Rodrigo Taddei

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Ferrante and the second or paternal family name is Taddei.
Rodrigo Taddei
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Taddei training with Roma in 2012
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Ferrante Taddei
Date of birth (1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Full back
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Palmeiras 25 (1)
2002–2005 Siena 74 (14)
2005–2014 Roma 221 (25)
2014– Perugia 11 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of (22:33, 20 November 2014 (UTC)).

† Appearances (Goals).

Rodrigo Ferrante Taddei (born 6 March 1980) is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Italian club Perugia. Though a midfielder, Taddei is notable for his versatility on the field. During his career he has played in every position except central defender. Once Taddei played even as a goalkeeper for Palmeiras, when the original goalkeeper got a red card.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He started his career in Brazil with Palmeiras, then moved to Italy in September 2002 and signing for Siena, a then Serie B team, which later earned promotion to Serie A.

After another season with Siena, Taddei left on a Bosman free transfer and signed a five-year contract with Roma on 3 June 2005. He earned a gross salary of €1.75M in the first season and €2.23M in the next 4 seasons.[2]

AS Roma[edit]

After joining Roma prior to the 2005-06, Taddei made his debut on 28 August 2005 in a 3-0 win away to Reggina in Serie A. Taddei got his first taste of European football, helping roma to the last 16 of the 2005-06 UEFA Cup, going out to Middlesbrough on away goals. Taddei ended his first season with 9 goals in 53 games in all competitions.

Taddei received some attention after he performed a move he later titled "The Aurelio", named after AS Roma assistant manager Aurelio Andreazzoli, in a Champions League group stage match against Olympiacos on 18 October 2006.[3] He scored the opening goal in Roma's 2–1 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of the 2007 Champions League quarter-finals. Taddei missed the 2nd leg through injury, as Roma lost 7-1 at Old Trafford. The Brazilian ended the 2006-07 by winning his first trophy, helping Roma to the 2006-07 Coppa Italia, a trophy Roma would retain the following season, beating Internazionale on both occasions.

On 7 June 2010 Roma announced that Taddei had signed a new 4-year contract in which he would earn a gross annual salary of €2.8M in the first three years and €1.9M in the last year.[4]

He scored one goal in 24 matches in 2011-12 season. In 2012-13 season he continued to play as a full back under Zdenek Zeman. However, he finished the season with just 6 matches in all competitions.

New coach Rudi Garcia moved him back to midfield during the season 2013-2014 he scored 2 goals with a total of 20 appearances for AS Roma, his goal against Parma on 2 April 2014 was his first Roma goal since December 2011.[5] Just 2 games later Taddei scored his final Roma goal, opening the scoring in the 3-1 victory over Atalanta. At the end of the season, the club and the Brazilian footballer didn't reach an agreement for a contract renewal and Taddei left Roma after 9 years, playing almost 300 games, scoring 31 times in all competitions.


On 21 July 2014, after having been a free agent for two months, Taddei signed a contract with A.C. Perugia in Serie B.[6] Taddei scored his first goal for Perugia in the 2–0 win against FeralpiSalò in the second round of the Coppa Italia. Taddei scored his first Serie B goal in the 2-2 draw with Vicenza on 20 September, keeping Perugia top of the Serie B table.[7]

International career[edit]

Taddei has never been capped by the Brazilian national team but, thanks to his Italian citizenship, he is also eligible to play for Italy. He is in fact an Italian Brazilian, his great-grandparents were from Perugia and Torino.[8] In February 2009, he publicly stated that he would accept a call from Marcello Lippi.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In late 2003, Taddei was seriously injured in a car accident. His younger brother Leonardo died in the accident and his teammate Pinga was also hurt.[10] Upon recovery, Taddei returned to playing for Siena.



  • Momentary Italian Record of 11 consecutive victories in the Serie A (Roma)