Iacopo La Rocca

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Iacopo La Rocca
Iacopo La Rocca WSW.jpg
La Rocca playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-02-17) 17 February 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder/Central defender
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Pro Vercelli 36 (1)
2004–2005 Chieti 1 (0)
2005–2006 Fermana 8 (1)
2006–2007 Sassari Torres 5 (0)
2007–2011 AC Bellinzona 89 (3)
2011–2012 Grasshopper 19 (0)
2012–2015 Western Sydney Wanderers 58 (6)
2015–2017 Adelaide United 30 (0)
2017– Melbourne City 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2017

Iacopo La Rocca (born 17 February 1984) is an Italian-Australian professional footballer, who plays as a defensive midfielder and central defender in the A-League for Melbourne City.

Club career[edit]

La Rocca started his youth career at Lazio, before moving to his first club Pro Vercelli. He signed 3 years deal with Treviso. He since played various clubs in loan from Treviso Italy, likes of Chieti, Fermana, Sassari Torres but he was unlucky to got injured every years and than he decided to moving to Switzerland, where he joined for four yearsAC Bellinzona where he won the Challenge League and he played the Final Swiss Cup against Basel. After 4 years in Super League where he played also 6 games in UEFA Cup he joined Swiss Super League club Grasshopper.

On 11 September 2012, he signed a one-year deal with A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers.[1] La Rocca scored his first goal for Western Sydney Wanderers on 18 November 2012 in just his second game, to defeat Perth Glory.[2] In February 2013, he signed a new two-year deal with the Wanderers.[3]

On 23 March, La Rocca was sent off in the last minute of stoppage time in the third Sydney Derby of the season for elbowing Sydney midfielder Terry Antonis in the temple. The subsequent ban meant La Rocca missed the semifinal and the final.[4] His club nonetheless won the title in their debut season. On 2013 he played the Grand Final he got the man of the match with Broich and won the Joe Marston Medal but Western Sydney Wanderes lost in extra time 2–1 but the year after he won the 2014 AFC Champions League, with La Rocca starting both legs of their triumph over Al-Hilal in the final and became the first italian to win that trophie.

At the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco, La Rocca opened the scoring against Cruz Azul of Mexico in an eventual 1–3 loss after extra time.[5]

In June 2015, La Rocca signed a two-year contract with Adelaide United.[6][7] After overcoming injury, he featured heavily for Adelaide in the second half of the season and played a crucial role in the central defensive position along with teammate Dylan McGowan in the club's successful attempt at the Premier's Plate and inaugural Championship title.

In November 2016, La Rocca became an Australian citizen, allowing him to be called up to the Australian national team and to be considered as a domestic player for his club.[8]

Melbourne City announced the signing of La Rocca on 15 July 2017 with 2 years deal.[9] La Rocca played is first official game with Melbourne City on 13 September 2017 in FFA Cup against Sydney FC.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Western Sydney Wanderers

Adelaide United FC

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wanderers Complete Foreign Quota". Australian FourFourTwo. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ten-Man Wanderers Stun Glory". Australian FourFourTwo. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "La Rocca extends Wanderers contract". ESPN FC. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "La Rocca out for the season". Australian FourFourTwo. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cruz Azul 3–1 Western Sydney Wanderers". BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Reds secure La Rocca". Adelaide United. 27 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "La Rocca leaves Wanderers for Adelaide United". The World Game. SBS. 27 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "As exclusively revealed on our show last Saturday, @AdelaideUnited's Iacopo La Rocca is now an Aussie!". Twitter. 16 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "La Rocca joins Melbourne City". The World Game. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 

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