Simone Rota

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Simone Rota
Personal information
Full name Simone Mondiali Rota
Date of birth (1984-11-06) 6 November 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Parañaque City, Philippines[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Pro Sesto 127 (5)
2006 Manfredonia (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2009 Lugano (loan) 17 (6)
2010–2012 Borgomanero 33 (3)
2012–2014 Asti
2014–2016 Stallion 29 (4)
2017– Ceres-Negros 0 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Italy U-20 Lega Pro
2005 Italy Mediterranean Games 0 (0)
2014– Philippines 21 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 August 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:01, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Simone Rota (born 6 November 1984) is a Filipino footballer who plays as a defender or midfielder for Ceres and the Philippines national football team.

Early life[edit]

Rota was left in an orphanage of Buklod Kalinga run by Franciscan sisters in Parañaque when he was a baby and was raised by Sister May Memorial, who he considers a second mom to him.[2] A woman named Sonia Tulay repotedly left Rota in the convent at about two months old in November 1984.[3]

Rota was eventually adopted by Maurizio and Marilena Rota, a couple from Italy who were taxi drivers. Rota has a sister, Valentina, who was also born on the 6 of November and adopted from the Philippines.[2][4]

Italian missionary Mother Flora Zippo, assisted in finding people which would adopt Rota.[3]

Rota spent most of his career in Europe, especially in Italian-speaking region.

Club career[edit]


Rota entered the first team of Pro Sesto in the 2001–02 Serie C2 season, becoming a regular the following year. In 2005, the team was promoted to Serie C1 as the Group A winner of the 2004–05 Serie C2 season. Subsequently, Rota was also selected for the Mirop Cup as a member of Italy U-20 Lega Pro.[5] Their team went up against the youth national teams of Styria, Croatia, Hungary, and Slovenia,[6] and eventually Italy's U-20 Lega Pro team was named the champion of that tournament.[7]

Rota also capped for the Italy U-20 Lega Pro team in the 2005 Trofeo Dossena, which lost to Sport Club Internacional in the final game. He did not suit up for Italy in the final match of that tournament.[8] In January 2006, Rota was transferred from Pro Sesto to Manfredonia.[9] By the end of that season, Manfredonia finished tenth, and Pro Sesto was relegated. Rota returned to Pro Sesto as a regular, though he missed the rest of the season.[10]

In November 2007, Rota returned to Pro Sesto, playing eight games of the season. He was then transferred to Lugano of Swiss Challenge League in 2008.[11] In 2009, Rota returned to Pro Sesto, but the club went bankrupt and it finished last in the 2009–10 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.


In October 2013, Rota showed interest in playing in the United Football League to have more chances of being selected by the Philippines national football team. He signed with Stallion FC in January 2014.

In January 2017, Ceres-Negros announced that they have signed in Rota, along with few other players, to play for the club.[12]

International career[edit]

Rota received his first call up for the Philippines national football team in February 2014,[13] making his international debut in a friendly match against Malaysia on 1 March 2014. He scored his first international goal in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup group stage match against Laos on 22 May 2014.

In August 2016 Rota suffered a serious ACL tear that would rule him out for the rest of the year, including the 2016 AFF Championship in which the Philippines are the host.[14]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Philippines' goal tally first.[15]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 May 2014 Addu Football Stadium, Addu City  Laos 1–0 2–0 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
2. 22 November 2014 Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi  Laos 1–1 4–1 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup

Personal life[edit]

Since his return to the Philippines in 2014 Rota makes a point of volunteering at the orphanage where he grew up. Rota is an A.C. Milan fan, and although he fluently speaks Italian, he has difficulty speaking English and Filpino.[2][4] Rota has multiple tattoos, including the outline of the Philippines archipelago and the names of his sister, adopted mother and father on his right forearm and a prayer and Sister May's name on his left forearm.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Simone Rota profile". 
  2. ^ a b c Bob Guerrero (21 April 2014). "Azkal Simone Rota enjoys his long journey back home". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Castillejo, Dyan (18 February 2016). "Azkals' Simone Rota searching for biological parents". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Cedelf P. Tupas (24 May 2014). "Laos goal sweetens Simone Rota's journey". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "C.U. No.289: ATTIVITA'DI RAPPRESENTATIVA DI LEGA - STAGIONE SPORTIVA 2004/2005" (PDF). Lega Pro (in Italian). 20 June 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "UNGHERIA UNDER 20- ITALIA "C" UNDER 20 3-1" (PDF). Lega Pro (in Italian). 5 October 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
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  8. ^ "CROAZIA - ITALIA UNDER 20 1-2, MIROP CUP" (PDF). Lega Pro (in Italian). 14 December 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ancora un acquisto per il Manfredonia: dalla Pro Sesto arriva Simone Rota". TeleRadioErre (in Italian). 31 January 2006. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Girone A Sconti ai tifosi dal Padova e dal Venezia". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 28 April 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Transferübersicht Dosenbach Challenge League - Saison 2008/09 (Sommer)". Swiss Football League (in German). ca. November 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ "CERES-NEGROS FC UNVEILS NEW SIGNINGS FOR AFC CUP CAMPAIGN". Ceres FC. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Thomas Dooley Forms 34-man Training team for Azkals". Philippine News. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Lorenzo Del Carmen (27 August 2016). "Stallion defender Rota out with knee injuries". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Simone Mondiali Rota - Soccerway profile". 
  16. ^ "Azkal Simone Rota: From Italy to Buklod Kalinga Para Sa Kapwa". Farther Further (Weebly). 16 June 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

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