Roberto Di Matteo

Date of birth29 May 1970
Place of birthSchaffhausen
NationalityItalian
Weight78 kg
Height1.78 m
PositionMidfielder

This dynamic midfield player endured a roller-coaster time in the year 2000 - battling his way back into first-team contention following a serious ankle injury and a fractured arm, scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final and dominating the midfield in Chelsea's exciting Charity Shield triumph. With the sale of Didier Deschamps and Dan Petrescu he seemed poised to reclaim his favoured central midfield position but shortly after Gianluca Vialli's shock departure as Chelsea manager the fates dealt Robbie a terrible blow. During the catastrophic UEFA Cup defeat at the hands of Swiss club St Gallen in September he suffered a badly broken left leg and this brought his season to a premature close. He was sorely missed for his steadying influence and drive in midfield and in his absence the team plunged from being Premiership contenders to a position of mid-table obscurity. The fact that Chelsea have won six major trophies since Robbie's arrival in July 1996 after years of under-achievement speaks volumes for his contribution to the club's transformation into one of the modern-day giants. Despite several operations on his injuries Robbie failed to recover and announced his retirement on 19th February 2002.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Schaffhausen
FC Z├╝rich
Aarau
Lazio 17 Jul 1996
Chelsea 17 Jul 1996 19 Feb 2002

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Chelsea FA Cup 7
2
1
1996-97 Chelsea League Cup 3
1996-97 Chelsea Premier League 33
1
7
6
1997-98 Chelsea FA Charity Shield 1
1997-98 Chelsea FA Cup 1
1
1997-98 Chelsea League Cup 4
3
1997-98 Chelsea Premier League 28
2
4
6
1997-98 Chelsea UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 8
3
2
1998-99 Chelsea FA Cup 4
2
1
1
1
1998-99 Chelsea League Cup 1
1
1
1998-99 Chelsea Premier League 26
4
2
9
1998-99 Chelsea UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 7
1
1998-99 Chelsea UEFA Super Cup 1
1999-00 Chelsea FA Cup 3
2
1999-00 Chelsea League Cup 1
1999-00 Chelsea Premier League 14
4
2
3
1999-00 Chelsea UEFA Champions League 3
6
1
2000-01 Chelsea FA Charity Shield 1
2000-01 Chelsea Premier League 7
2000-01 Chelsea UEFA Cup 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
18 Aug 1996 Southampton v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
21 Aug 1996 Chelsea v Middlesbrough W 1-0 Premier League
24 Aug 1996 Chelsea v Coventry City W 2-0 Premier League
04 Sep 1996 Arsenal v Chelsea D 3-3 Premier League
07 Sep 1996 Sheffield Wednesday v Chelsea W 0-2 Premier League
15 Sep 1996 Chelsea v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
18 Sep 1996 Blackpool v Chelsea W 1-4 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
21 Sep 1996 Liverpool v Chelsea L 5-1 Premier League
25 Sep 1996 Chelsea v Blackpool L 1-3
Agg: 5-4
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
28 Sep 1996 Chelsea v Nottingham Forest D 1-1 Premier League
12 Oct 1996 Leicester City v Chelsea W 1-3 Premier League
19 Oct 1996 Chelsea v Wimbledon L 2-4 Premier League
22 Oct 1996 Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea L 2-1 League Cup 3rd round
26 Oct 1996 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur W 3-1 Premier League
02 Nov 1996 Manchester United v Chelsea W 1-2 Premier League
16 Nov 1996 Blackburn Rovers v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
23 Nov 1996 Chelsea v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
01 Dec 1996 Leeds United v Chelsea L 2-0 Premier League
15 Dec 1996 Sunderland v Chelsea L 3-0 Premier League
21 Dec 1996 Chelsea v West Ham United W 3-1 Premier League
26 Dec 1996 Aston Villa v Chelsea W 0-2 Premier League
28 Dec 1996 Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday D 2-2 Premier League
01 Jan 1997 Chelsea v Liverpool W 1-0 Premier League
04 Jan 1997 Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion W 3-0 FA Cup 3rd round
11 Jan 1997 Nottingham Forest v Chelsea L 2-0 Premier League
18 Jan 1997 Chelsea v Derby County W 3-1 Premier League
26 Jan 1997 Chelsea v Liverpool W 4-2 FA Cup 4th round
01 Feb 1997 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea W 1-2 Premier League
16 Feb 1997 Leicester City v Chelsea D 2-2 FA Cup 5th round
22 Feb 1997 Chelsea v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
26 Feb 1997 Chelsea v Leicester City W 1-0 FA Cup 5th round replay
01 Mar 1997 Derby County v Chelsea L 3-2 Premier League
05 Mar 1997 Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers D 1-1 Premier League
09 Mar 1997 Portsmouth v Chelsea W 1-4 FA Cup Quarter-final
16 Mar 1997 Chelsea v Sunderland W 6-2 Premier League
19 Mar 1997 Chelsea v Southampton W 1-0 Premier League
22 Mar 1997 Middlesbrough v Chelsea L 1-0 Premier League
09 Apr 1997 Coventry City v Chelsea L 3-1 Premier League
13 Apr 1997 Wimbledon v Chelsea W 0-3 FA Cup Semi-final
16 Apr 1997 Newcastle United v Chelsea L 3-1 Premier League
19 Apr 1997 Chelsea v Leicester City W 2-1 Premier League
03 May 1997 Chelsea v Leeds United D 0-0 Premier League
11 May 1997 Everton v Chelsea W 1-2 Premier League
17 May 1997 Chelsea v Middlesbrough W 2-0 FA Cup Final
03 Aug 1997 Chelsea v Manchester United L 1-1 (2-4) FA Charity Shield
09 Aug 1997 Coventry City v Chelsea L 3-2 Premier League
24 Aug 1997 Barnsley v Chelsea W 0-6 Premier League
27 Aug 1997 Wimbledon v Chelsea W 0-2 Premier League
30 Aug 1997 Chelsea v Southampton W 4-2 Premier League
18 Sep 1997 Chelsea v Slovan Bratislava W 2-0 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 1st round 1st leg
21 Sep 1997 Chelsea v Arsenal L 2-3 Premier League
27 Sep 1997 Chelsea v Newcastle United W 1-0 Premier League
02 Oct 1997 Slovan Bratislava v Chelsea W 0-2 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 1st round 2nd leg
05 Oct 1997 Liverpool v Chelsea L 4-2 Premier League
15 Oct 1997 Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers W 1-1 (4-1) League Cup 3rd round
18 Oct 1997 Chelsea v Leicester City W 1-0 Premier League
23 Oct 1997 Tromso v Chelsea L 3-2 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 2nd round 1st leg
01 Nov 1997 Aston Villa v Chelsea W 0-2 Premier League
06 Nov 1997 Chelsea v Tromso W 7-1 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
09 Nov 1997 Chelsea v West Ham United W 2-1 Premier League
22 Nov 1997 Blackburn Rovers v Chelsea L 1-0 Premier League
26 Nov 1997 Chelsea v Everton W 2-0 Premier League
29 Nov 1997 Chelsea v Derby County W 4-0 Premier League
06 Dec 1997 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea W 1-6 Premier League
13 Dec 1997 Chelsea v Leeds United D 0-0 Premier League
20 Dec 1997 Sheffield Wednesday v Chelsea W 1-4 Premier League
26 Dec 1997 Chelsea v Wimbledon D 1-1 Premier League
29 Dec 1997 Southampton v Chelsea L 1-0 Premier League
04 Jan 1998 Chelsea v Manchester United L 3-5 FA Cup 3rd round
07 Jan 1998 Ipswich Town v Chelsea W 2-2 (4-1) League Cup Quarter-final
10 Jan 1998 Chelsea v Coventry City W 3-1 Premier League
08 Feb 1998 Arsenal v Chelsea L 2-0 Premier League
18 Feb 1998 Chelsea v Arsenal W 3-1
Agg: 4-3
League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
21 Feb 1998 Leicester City v Chelsea L 2-0 Premier League
28 Feb 1998 Chelsea v Manchester United L 0-1 Premier League
05 Mar 1998 Real Betis v Chelsea W 1-2 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Quarter-final 1st leg
08 Mar 1998 Chelsea v Aston Villa L 0-1 Premier League
14 Mar 1998 West Ham United v Chelsea L 2-1 Premier League
19 Mar 1998 Chelsea v Real Betis W 3-1 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Quarter-final 2nd leg
29 Mar 1998 Chelsea v Middlesbrough W 2-0 League Cup Final
02 Apr 1998 Vicenza v Chelsea L 1-0 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Semi-final 1st leg
05 Apr 1998 Derby County v Chelsea W 0-1 Premier League
19 Apr 1998 Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday W 1-0 Premier League
25 Apr 1998 Chelsea v Liverpool W 4-1 Premier League
29 Apr 1998 Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers L 0-1 Premier League
02 May 1998 Newcastle United v Chelsea L 3-1 Premier League
10 May 1998 Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers W 2-0 Premier League
13 May 1998 Chelsea v VfB Stuttgart W 1-0 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Final
15 Aug 1998 Coventry City v Chelsea L 2-1 Premier League
22 Aug 1998 Chelsea v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
28 Aug 1998 Chelsea v Real Madrid W 1-0 UEFA Super Cup Final
09 Sep 1998 Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
17 Sep 1998 Chelsea v Helsingborgs W 1-0 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 1st round 1st leg
21 Sep 1998 Blackburn Rovers v Chelsea W 3-4 Premier League
26 Sep 1998 Chelsea v Middlesbrough W 2-0 Premier League
01 Oct 1998 Helsingborgs v Chelsea D 0-0 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 1st round 2nd leg
04 Oct 1998 Liverpool v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
17 Oct 1998 Chelsea v Charlton Athletic W 2-1 Premier League
22 Oct 1998 Chelsea v FC Kobenhavn D 1-1 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 2nd round 1st leg
25 Oct 1998 Leeds United v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
05 Nov 1998 FC Kobenhavn v Chelsea W 0-1 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
08 Nov 1998 West Ham United v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
11 Nov 1998 Arsenal v Chelsea W 0-5 League Cup 4th round
14 Nov 1998 Chelsea v Wimbledon W 3-0 Premier League
21 Nov 1998 Leicester City v Chelsea W 2-4 Premier League
28 Nov 1998 Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday D 1-1 Premier League
01 Dec 1998 Wimbledon v Chelsea L 2-1 League Cup Quarter-final
05 Dec 1998 Everton v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
09 Dec 1998 Chelsea v Aston Villa W 2-1 Premier League
16 Dec 1998 Manchester United v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
29 Dec 1998 Chelsea v Manchester United D 0-0 Premier League
02 Jan 1999 Oldham Athletic v Chelsea W 0-2 FA Cup 3rd round
09 Jan 1999 Newcastle United v Chelsea W 0-1 Premier League
16 Jan 1999 Chelsea v Coventry City W 2-1 Premier League
25 Jan 1999 Oxford United v Chelsea D 1-1 FA Cup 4th round
31 Jan 1999 Arsenal v Chelsea L 1-0 Premier League
03 Feb 1999 Chelsea v Oxford United W 4-2 FA Cup 4th round replay
06 Feb 1999 Chelsea v Southampton W 1-0 Premier League
13 Feb 1999 Sheffield Wednesday v Chelsea W 0-1 FA Cup 5th round
17 Feb 1999 Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers D 1-1 Premier League
27 Feb 1999 Chelsea v Liverpool W 2-1 Premier League
04 Mar 1999 Chelsea v Valerenga W 3-0 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Quarter-final 1st leg
07 Mar 1999 Manchester United v Chelsea D 0-0 FA Cup Quarter-final
10 Mar 1999 Chelsea v Manchester United L 0-2 FA Cup Quarter-final replay
13 Mar 1999 Chelsea v West Ham United L 0-1 Premier League
18 Mar 1999 Valerenga v Chelsea W 2-3 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Quarter-final 2nd leg
03 Apr 1999 Charlton Athletic v Chelsea W 0-1 Premier League
11 Apr 1999 Wimbledon v Chelsea W 1-2 Premier League
14 Apr 1999 Middlesbrough v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
18 Apr 1999 Chelsea v Leicester City D 2-2 Premier League
22 Apr 1999 Real Mallorca v Chelsea L 1-0 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
05 May 1999 Chelsea v Leeds United W 1-0 Premier League
10 May 1999 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea D 2-2 Premier League
16 May 1999 Chelsea v Derby County W 2-1 Premier League
07 Aug 1999 Chelsea v Sunderland W 4-0 Premier League
13 Oct 1999 Chelsea v Huddersfield Town L 0-1 League Cup 3rd round
26 Oct 1999 AC Milan v Chelsea D 1-1 UEFA Champions League Group H
30 Oct 1999 Derby County v Chelsea L 3-1 Premier League
20 Nov 1999 Everton v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
24 Nov 1999 Chelsea v Feyenoord W 3-1 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
07 Dec 1999 Lazio v Chelsea D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
11 Dec 1999 Hull City v Chelsea W 1-6 FA Cup 3rd round
19 Dec 1999 Chelsea v Leeds United L 0-2 Premier League
26 Dec 1999 Southampton v Chelsea W 1-2 Premier League
29 Dec 1999 Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday W 3-0 Premier League
04 Jan 2000 Coventry City v Chelsea D 2-2 Premier League
08 Jan 2000 Bradford City v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
12 Jan 2000 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur W 1-0 Premier League
15 Jan 2000 Chelsea v Leicester City D 1-1 Premier League
29 Feb 2000 Olympique Marseille v Chelsea L 1-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
04 Mar 2000 Newcastle United v Chelsea W 0-1 Premier League
08 Mar 2000 Chelsea v Olympique Marseille W 1-0 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
11 Mar 2000 Chelsea v Everton D 1-1 Premier League
14 Mar 2000 Feyenoord v Chelsea W 1-3 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
18 Mar 2000 West Ham United v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
22 Mar 2000 Chelsea v Lazio L 1-2 UEFA Champions League Phase 2 group D
01 Apr 2000 Leeds United v Chelsea W 0-1 Premier League
05 Apr 2000 Chelsea v Barcelona W 3-1 UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 1st leg
09 Apr 2000 Newcastle United v Chelsea W 1-2 FA Cup Semi-final
12 Apr 2000 Chelsea v Coventry City W 2-1 Premier League
18 Apr 2000 Barcelona v Chelsea L 5-1
Agg: 6-4
UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 2nd leg
29 Apr 2000 Chelsea v Liverpool W 2-0 Premier League
06 May 2000 Arsenal v Chelsea L 2-1 Premier League
14 May 2000 Chelsea v Derby County W 4-0 Premier League
20 May 2000 Aston Villa v Chelsea W 0-1 FA Cup Final
13 Aug 2000 Chelsea v Manchester United W 2-0 FA Charity Shield
19 Aug 2000 Chelsea v West Ham United W 4-2 Premier League
22 Aug 2000 Bradford City v Chelsea L 2-0 Premier League
27 Aug 2000 Aston Villa v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
06 Sep 2000 Chelsea v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League
09 Sep 2000 Newcastle United v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
14 Sep 2000 Chelsea v St Gallen W 1-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
17 Sep 2000 Chelsea v Leicester City L 0-2 Premier League
23 Sep 2000 Manchester United v Chelsea D 3-3 Premier League
28 Sep 2000 St Gallen v Chelsea L 2-0
Agg: 2-1
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1994-95 Italy Centenary 2
1994-95 Italy International Friendly 1
1994-95 Italy UEFA European Championship 2
1
1995-96 Italy International Friendly 3
1995-96 Italy UEFA European Championship 6
1996-97 Italy FIFA World Cup 6
1
1
1996-97 Italy International Friendly 2
1996-97 Italy Tournoi de France 3
1997-98 Italy FIFA World Cup 4
1
1997-98 Italy International Friendly 3
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Nov 1994 Italy v Croatia L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 4
21 Dec 1994 Italy v Turkey W 3-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 1995 Ukraine v Italy W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 4
26 Apr 1995 Lithuania v Italy W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 4
19 Jun 1995 Switzerland v Italy W 0-1 CENTENARY
21 Jun 1995 Germany v Italy L 2-0 CENTENARY
06 Sep 1995 Italy v Slovenia W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 4
08 Oct 1995 Croatia v Italy D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 4
11 Nov 1995 Italy v Ukraine W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 4
15 Nov 1995 Italy v Lithuania W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 4
24 Jan 1996 Italy v Wales W 3-0 International Friendly
29 May 1996 Italy v Belgium D 2-2 International Friendly
01 Jun 1996 Hungary v Italy W 0-2 International Friendly
11 Jun 1996 Italy v Russia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
19 Jun 1996 Italy v Germany D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
05 Oct 1996 Moldova v Italy W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Group 2
09 Oct 1996 Italy v Georgia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
06 Nov 1996 Bosnia and Herzegovina v Italy L 2-1 International Friendly
22 Jan 1997 Italy v Northern Ireland W 2-0 International Friendly
12 Feb 1997 England v Italy W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 2
29 Mar 1997 Italy v Moldova W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
02 Apr 1997 Poland v Italy D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
30 Apr 1997 Italy v Poland W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
04 Jun 1997 Italy v England L 0-2 TOURNOI DE FRANCE
08 Jun 1997 Brazil v Italy D 3-3 TOURNOI DE FRANCE
11 Jun 1997 France v Italy D 2-2 TOURNOI DE FRANCE
10 Sep 1997 Georgia v Italy D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
29 Oct 1997 Russia v Italy D 1-1 FIFA World Cup 1st leg play-off
15 Nov 1997 Italy v Russia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup 2nd leg play-off
28 Jan 1998 Italy v Slovakia W 3-0 International Friendly
22 Apr 1998 Italy v Paraguay W 3-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 1998 Sweden v Italy L 1-0 International Friendly
11 Jun 1998 Chile v Italy D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
17 Jun 1998 Italy v Cameroon W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.