The Daily Drool: Champions League Group A: Guiseppe Rossi

4 Nov


Handsome Villareal striker Guiseppe Rossi is currently sidelined. He just had surgery for ligament damage and will be out for at least six months. He’s New Jersey-born to Italian immigrant parents. He’s played for Manchester United, Newcastle and Parma as well. He’s also played for the Italian National Team (U-16, U17, U18, U21, Olympic and senior teams) since 2003. Get well soon, boo!

5 Responses to “The Daily Drool: Champions League Group A: Guiseppe Rossi”

  1. Anonymous November 4, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I sure do wish he would do the ‘right’ thing and play for the USA. Sometimes these loose citizenship requirements really bug me for that reason. It’s nice that he feels a bond to his parents’ ‘Mother Land’, but it seems a little unpatriotic to play for a country you weren’t born in. Especially since he rarely gets called up, and when he does they barely ever start him. A lot of these other dual-citizenship players do get called up and do get to play. Rossi would definitely start if he were called up to USNT. I can’t see why he doesn’t take advantage of that.
    But this is just my opinion…

    • mygypsyspirit November 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

      Rossi plays for Italy because it was his father’s dying wish. Not because he’s unpatriotic to his country. What would you do if your father’s dying wish was to see you play for the country he was born in? Would you do that? Or would you do the ‘right’ thing?

  2. mygypsyspirit November 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    So for my ‘real’ comment. I adore Rossi. So upset to see him on the sidelines. Can’t wait until Beppe gets better

  3. Tanya Heath (@livetheshowtyme) November 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Sweet niblets I’m trying not to get involved with this conversation. But as much as I know and care about Giuseppe — let’s get things straight right quick.

    Rossi’s father was a coach who had expertise in seeding for major D1 NCAA teams/MLS teams. People sought out Fernando Rossi for skilled players. So it wasn’t like Giuseppe couldn’t have been successful in the States. Giuseppe was introduced to US soccer from a very young age and mentored by his very wise father; but after years of growing up and seeing the Azzurri on TV and knowing his parents love and passion for the mainland, *HE* decided to take up his father’s offer and attempt to play for the blues.

    After spending lots of back and forth in Italy, he gained duel citizenship and ended up playing his way from U-16 to where he is now. WHEN was the last time this anonymous person WATCHED a bloody Azzurri game? When does Rossi not start? When does he NEVER give his all for his team?

    I’m from Philly myself and I love the USMNT but I think it’s well long enough for people to stop whining because of our team being faulty and trying to blame it on Giuseppe. At the end of the day, it’s a bloody team sport and he strained and stressed himself out by trying to carry Villarreal most days. Would it not be the same thing if he were here playing for the MNT? Everyone depending on a miracle striker to win games instead of thinking of other ways to win as a team?

    NOT that I’m saying that’s what Villarreal was doing, not at all. I was stating that just as an example and as an opinion.

    But honestly, let’s grow up. It’s over. Rossi is an Italian and he is an American. Either you support him wholeheartedly or leave him alone and cease the neverending debates about not having him on the National Team.

    • Maisoun November 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      I really dont know that much about the Giuseppe NT sitch so thank you Tanya for your comment.

      But I will say….God I hate the word ‘unpatriotic’. Especially when used in this case. I think its commendable that Giuseppe is proud of his roots & where his family comes from enough to play for the Italian NT. I dont see anything wrong with that.

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