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Angelo Di Livio
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Di Livio in Italy colours, 2018
Personal information
Full name Angelo Di Livio
Date of birth (1966-07-26) 26 July 1966 (age 57)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.73 m
Playing position Midfielder, wing-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Roma 0 (0)
1985–1986 Reggiana 13 (0)
1986–1987 Nocerina 31 (1)
1987–1989 Perugia 72 (4)
1989–1993 Padova 138 (13)
1993–1999 Juventus 186 (3)
1999–2005 Fiorentina 169 (8)
Total 609 (29)
National team
1995–2002 Italy 40 (0)
Honours
Representing  Italy
Association football
UEFA European Championship
Silver 2000
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Angelo Di Livio Cavaliere OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo di ˈliːvjo]; born 26 July 1966) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder and wing-back. He represented several Italian clubs in Serie A throughout his career, coming to prominence with Juventus, where he won several domestic and international titles. At international level he also played for the Italy national side in two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships, reaching the final of UEFA Euro 2000.

During his playing career he was known as soldatino (toy soldier) or soldatino Di Livio, a nickname his Juventus teammate at the time Roberto Baggio gave him because of Di Livio's diminutive stature, posture, and characteristic way of running up and down the flank.

Club career

Born in Rome, Di Livio began his career with Roma in 1984. Having failed to make an appearance in his only season for the club, Di Livio played for Reggiana (1985–86), Nocerina (1986–87), Perugia (1987–89), Padova (1989–93), Juventus (1993–99) and Fiorentina (1999–2005).

His tireless running and quality crossing made him an important element in the dominant Juventus starting lineup from 1993 to 1999, during one of the most successful periods in the club's history. With Juventus, he won three scudetti (Italian A League; 1995, 1997, 1998) and one Champions League title (1996), in addition to two Italian Supercups (1995, 1997), a Coppa Italia, an UEFA Supercup (1996), and an Intercontinental Cup (1996); he also reached the final of the 1994–95 UEFA Cup.

In 1999, he moved to Fiorentina, where he captained the team to win the Coppa Italia during the 2000–01 season. In 2002, when AC Fiorentina went bankrupt and was reborn as Florentia Viola in Serie C2, Di Livio showed his dedication by being the only player to stay with the team, as he played through the depths of Italian football on the climb back to Serie A in 2004, finally retiring after the conclusion of the 2004–05 Serie A season.

International career

Di Livio was capped 40 times for Italy. He played for Italy at Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 (where Italy finished in 2nd place), and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. His first cap came on 6 September 1995 against Slovenia; his last on 18 June 2002 against South Korea. At Euro 1996, he set-up Pierluigi Casiraghi's first goal in the team's 2–1 win in the opening group match against Russia. For Italy, he was often used as a holding player to shut down games when the team was ahead, thus sealing the win.

After retirement

After retiring, Di Livio worked as a coach in the A.S. Roma Youth System (Allievi "Coppa Lazio").

Style of play

A quick, experienced, energetic, combative, reliable, and tactically versatile player, Di Livio was usually deployed on the right wing, although he was capable of playing on either flank, as either a wide midfielder, or as a full-back or wing-back, courtesy of his ability with either foot; he was also capable of playing in the centre, as a box-to-box or defensive midfielder, or even in defence. Although he was not the most naturally talented or skilled footballer from a technical standpoint, he was a highly consistent, intelligent, and disciplined player, who was known for his pace, stamina, work-rate, and strength, despite his diminutive stature. He also stood out for his tenacity, mentality, professionalism, man-marking ability, and crossing accuracy, as well as his ability to make attacking runs down the flank, but also track back, which enabled him to cover the wing effectively, and have a successful career.

Personal life

Angelo's son, Lorenzo, is also a footballer; a Roma youth product, he currently plays for Latina. His daughter, Alessia, is an electronic music producer and DJ, performing under the name ADIEL.

Endorsements

As one of the most popular footballers from his generation, Di Livio has kept his public influence and positive reputation till today. In 2011, Angelo Di Livio was named as "Brand ambassador" for SKS365's brand planetwin365.

Career statistics

Club

Source:
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Coppa Italia Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Roma 1984–85 Serie A 0 0
Reggiana 1985–86 Serie C1 13 0
Nocerina 1986–87 Serie C1 31 1
Perugia 1987–88 Serie C2 34 3
1988–89 Serie C1 33 1
1989–90 5 0
Padova 1989–90 Serie B 29 2
1990–91 36 3
1991–92 36 3
1992–93 36 3
Juventus 1993–94 Serie A 33 0
1994–95 27 1
1995–96 32 2
1996–97 32 1
1997–98 30 0
1998–99 33 1
Fiorentina 1999–00 Serie A 30 1
2000–01 33 1
2001–02 32 1
2002–03 Serie C2 21 0
2003–04 Serie B 43 4
2004–05 Serie A 12 0
Total 609 29 53 2 67 1 740 32

International

Source:
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 2 0
1996 7 0
1997 10 0
1998 6 0
1999 2 0
2000 5 0
2001 5 0
2002 3 0
Total 40 0

Honours

Club

Juventus

Fiorentina

Perugia

  • Serie C2: 1987–88

Individual

  • ACF Fiorentina Hall of Fame: 2023

International

Italy

Orders

See also

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