Mattia Destro

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Mattia Destro
Mattia Destro.jpg
Destro with Italy in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mattia Destro
Date of birth (1991-03-20) 20 March 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 22
Youth career
2004–2005 Ascoli
2005–2010 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Genoa 16 (2)
2011–2012 Siena 30 (12)
2012– Roma 41 (19)
National team
2006–2007 Italy U16 12 (5)
2007–2008 Italy U17 9 (5)
2009 Italy U18 1 (1)
2008–2010 Italy U19 14 (16)
2010–2013 Italy U21 15 (5)
2012– Italy 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Mattia Destro (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtia ˈdɛstro]; born 20 March 1991) is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Roma.

Club career[edit]


Son of former footballer Flavio Destro,[1] Mattia Destro started his career with Ascoli, a team located in his birthplace and former club of his father. In the 2004–05 season, he played in the Giovanissimi Nazionali squad,[2][3][4] while his father Flavio was coaching the Allievi Nazionali team. In mid-2005, he joined Internazionale's youth system.

Destro was the top-scorer of the Giovanissimi Nazionali team in the 2005–06 season, the second top-scorer of the Allievi Nazionali team in the 2006–07 season (behind Mario Balotelli), and the second top-scorer of the Primavera team in the 2008–09 season (behind Aiman Napoli). Destro won the league with the Allievi Nazionali team in 2008,[5] and also played for the Primavera team – the senior youth team, scoring four goals in the league group stage;[6][7][8][9] 1 in Primavera league playoff,[10] winning 2008 Torneo di Viareggio[11] and losing to Sampdoria in the final of the Primavera League.[12]

Destro scored 18 goals in the 2009–10 Campionato Nazionale Primavera Group Stage and played a few club friendly games for the first team.[13][14][15] Destro won the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League despite not being employed in any of the games[16] — he had been included in the Champions League list as one of the under-21 youth products in the B list since the 2008–09 edition of the tournament.[17]


In June 2010, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Internazionale agreed a deal with Genoa to sign the centre back Andrea Ranocchia and that Destro was part of the exchange deal.[18] The transfer became official on 20 July 2010, when Genoa bought a preferential option to sign Destro in a co-ownership deal in June 2011.[19]

After the injury of Luca Toni, Destro started his first match in Serie A on 12 September 2010 as the only central forward in the 3–4–3 formation chosen for the game, and scored a goal in the sixth minute of the match. Genoa, however, eventually lost the match 1–3 to Chievo.[20]

As another 50% registration rights of Ranocchia was sold to Inter in January 2011 for €12.5 million,[21] Destro was sold to Genoa in June for €4.5 million.[21] In that month, Genoa also signed his Inter teammate Samuele Longo in a co-ownership deal.[21] The two strikers became part of the exchange that led to Inter's signing of Ranocchia.


In 2011, Destro left for Serie A newcomer Siena on loan for €1.5 million[22] with an option to a co-ownership deal[23] ), joining Genoa and former Inter teammate Francesco Bolzoni, who already spent 2010–11 season on loan at the Tuscan club. Destro became one of the starting forward along with Siena flagship striker Emanuele Calaiò (later replaced by Marcelo Larrondo), while Pablo Andrés González became the third choice striker (later fourth behind Erjon Bogdani).

Destro became the team's top goalscorer with 12 goals, followed by Calaiò's 11 goals. On 20 June 2012, Siena bought half of the registration rights from Genoa for €1.3 million.[24][25][26] After Roma formed an agreement with both Genoa and Siena, however, Genoa bought back Destro from Siena for €7.5 million million (€6 million cash plus half of Eugenio Lamanna)[24][27] in order to complete the deal.


On 30 July 2012, Roma announced that the club had signed Destro from Genoa in temporary deal for €11.5 million (€8.5 million cash plus half of the rights to both Giammario Piscitella and Valerio Verre) with option to sign outright for €4.5 million (Which meant Destro would cost Roma €16 million in total if the purchase was completed). Destro would replace the Liverpool-bound striker Fabio Borini, whom Roma just sold for €13.3 million.[28] He scored his first goal for the Giallorossi in a 4–1 home match against Palermo on 4 November; he also received his first red card with the club after receiving two bookings from the referee.

Destro also scored against Pescara and his former club Siena, where he scored a brace in his club's victory. On 21 April 2013, he scored the equalizer against Pescara, salvaging a draw for the Rome club in a 1–1 stalemate. On 19 May 2013, he scored his sixth goal of the domestic campaign against second-placed Napoli, the game's winner in a 2–1 victory at the Stadio Olimpico. He finished his first Serie A season with Roma with six goals scored in 21 appearances.

His second season was marred by injury early on, which him making his first appearance as a sub, against Fiorentina where he scored 5 minutes after coming on. He continued at a fantastic pace, and might have been in line for top scorer if he hadn't been injured at the start. Some controversy followed the Cagliari game, where he punched defender Davide Astori, and the referee seemed to spot this and gave a foul, but after the game, Destro was handed a 3-match ban (which became 4 matches for accumulated yellow cards). This incident marred his first hat-trick with Roma in the Serie A. His season finished with 13 goals in 20 appearances (a goal per 95 minutes), bettering many top strikers.

Destro was not selected for Italy's abysmal World Cup, to surprise.

International career[edit]

Junior teams[edit]

Destro has been capped for the Azzurrini at almost every level, from under-16 to under-21, except the under-20 team. Destro received his first call-up in 2005 Christmas to a training camp.[29] Destro scored more than one goal in average for the Italian U19 team, and scored 10 out of his first 11 games. He failed to score, however, any of the final tournament's matches.

Destro made his debut for the Italy under-16 team in the international Val-de-Marne tournament.[30][31] He was the member of under-17 team in 2008 Euro qualification along with teammates Davide Santon, Luca Caldirola, and Michele Rigione,[32]) scoring one goal in two appearances. Destro started all three matches of the elite qualification and scored one goal.[33] He was also called up to the 2008 Minsk under-17 International Tournament[34] where he scored a goal in a 1–1 draw with Moldova[35] and a goal in the 3–0 win against Belarus.[36] Eventually the Azzurrini lost 0–1 to Russia (line-up unavailable) and finished third after winning 1–0 against Belgium.[37] (line-up unavailable). – On 17 December 2008, Destro scored a goal in his under-19 debut, a 3–1 win against Romania.[38][39][40] Destro scored the only goal in the following match in March 2009, a 1–0 defeat of Norway. He also capped once for the Italian under-18 team in January 2009, scoring a goal in the 3–0 win over Denmark.[41] Due to the early exit of Italy under-19 team in the 2009 season, the Italy under-18 team (players born 1991) was de facto the same team as under-19 (also with players born in 1991). Destro was a regular member of the under-18/19 team, receiving a call-up against Ukraine,[42] but did not play[43] and missed a friendly tournament in Slovakia due to injury.[44] He then scored a goal in the 4–1 friendly win against Denmark in September 2009, and five goals in three appearances in the qualification in November.[45][46][47] Teammates Luca Caldirola and Luca Tremolada were also in the starting line-up.[48] Destro then scored a hat-trick against Turkey in January 2010,[49] the opening goal against Germany in March[50][51] and three goals in two appearances at the elite round in May 2010. Only in the friendly match against Switzerland in April 2010 did Destro did not score.

He played all three matches of 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship for Italy's U19 team. The team failed to score any goal and finished at the bottom of Group B (equal 7th).

When striker Alberto Paloschi was about to miss the final qualification match of 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification due to injury, Destro received his first under-21 call-up[52] and substituted Stefano Okaka in the 80th minute. That Azzurrini won against Wales 1–0 and went of ahead Wales as the group champions by winning the head-to-head record. On 8 October 2010, he started the play-off match and partnered with Okaka up front in a 4–4–2 formation, scoring the opening goal by converting a Diego Fabbrini pass with a left-foot shot.[53] He was substituted by Luca Marrone in the 53rd minute as the coach changed to a 4–3–3 formation. The Azzurrini eventually defeated Belarus 2–0. After losing winger Ezequiel Schelotto and fullback Lorenzo De Silvestri, however, Italy lost 0–3 to Belarus in Borisov. Destro was substituted by winger Guido Marilungo at half-time.[54] He scored against Turkey in a 1–0 win for the under-21 Championship qualifier.

Senior team[edit]

Destro was included by head coach Cesare Prandelli in the 32-man preliminary squad for UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, but was not included in the final squad for the tournament.

On 15 August 2012, he made his debut with the Italian national team, starting in a friendly match which Italy lost 1–2 against England at Wembley. He was substituted for fellow debutant Diego Fabbrini in the 84th minute.[55] In his third appearance, on 11 September against Malta in the Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena, he scored in the first five minutes for his first international goal, in Italy's 2–0 win in World Cup qualifying.

He was named in the provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but was one of seven players cut from the final squad.[56]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 September 2012 Stadio Alberto Braglia, Modena, Italy  Malta
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification


  • Torneo di Viareggio: 2008[11]
  • Campionato Nazionale Allievi: 2008[5]
  • Campionato Nazionale Giovanissimi: 2006[59]
  • Coppa Italia 2013 – Top Scorer (5 goals)


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