After retiring from football last year at the end of his time at Boca Juniors, De Rossi decided to start a coaching career
Daniele De Rossi, former Roma and Boca Juniors player, will debut this Thursday, on the occasion of the qualifying match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup against Northern Ireland, as technical collaborator of coach Roberto Mancini in the Italian squad, with which he was world champion in 2006.
After retiring from football last year at the end of his time at Boca Juniors, De Rossi decided to start a coaching career and, at the same time, waiting to get the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) coach card, joined Mancini’s collaborators with his sights set on the start of the qualifying phase to Qatar 2022 and the European Championship next June.
“We had talked about this possibility (of him joining the national team as a collaborator) when he decided to go to Boca. He is doing the coaching course, we talked and I needed a person to follow us on the field. We made the decision to add him. According to the federal president (Gabriele Gravina), Mancini assured this Monday at a press conference at the Coverciano technical center.
“He was a very important player for Italian football and this collaboration will be good for him because he wants to be a coach in the future,” he added.
De Rossi, born in 1983, spent almost all of his career at Roma, from which he inherited the captain’s armband after the retirement of Francesco Totti, and joined Boca Juniors in the 2019-2020 season.
In Argentina he played seven games and scored a goal.
In his career, De Rossi conquered the 2006 World Cup in Germany with the team then trained by Marcello Lippi. He also reached the final of Euro 2012, lost against Spain.