2012.
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.
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. During the event, he scored a goal in Italy's victory over the United States. He played for Italy at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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.
Updated 12 June 2019
- Daniele Dessena – FIFA competition record
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- "Danuele Dessena torna si schiera contro l'omofobia" [Daniele Dessena is opposed to homophobia]. Mariomieli (in Italian). 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
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