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Elio Capradossi – The New Ogbonna of Roma

Sooner or later, you will hear about him. A new talent that has been making headlines in the Euro U17’s, and those who follow it will surely know who he is. Elio is an upcoming talent through AS Roma’s Giovanili ranks and is regarded one of Italy’s most importantimagecentral defenders to look at. Roma have produced Italian talents such as Daniele De Rossi, Alessandro Florenzi, Federico Vivani, and Elio Capradossi may be their next big future star.


The youngster is 17 years old and was born in Kamapa, Uganda of 1996.  He has an Italian citizenship through his father; who use to be the director of Roma’s Rugby team.  Elio moved to Italy when he was just two years old and grew up there for his whole life.

Elio Capradossi was named one of the best players in the U17 Euros. He was seen as the leader for the Italian defense, and has been a starter for Italy’s U17 ever since then. In addition, in five games during the Euro U17’s, he scored 2 goals out of 5. He has featured in 21 games so far under Daniele Zoratto. He’s a defender capable scoring goals having already two goals and one goal in just four games for Roma.  He has also featured in Italy’s U16 in 5 appearances also having one goal and just recently got a promoted call up to Italy’s U18 squad.

His characteristics are what you look for in any central defender; he has great heading, marking, tackling, determination, anticipation, and Acceleration and as a bonus he’s able to score a lot of goals. He is 6,0 ft. tall and what makes him really special that compares him to Ogbonna is his physique and his pace for a player of his height.

The future for Capradossi is bright. He is expected to feature for Roma’s primavera next year guided by Alberto De Rossi. Once he begins to play with Roma’s primavera, expect to hear his name a bit more. I can see a bright future for Roma’s defense, especially with a partnering of Elio Capradossi and Alessandro Romagnoli.




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