U21 debut: 14.11.2006 v Czech Republic
Qualifying Games: 10 – Goals: 3
• Strong in the tackle and a driving force in central midfield, Dessena played once at the 2007 UEFA European U21 Championship.
• Made Serie A debut for Parma FC aged 17 in February 2005, featuring in their run to the UEFA Cup semi-finals that season.
• Joined Sampdoria after Parma's relegation in summer 2008 and played over 20 league games as well as helping the Blucerchiati reach the Coppa Italia final.
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