Gonzalo Rubén Bergessio

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Gonzalo Bergessio
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Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Rubén Bergessio
Date of birth (1984-07-20) 20 July 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sampdoria
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Platense 90 (28)
2003–2005 Instituto 37 (6)
2005–2007 Racing Avellaneda 35 (12)
2007–2008 Benfica 3 (0)
2008–2009 San Lorenzo 48 (29)
2009–2011 Saint-Étienne 49 (5)
2011 Catania (loan) 13 (5)
2011–2014 Catania 96 (30)
2014– Sampdoria 0 (0)
National team
2008– Argentina 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2009

Gonzalo Rubén Bergessio (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡonˈsalo ruˈβem beɾˈɣesjo]; born 20 July 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Sampdoria in Serie A, as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Bergessio started his career in the lower leagues with Club Atlético Platense. In 2005 he was signed by Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba of the top level, but at the end of the 2005–06 season Instituto were relegated, and the player was sold to Racing Club de Avellaneda.

During the Apertura 2006 Bergessio contributed with six goals, and in the following year's Clausura, continued to score on a regular basis. His fast pace earned him a big following at the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón, and he became a fan favourite after scoring the game winner against giants Boca Juniors, adding another against Club Atlético River Plate.

Benfica / Return to Argentina[edit]

On 26 June 2007, Bergessio signed a five-year 2.5 million deal with Portuguese league powerhouse Sport Lisboa e Benfica.[1] However, he only appeared in three league matches, one less than his opportunities in the UEFA Champions League, and, in January of the following year, he returned to his country.

In January 2008, Bergessio signed with Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro. On 8 May he was involved in the Libertadores Cup tie against River where, after his team had two players sent off and were 0–2 down, he scored twice to give it an improbable aggregate win.[2]

Saint-Étienne[edit]

On 24 August 2009 Bergessio returned to Europe, signing a four-year contract with France's AS Saint-Étienne for an undisclosed fee.

He scored his first goal for his new club during his second appearance, a 1–1 home draw against AJ Auxerre, but netted just five times more in his first one 1/2 seasons with the Ligue 1 club.

Calcio Catania[edit]

In the last hours of the 2011 winter transfer window, Bergessio joined Italian side Calcio Catania, arriving on loan for the remainder of the season – the Sicilians had the option to sign him player permanently at the conclusion of this loan agreement.[3] He made his Serie A debut on 20 February, playing the full 90 minutes and being booked in a 0–1 away loss against S.S.C. Napoli.

After an initial delay in the transfer, Bergessio signed with Catania permanently on 20 August 2011, for an undisclosed sum.[4] In the 2012–13 campaign he became a key part of Rolando Maran's team, forming an efficient offensive partnership with countrymen Pablo Barrientos, Lucas Castro and Alejandro Gómez; on 5 May 2013 he scored his first hat-trick in Italy's top flight, in his side's 3–0 home win over A.C. Siena.[5]

Bergessio helped Catania eventually finish in eighth position, with a club record in total points for the fifth consecutive season. On a personal level he was also the team's highest goalscorer during a single campaign, since Gionatha Spinesi netted 17 times in 2006–07.[6]

On 30 October 2013, Bergessio suffered a broken fibula as a result of a late tackle by Giorgio Chiellini in Catania's 0–4 loss at Juventus FC.[7]

International career[edit]

Bergessio made his international debut on 15 October 2008, playing the second half of a 0–1 loss in Chile, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He scored his first two international goals on 20 May of the following year, in a 3–1 win over Panama.[8]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 May 2009 Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe, Argentina  Panama 2–1 3–1 Friendly
2 20 May 2009 Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe, Argentina  Panama 3–1 3–1 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergessio garantido (Bergessio confirmed) (Portuguese); Zerozero, 26 June 2007
  2. ^ Copa Libertadores: San Lorenzo rallies to 2–2 with River to win quarterfinal berth on aggregate; IHT, 8 May 2008
  3. ^ "Ufficiale: Catania, colpo Bergessio" [Official: Catania capture Bergessio] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Catania sign Bergessio". Sky Sports. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Catania 3–0 Siena". ESPN FC. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Spinesi – "Bravo Bergessio, ma io ne ho fatti 17.."" [Spinesi – "Bravo Bergessio, but i made 17.."] (in Italian). Mondo Catania. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Catania’s Bergessio fractures fibula". Football Italia. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Previa amistoso: La Argentina 'local' de Maradona enfrenta a Panamá" [Friendly preview: Maradona's 'local' Argentina takes on Panama] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 

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