Father of Italian soccer star Rossi dies in NJ

BY foxsports • February 23, 2010

Fernando Rossi, a renowned high school soccer coach in northern New Jersey and the father of Italian national team soccer player Giuseppe Rossi, has died. He was 60.

Rossi died Tuesday morning, according to the Deluccia Locito Funeral Home. No cause of death was given.

Rossi was a successful soccer coach at Clifton High School and won more than 300 games over 23 seasons.

His son, Giuseppe Rossi, grew up in northern New Jersey and moved to Italy as a teenager. Now 23, he plays for Villarreal in Spain has three goals in 14 games for Italy's national team, scoring twice in a 3-1 win over the United States in last summer's Confederations Cup in South Africa.

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