Giuseppe Bergomi

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Giuseppe Bergomi
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Personal information
Full name Giuseppe Bergomi
Date of birth (1963-12-22) 22 December 1963 (age 50)
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1999 Internazionale 519 (23)
National team
1981–1982 Italy U21 3 (0)
1982–1998 Italy 81 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giuseppe "Beppe" Bergomi (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈbɛrɡomi]; born 22 December 1963) is a retired Italian footballer who spent his entire career at Internazionale, being equally at ease as a central or right defender.

He held the record of most appearances for the club for several years, while also being the side's longtime captain. He was affectionately referred to as "Lo zio" ("the uncle")[1] because of the impressive moustache he wore even as a youngster.

Bergomi won more than 80 caps for the Italian national team, appearing in four World Cups – including the 1982 edition which ended in triumph – and Euro 1988.

Club career[edit]

Born in Milan, Bergomi began training with F.C. Internazionale Milano's first team at the age of only 16, and made his professional debut in the 1980–81 season, the following year. The 20 Serie A seasons he went on to spend with his sole club were often in the shadow of A.C. Milan, as he only won the Scudetto once, in 1989 (he did conquer the UEFA Cup on three occasions). For a moment in his career, he held the records for both the most appearances in European competition by an Italian player and the most Milan derbies played, both broken by Paolo Maldini.[2][3]

Bergomi retired in 1999 at the age of almost 36, holding the record of most appearances for Inter until late September 2011, when he was overtaken by Argentine Javier Zanetti.[4] He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.[5]

International career[edit]

With Italy Bergomi won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and also played in the 1986 and 1990 campaigns (being team captain in the latter), as well as UEFA Euro 1988. Alongside the likes of AC Milan legend Franco Baresi and Juventus duo Antonio Cabrini and Gaetano Scirea, he formed the backbone of the national team's defence for much of the 1980s, making his debut on 14 April 1982 in a 0–1 friendly loss in East Germany, aged only 18 years and 3 months; in the victorious World Cup run in Spain he appeared in three games, including the full 180 minutes in the last two matches.[6]

After being sent off in a match against Norway in an Euro 1992 qualifier, Bergomi spent years without getting a callback to the Azzurri, but received a surprise recall for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, at 34,[7] after playing 28 times in the league and leading the Nerazzurri to the UEFA Cup – his third and last; despite playing in four World Cups, he failed to make one single appearance in qualifying stages.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1979–80 Inter Milan Serie A 0 0 1 0 - 1 0
1980–81 12 0 - 4 0 16 0
1981–82 24 2 10 2 4 0 38 4
1982–83 28 1 9 1 6 0 43 2
1983–84 25 0 5 0 5 0 35 0
1984–85 29 2 9 0 10 0 48 2
1985–86 30 5 6 0 10 0 46 5
1986–87 28 2 9 0 8 0 45 2
1987–88 28 1 9 0 5 0 42 1
1988–89 32 1 8 0 6 0 46 1
1989–90 33 2 5 0 2 0 40 2
1990–91 30 3 4 1 12 0 46 4
1991–92 29 0 6 0 2 0 37 0
1992–93 31 2 6 0 - 37 2
1993–94 31 0 4 0 12 0 47 0
1994–95 32 1 7 1 2 0 41 2
1995–96 27 0 5 0 1 0 33 0
1996–97 19 0 7 0 10 0 36 0
1997–98 28 0 5 0 9 0 42 0
1998–99 23 1 7 0 9 0 39 1
Total Italy 519 23 120 5 117 0 756 28
Career total 519 23 120 5 117 0 756 28

International[edit]

[9]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1982 6 0
1983 4 0
1984 9 0
1985 7 0
1986 8 2
1987 8 1
1988 11 2
1989 10 1
1990 12 0
1991 2 0
1992 0 0
1993 0 0
1994 0 0
1995 0 0
1996 0 0
1997 0 0
1998 4 0
Total 81 6

Post-playing career[edit]

A licensed football coach, Bergomi became youth coach of Esordienti at Inter in 2008.[10] In July 2009 he was appointed youth coach of Allievi Nazionali (under-17) at A.C. Monza Brianza 1912,[11] being promoted as head of the Berretti under-19 team, in co-operation with Giuseppe Chieppa, one year later.[12]

In July 2011, Bergomi left Monza to accept the same position at Atalanta BC.[13]

Additionally, he also worked as a football pundit and commentator for Italian satellite television Sky Italia, often commentating with Fabio Caressa, including in Italy's victorious run at the 2006 World Cup.

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Preceded by
Giuseppe Baresi
Internazionale captain
1992-1999
Succeeded by
Javier Zanetti