Andrea Bertolacci

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Andrea Bertolacci
Andrea Bertolacci 2016 ICC.jpg
Personal information
Full name Andrea Bertolacci
Date of birth (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 16
Youth career
2006–2010 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Roma 0 (0)
2010–2012Lecce (loan) 43 (6)
2012–2015 Genoa 88 (12)
2015– Milan 44 (2)
2017–2018Genoa (loan) 33 (1)
National team
2006 Italy U16 2 (0)
2008 Italy U17 4 (0)
2009 Italy U18 1 (0)
2009–2010 Italy U19 6 (0)
2010–2011 Italy U20 2 (0)
2011–2013 Italy U21 7 (1)
2014– Italy 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2015

Andrea Bertolacci (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa bertoˈlattʃi]; born 11 January 1991) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Milan, and the Italian national team.

Bertolacci began his career at Roma, and was signed by Milan in 2015. He has represented the Italy national team and Italy U21 national team, and also played for the Italy U17 national team and Italy U19 national team. He made his senior international debut in November 2014, in a friendly match against Albania.

Club career[edit]

Bertolacci started his career with the Roma academy. In January 2010 he was sent on loan to Serie A team, Lecce. He scored the first goal for Lecce against Juventus a game in which he scored a brace. In summer 2010, Lecce extended the loan and borrowed Simone Sini also from Roma.

On 22 June 2011, Lecce excised the option to purchase 50% of his registration rights for a pre-agreed fee of €500,000. However, Roma excised the rights against the option for €500,000. Thus, Lecce received €500,000 in net as an incentive for the loan.[1] Then Bertolacci was loaned for another season to Lecce, in order to play as a regular and gain more experience.

Bertolacci scored against his parent club in a 2–1 defeat on 20 November 2011.[citation needed] On 30 June 2012, Bertolacci returned to Roma. In summer 2012 he was involved in the deal to sign Genoa's Panagiotis Tachtsidis. 50% of Bertolacci's player rights were tagged for €1 million and also 50% of Tachtsidis's rights for €2.5 million.[2]

On 20 June 2014, Roma and Genoa renewed their co-ownership contract agreement with Bertolacci.[3]

2014-2015 season with Genoa is Bertolacci's best season of his career. He scored 6 goals in 34 matches of Serie A, producing 8 assists and helping his team reaching the 6th place in the league.

In June 2015, Roma bought the other part of Bertolacci's player rights from Genoa for a sum of €8.5m. Subsequently, on 29 June 2015, Bertolacci joined fellow Serie A club A.C. Milan for €20m.[4][5]

He scored his first Serie A goal for Milan in a 3–1 away win over Lazio on 1 November 2015.

International career[edit]

Bertolacci playing with Italy in 2015

Bertolacci started his international experience in Val-de-Marne under-16 international tournament.[6] He played all 3 matches of the 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship elite qualification, in which Italy did not qualify to the next round. He was then promoted to the U19 team in January 2009 (as a consequence of the early exit of U-19 born 1990 team), played twice in 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification and once in the elite round. He was also selected for the final stage, playing twice as starter. During the 2010–11 season he was capped twice for the U20 team in the Four Nations Tournament.

In April 2011 he received his first under-21 call-up.[7] However, he was injured and missed the friendly.[8] On 10 August 2011 he made his debut with the Italy U21 team, in a friendly match against Switzerland.

On 11 June 2013, Bertolacci scored a 94th-minute equaliser – his first goal for the under-21s – against Norway in the European U-21 Championships to ensure Italy topped their group.[9][10] Italy went on to reach the final, though Bertolacci did not feature.[11]

On 9 November 2014, he was called up by Antonio Conte to the senior squad ahead of a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Croatia and a friendly against Albania.[12] On 18 November, he made his debut with senior team against Albania, playing for 70 minutes in a 1–0 win at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. On 28 March 2015, Bertolacci made his second appearance for Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Bulgaria in Sofia which finished 2–2.[13]

Style of play[edit]

Bertolacci is a quick, hardworking, versatile and well-rounded midfielder, who is also capable of playing in several other positions, due to his ability to aid his team both offensively and defensively. A left-footed player, he is usually deployed as a creative attacking midfielder, due to his vision, passing, technique, and striking ability, as well as his adeptness at making attacking runs.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Bertolacci married actress Nicole Murgia on 23 December 2015 and is brother-in-law with her brother, Alessandro, who is also a footballer.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 29 November 2018.[16][17][18][19]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lecce (loan) 2009–10 Serie B 6 0 0 0 6 0
2010–11 Serie A 9 3 1 1 10 4
2011–12 28 3 0 0 28 3
Total 43 6 1 1 44 7
Genoa 2012–13 Serie A 29 4 0 0 29 4
2013–14 25 2 1 0 26 2
2014–15 34 6 1 0 35 6
Total 88 12 2 0 90 12
Milan 2015–16 Serie A 27 1 3 0 30 1
2016–17 17 1 2 0 1[a] 0 20 1
2018–19 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0
Total 44 2 5 0 4 0 1 0 54 2
Genoa (loan) 2017–18 Serie A 33 1 1 0 34 1
Career total 208 21 9 1 4 0 1 0 222 22
  1. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

International[edit]

As of 13 October 2015 [20]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
2015 4 0
Total 5 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Milan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OPERAZIONI DI MERCATO CONCLUSE AL 24 GIUGNO 2011" [Operations in market concluded on 24 June 2011] (PDF). AS Roma (in Italian). 24 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.asroma.it/pdf/corporate/bilanci_e_relazioni/relazione-semestrale-31-12-12.pdf
  3. ^ "Genoa, rinnovate le comproprietà di Bertolacci e Boakye". Ilsecoloxix.it. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Il Milan batte un colpo, arriva Bertolacci. Mihajlovic: Un grande acquisto" (in Italian). La Republica. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  5. ^ "OPERAZIONI DI MERCATO Andrea Bertolacci" [Market Operation: Andrea Bertolacci] (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  6. ^ "COMUNICATO STAMPA" [Press Release] (PDF) (in Italian). FIGC. 27 October 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Capuano, Bertolacci and Forestieri newcomers for friendly against Russia". FIGC. 8 April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  8. ^ "A Padova contro la Russia. Ferrara: "Tappa importante per il futuro"" (in Italian). FIGC. 12 April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Convocazioni e presenze in campo: Bertolacci Andrea" [Call-ups and appearances] (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  10. ^ Hershman, Josh (11 June 2013). "Late Bertolacci goal denies Norway top spot". UEFA. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  11. ^ Kell, Tom (18 June 2013). "Thiago treble helps Spain retain Under-21 crown". UEFA. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Liverpool's Mario Balotelli recalled to Italy squad for Euro qualifier". The Guardian. Press Association. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Eder scores in Italy debut to give Azzurri draw in Bulgaria". PA Sport. ESPN. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  14. ^ Stefano Niccoli (17 January 2015). "Bertolacci, il jolly del centrocampo" (in Italian). Viola News. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Bertolacci si sposa con Nicole: tra gli invitati Florenzi, Romagnoli, Cerci e Perin" (in Italian). sport.ilmessaggero.it. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  16. ^ Andrea Bertolacci at Soccerway
  17. ^ "Football : Andrea Bertolacci". Football DataBase. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Profile of Andrea Bertolacci at footballzz.co.uk". footballzz.co.uk. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Profile of Andrea Bertolacci at Scoresway". Scoresway. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  20. ^ Andrea Bertolacci | National Football Team

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