Carlo Nervo

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Carlo Nervo
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-10-29) 29 October 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Vicenza, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Bassano Virtus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Bassano Virtus 31 (5)
1989–1990 Monza 0 (0)
1990–1991 Bassano Virtus 29 (3)
1991–1992 Cittadella 31 (3)
1992–1994 Mantova 62 (8)
1994–2005 Bologna 311 (34)
2005–2006 Catanzaro 18 (0)
2006–2007 Bologna 26 (2)
2008 Virgilio
2008–2009 Rolo
National team
2002–2004 Italy 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Carlo Nervo (born 29 October 1971 in Vicenza) is an Italian professional footballer who usually played as a wide midfielder on the right flank. Following his retirement, he began a career in politics.

Club career[edit]

Originally from Solagna, Nervo began his career with the G.S.R. Solagna Youth System, before moving to Bassano Virtus, where he made his professional debut in 1988 after developing further in the club's Youth System. After brief periods with Monza and Cittadella, he moved to Mantova in 1992, spending two seasons with the club, helping the club to the Serie C2 title in his first season, and earning promotion to Serie C1.[1][2]

In 1994, Nervo was signed by Bologna, the club with which he would spend most of his career; in total, he remained at the club for 13 seasons in total, 11 of which were consecutive, making 337 league appearances for the club between Serie A, Serie B, and Serie C1, while scoring a total of 36 goals; he made his debut with Bologna during the 1994–95 season, and demonstrated his adeptness as a right winger due to his pace, work-rate, skill, creativity, and eye for goal, which enabled him to form several notable partnerships on the pitch with strikers such as Igor Kolyvanov and Giuseppe Signori.[3] Nervo played a key role in helping Bologna win consecutive Serie C1 and Serie B titles, also gaining Serie A promotion with the club, and he made his Serie A debut on 7 September 1996, in a 1–0 home win over Lazio;[4][5] he made his 100th Serie A appearance with Bologna in a 0–0 away draw against Verona on 5 March 2000.[5][6] During his time with the club, he helped Bologna to qualify for the UEFA Cup, after winning the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup; Bologna reached the semifinals of both the 1998–99 UEFA Cup and the 1998–99 Coppa Italia the following season.[4][7][8][9][10] Following Bologna's relegation to Serie B at the conclusion of the 2004–05 Serie A season and the expiration of his contract with the club,[9] Nervo spent a brief stint on loan with fellow Serie B side Catanzaro during the 2005–06 season, but later returned to Bologna in January 2006, and finished his professional career with the club at the conclusion of the 2006–07 season, retiring in 2007.[7] With 417 appearances in official competitions with Bologna, he is the club's third highest appearance holder, behind Giacomo Bulgarelli and Tazio Roversi.[1][11][12]

In February 2008, Nervo came out of retirement to play football in the lower divisions, for Virgilio, and Padania.[13] During the 2008–09 season, he played with Rolo, officially retiring from football at the end of the season.[1]

International career[edit]

Nervo also played for the Italian national side, making six appearances under manager Giovanni Trapattoni between 2002 and 2004.[14] He made his international debut in a friendly match on 20 November 2002, in a 1–1 home draw against Turkey, in Pescara.[15][16]

Style of play[edit]

Nervo usually played as a right winger, and was known for his pace, work-rate, dribbling skills, creativity, eye for goal, and ability to provide precise assists for teammates from crosses.[3] Although he usually played as a midfielder, he was also capable of playing as a forward,[17] or as a defender.[18]

Outside of football[edit]


Following his retirement from football, Nervo pursued a career in politics; he is a member of the controversial right-wing Padanian separatist party Lega Nord. On 7 June 2009, he was elected the mayor of Solagna, in the province of Vicenza.[3][12][19][20]


After his political career, Nervo started a family furniture business.[12]




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  2. ^ a b "Il secondo fallimento del Mantova" (in Italian). A.C. Mantova. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Alessandro Dell’Orto. ""Sono sceso in campo con la Lega dopo aver giocato nel Catanzaro..."" (in Italian). Libero Quotidiano. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Manuel Minguzzi; Massimo Righi; Marco Vigarani (3 October 2013). "Tanti auguri Bologna! Firmato, la redazione" (in Italian). Tutto Bologna Web. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "I numeri della 24ª" (in Italian). RaiSport. 3 March 2000. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Stagione: 1999-00" (in Italian). Bologna F.C. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Massimo Vitali (2 June 2007). "L'ultimo urlo di Nervo: calcio addio" (in Italian). Il Resto del Carlino. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Fabio Bianchi; Silvano Stella (3 November 1998). "Bologna: la torre Andersson vuole guardare Praga dall' alto" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Andrea Tosi (25 August 2005). ""Chiedo l' anima di quel Bologna"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Il Bologna sfiora l'impresa" (in Italian). RaiSport. 10 March 1999. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "I Rossoblu di tutti i tempi" (in Italian). Bologna FC. Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c LUIGI VACCARIELLO (30 November 2010). "Che fine hanno fatto? Nervo (ri)scoperto, fa il Sindaco" (in Italian). Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Alberto Fortunati (21 February 2008). "Nervo prende per mano il Virgilio" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Nervo, Carlo" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Italia-Turchia 1-1" (in Italian). Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Time to experiment for Azzurri". 20 November 2002. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  17. ^ Adam Marshall. "Blues to strike for Nervo?". Sky Sports. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Controversial goal ends Monaco's run". ESPN FC. 8 March 2003. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "VERSO LE ELEZIONI E ora il centrodestra pensa di candidare Carlo Nervo" (in Italian). Il Corriere di Bologna. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Luca Bortolotti (27 December 2012). "Nervo e Marilena, la strana coppia "Di lei mi fido, del calcio meno"" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 

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