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Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Ivan "Rino" Gattuso (born 9 January 1978) is an Italy Association football of Romani people who currently plays for A.C. Milan. Gennaro Gattuso mainly plays as a Midfielder Defensive midfielder, however, Gennaro Gattuso can also play as a right midfielder. Gattuso is a hard tackling defensive midfielder and widely regarded as one of the most aggressive players. During Gennaro Gattuso career at Milan, Gennaro Gattuso has won the UEFA Champions League, in 2002–03 and 2006–07, and also the Serie A title in 2003–04.

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Gennaro Ivan "Rino" Gattuso (born 9 January 1978) is an Italy Association football of Romani people who currently plays for A.C. Milan. Gennaro Gattuso mainly plays as a Midfielder Defensive midfielder, however, Gennaro Gattuso can also play as a right midfielder. Gattuso is a hard tackling defensive midfielder and widely regarded as one of the most aggressive players. During Gennaro Gattuso career at Milan, Gennaro Gattuso has won the UEFA Champions League, in 2002–03 and 2006–07, and also the Serie A title in 2003–04.

Club career

Early career

Gattuso started Gennaro Gattuso career with Italian Perugia Calcio, but transferred in July 1997, at the age of 19, to the Scotland team Rangers F.C..

Walter Smith (footballer), who brought Gattuso to Glasgow, left the club in 1998. Smith's successor, Dick Advocaat, did not favour Gattuso and, after being played out-of-position as a right-back, the Italian was sold in October 1998 to then recently promoted to then Serie A club Salernitana Calcio 1919 for £4 million. Despite Gennaro Gattuso good performances, it was not enough to prevent the relegation of Gennaro Gattuso side.

Milan

Milan signed Gattuso for £8 million in 1999. Gennaro Gattuso style allowed Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti to place midfielder Andrea Pirlo in a more attacking position. Gattuso plays deeper in midfield. Gennaro Gattuso will often move forward to win the ball for the forward players and then return to Gennaro Gattuso defensive position. Gennaro Gattuso style of play is characterised by fierce tackling and hard work — a style which has earned Gennaro Gattuso the nickname of Ringhio (the Snarler). Gennaro Gattuso signed a contract extension in June 2003 and in October 2004.

In a UEFA Champions League group stage match against AFC Ajax in September 2003, Gennaro Gattuso was sent off during second-half injury time after slapping Ajax striker Zlatan Ibrahimović in the face with the back of Gennaro Gattuso hand. Gennaro Gattuso temper has caused Gennaro Gattuso further problems when in December 2005, at the final whistle of Milan's 3–2 defeat of FC Schalke 04 in the UEFA Champions League, Gattuso was seen seeking out and taunting Schalke's midfielder Christian Poulsen as a reaction to Poulsen's fierce marking of Kaká in the first leg. Gattuso insisted though that the press exaggerated the significance of the incident.

Gennaro Gattuso played Gennaro Gattuso 300th game for the club in a goalless Champions League draw against Lille OSC on 26 September 2006, and Gennaro Gattuso extended Gennaro Gattuso current deal with Milan until 2011 on 1 February 2007. On 23 May 2007, Gattuso won the Champions League for the second time in Gennaro Gattuso career when Milan beat Liverpool F.C. 2–1 in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final.

On 27 December 2007, Gattuso trained with Gennaro Gattuso former club Rangers F.C. to regain fitness during the Serie A winter break whilst Gennaro Gattuso wife was visiting family in Scotland over Christmas. The following December, Gattuso suffered a torn Anterior cruciate ligament early on in the 1–0 league win against Calcio Catania. However, despite the injury, Gattuso played the entire 90 minutes before being diagnosed by the club doctors after the match. Gennaro Gattuso underwent surgery to repair the damage on 19 December 2008, in Antwerp. Gennaro Gattuso was expected to miss up to 6 months of action, but managed to return to the Milan bench on 10 May against Juventus F.C., a month ahead of schedule.

After much speculation, that during the European winter transfer window Gattuso would leave Milan, to pursue Gennaro Gattuso carrier elsewhere, it was confirmed by AC Milan on the 14 December 2009 that Gattuso would remain a Milan player until 30 June 2012, added one more year to Gennaro Gattuso current contract.

International career

Gattuso has been capped seventy times for Gennaro Gattuso country and played in the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2009 Confederations Cup. Gennaro Gattuso is one of the key players for the Italian team, winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup knockout stage Italy vs. Ukraine in the Round of 16 match against Ukraine national football team. Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo formed a formidable partnership in the heart of midfield. In the Euro 2008, when both of them had to miss the quarterfinal match against Spain due to accumulated yellow cards, coach Roberto Donadoni had a hard time finding replacements as none of the reserve players could match the lung-bursting contribution of the A.C. Milan duo. Italy went on to lose 4–2 in the ensuing penalty shoot-out. Gattuso achieved a measure of notoriety for Gennaro Gattuso post-match celebrations after Italy won the World Cup in 2006 FIFA World Cup, during which Gennaro Gattuso removed Gennaro Gattuso shorts and ran around the pitch in Gennaro Gattuso underwear, until FIFA officials forced Gennaro Gattuso to cover up.

International goal


Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gennaro_Gattuso

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