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Luigi Di Biagio

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Date of birthJune 3, 1971(age 44)
Place of birthRome, Italy
Height1.75 m
Playing positionMidfielder

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Luigi Di Biagio (born June 3, 1971), is an Italian former football defensive midfielder, who last played for Ascoli Calcio 1898 (2006 07).

Di Biagio was born in Rome. Prior to joining Ascoli, he played for Lazio (1988 89), Monza (1989 92), Foggia (1992 95), Roma (1995 99), Internazionale (1999 2003), and Brescia Calcio (2003 2006). He was capped 31 times for Italy, scoring two goals. He played for his country in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, as well as Euro 2000, when he did connect in a penalty shootout against the Netherlands and where he scored against Sweden. It was the first penalty he shot after the infamous miss during 1998 World Cup which eliminated Italy from the competition.

Di Biagio signed for Ascoli in November 2006, but the bid was not considered to be valid by the federation, since the player was not released for free by Brescia before the June 30 deadline. The bid was therefore postponed on January 2007, and in the meantime Di Biagio went on training with Ascoli, and played from November to December with Promozione club Polisportivo La Storta from Rome, coached by his friend and former Dundee and Lazio footballer Alessandro Romano. Di Biagio played his first Ascoli match on January 14, 2007, against Cagliari.

He successively retired at the end of the season, and returned at amateurs La Storta as a youth coach.


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