Franco Bergamaschi

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Franco Bergamaschi
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-02-09) 9 February 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Verona, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Hellas Verona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 Hellas Verona 81 (3)
1973–1974 A.C. Milan 18 (1)
1974–1975 Genoa C.F.C. 29 (1)
1975–1976 A.C. Milan 6 (1)
1976–1978 U.S. Foggia 54 (7)
1978–1980 Hellas Verona 14 (2)
1980–1981 A.C. Cesena 14 (?)
1981–1982 Rimini Calcio F.C. 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Franco Bergamaschi (born 9 February 1951 in Verona, Italy) is a former football player. He played as a midfielder in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Career[edit]

Bergamaschi began his football career at his home town club of Hellas Verona. He soon established himself in the first eleven and was regarded as one of the best midfielders of the time, gaining an invitation to the Under-21 national side managed by Vicini and later the Under-23 under Bearzot.

For the 1973–74 season he transferred to A.C. Milan who had signed him after his great performance in their historic 3–5 defeat when Verona crushed Milan's scudetto hopes on the last day of the championship the season before. With Milan, however, the midfielder was not able to excel in the generally mediocre Rossoneri team who had a disappointing league season and whose positive displays in the European Cup Winners' Cup ended in a bitter final defeat against 1. FC Magdeburg in Rotterdam. Bergamaschi played for Genoa the following season and returned to Milan to spend the 1975–76 season largely in the reserves, with only six appearances in Serie A.

For the 1976–77 season the midfielder was sold to Foggia and with the club he returned to his usual form, helping the Apulian team win promotion to Serie A. His return to Verona for the 1978–79 season coincided with one of the most negative performances of the club in Serie A that resulted in relegation to the second-tier Serie B. Bergamaschi stayed with the club for another season despite the relegation, but then moved to A.C. Cesena in 1980. After securing promotion to Serie A with his new club in 1981, he played one more season for Rimini Calcio F.C. and ended his playing career in 1982.

International career[edit]

  • 2 call-ups for Italy U23
  • 3 call-ups for Italy U21

Playing style[edit]

Both as a playmaker and winger, Bergamaschi displayed great tactical instinct and a feeling for the game. His best technical qualities were a clear vision of the game and a rapid execution of plays characterized by his precise long passing enabling a quick counter-attacking play.

References[edit]

  • L'Intrepido (1973)
  • Figurine Gialloblù (Raffaele Tomelleri – Ed. Liederform – 2001)