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Angelo Di Livio

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Date of birthJuly 26, 1966(age 50)
Place of birthRome, Italy
Height1.73 m
Playing positionDefensive Midfielder, Wing-back

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Angelo di Livio (born July 26, 1966 in Rome) is a former Italian football (soccer) midfielder. He was given the nickname il soldatino (the little soldier) during his playing career due to his characteristic way of running up and down the flank.

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 of the ball made him an important element in the starting XI of Juventus FC from 1993 to 1999. With Juventus, he won three scudetti (Italian A League) and one Champions League title. 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.

Di Livio was capped 40 times for Italy but never scored. He played for his country at Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. His first cap came on September 6, 1995 against Slovenia; his last on June 18, 2002 against South Korea. For Italy, he was often used as a holding player to shut down games when the team was ahead, thus sealing the win.

He is currently the coach of a youth team of AS Roma (Allievi "Coppa Lazio"), and his son also plays for the giallorossi youth system.


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