Capable of operating as a spearhead and in a more withdrawn position, Giuseppe Rossi is a pacy runner with the ball at his feet and his left foot is feared for its power and accuracy.
Rossi was born in the United States to Italian parents and returned to their native Parma when he was 13. After four years in the Gialloblu youth teams, he was snapped up by Manchester United. Loan spells at Newcastle United and then Parma followed, causing him to complain about a lack of opportunities with the English giants. A transfer to Villarreal brought an end to his wanderings and since arriving in Spain his stock his risen, thanks in no small part to a strike rate of nearly one goal every two games.
Monitored closely by Italy's coaches, he made his debut at youth level in 2003, progressing through the ranks and ending the Beijing 2008 Olympic Football Tournament as the top scorer with four goals.
Eligible to play for both USA and Italy, he turned down an approach from the country of his birth to make his first appearance for the Azzurri in last October's South Africa 2010 qualifying match against Bulgaria. His maiden international start came a month later in a friendly against Greece, and the young star is one of the brightest hopes in Italian football.