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Dominic Matteo

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Position Centre back
Born 24 Apr 1974, Dumfries (Scotland)
Height 185 cm
Weight 70 kg
International Caps Scotland: 6 full, 1 B, 4 U21, ? Youth

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Liverpool 27 May 1992 17 Aug 2000 154 3 £4750000
Sunderland 28 Mar 1995   1 0 on loan
Leeds United 17 Aug 2000 07 Jul 2004 146 4 £0
Blackburn Rovers 07 Jul 2004 19 Jan 2007 39 1 £0
Stoke City 19 Jan 2007        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2000 - 2001 30   2   1   15 2 0  
2001 - 2002 32   0   1   7   0  
2002 - 2003 20   3   0   1   0  
2003 - 2004 33 2 1   0   0   0  
Total 115 2 6   2   23 2 0  

Jabba's Comments

Dominic Matteo was associated with Liverpool at all levels for nearly 16 years, playing in a variety of defensive roles. Primarily a left-back, he improved his consistency at Anfield and was establishing himself as a fixture in the side through the 1999-2000 season, despite some rumours of an impending move to Celtic.

At the start of the 2000-01 season, the impending arrival of Christian Ziege and an injury kept him on the edges of the Liverpool set-up, and when Leeds came in for him, he decided to take his chances and move. The transfer nearly didn't go ahead: with the Champions League deadline pressing, a medical showed up some further problems with his knee, but DOL was convinced he wanted the player, and - fortunately as it turned out - Peter Ridsdale sanctioned the move despite the injury.

With Harry Kewell, Jason Wilcox and Stephen McPhail all picking up injuries, Matteo found himself catapulted into the starting line-up, primarily playing on the left side of midfield, and has made a solid start to his Leeds career. With further injuries to the defence, he spent most of the second half of 2000-01 doing an excellent job at the centre of the defence.

In 2001-02, Jon Woodgate was still not ready to play and Lucas Radebe was a long-term injury victim, so Dom continued to prop up the centre of the defence with Rio Ferdinand, doing a great job and being a major reason for the success of the side in the early part of the season. Although he continues to suffer from the odd injury, he's not missed many games and could be used as an alternative to Ian Harte at left back with the latter's loss of form. Having declared himself for Scotland after playing for England at Youth, 'B' and U21 levels, he did well in their World Cup qualifiers, but from a selfish Leeds point of view it was good that they failed to qualify as it means that Dom had all summer to finally shake off those injuries and get himself right for next season.

Summer 2002 saw Rio depart to Old Trafford and Dom was made club captain in his place and we're expecting him to play a key role at centreback alongside Jon Woodgate or Lucas Radebe in El Tel's team. A long-term knee injury has kept him out for much of the season - allowing him the odd comeback but then breaking down again, and something serious needs to be done if he is to complete a season at Elland Road. Bearing in mind the state of his knees he as announced his retirement from international football to avoid placing too much stress on some very fragile joints.

An op at the end of the 2003 season meant that he wasn't quite ready for a full pre-season programme, and although he played for all but 5 minutes of the two games in Ireland it looked as if he was still a little short of match fitness, but the current problems at the club mean he will almost certainly be pressed into full-time service from the start.

Lily says: I think Matteo is a nice guy and good player. I hope he can back to play asap.

Dominic Stubbs says: My Daddy saw Dominic Matteo after the Leicester game. He was very kind and autographed a programme for me. He has the same first name as me. I think he's a good football player.

Nelleke from Holland says: He is a nice guy, and I was so upset when they lost from PSV, I thought it was an own goal by Dominic, so that's very sad for him and for the fans. But he's still a very good player. Lots of love

Lisa says: I met Dom last week, nice guy, great company. Keep it real mate! You got my support even though I am a Liverpool supporter!! x

gemz says: Dom Matteo is georgous, i saw in Ibiza recently in june 2002, he is a class player and is so fit luv gemz

Dave Clark says: I might be mistaken about this, but I'm fairly sure he played twice for England in friendlies, under Hoddle. Because these aren't competitive players can still choose another country. When Ericsson asked him to play for England, he said he'd prefer Scotland and this alerted Craig Brown.

Neil Whyler says: On Monday (3-3-2003)me and my friend met Dom at the petrol station in Boston Spa near the training ground. Dom was filling up his car at the time and paid no attention to his car whilst signing my work pad for us Cheers Dom Top Bloke and one hell of a defender

leeds fan thru & thru says: I just wanted to say he is the best central defender in the league. he gives his all, when he's not injured! i hate it when people slag him off, coz by the sounds of it, hes a proper gentleman.

toddy says: i want 2 go 2 sum european games i want u and the rest of the gang like smiffy and lucas 2 make tht possible tel viduka nt 2 leave we need him even tho bridgy is fit agen

ashlee says: dom is a gr8 guy,leeds are lucky 2 have him!

mrs lufc says: dom rules all and is the sweetest ever. Rio Ferdinand cleans Dom's car with his ttobrush, or should i say pipe. DOM ROOLS ALL and is Gorgeous

blgoc says: i love dom. hes so fit and a class player

batesy says: i love dom 2 pieces great captain n one fit player!

**sarah** says: dom, well done!! u show great confidence in leeds and if i was on the team i'm sure i would look up 2 u as a captain! U show the talent and the efforts that you make well and ur a leeds lad all the way!

heather says: dom your a great player and captian. we all love you cos you give your all every match.

Theresa Matteo says: My name Theresa Matteo and I am very interested in speaking to Dominic Matteo to find out if possible we could be relatives. My father's name is also Dominic A. Matteo. We are planning our first family reunion this August and I would really like to known a little more about him. He really resembles a few family members. If you can help, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

Mark says: Gutted - what more can anyone say leeds is going to go under!!

lufc fan says: good luck dom, were sad to see you go, you were a brilliant captain and we'll never forgot're welcome back anytime. we'll miss you.

Ste says: Was glad when we got you Dom, always rated you, good luck at Dodgy Blackburn. Your a good player and a decent man - SUPER LEEDS! p.s Dom watch out for Theresa Matteo she sounds abit doo lalley!

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