De Rossi Disguises To Watch Roma, Lazio Derby

AS Roma’s Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 10, 2018.
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Former Roma captain Daniele De Rossi snuck into the stands to watch the weekend’s Rome derby after getting a make-up artist to concoct a disguise for him, Italian media reported on Wednesday.

A number of outlets, including Rome-based daily Corriere Dello Sport, published a video of what appears to be the former Italy international in the Curva Sud section of the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma’s hardcore fans stand, in a bizarre outfit featuring a fake nose and glasses.

The person singing along with the crowd appears to be the same as the one De Rossi turns into after a complex make-up job revealed on the Instagram account of his wife, London-born Italian actress Sarah Felberbaum.

“We lost an entire afternoon, hours of make-up and traumatised children, but he was happy like a little kid,” she wrote under the video.

De Rossi quit as a Roma player in May after 18 years playing for his hometown team, briefly turning out for Argentine giants Boca Juniors before announcing his retirement from the game earlier this month.

In his farewell press conference, De Rossi said that he would find his way into the stands at the Olimpico “with a beer and a sandwich to cheer on my friends”.

A World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, De Rossi won little in his time at Roma, lifting the Italian Cup in 2007 and 2008, but was an integral part of teams that came to within one game of beating Inter Milan to the Serie A title in 2008 and 2010.

Born and raised in Rome’s working-class seaside suburb Ostia, he remains a hugely popular figure among Roma supporters, and along with fellow local boy, Francesco Totti was considered the heart of the team.


Yusuf Invites 26 Players For Super Eagles Friendlies

Super Eagles-Salisu Yusuf-Eagles FriendliesSuper Eagles Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has called up 26 players for the international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.

The three-time African champions would take on the Les Aiglons of Mali in France on May 27 before flying to Luxembourg to play the country’s national team on June 1.

Yusuf, who was installed as interim Head Coach by the Nigeria Football Federation last week, picked a relatively young squad that also includes former U-20 and former U-23 players.

All the invitees in the goalkeeper categories are: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars).

The defenders invited are: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal), Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany), Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey), William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway), and Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal).

For the midfielders, players called up are: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium), Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), and Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal).

The players invited in the forward category are: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia), and Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece).