Andrés D'Alessandro

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Andrés D'Alessandro
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D'Alessandro in 2016
Personal information
Full nameAndrés Nicolás D'Alessandro
Date of birth (1981-04-15) 15 April 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1991–1999 River Plate
Senior career*
2000–2003 River Plate 70 (20)
2003–2007 VfL Wolfsburg 61 (8)
2006Portsmouth (loan) 13 (1)
2006–2007Zaragoza (loan) 36 (2)
2007 Zaragoza 14 (2)
2008 San Lorenzo 15 (2)
2008– Internacional 413 (88)
2016River Plate (loan) 17 (2)
National team
2001 Argentina U20 7 (2)
2004 Argentina U23 6 (1)
2003–2011 Argentina 28 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 1 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 January 2012

Andrés Nicolás D'Alessandro (born 15 April 1981) is an Argentine football player who plays for Internacional.

Sport Club Internacional professional football club from Porto Alegre, Brazil

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He has played top-flight football in Argentina, Germany, England, Spain and Brazil. He won an Olympic Gold medal with Argentina in 2004 and also played in that year's Copa América.

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Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Mens tournament

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2004 Copa América football tournament

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Club career

Early career

D'Alessandro was born in the La Paternal section of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the labor force as a pizza delivery boy before becoming a professional footballer. [1] Known as El Cabezón ("The Big Headed") for how large his big head looks on his small frame rather than any ego connotations, [2] he emerged through the River Plate youth system [3] that has produced much of Argentina's top talent over the years. He followed the likes of Santiago Solari and Pablo Aimar through the ranks, together with Javier Saviola, with whom he shared the limelight in the 2001 Youth World Championship. With the River Plate senior team, he won the 2001–02 and 2002–03 Primera División titles.

La Paternal, Buenos Aires Barrio in Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Paternal or Paternal is a barrio or district in the centre of Buenos Aires city, Argentina. It was founded in 1904 by a city decree (decreto) and was named 'La Paternal' after the train station in the neighbourhood, a former industrial zone.

Buenos Aires Place in Argentina

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the South American continent's southeastern coast. "Buenos Aires" can be translated as "fair winds" or "good airs", but the former was the meaning intended by the founders in the 16th century, by the use of the original name "Real de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre". The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas, with a population of around 15.6 million.

Club Atlético River Plate Argentine association football club

Club Atlético River Plate is an Argentine professional sports club based in the Núñez neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and named after the British English name for the city's estuary, Río de la Plata. Although many sports are practiced at the club, River is best known for its professional football team, which has won Argentina's Primera División championship a record of 36 times, being its latest title the 2014 Final. Domestic achievements also include 11 National cups, with the 2017 Supercopa Argentina as the most recent. Those achievements place River Plate as the most winning team of domestic competitions with 47 titles won in the top division. In Second Division, the club has won two titles, in 1908 and 2011-12.

Spell in Europe

D'Alessandro attracted attention from European clubs following his success and performances at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship. He eventually transferred to Wolfsburg in July 2003 for a club record €9 million. [4] On 21 September 2005, D'Alessandro scored the Bundesliga's 40,000th goal since its creation in 1963, netting the fourth goal in a 4–2 victory over Hannover 96.

Bundesliga association football league

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Hannover 96 German sports club

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On 31 January 2006, to the surprise of most fans, D'Alessandro joined English Premier League club Portsmouth on loan for the remainder of the season. [5] His main objective with his new club was to blend in with new teammates and help his club to avoid relegation. On Easter Monday, 17 April, he scored his first goal in English football – a contender for goal of the season – in Portsmouth's 2–1 defeat away to Charlton Athletic. [6]

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Portsmouth F.C. English association football club

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Portsmouth survived and manager Harry Redknapp sought to sign D'Alessandro on a permanent basis. But he was attracting the attention of many European clubs with strong interest from the likes of Atlético Madrid and Benfica. On 17 June he ended the speculation regarding his career by completing a season-long loan switch to La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza, citing his desire to play in Spain as a major factor in his decision. On 6 June 2007, he signed a contract at Zaragoza, keeping him at the club until 2011.

Harry Redknapp English football player and manager

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Atlético Madrid Spanish association football club

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Return to South America

In 2008, he joined his former River Plate manager Ramón Díaz at Argentine club San Lorenzo. However, after Díaz left the club, D'Alesandro opted to move to Brazil to play for Internacional. Playing for the former Copa Libertadores champions, he described as a "step forward" in his career. [7]

On 13 December 2008 it was reported on ESPN Deportes that the Los Angeles Galaxy had made a $10 million offer to Internacional for D'Alesandro but was declined. Their vice president Fernando Carvalho was quoted; "The offer came from the Los Angeles Galaxy of the United States. I didn't even want to listen to the details. The offer was for more money than we paid for D'Alessandro, who arrived here for five million euro, but we want to keep the Argentinian." [8] D'Alessandro has become one of Internacional's most idolized players of all time along the likes of Falcão, Valdomiro, and Fernandão. In 2008, he was part of Inter's Sulamericana Championship. In 2009 Internacional finished in second place in both the Brasileirão and Copa do Brasil. In 2010, D'Alessandro led Internacional to their second Libertadores Championship, and was elected the best player in South America for that year; [9] in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, he also helped Internacional to a third-place finish, and was awarded the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player. In 2011 D'Alessadro had personally an even better year, but Internacional only managed to win the State Gaucho Championship. 2012 was a bad year for both Internacional and D'Alessandro. Furthermore, rumours of him leaving to play in China caused a major distraction; after long drawn out drama he stayed but soon was injured. In 2013 his game improved again, and while Inter only won the State Championship, he was praised as the only positive factor of the team that year. 2014 started well; D'Alessandro continued to play well and led Inter to their 4th straight Gaucho Championship.

On 3 February 2016, he returned to River Plate after 12 and a half years on a loan deal. [10] He won his second Recopa Sudamericana and the Copa Argentina during his stay at the club.

International career

D'Alessandro won the 2001 Under-20 World Championship with the Argentine youth side, held in Buenos Aires; due to his performances alongside his club teammate Javier Saviola, he was awarded the Silver Ball as the tournament's second best player. D'Alessandro had originally started the tournament as a substitute, but injuries in the team allowed him a place in the team during the later games. Argentina won the title after beating Ghana 3–0 in the final. He has represented Argentina's senior side on 28 occasions, scoring 4 times between 2001–2011. He also represented Argentina's under-23 side at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where Argentina won a gold medal. [11]

D'Alessandro also took part in the 2004 Copa América with Argentina. He scored his only goal of the tournament in the group stage, in Argentina's 6–1 victory over Ecuador [12] In the final, against rivals Brazil, he missed Argentina's first penalty in the resulting shootout, following a 2–2 draw after extra time; Argentina were defeated 4–2 in the shootout. [13] [14]

On 20 August 2010, Argentine coach Sergio Batista recalled D'Alessandro to the national team for a friendly against Spain, which was played on 7 September 2010 at the Monumental Stadium River Plate.

Style of play

A talented attacking midfielder, D'Alessandro is best known for his dribbling ability, creativity, and technical skill, and is capable beating players with body feints and tricks, such as the dragback (boba), nutmeg, or the Blomqvist shuffle; [15] [16] he is also an accurate free-kick taker. [16] D'Alessandro is also known for his short passing ability, which makes him a capable assist provider. [16]

In 2001, he was named one of the 100 best young footballers in the world by Don Balón , [17] and he was also labelled one of Maradona's potential heirs by the media and by Maradona himself; despite his precocious talent however, he was not able to fully fulfill the potential he demonstrated in his youth. [16]

Career statistics


As of 15 December 2017 [18]
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalState LeagueTotal
River Plate1999-00100010
VfL Wolfsburg2003–042931140344
Portsmouth F. C.2005–06131131
Real Zaragoza2006–0736252414
San Lorenzo2007–0815290242
Career Total451784712105179324693131


Argentina national team

*Stats as of 17 February 2011 [19]



River Plate


Argentina U-20
Argentina Olympic


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