David Di Tommaso
|Date of birth||October 6, 1979|
|Place of birth||Échirolles, France|
|Date of death||November 29, 2005(aged 26)|
|Place of death||De Meern, Netherlands|
|Playing position||Central defender|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Di Tommaso was born in Échirolles, Isère. His father Pascal Di Tommaso and uncle Louis Di Tommaso both played in Ligue 2 for Grenoble Foot 38 in the 1980s. His younger brother Yohan Di Tommaso is also a professional footballer.
He started his career at French side AS Monaco, where he helped the club win the 2000 league title. He then played in the UEFA Champions League and was selected for the French national youth football team. In 2001, di Tommaso transferred to Sedan, which sold him to Dutch side FC Utrecht in 2004. In his first season there, the fans named him the club's player of the year.
After his death
On December 1, a meeting of supporters at Stadion Galgenwaard was held, to honour Di Tommaso (DiTo for short). At least 14,000 fans showed up. Among the speakers were chairman Jan Willem van Dop, coach Foeke Booy and captain Jean-Paul de Jong. Besides Di Tommaso's relatives and FC Utrecht's main squad, all of the clubs' youth teams were among the visitors. They were told that number 4, the number worn by Di Tommaso, would be retired from use. Sedan, Di Tommaso's former club, had already announced that number 29, the number Di Tommaso used when he played for the club, would be retired.
Di Tommaso Trophy
Since 2006, FC Utrecht's player of the year award is called the Di Tommaso trophy in honour of David Di Tommaso. The trophy is voted for by the fans.
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- "Utrecht mourn Di Tommaso's death". BBC Sport. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- "FOOTBALLSCARVES News" (in Dutch). footballscarves.nl. November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2013.