Alessandro Gamberini

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Alessandro Gamberini
Gamberini in action for Fiorentina in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-08-27) 27 August 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Bologna, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Bologna 78 (0)
2002–2003 Verona (loan) 20 (0)
2005–2012 Fiorentina 194 (6)
2012–2014 Napoli 25 (1)
2013–2014 Genoa (loan) 10 (0)
2014– Chievo 23 (0)
National team
2000 Italy U20 1 (0)
2001–2004 Italy U21 4 (0)
2007–2011 Italy 8 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Alessandro Gamberini (born 27 August 1981) is an Italian footballer who plays for A.C. Chievo Verona as a central defender.

He spent most of his professional career with Fiorentina, appearing in 224 official games over the course of seven seasons.

An Italian international in the late 2000s, Gamberini represented the country at Euro 2008 and the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Club career[edit]


Born in Bologna, Gamberini made his professional – and Serie A – debut with Bologna F.C. 1909 in 1999–2000 – in a 1–3 away defeat against S.S. Lazio on 9 January 2000 – and remained there for six seasons, a one-year loan to Hellas Verona F.C. notwithstanding.

In the 2000 off-season he was acquired by Juventus F.C. alongside Alex Pederzoli and Giacomo Cipriani in a pack deal for 5.16 million, in exchange for the remaining 50% of Jonatan Binotto's registration rights for the same amount, with 50% of Gamberini's rights being priced at €2.32 million. His co-ownership deal was terminated in the favour of Bologna in June 2002, for a peppercorn fee, making the Turin side register a loss of €1.5 million (the residual unamortised transfer fee of €4.64 in three years), but with a financial income of €2.32 million as Juve did not have to pay the remaining 50% registration rights.[1]


Following Bologna's relegation in 2005, Gamberini moved to ACF Fiorentina for €3.2 million,[2][3] carving a starting XI niche in his second year as the Viola eventually qualified twice for the UEFA Champions League. On 4 March 2007 he scored two goals in a 5–1 home win over Torino FC, his first in 134 professional appearances.[4]

At the end of 2007–08, Gamberini was voted as Fiorentina's player of the campaign. In February 2010 he was sidelined for three months, after undergoing shoulder surgery.[5][6]

In July 2011 Gamberini became Fiorentina's new captain,[7] as Riccardo Montolivo was stripped from that role.


In July 2012, aged 31, Gamberini signed with S.S.C. Napoli along with teammate Valon Behrami, in a combined deal of around €8.5 million.[8] He spent 2013–14 on loan to Genoa CFC.[9]


On 24 July 2014, Gamberini was sold to A.C. Chievo Verona.[10]

International career[edit]

Gamberini was a member of the Italian under-21 team that won the 2004 UEFA European Championship under Claudio Gentile.[11] He made his debut with the full side in a 2–0 friendly win against South Africa, on 17 October 2007.[12]

Gamberini was not included in the original squad for UEFA Euro 2008, but was called up after captain Fabio Cannavaro tore ankle ligaments after a collision with teammate Giorgio Chiellini in training, on 2 June.[13] He was not used during the competition, however.

Gamberini was selected by Marcello Lippi for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament, but once again failed to make an appearance as the nation was eliminated in the first round.[14]

Style of play[edit]

A reliable and physically strong centre-back, Gamberini is known in particular for his ability in the air.[15][16][12]




  1. ^ "Reports and financial statements at 30 June 2003" (PDF) (in Italian). Juventus F.C. 28 October 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Fiorentina report and accounts on 31 December 2006 (Italian)
  3. ^ Gamberini: al Bologna circa 3 milioni di euro (Gamberini: about 3 million Euro to Bologna); Fiorentina fansite, 4 July 2005 (Italian)
  4. ^ "Fiorentina inarrestabile massacrato un Torino fantasma" [Unstoppable Fiorentina crushed ghost Torino] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 4 March 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gamberini out for two months". Football Italia. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Operato Gamberini" [Gamberini has surgery] (in Italian). Viola Channel. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gamberini è il nuovo capitano" [Gamberini is new captain] (in Italian). Viola Channel. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Behrami e Gamberini al Napoli. Firenze aspetta Cuadrado" [Behrami and Gamberini to Napoli. Florence awaits Cuadrado] (in Italian). Sky Sport. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Gamberini al Genoa" [Gamberini to Genoa] (in Italian). S.S.C. Napoli. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ufficiale: Alessandro Gamberini al Chievo Verona!" [Official: Alessandro Gamberini to Chievo Verona!] (in Italian). A.C. Chievo Verona. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Azzurrini da leggenda" [Legendary azzurrini] (in Italian). 8 June 2004. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Alessandro Gamberini" (in Italian). Vivo Azzurro. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Cannavaro surgery rated a success; BBC Sport, 4 June 2008
  14. ^ "Alessandro Gamberini". 24 February 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Alessandro e Daniela: in attesa di Gamberini junior" [Alessandro and Daniela: awaiting Gamberini junior] (in Italian). Spazio Napoli. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Alessandro Gamberini" (in Italian). Area Napoli. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 

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