|Full name||Roberto Di Matteo|
|Date of birth||29 May 1970|
|Place of birth||Schaffhausen, Switzerland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder/Defensive Midfielder|
|Current club||Chelsea (manager)|
|2008–2009||Milton Keynes Dons|
|2009–2011||West Bromwich Albion|
Roberto Di Matteo (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto di matˈtɛo]; born 29 May 1970) is an Italian former footballer and the current manager ofChelsea FC.
During his playing career as a midfielder, he played for Swiss clubs Schaffhausen, Zürich and Aarau before joining Lazio of Italy and Chelsea of England. He was capped 34 times for Italy, scoring two goals, and played in Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. He retired as a player in February 2002 at the age of 31 following injury problems. He has since managed Milton Keynes Dons, West Bromwich Albion, and Chelsea. As interim manager of Chelsea, he steered the club to double title success, winning both the 2012 FA Cup and the club's first UEFA Champions League.
Born in Switzerland to Italian parents from Paglieta, Chieti, Abruzzo, Di Matteo began his career with Swiss club Schaffhausen, before joining Aarau in 1991. He won the Swiss Nationalliga A with Aarau in 1993 and in the same season achieved Switzerland's Player of the Year award.
He signed for Lazio in the summer of 1993 on a free transfer. Di Matteo became a regular in the Lazio side and made his debut for Italy during his three seasons with the Rome club. However, a falling out with coach Zdeněk Zeman over a defensive error which resulted in a loss to Internazionale, ended his career with the Lazio. As a result he was signed by Ruud Gullit for English side Chelsea for a then club record fee of £4.9 million.
Di Matteo scored the winner against Middlesbrough on his home debut for Chelsea. His passing ability and accurate long-distance shooting saw him become one of the driving forces of Chelsea's resurgence in the late 1990s. He contributed nine goals in his first season, including long-range efforts against both Tottenham Hotspur and Wimbledon. He helped the club finish 6th place in the league, their highest placing since 1989–90, and reach the 1997 FA Cup Final at Wembley. Within 42 seconds of the kick-off of the final against Middlesbrough, Di Matteo scored the opening goal from 30 yards and Chelsea won 2-0. Di Matteo's goal was the fastest in an FA Cup final until the record was broken by Louis Saha for Everton in 2009.
The following season Di Matteo again proved his worth to the team, chipping in with ten goals and numerous assists, as Chelsea went on to claim the Football League Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup, their first European honour since 1971. In the League Cup final, again against Middlesbrough, Di Matteo scored the second goal in a 2–0 win. Di Matteo played in midfield next to Gustavo Poyet, Dennis Wise and Dan Petrescu in the 1998-99 season as Chelsea finished third.
During the 1999–2000 season Di Matteo was sidelined by injury but returned late in the season to score a handful of crucial goals, including his third Cup-winning goal at Wembley, once again 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".
Early into the 2000–01 season, Di Matteo sustained a triple leg fracture in a UEFA Cup tie against Swiss side St. Gallen and did not play for the next eighteen months. He gave up on hopes of returning from this injury in February 2002 and retired at the age of 31. In "gratitude for the midfielder's contribution to the transformation of the club", then-manager Claudio Ranieri handed Di Matteo the honour of leading the Chelsea team out in the 2002 FA Cup Final, which Chelsea went on to lose 2–0 to London rivals Arsenal.
Di Matteo was selected in a Chelsea greatest-ever XI. In his six years at Chelsea, he made 175 appearances and scored 26 goals. Whilst playing at Chelsea, he never lost with the team at Old Trafford.
Di Matteo made his Italy debut under Arrigo Sacchi on 16 November 1994 in the Stadio La Favorita in Palermo, Sicily. He came on as a 55th minute substitute for Demetrio Albertini as Italy lost 2-1 to Croatiain qualification for Euro 96. He made is first start in his second cap, a friendly 3-1 victory over Turkey on 21 December 1994 in the Stadio Adriatico in Pescara. Di Matteo played two of Italy's group matches in Euro 96, against Russia and Germany.
His first goal was scored on his 23rd cap, in qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, on 30 April 1997 in a 3-0 win against Poland in Catania. Di Matteo only scored one more goal for Italy, in a friendly win over Slovakia on 28 January 1998. He was a member of Italy's World Cup team in 1998 and played two of their group games, against Chile and Cameroon. The match against Cameroon in Montpellier was his last game for Italy.
- Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
|1.||30 April 1997||Stadio San Paolo, Naples||Poland||1–0||3–0||1998 World Cup qualifier|
|2.||28 January 1998||Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania||Slovakia||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
Milton Keynes Dons
On 2 July 2008, Di Matteo succeeded former England midfielder Paul Ince as manager of Milton Keynes Dons, after Ince took the manager's job at Premier League club Blackburn Rovers. A club statement by the Dons said that both Di Matteo and the club were "young, ambitious and hungry to succeed". On 26 November that year, Di Matteo took former Chelsea team-mate and Norwegian international strikerTore André Flo out of retirement by signing him on a contract until the end of the season.
In his only season at stadium mk, Di Matteo led his team to third place in League One behind Leicester City and Peterborough United. They then lost a play-off semi-final on penalties to Scunthorpe United, with Tore André Flo missing the decisive penalty in sudden death. 
West Bromwich Albion
Di Matteo was appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion on 30 June 2009, shortly after their relegation from the Premier League and the exit of former manager Tony Mowbray to Celtic. His selection was unanimous among the club's board.  In his first season, the team finished second in the English second division, The Championship, behind Newcastle United, and won automatic promotion to the Premier League.
On the opening day of the 2010–11 Premier League season (14 August 2010), Di Matteo paid a return visit to Stamford Bridge as head coach of West Bromwich Albion, but saw his side lose 6–0 to Chelsea. Better results in following matches led to the best start in a Premier League Season by the club, and Di Matteo was also named Premier League Manager of the Month for September 2010. During December 2010 and January 2011, the club had a period of poor form, winning only one of ten matches. The majority of fans were still loyal to Di Matteo, but after a 0–3 defeat to Manchester City on 5 February 2011, he was relieved of his duties with immediate effect, and first-team coach Michael Appleton was appointed caretaker manager. West Bromwich finished the season in eleventh position.
After an unsuccessful application to become manager of Birmingham City, Di Matteo was appointed Assistant Manager to André Villas-Boas, the new manager of Chelsea, on the 29 June 2011.
On 4 March 2012, following the dismissal of Villas-Boas, Di Matteo became Interim first-team coach of Chelsea until the end of the season. Officially according to Chelsea he was then "Interim first team coach". He started his tenure at Chelsea in winning form, with victories over Birmingham City, in a fifth round FA Cup match; Stoke City in a Premier League fixture; and Napoli in the last 16 second leg match in the UEFA Champions League, winning 4–1 in an historic club victory overturn of a deficit in the first leg in which Villas-Boas' Chelsea had lost 3–1.
Di Matteo continued his great form with Chelsea, by beating Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final at the Wembley Stadium and Benfica in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. On 24 April 2012, Di Matteo led Chelsea to a 3–2 aggregate win over holders Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-final, winning 1–0 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, and following this with an extraordinary 2-2 draw in the second leg at the Camp Nou, having had captain John Terry sent off in the first half. On 5 May 2012, Chelsea won 2–1 against Liverpool in the 2012 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, helping Chelsea to win their first trophy in the 2011-12 season.
On 19 May 2012, Di Matteo guided Chelsea to victory in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, after a thrilling encounter with Bayern Munich. The match had ended 1-1 after extra time with Chelsea coming out victorious in the penalty shootout. This was Chelsea's first UEFA Champions League title and qualified them for the 2012–13 Champions League, in place of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. With this win Chelsea also became the first London club to lift the Champions League. On 13 June 2012, Chelsea announced on their official website that Di Matteo had been appointed manager and first-team coach on a permanent basis signing a two-year contract with the club.  Chelsea Chief executive Ron Gourlay said: 'Although he (Di Matteo) has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea onto further success.' Gourlay added: 'We are already looking forward to the 2012-13 season which kicks off when Roberto, his staff and players return for pre-season.'
- FC Aarau
- FA Cup (2): 1996–97, 1999–2000
- Football League Cup (1): 1997–98
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1997–98
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1998
- FA Charity Shield (1): 2000
- West Bromwich Albion
- As of 19 July 2012
|MK Dons||2 July 2008||30 June 2009||52||27||11||14||51.92|
|West Bromwich Albion||30 June 2009||6 February 2011||83||40||19||24||48.19|
|Chelsea||4 March 2012||present||22||14||5||3||63.64|