|Date of birth||5 July 1982|
|Place of birth||Biella, Italy|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2012–||→ Bologna (loan)||35||(13)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Alberto Gilardino, Ufficiale OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [alˈbɛrto dʒilarˈdino]; born 5 July 1982) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Bologna and the Italian national team.
In his early career, he was compared to Filippo Inzaghi, and Christian Vieri described him as the fusion of both players. Gilardino currently holds the record for being the youngest player to have scored 100 goals in Serie A.
Club career 
Early years 
"Gila", as he is often nicknamed, was sold to Verona in 2000 in co-ownership, for 7.5 billion Italian lire. Despite his young age, he scored five goals in his two seasons at the club where he made 39 league appearances. But Gilardino was already attracted Verona to sign in full in June 2001, for another 7 billion lire. After Martin Laursen was bought back in June 2001 by Parma, Anthony Šerić was sold to Verona in a co-ownership deal, then Gilardino was also bought by Parma in a co-ownership deal during 2001–02 season and loaned back to Verona.
He also faced a car accident which ruled him out of the season in April 2001.
His career was launched on the international stage in 2002, as Parma bought the remained 50% registration rights and gave Šerić back to Verona. Later Adrian Mutu, his team-mate at Verona was also signed, to replace the exit of Marco Di Vaio. Under Cesare Prandelli, who later bought him to La viola, Gilardino scored five goals in his first season, and netted 23 times in his second season, after the exit of Adriano. That total in the 2003–04 campaign made him the second-most prolific Serie A scorer. The success in club level and U-21 level earned him a contract extension until June 2007. He repeated this feat in 2004–05, scoring another 23 goals and finishing as the second-best scorer in Serie A once again. He scored 50 goals for Parma in only 96 appearances in Serie A.
He made a €25 million transfer to A.C. Milan on 17 July 2005. Though he scored 17 domestic goals for Milan, he failed to find his offensive form in Milan's 2005–06 UEFA Champions League campaign, going goal-less in all 12 matches. Gilardino's European offensive output the next season was equally disappointing, with only two goals. One of his two goals, though, helped Milan seal a decisive 3–0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of the semi-finals on 3 May 2007, which put them back into the Champions League final and set up a rematch with Liverpool. He played only two minutes as a substitute for Filippo Inzaghi in Milan's 2–1 victory. Gilardino led Milan in 2006–07 Serie A scoring with 12 goals; no other Milan player hit double figures.
Gilardino contributed a brace in Milan's 5–1 defeat of Lazio on 7 October 2007 (which marked his first domestic goal following a double in Milan's 5–2 victory over Ascoli on 18 April), and likewise for his first Champions League scores of the season in a 4–1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on 24 October. With Milan, Gilardino was considered a strong front man who was adept at holding the ball and leading attacks.
On 25 May 2008, Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino confirmed that a deal to sign Gilardino from Milan had been completed. On 28 May 2008, the deal was confirmed; Gilardino moved for €15 million and signed a five-year deal. Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli previously guided Gilardino when the pair were with Parma. His first goal with the Violas arrived in the first leg of the third qualifying round for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League against Slavia Prague, where he scored the second goal of the match. On 31 August, Gilardino scored on his Serie A debut against Juventus in the 89th minute to tie the game at 1–1. In the successive league match, he supplied an assist to Adrian Mutu to open the score in the match against Napoli, but Fiorentina still finished on the losing side by suffering a 1–2 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo. In the first match from the Champions League group stages against the French of Olympique Lyonnais, he scored two goals in the first half to give Fiorentina a two-goal cushion, only to be cancelled by two second-half goals from Frédéric Piquionne and Karim Benzema. Gilardino finished the 2008–09 season with 19 Serie A goals and was instantly beloved by the Viola faithful. Among the highlights of his season was a double against Roma and an astonishing tight angle shot against Genoa while being marked by three defenders. Gilardino had an exceptional campaign in the Champions League the following season, first scoring a dramatic late goal to give Fiorentina a 2–2 tie at Sporting Lisbon, then against Debrecen, and then scoring in the third minute of stoppage time against Liverpool in the final match day of the group phase at Anfield, which gave Fiorentina a coveted first place finish at the expense of Lyon. On 27 February 2011, Gilardino scored his 200th career goal in a match against Bari.
On 3 January 2012 Gilardino penned a four-and-a-half-year contract with his new employers; Genoa, and costed €8million. Gilardino has chosen 82 as his shirt number. Gilardino scored four goals in 14 appearances at Genoa in the second half of the 2011–2012 Serie A Season.
On 31 August 2012, Gilardino switched clubs again, joining Bologna for an undisclosed fee. Gilardino netted a brace on 16 September, helping his new side overcome a 2–0 haftime deficit to defeat Roma 3–2 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Gilardino scored his second brace for Bologna, in their 4–0 defeat of Catania on 30 September, bringing his goal tally to five in five games. Gilardino scored his sixth goal for Bologna on 18 November, opening the scoring in a comfortable 3–0 defeat of Palermo, earning his new club a much needed three points.
Gilardino led Bologna to a much needed win on on 12 January 2013, netting a brace in the side's 4–0 defeat of Chievo Verona. He powered the club to a 1-0 defeat of Inter Milan on 10 March, scoring with a classy volley from a Diego Pérez cross, firmly establishing Bologna in mid-table and easing their relegation fears.
International career 
Gilardino is currently the all-time top scorer for the Italy National Under-21 team.
He was a member of the Italy squad that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He played in the first two matches, scoring a goal against the United States with a diving header, then coming on as a substitute in the semifinal match against Germany, hitting the post in extra time and providing the assist for Alessandro Del Piero's stoppage-time goal two minutes after the first goal sealing the Azzurri's 2–0 victory.
On 17 October 2007, Gilardino assumed the team captaincy for the first time in his international career after Daniele De Rossi was substituted during Italy's 2–0 friendly win over South Africa. He returned to the national team on 20 August 2008 and scored the first of Italy's two goals in an international friendly against Austria, which ended in a 2–2 draw.
In June 2009, Marcello Lippi called Gilardino up for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Gilardino played a friendly match against New Zealand in Pretoria, South Africa days before Italy's first match, netting two goals and displaying a wonderful performance.
On 10 October 2009, Gilardino scored what he describes as the most important goal of his career so far, scoring in the 89th minute against Ireland. This enabled them (Italy) to qualify for the 2010 World Cup to try to defend the title they won in 2006.
On 14 October 2009, Gilardino scored a hat trick in the final 13 minutes of the game against Cyprus to cap a 3–2 victory for Italy.
Gilardino was part of the Italian 2010 FIFA World Cup squad. He started Italy's first game on the group stage against Paraguay. World Cup 2010 was a disaster for Italy and the team was eliminated in the group stage. As result of his good form after his arrival at Bologna Gilardino has been called back in the national team, alongside his team mate Diamanti, by Prandelli now coach of the Azzurri.
- National team
- Serie A Footballer of the Year: 1
- Italian Footballer of the Year: 1
- Serie A Young Footballer of the Year: 1
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 1
Career statistics 
- Correct as of 27 January 2013.
|Italy national team|
International goals 
Alberto Gilardino international goals.
|1.||13 October 2004||Parma, Italy||Belarus||4–3||Win||FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification|
|2.||9 February 2005||Cagliari, Italy||Russia||2–0||Win||Friendly|
|3.||17 August 2005||Dublin, Ireland||Republic of Ireland||1–2||Win||Friendly|
|4.||12 October 2005||Lecce, Italy||Moldova||2–1||Win||FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification|
|5.||12 November 2005||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–3||Win||Friendly|
|6.||1 March 2006||Florence, Italy||Germany||4–1||Win||Friendly|
|7.||30 April 2006||Geneva, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|8.||17 June 2006||Kaiserslautern, Germany||United States||1–1||Draw||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|9.||6 September 2006||Saint-Denis, France||France||1–3||Loss||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification|
|10.||20 August 2008||Nice, France||Austria||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|11.||10 June 2009||Pretoria, South Africa||New Zealand||4–3||Win||Friendly|
|12.||10 June 2009||Pretoria, South Africa||New Zealand||4–3||Win||Friendly|
|13.||10 October 2009||Dublin, Ireland||Republic of Ireland||2–2||Draw||FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification|
|14.||14 October 2009||Parma, Italy||Cyprus||1–2||Win||FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification|
|15.||14 October 2009||Parma, Italy||Cyprus||2–2||Win||FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification|
|16.||14 October 2009||Parma, Italy||Cyprus||3–2||Win||FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification|
|17.||7 September 2010||Florence, Italy||Faroe Islands||1–0||Win||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification|
Personal life 
Gilardino is close friends with former Milan teammate Daniele Bonera; they were also teammates at Parma. Gilardino once dedicated one of his goals to Daniele's baby daughter Talitha. Besides his goal-scoring, he is well-remembered for his goal celebration as well – getting on his knees and "playing the violin" at the touchline in front of the fans. He became engaged to Alice Bregoli on 31 March 2006 and had their first baby, a girl Ginevra, on 2 March 2008. The couple wed 5 July 2009 in Santa Margherita Ligure, in the province of Genoa. . The second daughter, named Gemma, born on 19 March 2011.
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- "Internazionale 0-1 Bologna". ESPNFC. 10 March 2013.
- F.I.G.C. Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
- Official website
- (Italian) Profile at ACF Fiorentina official site
- (Italian) National team stats at FIGC official site
- Alberto Gilardino – FIFA competition record