Roberto Di Matteo
Footballer and football manager
Roberto Di Matteo
Roberto Robbie Di Matteo is an Italian former footballer and the interim manager of Chelsea for the remainder of the 2011–12 season. During his playing career as a midfielder, he played for Swiss clubs Schaffhausen, Zürich and Aarau before joining Lazio of Italy and Chelsea of England. He was capped 34 times for Italy, scoring two goals, and played in Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. He retired as a player in February 2002 at the age of 31 following injury problems.
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Impatient Chinese chase football glory at all costs
Yahoo News - about 1 month
European clubs Inter Milan, Aston Villa and Sochaux have had a high turnover of managers since Chinese takeovers, sparking fears that their trigger-happy new owners have little patience and no strategy. "Many buyouts are irrational and defy the laws of the market," Zhou Jiming, a football analyst and director at the official China Sports Journal, told AFP. Xia spent 38 million euros ($40 million) to hire Roberto Di Matteo as manager, hoping the 2012 Champions League winner would be able to lift Villa's flagging fortunes.
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Villa appoint Bruce as Di Matteo successor
Yahoo News - 4 months
Aston Villa appointed Steve Bruce as the Championship side's new manager on Wednesday, the struggling second-tier English club confirmed. Bruce, 55, replaces Roberto Di Matteo at the helm of a team who were relegated from the Premier League last season and who are now languishing in 19th place in the Championship. Former Manchester United defender Bruce returns to management after quitting Hull in July, having successfully guided the Tigers back to the Premier League.
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Sacked Di Matteo predicts bright future for Villa
Yahoo News - 5 months
(Reuters) - Roberto Di Matteo believes it is just a matter of time before Aston Villa begin reaping the rewards of his rebuilding efforts, though the Italian will not be around to take credit for any improvement after he was sacked by the club on Monday. Di Matteo took over in June after the club were relegated from the Premier League last season but lasted only 124 days in the job, managing one win in 11 Championship matches. "I am deeply disappointed to be leaving Aston Villa so soon," Di Matteo told the League Managers Association in a statement.
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Troubled Aston Villa sack Di Matteo
Yahoo News - 5 months
Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by Aston Villa on Monday after just 12 matches in charge of the troubled Championship club. Di Matteo was hired by Villa's new Chinese owner Tony Xia in June and the former Chelsea boss was expected to lead his side into the Premier League. Villa are playing in the second tier for the first time since 1988 following last season's relegation, but they have struggled to show any improvement under Di Matteo despite splashing out on several expensive new signings.
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Schalke, Augsburg suffer Champions League setback
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Schalke 04 and Augsburg's hopes of reaching next season's Champions League suffered a setback on Sunday after their goalless Bundesliga draw in Bavaria. Roberto di Matteo's Schalke remain fifth in the German league, eight points behind fourth-placed Leverkusen, with the top four in Germany's top flight qualifying for next season's Champions League and only seven games left. Sixth-placed Augsburg are a point behind Schalke and are also destined to play in the Europa League next season alongside Di Matteo's Royal Blues if they keep their current place.
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Bayern out to bounce back against Schalke 04 in Bundesliga
Yahoo News - about 2 years
German league leaders Bayern Munich look to get their Bundesliga campaign back on track against Schalke 04 on Tuesday following their shock defeat at VfL Wolfsburg. Second-placed Wolves cut Bayern's lead to eight points on Friday as Bas Dost and Kevin de Bruyne both struck twice as the Bavarian giants suffered their heaviest league defeat for six years. Roberto di Matteo's Schalke, who are fourth in the table, are seeking only their fourth away league win of the season and their first at Munich's Allianz Arena since 2009.
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USMNT: Jurgen Klinsmann reportedly draws interest from Switzerland for national team coaching job
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Could Jurgen Klinsmann be headed back to Europe to take on a new coaching challenge following the World Cup? According to a Tuesday report from Swiss daily Blick, the US national team boss is on the short list of candidates to replace Ottmar Hitzfeld as Switzerland national team head coach following the 2014 World Cup. Apparently Klinsmann's successful 2013 with the US made an impact on the Swiss FA, and putting him in the running, according to the report, alongside former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, among others. He led Germany to the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup, a considerable accomplishment considering the pressure on the German national team heading into the tournament, held on home soil.
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Soccer-Lovely buzz at Chelsea these days, says Lampard
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho's return for a second spell as manager has brought a new feeling of unity at Chelsea, according to club stalwarts Frank Lampard and John Terry. Stamford Bridge was a fractured place last season after crowd favourite Roberto Di Matteo was replaced by interim manager Rafael Benitez, who was never accepted by the fans because of disparaging comments he made during a previous spell with Liverpool. ...
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Mourinho warns rivals he's better than ever
Fox News - over 3 years
Jose Mourinho has warned that he is returning to Chelsea as a much better manager as he bids to win back the Premier League trophy and secure an elusive Champions League title with the London club. Mourinho, looking greyer and weightier than English fans will remember, said his experiences at Inter Milan and Real Madrid would put him in good stead in his second stint. "I think some white hairs in my case is a good sign because it means that I'm better now than before," he told journalists in Bangkok, where he will begin his new era with a pre-season friendly on Wednesday. "I think I'm better now because my job is the kind of job where experience means a lot," explained the Portuguese. "Especially like in my case after my period with Chelsea I went around Europe, I had two years in Italy, three years in Spain, so I have more football culture than before. "I have more experience than before so I think I'm in a better condition now than before. Because I think my job is about that, i ...
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Jose Mourinho Returning To Chelsea
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LONDON — Soccer's worst-kept secret became official Monday when Jose Mourinho was rehired as Chelsea's manager, 5 1-2 years after his acrimonious departure. The Blues confirmed that Mourinho, who on his first day at Chelsea in 2004 declared himself a "Special One," was given a four-year contract, two days after he coached his final game at Real Madrid. Madrid released the 50-year-old Portuguese coach from his contract following a season without a major trophy, so Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not have to pay compensation. There have been seven managers at Chelsea since Mourinho left. He led Chelsea to its first league title in 50 years in 2005 and followed up with another in 2006, and won one FA Cup and two league Cups. But he fell short of giving Abramovich a Champions League trophy, which finally was won with Roberto Di Matteo as coach in 2012. "I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the out ...
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Roberto Di Matteo jacket spotted behind Rafa Benitez during Chelsea win against Arsenal
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Take a close look behind Rafa Benitez and you'll spot the initials 'RDM' clearly lurking on an official club jacket during Sunday's 2-1 victory against Arsenal.
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Quora: Did Chelsea Make the Right Decision To Part Company With Roberto Di Matteo?
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Vignesh Sridharan, Football Fan This has to go down as one of the most ridiculous and unfair decisions taken in recent footballing history regarding the firing of managers. The first and foremost argument against firing the manager is that he had just won the Champions League for Chelsea, the Holy Grail that Roman Abrahomovich was craving for. It should be noted that this was something that was not delivered by the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelloti(who himself was unfortunate to be sacked after winning a double). And he achieved this with a squad that was in shambles at the time of AVB's sacking. He surely deserves credit for the way he galvanized his team, organized them well, and won the CL. It should not be forgotten that en route to winning the CL, Chelsea defeated Barcelona (one of the greatest teams in history) and Bayern Munich. And there was no reason to sack him now as well despite their "poor" ru ...
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Soccer-Goalkeeper Cech happy with Chelsea back support
Yahoo News - about 4 years
LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Chelsea have refound their defensive strength under interim manager Rafael Benitez, goalkeeper Petr Cech said on Friday. Chelsea have won their last three Premier League matches and kept four clean sheets since Benitez took over last month following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. "We look more organised. We were conceding far too many goals and we were too open," Cech told the club website ( "We've been defending much better as a team and that's been the key, because we weren't defending well. ...
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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Holders Chelsea hit six but all in vain
Yahoo News - about 4 years
(Adds details and byline) LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Chelsea came alive too late to spare them Champions League humiliation on Wednesday as a 6-1 home defeat of Nordsjaelland failed to prevent them becoming the first holders to be eliminated at the group stage. Juventus's 1-0 away win at Shakhtar Donetsk condemned the London club to third place in Group E but at least Chelsea departed on a high as Fernando Torres scored twice to give Rafael Benitez his first taste of victory since replacing Roberto Di Matteo as manager. ...
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David Crisanti: The Song Remains the Same
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Raymond Seitz, former Ambassador to the Court of St James, wrote an enjoyable book called Over Here wherein he highlighted the subtle but pervasive differences between the English and Americans, even as the countries share the same language, TV shows, music, movies and upscale sushi restaurants. One of Seitz's insights (inseitz?) was that the British like to perform in their everyday lives -- as in "All the world's a stage". He cited (seited?) interactions of neighbors and party-goers, but passed up an obvious example in the behavior of fans at English football matches. In contrast to America, where fans are definitively an audience insistent on being entertained by Jumbotrons and cheerleaders, in England the fans are players in the production. News accounts of the matches always mention the atmosphere, meaning the contributions of the fans to the event. At a match last week between Chelsea, champions of Europe, and Manchester City, champions of England, the football was dull ...
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Jol: Di Matteo will reflect with pride
Daily Echo - over 4 years
Fulham manager Martin Jol does not feel much sympathy for counterpart Roberto Di Matteo as he knew what he was getting into when he took the "privileged" role of Chelsea manager.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roberto Di Matteo
  • 2016
    On 3 October 2016, Di Matteo was sacked as manager. this came after a string of poor results culminating in a 2-0 defeat away at Preston North End F.C.
    More Details Hide Details Di Matteo has a sister, Concetta, who is blind. She attended the 1997 FA Cup Final, before which he said that she was his inspiration. Di Matteo is living in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire with his wife Zoe, and their three children. Aarau Chelsea West Bromwich Albion Chelsea
    On 2 June 2016, Di Matteo was appointed the manager of newly relegated Championship club Aston Villa, working under the new chairman Tony Xia.
    More Details Hide Details Di Matteo's former Chelsea teammate Steve Clarke was appointed as his assistant on the same day.
  • 2015
    He resigned on 26 May 2015 after the team qualified for the UEFA Europa League by finishing sixth, following a run of two wins in ten matches which cost them a place in the Champions League.
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  • 2014
    On 7 October 2014, Di Matteo was hired as the successor to Jens Keller at Schalke 04.
    More Details Hide Details At that point, Schalke sat 11th in the Bundesliga and had already been eliminated from the DFB-Pokal. Di Matteo is the third Italian head coach, after Giovanni Trapattoni and Nevio Scala, in Bundesliga history. He won his first match 2–0 against Hertha Berlin on 18 October, with goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Julian Draxler. Schalke advanced from their Champions League group, with Max Meyer scoring the only goal in their final group match away to NK Maribor on 10 December. On 10 March 2015, Schalke defeated Real Madrid 4–3 in Madrid. However, Schalke lost 2–0 in the first leg on 18 February and 5–4 on aggregate.
  • 2013
    In November 2013, it was reported that Di Matteo was still being paid £130,000-a-week by Chelsea because the two parties had never agreed on a pay-off settlement and that he would continue to be paid in full until June 2014 unless he took another job before then.
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  • 2012
    In the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, Chelsea drew 2–2 with Juventus and beat Danish club Nordsjælland 4–0 away. Their form declined after this, however, losing to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and to Manchester United at home in the Premier League. Chelsea's chances of advancing through their Champions League group were raised with a 3–2 home victory against leaders Shakhtar, but on 21 November 2012, Di Matteo was sacked following their 3–0 away loss to Juventus in the Champions League, which all but eliminated them from the competition.
    More Details Hide Details Di Matteo had lasted just eight months as manager of Chelsea despite winning two major trophies, causing the decision to be controversial with many pundits and club fans. Later that day, Rafael Benítez was brought in as Chelsea's interim manager until the end of the season.
    His team started the 2012–13 Premier League well, with victories against Wigan Athletic, Reading, and Newcastle United.
    More Details Hide Details They lost the 2012 UEFA Super Cup 4–1 to Atletico Madrid in Monaco on 1 September. The good early season form continued with four successive Premier League wins against Stoke City, Arsenal, Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur.
    Gourlay added: 'We are already looking forward to the 2012–13 season which kicks off when Roberto, his staff and players return for pre-season.'
    More Details Hide Details Chelsea lost in the 2012 FA Community Shield to Manchester City 2–3.
    On 13 June 2012, Chelsea announced that Di Matteo had been appointed manager and first-team coach on a permanent basis signing a two-year contract with the club.
    More Details Hide Details Chief executive Ron Gourlay said: 'Although he (Di Matteo) has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea onto further success.'
    On 19 May 2012, Di Matteo guided Chelsea to victory in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, defeating Bayern Munich at their own Allianz Arena. The match had ended 1–1 after extra time with Chelsea coming out victorious in the penalty shootout. This was Chelsea's first Champions League title, and qualified them for the 2012–13 Champions League, in place of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
    More Details Hide Details With this win Chelsea also became the first London club to win the Champions League.
    On 24 April 2012, Di Matteo led Chelsea to a 3–2 aggregate win over holders Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-final, winning 1–0 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, and following this with a 2–2 draw in the second leg at the Camp Nou despite having captain John Terry sent off in the first half.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 May, Chelsea won 2–1 against Liverpool in the 2012 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, to win their first trophy in the 2011–12 season.
    On 4 March 2012, following the dismissal of Villas-Boas, Di Matteo became caretaker manager of Chelsea until the end of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after his appointment, Di Matteo brought in former Chelsea teammate Eddie Newton to work as his assistant. Di Matteo started his stewardship of Chelsea in winning form, with victories over Birmingham City, in a fifth round FA Cup match; Stoke City in a Premier League fixture; and Napoli in the last 16 second leg match in the UEFA Champions League, winning 4–1 to overturn the deficit in the first leg which Villas-Boas' Chelsea had lost 3–1. Di Matteo continued his form with Chelsea, by beating Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final 5–1 at Wembley and Benfica in the Champions League quarter-finals.
    Di Matteo began his managerial career with Milton Keynes Dons and West Bromwich Albion. As caretaker manager of Chelsea, he steered the club to double title success, winning both the FA Cup and the club's first UEFA Champions League title in 2012, but was dismissed later that year.
    More Details Hide Details He then went on to coach Schalke 04 until May 2015 when he departed after seven months in charge, and had four months as manager of Aston Villa.
  • 2011
    Di Matteo was appointed assistant to André Villas-Boas, the new manager of Chelsea, on 29 June 2011.
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    One day after a 0–3 defeat to Manchester City on 5 February 2011, he was relieved of his duties with immediate effect, and first-team coach Michael Appleton was appointed caretaker manager.
    More Details Hide Details West Bromwich Albion finished the season in eleventh position.
  • 2010
    Better results in following matches led to the best start in a Premier League season by the club, and Di Matteo was also named Premier League Manager of the Month for September 2010.
    More Details Hide Details During December 2010 and January 2011, the club had a period of poor form, winning only one of ten matches.
    On the opening day of the 2010–11 Premier League season on 14 August 2010, Di Matteo paid a return visit to Stamford Bridge as head coach of West Bromwich Albion.
    More Details Hide Details He was well received by the home fans, but saw his side lose 6–0 to Chelsea.
  • 2009
    Di Matteo was appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion on 30 June 2009, shortly after their relegation from the Premier League and the exit of former manager Tony Mowbray to Celtic.
    More Details Hide Details His selection was unanimous among the club's board. In his first season, the team finished second in the Championship, behind Newcastle United, and won automatic promotion to the Premier League on 10 April with three games remaining after defeating Doncaster Rovers 3 - 2.
  • 2008
    On 2 July 2008, Di Matteo succeeded former England midfielder Paul Ince as manager of Milton Keynes Dons on a one-year contract, after Ince took the manager's job at Premier League club Blackburn Rovers.
    More Details Hide Details A club statement by the Dons said that both Di Matteo and the club were "young, ambitious and hungry to succeed". On 26 November that year, Di Matteo took former Chelsea team-mate and Norwegian international striker Tore André Flo out of retirement by signing him on a contract until the end of the season. In his only season at stadium mk, Di Matteo led his team to third place in League One behind Leicester City and Peterborough United. They then lost a play-off semi-final on penalties to Scunthorpe United, with Flo missing the decisive penalty in sudden death.
  • 1998
    He was a member of Italy's FIFA World Cup team in 1998 and played two of their group games, against Chile and Cameroon.
    More Details Hide Details The match against Cameroon in Montpellier was his last game for Italy; in total he made 34 caps for Italy between 1994 and 1998, scoring 2 goals.
    Di Matteo only scored one more goal for Italy, in a friendly win over Slovakia on 28 January 1998.
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    His first goal was scored on his 23rd cap, in qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, on 30 April 1997 in a 3–0 win against Poland in Naples.
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  • 1996
    Di Matteo played two of Italy's group matches in UEFA Euro 1996, against Russia and Germany.
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    He came on as a 55th-minute substitute for Demetrio Albertini as Italy lost 2–1 to Croatia in qualification for UEFA Euro 1996.He made his first start in his second cap, a friendly 3–1 victory over Turkey on 21 December 1994 in the Stadio Adriatico in Pescara.
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  • 1994
    Di Matteo made his Italy debut under Arrigo Sacchi on 16 November 1994 in the Stadio La Favorita in Palermo.
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  • 1993
    He signed for Lazio in the summer of 1993 on a free transfer.
    More Details Hide Details Di Matteo became a regular starting-11 member of the Lazio side in midfield under managers Dino Zoff and later Zdeněk Zeman, and he made his debut for the Italian national team during his three seasons with the Rome club. Under Zeman, he was frequently deployed in the central midfield role, in which he was required to aid the team defensively, thanks to his formation as a sweeper during his youth. He was also important in helping his team offensively and creatively, functioning as a deep-lying playmaker for Lazio under Zeman, and helping to set the tempo of his team's play through his passing range, technique, control, and vision. During his time at the club, he developed into one of the top two-way central midfielders in Italy. However, a falling out with coach Zdeněk Zeman over a defensive error which resulted in a loss to Internazionale, ended his career with Lazio. As a result, he was signed by Ruud Gullit for English side Chelsea for a then club record fee of £4.9 million. He experienced a "goldfish bowl existence" during his time in Rome, and had his taxi pelted with stones as he left the club.
    He won the Swiss Nationalliga A with Aarau in 1993 and in the same season achieved Switzerland's Player of the Year award.
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  • 1991
    Born in Schaffhausen to Italian parents from Paglieta, Chieti, Abruzzo, Di Matteo began his career with Swiss club Schaffhausen, before joining Aarau in 1991.
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  • 1970
    Born on May 29, 1970.
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