Simone Perrotta, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
(born September 17, 1977 in Ashton-under-Lyne) is an Italian people FIFA World Cup-winning Association football who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club A.S. Roma. Simone Perrotta was a member of the Italy national football team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
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Simone Perrotta biography
Simone Perrotta, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (born September 17, 1977 in Ashton-under-Lyne) is an Italian people FIFA World Cup-winning Association football who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club A.S. Roma. Simone Perrotta was a member of the Italy national football team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Club careerPerrotta grew up in the youth system of Reggina Calcio and debuted in Serie B in 1995, becoming an important fixture in their line-up. In 1998, Juventus F.C. decided to sign him, but with great midfielders like Antonio Conte, Didier Deschamps, and Zinédine Zidane ahead of Simone Perrotta Simone Perrotta only collected 5 appearances for the Turin club. In 1999, Simone Perrotta was loaned to A.S. Bari in a co-ownership deal for €1.25million (as part of Gianluca Zambrotta's deal), where Simone Perrotta played for 2 seasons. In 2001/2002 Simone Perrotta was shipped to A.C. Chievo Verona. There, Simone Perrotta was a mainstay in the midfield of the surprising Chievo squad that was 1st place at the winter break. Simone Perrotta even provided the winning assist in their famous victory over Inter that season.
RomaIn 2004, A.S. Roma signed Simone Perrotta from the Veneto club for €7.2 million. (also, new signing Matteo Brighi, who valued €16 million, was loaned to Chievo) In merit of Simone Perrotta fine performances for the capital club, Simone Perrotta earned a call-up to Marcello Lippi's World Cup squad, starting all 7 games for the champions. Simone Perrotta signed a contract extension with the capital club, keeping Simone Perrotta in Rome until 2010.
Under Roma coach Luciano Spalletti's 4–2–3–1 formation, Simone Perrotta played behind the first striker in between the left and right winger as an attacking central midfielder.
Perrotta signed a new one-year extension to Simone Perrotta contract with Roma in October 2009, that will keep Simone Perrotta at the club until 2011. In March 2011 Simone Perrotta signed another contract, with basic salary decreased.
In 2011-12, Perrotta is usually playing as a central midfielder alongside Daniele De Rossi and Miralem Pjanić. On 20 February 2012, Perrotta signed a new one-year extension to Simone Perrotta contract with Roma, that will keep Simone Perrotta at the club until 2013. Perrotta's fixed gross fee for the current season will be raised to 2.6 million euro, and the player will be paid a fixed gross fee of 2.6 million euro also during the 2012/2013 season, plus bonuses.
International careerAlthough eligible for England national football team, Perrotta played at the U-21 level for Italy. Simone Perrotta won the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship but dropped from the Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics squad due to injury. Simone Perrotta debuted at the senior level in 2002. Simone Perrotta played for Italy at 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, scoring a goal against Bulgaria.
Perrotta also represented the Italian national team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup under coach Marcello Lippi, starting in all seven of the Azzurri's games en route to their World Cup title.
Unlike with Roma, Perrotta is often used as a left winger with the Italian national team or as a "front-lying" defensive midfielder, as Simone Perrotta was in the 2006 World Cup.
Personal lifePerrotta lived in England until the age of 4, attending the former St Ann's RC Primary School, Burlington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. Simone Perrotta parents, Francesco and Anna Maria, ran a pub in Ashton and lived on Fitzroy Street and briefly at the Chiltern Chapel before moving back to Italy in 1982. Perrotta is of Calabrian origins despite being born in England.
On December 22, 2010, a statue of Perrotta was unveiled in Ashton-under-Lyne, close to Curzon Ashton F.C's Tameside Stadium in the Roy Oldham Sports Village, Richmond Street. The triple sculpture by Andrew Edwards and Sculpure For Sport commemorates the three men from the borough of Tameside who hold World Cup winner's medals: Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Armfield and Perrotta.