Andrés D'Alessandro (born April 15, 1981 in Buenos Aires,
Argentina) is an Argentine football (soccer) player who
currently plays for German team VfL Wolfsburg.
D'Alessandro, known as el cabezón, grew in the River young
division system that produced much of Argentina's top talent
over the years. He rose through the ranks later than Santiago
Solari and Pablo Aimar and together with Javier Saviola, with
whom he shared the limelight in the 2001 Youth World
Championship held in Buenos Aires. D'Alessandro started out that
tournament as a substitute, but injuries in the team allowed him
a place in the team during the later games. Argentina won the
title after beating Ghana 3-0.
After his transfer to Wolfsburg, D'Alessandro played with the
Argentine team that won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer