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 33)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder/Central defender
Club information
Current team
Adelaide United
Number 3
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)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2017.

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

Club career[edit]

La Rocca started his youth career at Lazio, before moving to his first club Pro Vercelli. He since played various clubs in Italy, likes of Chieti, Fermana, Sassari Torres before moving to Switzerland, where he joined AC Bellinzona and 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, and then won the 2014 AFC Champions League, with La Rocca starting both legs of their triumph over Al-Hilal in the final.

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]

Honours[edit]

Western Sydney Wanderers

Adelaide United FC

Individual

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. 

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