Player profile

Andrea Dossena

Birthdate: 11 September 1981
Birthplace: Lodi, Italy
Other clubs: Verona (2001-05), Treviso (2005-07), Udinese (loan 2006-07 + signed 2007-08), Napoli (2010-), Palermo (loan 2013), Sunderland (loan 2013-14), Leyton Orient (2014-)
Bought from: Udinese
Signed for LFC: £7m, 04.07.2008
International debut: 17.10.2007 vs. South Africa
International caps: 10/0 (9/0 at LFC) - 21.06.2009
Liverpool debut: 13.08.2008
Last appearance: 19.12.2009
Debut goal: 10.03.2009
Last goal: 14.03.2009
Contract expiry: 08.01.2010
Win ratio: 54.84% W: 17 D: 8 L: 6
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 3 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 18 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 31 / 2

Player profile

Dossena claimed to be an English-style rugged defender who takes no prisoners and also a powerful attacker. He started his professional career at Verona who were relegated to Seria B in his second season. Dossena joined Treviso in the 2005/6 season, but following the club's relegation from Seria A, Udinese became his co-owners in 2006. Dossena featured at Udinese in 2006-07, joining the club permanently in 2007. His excellent form earned him a call-up to the Italian international team. When John Arne Riise departed for Rome, Rafa Benítez saw Dossena as his replacement. The Italian looked woefully out of sorts in his debut season with Liverpool but confessed to struggling playing further upfield than he was used to in Italy. He did impress in attack when he came on as substitute against Manchester United and Real Madrid and added Liverpool's fourth on each occasion. Dossena was linked with a move to Juventus and Napoli in the summer of 2009 but stayed to fight for his place at Liverpool. However, after making only three starts for the first team in the 2009/10 season, it came as no surprise when he moved to Napoli on a four-year deal in the January transfer window.

Dossena has nailed a regular spot in Napoli's team and played in both Europa League matches against his previous employers in 2010/11, his errant back-pass at Anfield allowing Liverpool to equalise through Steven Gerrard. In 2011/12 Dossena appeared in the Champions League six times as Napoli reached the knock-out stage of the competition, heading a tough group that included Bayern München and Manchester City before being eliminated by the eventual winners, Chelsea.

Dossena moved on loan from Napoli to Palermo in January 2013 and appeared in eleven Serie A matches for the Sicilian club, who were relegated to Serie B at the end of the 2012/13 season. Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland signed Dossena on loan on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2013. Di Canio, however, was soon replaced by the Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet, who played the Italian in only seven Premier League matches plus four domestic cup-ties. The player was released by Sunderland at the end of the season, leaving him a free agent at the age of thirty-two. Dossena signed for League One side Leyton Orient in November 2014.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals18229031
2008-2009 16217026
2009-2010 201205

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
3Everton
2Portsmouth
2Hull City
2Manchester City
2West Ham United
2Tottenham
2Marseille
1Atletico Madrid
1PSV Eindhoven
1Debrecen VSC
1Standard Liege
1Real Madrid
1Wigan Athletic
1Fiorentina
1Middlesbrough
1Stoke City
1Sunderland
1Aston Villa
1Manchester United
1Leeds United
1Chelsea
1Bolton Wanderers
1Fulham
Total Started/substitutions
22 Started
33 On the bench
9 Substitute
6 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals100102
2008-2009 100102
2009-2010 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
0Started
2Substitute
TotalCompetition
1Champions League
1Premier League
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
276-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
113.08.2008Standard LiegeStade de SclessinEurope

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
18910.03.2009Real MadridAnfieldEurope

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2008-2009 2 Defender
2009-2010 38 Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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