Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Damiano 'Noble Soul` Tommasi - Italian Perspective

Damiano 'Noble Soul` Tommasi - Italian Perspective

QPR Italia runs the rule over Rangers latest addition, indicating Damiano Tommasi is thought of very fondly in his home nation.

The signing up of Damiano Tommasi provoked much interest in Italia, because he left only happy and spotless memories.

He's always been a beloved and esteemed player not only by 'his' A.S. Roma's supporters, but also by other teams' fans.

His nickname is 'Noble Soul' and becomes from the way he has conducted his life, helping people in trouble. A practising Catholic, he directly administers finance, or indirectly helps countless philanthropic organisations; when he plays he always does it with respect and fair-play.

In Italy he caused a sensation when he renewed his contract with A.S. Roma in 2005 for 1500 Euros per month (the minimum wage), but to better understand that decision, we have to take a step back to July 2004.

He was playing for Roma in a friendly match v Stoke City and an horrific tackle by Gerry Taggart caused Damiano a major breakdown of almost all the right knee structure.

Because of that accident, he couldn't play any of the following season's matches, and it was the last year of his agreement with Roma. When he was called by Roma's management to discuss next year contract, he refused to get the 'top player' salary they proposed him and he asked and got the minimum wage to repay the team that cured him and the always supporting fans. I doubt exists another player who's done anything similar...

When he got back playing in October 2005 was greeted by a standing ovation of all the fans, Roma's and rival's. Other standing ovations followed him in every Italian stadium.

However, his career began with some difficulties. A ball winning midfielder, able to run all 90 minutes of a match from side to side of the field, he hasn't got those technical skills that Roma's fans wanted for 'their' midfield. His early years in Roma (he arrived there in 1994 when he was 22) were hard and full of disappointment, and Roma's general situation played its part, unable to aim for the 'Scudetto'.

Tommasi, however, never gave up and was always in the starting team despite the turnover of many coaches, finally being an anchor in now England manger Fabio Capello`s 2001 title winning Roma side, playing with Emerson, Totti and Batistuta.

With the 'Azzurri', Italian National Team, he won the Under 21 European Championship in 1996, he took part in the Olympic Games of Atlanta and the World Championship in Japan/Korea always present in the starting team.

He's spent two years in Spain with Levante. The R`s have signed an experienced and useful player who will surely be an example, on and off of the field, for all team mates, especially for the younger and inexperienced ones. If he'll be physically good, it will be hard for Dowie keep him out of team!

The news of his signing with R's had a great attention on our media and when Damiano went to Rome to salute his old team mates before leaving for London, he found there a lot of fans chanting the old songs they chanted for him years ago.

He's always been reserved and didn't say anything to the Italian correspondents but the reason he choose his shirt number, 18: '17 was occupied, so I choose the one I had when I played with Roma and in the Serie A debut.' His manager too is a man of few words and only said that QPR took up an option for a potential contract extension that probably, in perfect Damiano's style, won't be very expensive: 'Good sense prevailed, now we'll see the outcome, 'cause Damiano has an option to stay in London next year too.'

From his personal site his first words as a QPR player were: 'And so begins my new adventure, in a new Country, a new Championship. I'm very pleased by the opportunity I have and I hope I'll be able to show on the ground the enthusiasm I put the first time that once more push me to start again.'

Italian fans are unanimous in saying: 'good signing up for QPR!'

Many thanks to Francesco and Alberto of QPR Italia.

You can visit their new forum by Clicking Here >>>.

We want to know YOUR thoughts!

To have your say you can comment in the space provided below, or chat about it on the forum.

TOP STORIES

Gerry Newcastle Bound?.

We Were The Better Side.

Birmingham City 1-0 QPR - Match Report.


Image Hosted by ImageShack.us



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Boxer & QPR Italia
Date:Monday October 6 2008
Time: 10:00AM

Comments

0
Is he fit yet? Surely if he is he should be included in our match-day squad against Forest - he cant be any worse than the current crop of defensive midfielders we've got!!
sandydl
06/10/2008 10:06:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

Championship Cost Per Goal So Far In 2016/17

The end of the Championship campaign of 2016/17 is only a month and a bit away from fans across the country but as we go in to the remaining weeks of the campaign...

EFL Goal Of 2016 Contenders Named

Ten EFL professional footballers find themselves nominated for the treasured Goal Of The Year gong for 2016.

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (21/3/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Ngbakoto In Team Of The Week (21/3/17)

Queens Park Rangers are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Rotherham
Suggested By:
Smithies1%
Furlong0%
Onuoha0%
Hall6%
Lynch3%
Bidwell0%
Freeman9%
Luongo9%
Ngbakoto69%
Sylla0%
Smith3%
Washington0%
Goss0%
Morrison0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Mar 31 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 7 2017 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk33
2.QPR4Me14
3.dustman3
4.Bunyip2
5.ImSitiv1
The Vital Football Members League