Di Matteo: career in pictures
Roberto Di Matteo, born on 29 May 1970, made the biggest move of his playing career in 1996, joining English club Chelsea FC from SS Lazio
He spent six successful years with the Blues, winning the FA Cup twice, the UEFA European Cup Winners' Cup and the English League Cup. In 1997 he scored what was at the time the fastest goal in an FA Cup final after 25 seconds.
Di Matteo (No. 16) was also a member of Italy's 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, but was forced to bring a premature end to his career due to injury four years later
He took his first steps in management with English third-division side Milton Keynes Dons, guiding the club to the play-offs and only just missing out on promotion
Di Matteo would nevertheless earn promotion later on after taking charge of West Bromwich Albion FC in the English second division in the summer of 2009 and leading them into the Premier League in his first season
That earned Di Matteo the right to rub shoulders with some of the game's biggest names, such as former Manchester United FC manager Sir Alex Ferguson (l.)
His performances for WBA also earned him a return to former club Chelsea, as right-hand man to Andre Villas-Boas (r.) in June 2011
When Villas-Boas was dismissed in March 2012, Di Matteo was thrust into the hotseat, guiding the Blues to a 2-0 win over Birmingham City FC in the FA Cup in his first game in charge. He went on to win the trophy at the end of the season.
He also came up against current FC Bayern coach Pep Guardiola (l.), knocking his FC Barcelona side out of the UEFA Champions League in the semi-finals...
...to set Chelsea up for the biggest success of the London club's history: victory in the Champions League over Bayern in Munich
That earned Di Matteo a firm place in the Chelsea fans' hearts, and even after his dismissal following a Champions League defeat to Juventus in November 2012, they continued to chant his name throughout the season
Since losing his job with Chelsea, Di Matteo has been able to enjoy other pursuits, such as golf, before being appointed as the new coach of Schalke on 7 October 2014