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Roberto di Matteo (born 29 May 1970) is a Swiss-born Italian Former Professional footballer, who retired as a player in February 2002 at the age of 31. He was named in Andre Villas-Boas' backroom staff at the start of the 2011-12 season and took over as Chelsea's caretaker boss on 4 March 2012 after Villas-Boas' sacking.


Club Career

Switzerland and Italy

Di Matteo began his career with the Swiss club Schaffhausen, before joining Zürich in 1991 and Aarau a year later. In 1993, he won the Nationalliga A with Aarau and was also awarded Switzerland's Player of the Year award in the same season. In the summer of 1993, he signed for Lazio on a free transfer. He became a regular player in the Lazio side and made his debut for Italy during his time with the Rome giants for three seasons. A defensive error which resulted in a loss to Internazionale, caused a fall out between him and coach Zdenek Zeman, which saw him ending his career with the club and as result was signed by Chelsea (Ruud Gullit) for a then club record fee of £4.9million.


Di Matteo started his Chelsea career by scoring his home debut goal against Middlesbrough which won Chelsea the match. His accurate passing and long distance shooting saw him  become the power house of the Chelsea's squard in the late 1990s. He scored nine goals in his first season at Chelsea and helped the club finish 6th in the league which has been their highest placing since 1989 - 90. He also helped the Club to reach the 1997 FA cup final at Wembly and scored a 30 yards goal, in just 42 seconds of kick-off to set Chelsea on the way to a 2 - 0 win, which happend to be the quikest  goal scored in a cup final at old wembly before the rcored was broken by Louis Saha for the fastest goal scored in an FA cup final.

Di Matteo scored ten goals in his second season at Chelsea with numerous assists, which saw Chelsea went on to Claim the Football League Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup, which happens to be their first European honours since 1971. In the League Cup final, again against Middlesbrough, Di Matteo scored the second goal in a 2–0 win. The 1998 - 1999 season turned out to be a special season for Chelsea as they went on an unbeaten run of over 20 games to finish third in the Premier league and qualify for the Champions league. Di Matteo with the help of other Chelsea players played a pivotal role in the midfield and scored some memorable goals including the famous strike against Coventry City in the dyeing seconds of the game.

The 1999 - 2000 season saw Di Matteo hampered by injury but returned late in the season to score some crucial goals for Chelsea including his third Cup winning goal at wembly in the FA cup. In a dour match, Di Matteo capitalised on an error by Aston Villa goalkeeper (David James) to score the winner in the 71st minute, handing Chelsea their fourth major trophy in three years. This lead Di Matteo to comment on the old Wembley Stadium saying "It's a shame they're tearing the old place down – it has been a very lucky ground for me".

Di Matteo sustained a tripple leg frature early 2000 - 2001 season in a UEFA Cup tie against Swiss side St. Gallen and spent the next eighteen months on the sidelines. He eventually gave up on his comeback and retired in February 2002 at the age of 31.


In Roberto Di Matteo's six years at Chelsea

- He made 175 appearances and scored 26 goals.

- He never lost at Old Trafford.

- He was selected in the squad of Chelsea's greatest ever XI.

Management Career

England MK Dons 2 July 2008 30 June 2009 52 27 11 14 51.92
England West Bromwich Albion 30 June 2009 6 February 2011 83 40 19 24 48.19
England Chelsea (caretaker) 4 March 2012 Present 13 10 2 1 76.92

Milton Keynes Dons

Di Matteo was appointed as Milton Keynes Dons new manager in July 2008, after Paul Ince left to join Blackburn Rovers. He appointed former Chelsea Colleague Eddie Newton as his assistant and Adae Mafe who worked at Chelsea during Di Matteo's time at Chelsea as his fitness coach. In the first season with the Milton Keynes Dons, he led them to a third place in league one, they however lost in the play-offs semi finals against Scunthorpe on penalties.

West Bromwich Albion

Di Matteo's first season as Head Coach of West Bromwich Albion, saw the club finish second in the Football League Championship, behind Newcastle United and was automatically promoted to the Premier League. On 14 August 2010, Roberto Di Matteo returned to Stamford Bridge as Head Coach of West Brom but saw his side thrashed 6–0 on the opening day of the 2010 - 2011 season. Di Matteo lead his team to win their 6th game (3–2) against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

He was however named the manager of the month for september 2010. Di Matteo praised the spirit of his players after West Brom's 2–2 draw at Manchester United on 16 October 2010. However, during December 2010 and January 2011, the club had a period of poor performance, winning only one out of ten matches. It was however evident that majority of fans were still loyal to Di Matteo, but a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City  saw Di Mattteo being relieved of his duties with immediate effect. The sacking of Di Matteo attracted wide criticism from supporters, neutrals and football lovers accross the globe.


On the 29 June 2011, Di Matteo was announced as the assistant manager to new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas. On 4 March 2012 he was appointed caretaker manager of Chelsea until the end of the season following the sacking of Villas-Boas.

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Di Matteo started his reign at Chelsea in winning form, after a 2-0 victory over Birmingham city in the FA Cup and going through to the quarter finals of the FA cup. On 10 March 2012, Di Matteo got his first league win against Stoke City, winning 1-0 thanks to second half Didier Drogba goal. On the 14th March in the 2nd leg of a Champions League Last 16, Chelsea overcame a 3-1 deficit against SSC Napoli to win 4-1 on the night, on aggregate 5-4 to qualify for the Champions League Quarter Finals, becoming only the fourth team in 45 attempts to overturn a first leg deficit of two goals or more. He also guided the blues to 5-2 victory over Leicester City into the semi-finals of the FA Cup,and Fernando Torres got a brace to put Chelsea in the semi-final.

His first loss came as a Chelsea manager when Manchester City defeated them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. His side then drew 0-0 against Spurs. In the quarterfinals of Champions League play, Chelsea defeated SL Benfica 1-0, before their settling match on 4 April at Stamford Bridge. His side then defeated Aston Villa at Villa Park on March 31, with a final score of 4-2 featuring form-finding striker Fernando Torres scoring one of the four goals. In the UEFA Champions League second leg match against SL Benfica, he helped the club win 2-1 taking Chelsea into the Semi - Finals meeting FC Barcelona. His team then won against Wigan Athletic with a score of 2-1 and drew with Fulham 1-1. His side then defeated Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 in the FA Cup Semi Final taking the Blues into the final where they will meet Liverpool.

In the UEFA Champions League Semi - Final first leg match, his side defeated FC Barcelona 1-0 thanks to a Didier Drogba goal - a surprise to many observers, as the Catalan side had recently come into some form, with a string of victories leading up to the tie.


Di Matteo currently lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire with his wife Zoe and three children.

Career honours



  • Swiss Super League: 1993


  • FA Cup: 1997, 2000
  • League Cup: 1998
  • UEFA Cup Winner's Cup: 1998
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1998
  • Charity Shield: 2000


West Bronwich Albion

  • Football League Championship promotion 2009-10 (Runners-up)


  • Premier League Manager of the month: September 2010
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