Gamberini in action for Fiorentina in 2009
|Date of birth||27 August 1981|
|Place of birth||Bologna, Italy|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2002–2003||→ Verona (loan)||20||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Genoa (loan)||10||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 April 2015.
He spent most of his professional career with Fiorentina, appearing in 224 official games over the course of seven seasons.
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.
Following Bologna's relegation in 2005, Gamberini moved to ACF Fiorentina for €3.2 million, 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.
At under-21 level, Gamberini was a member of the team that won the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship under Claudio Gentile. He made his senior debut with the Italian national team in a 2–0 friendly win against South Africa on 17 October 2007.
He was not included in the original squad for UEFA Euro 2008 under Roberto Donadoni, but was called up after captain Fabio Cannavaro tore ankle ligaments after a collision with teammate Giorgio Chiellini in training, on 2 June. Gamberini was not used during the competition. He was also included in Marcello Lippi's squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, but once again failed to make an appearance throughout the tournament as Italy were eliminated in the first round.
Style of play
- Italy under-21
- "Reports and financial statements at 30 June 2003" (PDF) (in Italian). Juventus' official website. 28 October 2003. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- Fiorentina report and accounts on 31 December 2006 (Italian)
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- "Gamberini è il nuovo capitano" [Gamberini is new captain] (in Italian). Viola Channel. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
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- "Gamberini al Genoa" [Gamberini to Genoa] (in Italian). S.S.C. Napoli. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
- "Ufficiale: Alessandro Gamberini al Chievo Verona!" [Official: Alessandro Gamberini to Chievo Verona] (in Italian). Chievo Verona. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
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- Cannavaro surgery rated a success; BBC Sport, 4 June 2008
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- "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.
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- Fiorentina official profile (Italian)
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- National team data (Italian)
- Alessandro Gamberini at National-Football-Teams.com
- Alessandro Gamberini profile at Soccerway