Andrea Dossena

Andrea Dossena
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Dossena with Napoli in 2011
Personal information
Full name Andrea Dossena
Date of birth (1981-09-11) 11 September 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Lodi, Italy
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Left winger, left back
Youth career
1995–2001 Verona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Verona 99 (3)
2005–2006 Treviso 21 (0)
2006–2008 Udinese 63 (2)
2008–2010 Liverpool 18 (1)
2010–2013 Napoli 83 (3)
2013 Palermo (loan) 11 (0)
2013–2014 Sunderland 7 (0)
2014–2015 Leyton Orient 15 (1)
2015–2016 Chiasso 20 (0)
2017 Piacenza 6 (1)
National team
2000–2001 Italy U-20 4 (0)
2007–2009 Italy 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2017 (UTC)

Andrea Dossena (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa dosˈseːna]; born 11 September 1981) is an Italian footballer who last played as a left winger or left back for Piacenza.[2]

Dossena started his professional career at Verona in 2001, having progressed through the club's youth ranks. Having made 99 league appearances for Verona, he joined Treviso in 2005, and made 21 league appearances for the club. He then joined Udinese in 2006, and had a successful two-year spell, which, after making 63 league appearances, saw him switch to English side Liverpool in July 2008. However, he struggled to adapt to the English game, making just 18 league appearances in two seasons, and he returned to Italy in January 2010, when he signed for Napoli. Although he quickly established himself in the team, he fell out of favour during the 2012–13 season, and was loaned to Palermo, where he made 11 league appearances. In September 2013, having made 83 league appearances for Napoli, Dossena returned to England when he joined Sunderland. In November 2014 it was announced that Dossena had joined Leyton Orient on a free until the end of the season. He joined Chiasso in 2015.

He made his full international debut for Italy in 2007, and was part of their team at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, earning 10 caps in total.

Club career

Early career

Dossena began his career at Verona as a youth player before playing 4 seasons in their senior squad. He made his Serie A debut on 18 November 2001 in the city derby against Chievo.[3]

Italian Serie A team Treviso signed Dossena in a co-ownership deal in 2005.[4] It was Treviso's first season in Serie A after they were promoted due to Genoa being denied this privilege as a result of their role in Caso Genoa.[5]


Udinese signed him in 2006 in a co-ownership with Treviso, which became permanent in June 2007. He was given the number 2 jersey and made 63 appearances in the two seasons with Udinese, scoring 2 league goals there.[6][7]

In October 2007, he was awarded an improved contract which last until 30 June 2012.[8]


Dossena's No.2 jersey (far right), hanging in the Liverpool changing room, 2009

On 4 July 2008, Liverpool confirmed the signing of Dossena on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £7 million, becoming the second Italian to play for the club, behind Daniele Padelli.[9][10][11]

Dossena was signed as a direct replacement for John Arne Riise who left for Roma.[1] On 10 July 2008, it was announced that Dossena would wear the number 2 shirt.[12] His debut for Liverpool came on 16 August in the 1–0 Premier League win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The start to his career at Liverpool was marked by poor form and he was unsatisfied with his performances, telling The Guardian:

"I am not fully happy with my level. I must now get to a high level and maintain that, but first I have to battle to win selection. I am learning all the time".[13]

Dossena reinforced that he was committed to the club and explained that he was having difficulties adjusting because the pace of English football was significantly different from what he had experienced in Serie A. Despite his largely unimpressive performances, he received more opportunities to prove himself in the first team as Fábio Aurélio, Liverpool's favoured left back, suffered an injury in late November.[14] He lost his first team slot with Aurelio's return from injury combined with the emergence of Emiliano Insúa. He scored his first goal for Liverpool on 10 March 2009 against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League after coming on as a substitute.[15] He scored his first goal in the Premier League four days later, on 14 March in the 4–1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.[16] He scored both goals playing as an auxiliary left-winger as a late substitute in both games.


On 8 January 2010, Dossena signed for S.S.C. Napoli in a four-year contract, and was given the number eight shirt[17] The fee quoted was €4.25 million and Andriy Voronin left on the same day.[18] He made his debut for Napoli on 13 January 2010 in a Coppa Italia match against Juventus.[19] His Serie A debut for Napoli came on 17 January 2010 in the 0–0 against Palermo at the San Paolo Stadium.[20]

Dossena netted a brace in the final game of the season against Siena on 13 May 2012, sending Napoli to a 2–1 win and guaranteeing Europa League football.[21]


In January 2013 Dossena went on loan to Palermo.[22]


Following the return of Dossena's former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, Dossena was told he would be allowed to look for a new club. On 2 September 2013, he moved to Sunderland on a free transfer.[23] Dossena made his Sunderland debut on 27 October, playing at left back in a 2–1 victory over local rivals Newcastle United.[24] However, Dossena was sent off in Sunderland's next game at Hull City for a stamp on David Meyler.[25] He was released at the end of the 2013–2014 season by Sunderland after losing out on first team action to Marcos Alonso.

Leyton Orient

On 6 November 2014, it was announced that Dossena would be joining League One team Leyton Orient on a free transfer until the end of the season. He was released by the club following their relegation to League Two.[26]

International career

Dossena played for the Italy U-20 team from 2000 to 2001, earning four caps.[27] He made his first appearance for the Italy senior side in a friendly against South Africa on 17 October 2007.[28] Dossena won his second international cap when he came on at half-time during Italy's 2–2 draw with Austria on 20 August 2008.[29] He scored an own goal to put Italy 3–0 down against Brazil in a Confederations Cup match on 21 June 2009, as Italy were eliminated in the first round of the competition.[30]

Personal life

On 7 April 2015, Dossena and a woman were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods in London. No further action was taken.[31]





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  2. ^ Piacenza - In partenza sei giovani, Pelizzoli e Dossena. Si punta al rinnovo di Sciacca‚, 13 June 2017
  3. ^ Gazzetta dello Sport 2007–08 Profile (in Italian)
  4. ^ "Livorno to bank on Bakayoko". 18 August 2005. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Ascoli and Treviso handed Serie A promotion". ESPN Soccernet. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  6. ^ Andrea Dossena Football Profile Archived 25 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Eurosport. Retrieved on 12 July 2008.
  7. ^ Carminati, Nadia (21 May 2008). "Reds close on Dossena deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  8. ^ "CALCIO, UDINESE: IN QUATTRO RINNOVANO FINO AL 2012". la Repubblica (in Italian). 12 October 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Reds Closing on Dossena Deal". 26 June 2008. Archived from the original on 30 June 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
  10. ^ "Dossena Signs Four-Year Deal". 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
  11. ^ "Liverpool secure deal for Dossena". BBC. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
  12. ^ "Dossena Takes Number 2 Shirt". Archived from the original on 11 July 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
  13. ^ Johnston, Neil (7 November 2008). "Dossena admits to bad start with Liverpool". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  14. ^ Barrett, Tony (1 December 2008). "Andrea Dossena: I'll keep working to prove myself at Liverpool FC". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 13 December 2008. .
  15. ^ McNulty, Phil (10 March 2009). Liverpool 4–0 R Madrid (agg 5–0). BBC Sport. Retrieved on 11 March 2009.
  16. ^ "Man Utd 1–4 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 14 March 2009. Archived from the original on 16 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009.
  17. ^ "Official: Dossena is a Napoli's player". 8 January 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  18. ^ Paul Eaton (9 January 2010). "Dossena leaves, Voronin latest". Liverpool FC Official Site. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  19. ^ "Juventus-Napoli 3–0". 13 January 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Napoli-Palermo 0–0". 17 January 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  21. ^ "Napoli 2–1 Siena". ESPN Soccernet. 13 May 2012. Archived from the original on 19 May 2012.
  22. ^ "ACCORDO CON IL NAPOLI DOSSENA E' DEL PALERMO". Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  23. ^ "Transfer deadline day: Borini & Dossena join Sunderland". BBC Sport. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  24. ^ Vose, Stuart (27 October 2013). "Sunderland 2 Newcastle 1 – Late Borini strike seals derby win". Sunderland A.F.C. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  25. ^ "Premier League: Two sent off for Sunderland as Hull City run out 1–0 victors". Sky Sports. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  26. ^ "Leyton Orient sign former Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena". BBC Sport. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  27. ^ "Dossena, Andrea" (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 11 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  28. ^ Gaetano De Stefano (17 October 2007). "Doppietta di Lucarelli L'altra Nazionale piace". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  29. ^ "Lippi riparte da un pari Con l'Austria è 2-2". La Repubblica (in Italian). 20 August 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  30. ^ "Italy 0–3 Brazil". BBC Sport. 21 June 2009. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  31. ^ "No further action over Andrea Dossena shoplifting arrest". BBC News. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  32. ^ a b "A. Dossena". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 December 2015.

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