Armenian Matteo Darmian Plays for Italy’s World Cup Team

SAO PAOLO, Brazil — Italian defender Matteo Darmian, of Armenian descent, is one of the breakout stars of the Italian World Cup team.

Darmian was born in the northern Italian town of Legnano. He plays for Turin now. He caught the eye of Italy coach Cesare Prandelli during a great  season with the Turin club and was invited to a national team training camp in March 2014, the prelude to his appearance in the coach’s 23-man list for Brazil 2014.

He has thus far won raves for his appearance in the game against England. Italy faced Costa Rica on June 20 and will face Uruguay on June 24.