Rosetta with Juventus in the 1930s
|Full name||Virginio Rosetta|
|Date of birth||25 February 1902|
|Place of birth||Vercelli, Italy|
|Date of death||31 March 1975(aged 73)|
|Place of death||Torino, Italy|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Virginio "Viri" Rosetta (25 February 1902 – 31 March 1975) was an Italian footballer who played as a defender. A hard-working player, he was known for his organisational skills, and for his ability to read the game and anticipate other players; he was also known to be a very precise passer of the ball, and an elegant full-back with good technique and a powerful shot, who was capable of starting plays from the back-line.
Rosetta was born in Vercelli, Piedmont, where he debuted for Pro Vercelli in the Italian First Division (Serie A's predecessor) in the 1919–20 season, as a striker. He later turned into an effective defender.
Pro Vercelli was then one of the major Italian football teams, and Rosetta won two scudetti in 1921 and 1922. He debuted for Italy at the 1920 Summer Olympics, forming a partnership with Renzo De Vecchi.
In 1923 he moved to Juventus, where he was paid as a footballer for the first time. He won his first title in 1926, and was an integral part of the team which won five consecutive scudetti during the 1930s, serving as the club's captain.
He won a total of eight national championships, with the final five being Serie A titles, which is an Italian record. Only two players, Giovanni Ferrari and Giuseppe Furino, have also won eight titles in the Italian leagues.
Rosetta was a key member of the Italian national football team throughout his career, since joining the team in 1920; he received a total of 52 caps for Italy. He was a member of the Italian team which took part at the 1920 Summer Olympics, and was also part of the squads which placed fifth at the 1924 Summer Olympics, and which subsequently won the bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics. Rosetta was also a member of the 1934 FIFA World Cup winning squad. He was captain in Italy's first game at the tournament, but it proved to be his last international appearance and he did not play in the final itself.
- Coppa Italia: 1937–38
- Serie B: 1947–48
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