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Steve Mitchell On February - 10 - 2011

Player Profile - Alessandro Rosina

After a season and a half away from Italian football, Alessandro Rosina is back gracing the playing fields of Serie A after his loan move from Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg to Cesena. The little midfield dynamo should now be at the peak of his powers after recently celebrating his 27th birthday but for reason’s that will become clear, he has failed to establish himself as one of the country’s leading lights after bursting onto the scene with Torino almost six years ago.

Born in Belvedere, Marittimo, Rosina first caught the eye around the turn of the new century playing for his local side and Parma swiftly moved in to take him to the Stadio Ennio Tardini. After a couple of years playing for the club’s primavera side, he was given his first-team debut in February of 2003, coming on as a substitute against Juventus. Rosina never really settled in Emilio Romagna and after a loan spell at Verona in 2005, he was acquired by Torino who were then playing in Italy’s second tier.

The following season, Rosina proved to be the catalyst as the legendary Turin club awoke from its slumbers to return to the top-flight. The man from Belvedere made 42 appearances that season netting on 12 occasions. The following two seasons were tough for the Granata but inspired by their talisman, they survived a relegation dogfight on both occasions. The following campaign saw Rosina deservedly get the club captaincy and he established himself as a cult figure who was idolised by the tifosi who nicknamed him Rosinaldo in honour of his Brazilian style skills. During this period, Rosina won his only international cap in a friendly against South Africa.

Having signed a contract extension in Turin, Rosina was unable to save the Granata from the dreaded drop  in 2009 and against the wishes of everyone connected with the club, was sold for 7 million euros to Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg. On his arrival in Russia, he immediately found himself frozen out of the squad with Dutch coach Dick Advocaat stating that he never wanted to sign the player, accusing the clubs sporting director of acquiring the Italian’s services without his knowledge.

In 2010, former Roma tactician Luciano Spalletti took over the managerial hot seat but Rosina found himself down the pecking order and surplus to requirements in Spalletti’s 4-2-3-1 formation, being used mainly as back-up for the Russian international midfielder Vladimir Bystrov on the right hand side of midfield. In 24 appearances for the Russian champions, Rosina netted on four occasions and in January of this year returned to the peninsula to join Cesena on loan until the end of the current campaign.

Fans of the Cavallucci Marini will hope that his arrival will prove the missing link in the clubs quest to beat the drop in May, something Rosina seems to have specialised in whilst in Turin. As the player returns to the region where his career started nearly a decade ago, an unfortunate series of events seems to have derailed what promised so much when he first came to prominence at Parma. Age is still on his side however and there will be many fans of Italian football looking forward to seeing if Rosinaldo can once again capture the form that we all know he is capable of.

One Response so far.

  1. Ted says:

    Good player. A lot of promise a few years ago, but to most Serie A fans, fell off the map, by going Russia.

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