The former Lazio and Inter Tommaso Rocchi has joined today the Padova, the Serie B team. Rocchi has been a free agent since last June and reportedly received many offers from abroad, but in the end he decided to stay in Italy even if it meant playing for a smaller team. Padova is currently struggling and is the second-last position of the table
Reports about Rocchi joining Padova emerged few weeks ago, even stating that the veteran had signed the contract. They weren’t entirely incorrect because the parts reached a gentleman agreement long time ago, but Rocchi wasn’t eligible to play immediately so decided to stay in Rome, training on his own.
In Serie B there is a system similar to the Premier League and the club must submit a restricted squad list before the start of the season. Today, though, the League has approved a modification to that rule: teams can now terminate the contract of a player and replace him with another also outside of the transfer market windows. Padova, whose list is completed, can now release one of the underused player and include Rocchi in the list so he can play without waiting January. Andrea Raimondi will probably be the player sacrificed.
The 36-year-old striker from Venice has scored 183 combining all the leagues he played in. Raised first by Venezia and then by Juventus youth system, Rocchi spent most part of his career at Empoli (104 games, 28 goals) and at Lazio.
He stayed in the Rome for 8 years, from 2004 to 2012m playing 235 games, scoring 82 goals and becoming one of the symbol of the team. He left for Inter in 2013, where he played only 14 games but managed to score the much-awaited 100th goal in Serie A.
His palmares includes a Coppa Italia and a Supercoppa Italiana.