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Roberto Di Matteo Facts

Swiss-born Italian former footballer and the current caretaker manager of Chelsea

  • As a midfielder, he played for the Schaffhausen, Zurich, Aarau, Lazio, and Chelsea.
  • He was capped 34 times for Italy, scoring two goals, and playing in Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup.
  • Early into the 2000–01 season, Di Matteo sustained a triple leg fracture in a UEFA Cup tie against Swiss side St. Gallen and spent the next eighteen months on the sidelines.
  • He retired as a player in February 2002 at the age of 31 following injury problems.
  • He never lost at Old Trafford.
  • On the 29 June 2011, Di Matteo was announced as the assistant manager to new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.
  • He was selected in the squad of Chelsea's greatest ever XI.
  • He lead the Chelsea team out in the 2002 FA Cup Final, which Chelsea went on to lose 2–0 to rivals Arsenal.
  • On 4 March 2012 he was appointed caretaker manager of Chelsea until the end of the season following the sacking of Villas-Boas.
  • He lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
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