Very few players have managed to successfully come out of retirement after going into the sunset, but Italian star Damiano Tommasicould be one among them.
According to reports,Tommasi has been offered a chance to resume his playing career – six years after officially retiring – after being named in the squad for the Europa league by SP La Fiorita. The Sammarinese will be taking part in the first round of qualifying against FC Vaduz in the Europa League. It appears that one the major motivations for the 41-year-old to resume his playing career is the chance for his children to watch his football.
After spending much of his career with Roma,Tommasi won the Italian Serie A title in 2001. Since his retirement, he has been involved in the game but in an official level. Aside from the league title, he also won the SupercoppaItalianaand finished as runners-up in the Coppa Italia. His international career was short and he missed out on a major prize in the form of the World Cup since he did not feature for the national team in 2006.Tommasiplayed for Italy from 1998 to 2003. He made 25 appearances and scored two goals.
"It will be an opportunity for my children to watch me playing again as I've been missing from the international stage for so much time.La Fiorita gave me the chance to relive this kind of challenge. It has been years since I watched a draw with so much anticipation [as I did on Monday]. I hope to add a beautiful chapter to my footballing career," said the player after returning to competitive football. It is not known if he would continue playing for the club even if they drop out of the Europa League. The team has a long way to even thinking about the group stages.