Bergomi in 2008
|Full name||Giuseppe Bergomi|
|Date of birth||22 December 1963|
|Place of birth||Milan, Italy|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Giuseppe "Beppe" Bergomi (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈbɛrɡomi]; born 22 December 1963) is an Italian retired footballer who spent his entire career at Internazionale, being equally at ease as a central defender or right back.
He held the record of most appearances for the club for several years, while also being the side's longtime captain. He was affectionately referred to as "Lo zio" ("the uncle") because of the impressive moustache he wore even as a youngster.
Bergomi won more than 80 caps for the Italian national team, appearing in four World Cups – including the 1982 edition which ended in triumph and the 1990 edition, as well as Euro 1988. He is regarded as one of the greatest Italian defenders of all time, being elected by Pelè to be part of the FIFA 100 greatest living players in 2004.
Born in Milan, Bergomi began training with F.C. Internazionale Milano's first team at the age of only 16, and made his professional debut in the 1980–81 season. After winning the Coppa Italia the following year, also reaching the semifinals of the European Cup whilst putting on consistent performances, he soon was part of Italy's senior squad choices.
Bergomi would go on to spend his entire career with Inter, later becoming team captain. The 20 Serie A campaigns in which he competed were often in the shadow of A.C. Milan, as he only won the Scudetto once, during a record-breaking campaign in 1988–89 (he did, however, conquer the UEFA Cup on three occasions, also reaching the final for a fourth time in 1997). For a moment, he held the records for both the most appearances in European competition by an Italian player and the most Milan derbies played, both later broken by Paolo Maldini.
Bergomi retired in 1999 at the age of almost 36, holding the record of most appearances for Inter until late September 2011 when he was overtaken by Javier Zanetti. With 96 appearances, he held the record for most appearances in the UEFA Cup, and in March 2004 he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers.
With Italy Bergomi won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and also played in the 1986 and 1990 campaigns (acting as captain in the latter), as well as UEFA Euro 1988, where the nation reached the semi-finals and he was elected part of the team of the tournament. Alongside the likes of Inter's Giuseppe Baresi, his younger brother Franco of A.C. Milan and Juventus F.C. trio of Antonio Cabrini, Claudio Gentile and Gaetano Scirea, he formed the backbone of the national team's defence for much of the 1980s, making his debut on 14 April 1982 in a 0–1 friendly loss in East Germany, aged only 18 years and 3 months; in the victorious World Cup run in Spain he appeared in three games, including the full 180 minutes in the last two matches, keeping a clean sheet in the semi-final after coming on for injured Collovati. In the final, he also participated in Marco Tardelli's iconic goal, along with Scirea.
In the 1986 edition Italy were eliminated in the round-of-16, and Bergomi captained his country in the 1990 tournament – held on home soil – to a third-place finish, playing in all seven matches which included five consecutive wins and as many clean sheets, for a total of 518 minutes without conceding a goal and the best defensive record overall.
After being sent off in a match against Norway for the Euro 1992 qualifiers, Bergomi spent years without being called up to the Azzurri, but was surprisingly selected for the 1998 World Cup at age 34, after playing 28 times in the league and leading the Nerazzurri to the UEFA Cup – his third and last. In France he partnered with Cannavaro, Alessandro Costacurta and Maldini, playing three games and leading Italy to a quarter-final finish, where they would be eliminated by hosts and eventual champions France, on penalties; this would be his 81st and final international appearance, to which he added six goals.
Style of play
Bergomi was an extremely versatile defender, who was capable of playing anywhere along the backline. Although he was primarily a central defender, he was equally capable of playing as a full-back or a sweeper, positions in which he was often deployed both at club and international level due to his confidence on the ball, balance, technique, and his ability to play the ball out from the back-line. He was mostly renowned for his excellent marking ability and positioning, as well as for his tactical intelligence and anticipation skills.
A licensed football coach, Bergomi became youth coach of Esordienti at Inter in 2008. In July 2009 he was appointed youth coach of Allievi Nazionali (under-17) at A.C. Monza Brianza 1912, being promoted as head of the Berretti under-19 team, in co-operation with Giuseppe Chieppa, one year later.
In July 2011, Bergomi left Monza to accept the same position at Atalanta BC. Additionally, he also worked as a football pundit and commentator for Italian satellite television Sky Italia, often commentating with Fabio Caressa, including in Italy's victorious run at the 2006 World Cup.
- Serie A: 1988–89
- Coppa Italia: 1981–82
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1989
- UEFA Cup: 1990–91, 1993–94, 1997–98; Runner-up 1996–97
- UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1988
- Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea": 1997
- FIFA 100: 2004
- "Billy e lo zio Bergomi, derby infinito "Viva i grattacieli". "Più linee del metrò"" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- Pele's list of the greatest; BBC Sport, 4 March 2004
- "BERGOMI, Giuseppe" (in Italian). Treccani. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
- "Giuseppe Bergomi" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
- "I ricordi europei di Bergomi" [Bergomi's European records] (in Italian). UEFA.com. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
- Milan ease into last eight; BBC Sport, 25 February 2003
- Clockwatch: Inter 1–1 Milan; BBC Sport, 13 May 2003
- "Zanetti continues to push boundaries". ESPN Soccernet. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- "UEFA Europa League Statistics Handbook 2014–15: All-Time Records (1971–2015)" (PDF). UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- "1988 team of the tournament". UEFA.com. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- Giuseppe Bergomi – FIFA competition record
- "Internazionale: Serie A alternative club guide". The Guardian. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- The Italy squad; BBC Sport, 3 May 1998
- "Presenze e Convocazioni in Nazionale: Giuseppe Bergomi" [Appearances and call-ups for the national side: Giuseppe Bergomi] (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- Which managers have changed their club's colours?; The Guardian, 29 February 2012
- "Top 50 hardest footballers". Empire. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "Lo Zio allenatore comincia con un pari" [Manager Zio starts with draw] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Cevoli nuovo mister del Monza Berretti a Muraro, Allievi a Bergomi" [Cevoli new Monza manager, Berretti for Muraro, Allievi for Bergomi] (in Italian). Il Cittadino Monza Brianza. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "A.C. Monza Brianza: Bergomi allenatore della Berretti" [A.C. Monza Brianza: Bergomi Berretti coach] (in Italian). Il Giornale dello Sport. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Ufficiale: Bergomi al settore giovanile dell'Atalanta" [Official: Bergomi with Atalanta's youth teams] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Caressa e Bergomi da Fazio, proteste di Usigrai e Raisport" [Caressa and Bergomi at Fazio, protests in Usigrai and Raisport] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- Di Domenico Esposito (15 July 2014). "Il Mondiale in tv: le pagelle dei telecronisti. Flop Caressa, Buffa da 10" [The TV World Cup: the broadcasters' marks. Caressa a flop, Buffa a 10] (in Italian). International Business Times. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "Giuseppe Bergomi". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- Giuseppe Bergomi – International Appearances; at RSSSF
- "Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare Gaetano Scirea: Alba d'Oro" [National Award Exemplary Career Gaetano Scirea: Golden Alba] (in Italian). Comune di Cinisello Balsamo. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- "Bergomi Sig. Giuseppe – Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana" [Bergomi Sir Giuseppe – Official Order of Merit of the Italian Republic] (in Italian). Quirinale. 30 September 1991. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- National team data (Italian)
- Giuseppe Bergomi at National-Football-Teams.com