Angelo Di Livio (born 26 July 1966) is a retired football midfielder and defender. He played for several Italian clubs in Serie A throughout his career, coming to prominence with Juventus, where he won several domestic and international titles. At international level he also played for the Italian national side in two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Football Championships, reaching the final of UEFA Euro 2000.
During his playing career he was known as soldatino (toy soldier) or soldatino Di Livio, a nickname his Juventus teammate at the time Roberto Baggio gave him because of Di Livio's characteristic way of running up and down the flank.
|Angelo Di Livio|
Di Livio in Italy colours, 2018
|Date of birth||26 July 1966|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, Defender|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Rome, Di Livio began his career with Roma in 1984. Having failed to make an appearance in his only season for the club, 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 made him an important element in the dominant Juventus starting lineup from 1993 to 1999, during one of the most successful periods in the club's history. With Juventus, he won three scudetti (Italian A League; 1995, 1997, 1998) and one Champions League title (1996), in addition to two Italian Supercups (1995, 1997), a Coppa Italia, an UEFA Supercup (1996), and an Intercontinental Cup (1996); he also reached the final of the 1994–95 UEFA Cup.
In 1999, he moved to Fiorentina, where he captained the team to win the Coppa Italia during the 2000–01 season. 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, finally retiring after the conclusion of the 2004–05 Serie A season.
Di Livio was capped 40 times for Italy. He played for Italy at Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 (where Italy finished in 2nd place), and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. His first cap came on 6 September 1995 against Slovenia; his last on 18 June 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.
After retiring, Di Livio worked as a coach in the A.S. Roma Youth System (Allievi "Coppa Lazio").
A quick, experienced, energetic, combative, reliable, and tactically versatile player, Di Livio was usually deployed on the right wing, although he was capable of playing on either flank, as a wide midfielder, or as a full-back or wing-back; he was also capable of playing in the centre, as a box-to-box or defensive midfielder, or even in defence. Although he was not the most naturally talented or skilled footballer, he was a highly consistent player, who was known for his pace, stamina, work-rate, strength, tenacity, mentality, man-marking ability, and crossing accuracy, as well as his ability to make attacking runs down the flank, which enabled him to cover the wing effectively, and have a successful career.
As one of the most popular footballers from his generation, Di Livio has kept his public influence and positive reputation till today. In 2011, Angelo Di Livio was named as "Brand ambassador" for SKS365's brand planetwin365.
|Italy national team|
Juventus F.C. finished second in Serie A this season.1995 Coppa Italia Final
The 1995 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 1994–95 Coppa Italia. It was held on 7 and 11 June 1995 between Juventus and Parma. The first leg at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin was the smallest difference won by Juventus after a goal by Sergio Porrini. The second leg was played at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma won again by Juventus from another Porrini goal followed by his teammate Fabrizio Ravanelli for a 3–0 aggregate win.
A month earlier, both teams had faced off in the 1995 UEFA Cup Final, in which Parma won 2–1 on aggregate.1995 Supercoppa Italiana
The 1995 Supercoppa Italiana was a match contested by Juventus, the 1994–95 Serie A winner, Parma, the 1994–95 Coppa Italia runner-up, since Juventus had won both trophies in the 1994–95 season.
It was the second appearance for both teams, after Juventus was defeated by Napoli in 1990 and Parma lost against Milan in 1992.
The match was played in January because of scheduling conflicts.1995 UEFA Cup Final
The 1995 UEFA Cup Final was played between two Italian teams Juventus and Parma, and was played over two legs. The first match between these two sides was played at the Stadio Ennio Tardini and it ended in a 1–0 victory for the home team. The following leg was then played at the San Siro in Milan with this encounter ending in a 1–1 draw for the home side. This was also Parma's very first UEFA Cup final victory, with Juventus having won several in the past.1996 Intercontinental Cup
The 1996 Intercontinental Cup was a football match played on November 26, 1996, between Juventus, winners of the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League, and River Plate, winners of the 1996 Copa Libertadores. The match was played at the National Stadium in Tokyo. It was Juventus' third appearance into the competition, after the defeat in 1973 and the victory in 1985 against Argentinos Juniors, whereas it was River Plate's second appearance after the victory in 1986 against Steaua Bucharest. Alessandro Del Piero was named as man of the match and got the only goal of the game when he shot right footed to the top of the net in the 81st minute.1996 UEFA Champions League Final
The 1996 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match played on 22 May 1996 between Juventus of Italy and Ajax of the Netherlands. The match ended in a 1–1 draw after extra time, forcing a penalty shoot-out, which Juventus won 4–2. It was the club's second triumph in the competition.1996 UEFA Super Cup
The 1996 UEFA Super Cup was a two-legged match that took place on 15 January 1997 and 5 February 1997 between Paris Saint-Germain of France, champions of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and Juventus of Italy as winners of the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League. Juventus won the tie 9–2 on aggregate (record in the history of the cup), humiliating PSG at the Parc des Princes 6–1, with goals from Sergio Porrini, Michele Padovano, Ciro Ferrara, Attilio Lombardo and Nicola Amoruso in the first leg (also a record) and winning the second leg 3–1 at Stadio La Favorita in Palermo after goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Christian Vieri.1997 Supercoppa Italiana
The 1997 Supercoppa Italiana was a match contested by Juventus, the 1996–97 Serie A winner, and Vicenza, the 1996–97 Coppa Italia winner.
It was the third appearance for Juventus, after the victory in 1995 and the defeat in 1990, whereas it was Vicenza's first appearance.1998 FIFA World Cup Group B
Italy finished clear winners of this group with seven points. Injury-time equalisers for Austria, first against Cameroon and then against Chile, meant that all three of these teams could still qualify with one match to go. Austria were then eliminated after losing their final game to Italy (despite scoring once again in injury-time). Chile conceded equalisers in all their games, but their three draws were enough for them to qualify in second place and advance with a record-low three points.1998 FIFA World Cup knockout stage
The 1998 FIFA World Cup knockout stage covers the games from the second round through to the final at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. The top two teams from each of the eight groups qualified for the knockout stage. Teams played one game against each other, with the possibility of extra time and penalties if a winner could not be determined after 90 minutes.1998 Supercoppa Italiana
The 1998 Supercoppa Italiana was a match contested by Juventus, the 1997–98 Serie A winner, and Lazio, the 1997–98 Coppa Italia winner.
It was the fourth appearance for Juventus (victories in 1995 and 1997), whereas it was Lazio's first appearance, and first victory.1998 UEFA Champions League Final
The 1998 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, on 20 May 1998 to determine the winner of the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League. It pitted Real Madrid of Spain and Juventus of Italy. Juventus appeared in their third consecutive final, while Real Madrid were in their first of the Champions League era. Real Madrid won 1–0, the only goal scored by Predrag Mijatović, to clinch their seventh European title, their first for 32 years. The two teams faced each other in the final again in 2017 in Cardiff; Real Madrid won 4–1.2001 Coppa Italia Final
The 2001 Coppa Italia Final was the final of the 2000–01 Coppa Italia, the 54th season of the top cup competition in Italian football. The match was played over two legs on 24 May and 13 June 2001 between Parma and Fiorentina. This was Parma's fourth Coppa Italia final and Fiorentina's tenth. Parma had previously won the trophy twice and Fiorentina had done so on five occasions. The final was won by Fiorentina, who claimed their sixth Coppa Italia title with a 2–1 aggregate victory.2001 Supercoppa Italiana
The 2001 Supercoppa Italiana was a match played by 2000–01 Serie A winners Roma and 2000–01 Coppa Italia winners Fiorentina.
The match took place on 19 August 2001 in Stadio Olimpico, Rome and resulted in a 3–0 victory for Roma.
The goals were scored by Vincent Candela, Vincenzo Montella and Francesco Totti. It was the first time that Roma won this trophy.2001–02 A.C. Fiorentina season
Associazione Calcio Fiorentina endured a nightmare season, which proved to be the last for the initial club. The economy was in tatters, and despite the €40 million sale of playmaker Rui Costa, the financial problems just got worse as the season lingered on. Without Rui Costa and vital goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, the remainder of the Fiorentina squad was exposed when striker Enrico Chiesa ruptured his cruciate ligament in the fifth league game of the season.
The ageing defenders had no chance against the strikers of the opposing teams, and the off-pitch trouble clearly affected the performance of some well-known players including Domenico Morfeo and Nuno Gomes. Not even superstarlet Adriano, loaned in from Inter, could save the team, even though the Brazilian scored six goals.
Manager Roberto Mancini was sacked, before joining Lazio and turning his managerial career around. The club was relegated, and filed for bankruptcy in the summer, ensuring the club had to restart in Serie C2 as Florentia Viola. All players bar veteran Angelo Di Livio departed the club, and the remainder of the club was just in ashes.
Despite the weak performance of the club, several of its players were hired by illustrious clubs, including:
Emiliano Moretti (Juventus)
Enrico Chiesa (Lazio)
Roberto Baronio (Lazio)
Nuno Gomes (Benfica)
Domenico Morfeo (Inter)
Daniele Adani (Inter)
Moreno Torricelli (Espanyol)
Paolo Vanoli (Bologna)2002–03 Florentia Viola season
Florentia Viola was the newly founded club that replaced bankrupt A.C. Fiorentina in the Italian domestic league system. Playing at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, Florentia retained the support Fiorentina had had, and set Serie C2 spectator records due to the interest from fans accustomed to see Gabriel Batistuta, Rui Costa and a team challenging Italy's top clubs.
With Serie B set for an expansion to 24 clubs for 2003-04, owner family Della Valle successfully argued that Florentia should be granted the 24th slot on the basis of 'historical merits'. It was widely seen as the Italian football federation compensated Florentia for being relegated two series instead of the normal one in case of bankruptcy. Florentia also won the rights to use the original Fiorentina name, the club being renamed ACF Fiorentina' prior to the 2003-04 season.SKS365
SKS365 Malta Ltd (formerly SKS365 Group GmbH) is an international sports betting and gaming company, founded in Austria in 2009. It is best known for its sports betting and gaming brand planetwin365, as well as a sports statistics website MyScore365. More than 1300 planetwin365 retail shops across Europe along with online sports betting infrastructure makes planetwin365 one of the leading European bookmakers. SKS365 Group is a partner organization in the FIFA Early Warning System and has an active track record of supporting authorities against the manipulation of sports competitions (match fixing).UEFA Euro 1996 Group C
Group C of UEFA Euro 1996 was one of four groups in the final tournament's initial group stage. It began on 9 June and was completed on 19 June. The group consisted of Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia.Using FIFA World Rankings as a measure of the strength of the teams, The Guardian calculated in 2007 that the strongest "Group of Death" of all time was the Euro 1996 Group C. The teams (and world rankings) were Germany (2), Russia (3), Italy (7) and the Czech Republic (10). This record was surpassed by the May 2012 rankings for Euro 2012 Group B, with Germany (2), the Netherlands (4), Portugal (5) and Denmark (10), but not the June rankings immediately before the tournament (3, 4, 10 and 9 respectively).Germany won the group and advanced to the quarter-finals, along with the Czech Republic. Italy and Russia failed to advance.UEFA Euro 2000 Group B
Group B of UEFA Euro 2000 began on 10 June and ended on 19 June 2000. Italy won the group ahead of Turkey. Belgium and Sweden were eliminated.