About Roberto

Profile

The Italian born agent is a specialist with a unique set of skills. Having worked as DoF in the Premier League and having sold numerous football clubs, Roberto has an in-depth understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in a football club. This has enhanced his credibility and contacts in the industry.

After obtaining his university degree, Roberto De Fanti started working for Gaetano Fedele Consulting in 1999. The firm managed players such as Italian footballer Fabio Cannavaro, who was named FIFA World Player of the Year and who won the Ballon d’Or award in 2006.

From 2000 to 2002 Roberto acted as Chief of Italian Scouting for Consport Group Srl, working with pioneering agent Dario Canovi, who managed players such as Alessandro Nesta and Marco di Vaio.

In 2002 he became an official FIFA licensed agent with the Italian Football Association, FIGC. In the same year he co-founded F.P.A. – a football players’ agency located in Rome which transferred world-renowned players such as Cafu and Assunção.

Roberto left FPA in April 2004 and in June of the same year became CEO of International Talents Management – a football players’ agency that specialised in transfers (predominantly from Northern Europe). At one point he represented eight players of the starting eleven that made up the Finnish national team that nearly qualified for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship.

In February 2013 Roberto was offered the position of consultant to Premier League club Sunderland AFC. In June of the same year he was appointed as the club’s Director of Football (DoF), becoming the club’s first DoF and the youngest DoF ever of the Premier League.

Roberto left Sunderland AFC in February 2014 and decided to specialise in the brokering of the sale of football clubs, accomplishing the sale of Leyton Orient and Reading FC. In the summer of 2014 he transferred the two-times Champions League winner Esteban Cambiasso from Inter Milan to Leicester City.

In 2016 Roberto once again became a full-time agent and founded RDF Football Ltd.

As CEO of the London-based football agency, Roberto transfers and manages players from across the globe. He speaks English, Italian and Spanish fluently, which makes it easy for him to broker international deals.

RDF Football Ltd offers its clients a highly individualised service, with Roberto cherry-picking his players and following them personally as they progress through their careers.

Roberto has also contributed to the writing of 2 books:

-” Un calcio al Virus” (Kicking the Virus), A chapter dedicated on how Italian and English football handled covid differently.

– “BREXIT FOOTBALL CLUB”, writing the chapter “The New Era of Football Agents”, Covers how transfer rules are implemented differently post covid and the long term repercussions for both agents and clubs.

About Roberto

Profile

The Italian born agent is a specialist with a unique set of skills. Having worked as DoF in the Premier League and having sold numerous football clubs, Roberto has an in-depth understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in a football club. This has enhanced his credibility and contacts in the industry.

After obtaining his university degree, Roberto De Fanti started working for Gaetano Fedele Consulting in 1999. The firm managed players such as Italian footballer Fabio Cannavaro, who was named FIFA World Player of the Year and who won the Ballon d’Or award in 2006.

From 2000 to 2002 Roberto acted as Chief of Italian Scouting for Consport Group Srl, working with pioneering agent Dario Canovi, who managed players such as Alessandro Nesta and Marco di Vaio.

In 2002 he became an official FIFA licensed agent with the Italian Football Association, FIGC. In the same year he co-founded F.P.A. – a football players’ agency located in Rome which transferred world-renowned players such as Cafu and Assunção.

Roberto left FPA in April 2004 and in June of the same year became CEO of International Talents Management – a football players’ agency that specialised in transfers (predominantly from Northern Europe). At one point he represented eight players of the starting eleven that made up the Finnish national team that nearly qualified for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship.

In February 2013 Roberto was offered the position of consultant to Premier League club Sunderland AFC. In June of the same year he was appointed as the club’s Director of Football (DoF), becoming the club’s first DoF and the youngest DoF ever of the Premier League.

Roberto left Sunderland AFC in February 2014 and decided to specialise in the brokering of the sale of football clubs, accomplishing the sale of Leyton Orient and Reading FC. In the summer of 2014 he transferred the two-times Champions League winner Esteban Cambiasso from Inter Milan to Leicester City.

In 2016 Roberto once again became a full-time agent and founded RDF Football Ltd.

As CEO of the London-based football agency, Roberto transfers and manages players from across the globe. He speaks English, Italian and Spanish fluently, which makes it easy for him to broker international deals.

RDF Football Ltd offers its clients a highly individualised service, with Roberto cherry-picking his players and following them personally as they progress through their careers.

Roberto has also contributed to the writing of 2 books:

-” Un calcio al Virus” (Kicking the Virus), A chapter dedicated on how Italian and English football handled covid differently.

– “BREXIT FOOTBALL CLUB”, writing the chapter “The New Era of Football Agents”, Covers how transfer rules are implemented differently post covid and the long term repercussions for both agents and clubs.

My trusted team

Members

My team at RDF Football are the ultimate professionals with years of experience dealing with financial, legal, brand management and public relations matters of the football world, for both professional players and football clubs

Filippo Colasanto worked in the sales department for San Paolo Invest and subsequently for Publitalia 80, which is part of the Fininvest Group owned by Silvio Berlusconi.
In 1999 he finally managed to make his hobby a real profession by obtaining the licence as FIFA Agent. Filippo has been dealing with countless international intermediations ever since, with a major focus on the South American market.

Quotes:
“Per aspera ad astra”
“Never for money, always for passion”

After graduating from Luiss University in Rome, Alessandro started to work as a solicitor, specialising in civil rights. In his career he has worked for several professional footballers, football clubs and football federations, developing and sharpening his skills in sports law. Roberto and Alessandro go way back, so he is the “eldest” member of RDF Football’s team.

“You do not escape your responsibilities”

Filippo Tenderini is the Managing Director of Laggan & Associates Limited, a London based firm specialising in international tax consultancy and chartered accountancy services to UK based subsidiaries of overseas firms with a view to side them during the internationalisation of their activities.

Gabriel started his career as a professional journalist and has worked for several football newspapers and radio shows.
As a consequence of his father being a professional footballer playing for clubs like AC Milan and Venezia, Gabriel grew up in a very football oriented environment and he decided to cultivate his passion for scouting.
In 2015 he decided to move to London where he started collaborating with several Football Clubs and in 2017 he joined the RDF Football team.
Gabriel is devoted to the continuous search for new talents.

Quote:
“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”

After graduating in Business Management at Bocconi University, Stefania joined RDF Football in 2015 and thanks to her foreign language knowledge (English, Spanish, French and Italian), she has been helping Roberto in managing foreign players, especially from Latin America and Africa.

Quote: “It’s not about winning, It’s about not giving up”

After working for Intercontinental Hotel Group in guest relations and event management in Helsinki from 2005 to 2010, Annalena joined I.T.M Srl in 2011 as Consultant for Finnish football. In 2017 she joined RDF Football as Director For Scandinavia. Annalena speaks fluently English, Finnish and Italian and is familiar with German and Swedish.

Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro, who joined Northacre in 2013 as CEO. With more than 25 years experience within the world of exclusive international real estate, his blue-chip background provides a signature driving force for Northacre’s groundbreaking projects.

After having spent several years alongside Est4te Four’s Partners, Niccolò helped the company evolve from a mid-sized developer into a global real estate advisor with developments in Milan, London, New York and Los Angeles.

Successfully captaining Northacre’s projects within London, Niccolò continues to build the company’s reputation internationally.

His love for sport has also seen him act as an Advisor to the Chairman of AFC Sunderland, and sit on the Board of Directors for Leeds United and Brescia Calcio.

Eugenio Cicconetti is an Investment Director at Schroders Investment Management in London. Before joining Schroders Eugenio worked as a financial analyst in Doha for the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar (Qatar Investment Authority) and as a European Banks analyst for JP Morgan and Dresdner Kleinwort.

Filippo Colasanto worked in the sales department for San Paolo Invest and subsequently for Publitalia 80, which is part of the Fininvest Group owned by Silvio Berlusconi.
In 1999 he finally managed to make his hobby a real profession by obtaining the licence as FIFA Agent. Filippo has been dealing with countless international intermediations ever since, with a major focus on the South American market.

Quotes:
“Per aspera ad astra”
“Never for money, always for passion”

After graduating from Luiss University in Rome, Alessandro started to work as a solicitor, specialising in civil rights. In his career he has worked for several professional footballers, football clubs and football federations, developing and sharpening his skills in sports law. Roberto and Alessandro go way back, so he is the “eldest” member of RDF Football’s team.

“You do not escape your responsibilities”

Filippo Tenderini is the Managing Director of Laggan & Associates Limited, a London based firm specialising in international tax consultancy and chartered accountancy services to UK based subsidiaries of overseas firms with a view to side them during the internationalisation of their activities.

Gabriel started his career as a professional journalist and has worked for several football newspapers and radio shows.
As a consequence of his father being a professional footballer playing for clubs like AC Milan and Venezia, Gabriel grew up in a very football oriented environment and he decided to cultivate his passion for scouting.
In 2015 he decided to move to London where he started collaborating with several Football Clubs and in 2017 he joined the RDF Football team.
Gabriel is devoted to the continuous search for new talents.

Quote:
“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”

After graduating in Business Management at Bocconi University, Stefania joined RDF Football in 2015 and thanks to her foreign language knowledge (English, Spanish, French and Italian), she has been helping Roberto in managing foreign players, especially from Latin America and Africa.

Quote: “It’s not about winning, It’s about not giving up”

After working for Intercontinental Hotel Group in guest relations and event management in Helsinki from 2005 to 2010, Annalena joined I.T.M Srl in 2011 as Consultant for Finnish football. In 2017 she joined RDF Football as Director For Scandinavia. Annalena speaks fluently English, Finnish and Italian and is familiar with German and Swedish.

Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro, who joined Northacre in 2013 as CEO. With more than 25 years experience within the world of exclusive international real estate, his blue-chip background provides a signature driving force for Northacre’s groundbreaking projects.

After having spent several years alongside Est4te Four’s Partners, Niccolò helped the company evolve from a mid-sized developer into a global real estate advisor with developments in Milan, London, New York and Los Angeles.

Successfully captaining Northacre’s projects within London, Niccolò continues to build the company’s reputation internationally.

His love for sport has also seen him act as an Advisor to the Chairman of AFC Sunderland, and sit on the Board of Directors for Leeds United and Brescia Calcio.

Eugenio Cicconetti is an Investment Director at Schroders Investment Management in London. Before joining Schroders Eugenio worked as a financial analyst in Doha for the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar (Qatar Investment Authority) and as a European Banks analyst for JP Morgan and Dresdner Kleinwort.

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