Gonzalo Bergessio

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Gonzalo Bergessio
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Bergessio training with Catania in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Rubén Bergessio
Date of birth (1984-07-20) 20 July 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Vélez Sarsfield
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Platense 90 (28)
2003–2005 Instituto 37 (6)
2005–2007 Racing Club 35 (12)
2007–2008 Benfica 3 (0)
2008–2009 San Lorenzo 52 (23)
2009–2011 Saint-Étienne 49 (5)
2011 Catania (loan) 13 (5)
2011–2014 Catania 96 (30)
2014–2015 Sampdoria 23 (1)
2015–2016 Atlas 30 (4)
2016–2017 San Lorenzo 18 (2)
2017– Vélez Sarsfield 2 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Argentina 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 October 2017.

Gonzalo Rubén Bergessio (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡonˈsalo ruˈβem beɾˈɣesjo]; born 20 July 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Bergessio started his career in the lower leagues with Club Atlético Platense. In 2005, he was signed by Instituto Atlético Central Córdoba of the Primera División, but at the end of the 2005–06 season Instituto were relegated, and the player was sold to Racing Club de Avellaneda.

During the Apertura 2006 Bergessio contributed with six goals, and in the following year's Clausura, continued to score on a regular basis. His fast pace earned him a big following at the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón, and he became a fan favourite after scoring the game winner against giants Boca Juniors, adding another against Club Atlético River Plate.

Benfica / Return to Argentina[edit]

On 26 June 2007, Bergessio signed a five-year deal with Primeira Liga club S.L. Benfica[1] for a reported 2.5 million fee, as an unknown party remained eligible to 50% of the future transfer fee the Portuguese received.[2] He only appeared in three league matches during his spell, one more than his opportunities in the UEFA Champions League, and, in January of the following year he returned to his country.[3]

In January 2008, Bergessio joined San Lorenzo de Almagro. On 8 May, he was involved in the Copa Libertadores tie against River where, after his team had two players sent off and were 0–2 down, he scored twice to give it an improbable aggregate win.[4]

Saint-Étienne[edit]

On 25 August 2009, Bergessio returned to Europe by agreeing to a four-year contract with France's AS Saint-Étienne, for an undisclosed fee.[5]

He scored his first goal for his new club during his second appearance, a 1–1 home draw against AJ Auxerre,[6] but netted just five times more in his first one-and-a-half seasons with the Ligue 1 club.

Catania[edit]

In the last hours of the 2011 winter transfer window, Bergessio joined Italian side Calcio Catania, arriving on loan for the remainder of the season – the Sicilians had the option to sign him player permanently at the conclusion of this loan agreement.[7][8] He made his Serie A debut on 20 February, playing the full 90 minutes and being booked in a 0–1 away loss against S.S.C. Napoli.[9]

After an initial delay in the transfer, Bergessio signed with Catania permanently on 29 August 2011, for €945,000 and a four-year contract.[10][11][12] In the 2012–13 campaign he became a key part of Rolando Maran's team, forming an efficient offensive partnership with countrymen Pablo Barrientos, Lucas Castro and Alejandro Gómez; on 5 May 2013 he scored his first hat-trick in Italy's top flight, in his team's 3–0 home win over A.C. Siena.[13]

Bergessio helped Catania eventually finish in eighth position, with a record in total points for the fifth consecutive season. On a personal level he was also the club's highest goalscorer during a single campaign, since Gionatha Spinesi netted 17 times in 2006–07.[14]

On 30 October 2013, Bergessio suffered a broken fibula as a result of a late tackle by Giorgio Chiellini in Catania's 0–4 loss at Juventus FC.[15]

Sampdoria[edit]

On 1 August 2014, Bergessio was sold to Serie A club U.C. Sampdoria for a fee of €2.65 million, putting pen to paper to a three-year deal.[16][17][18][19] On 3 June of the following year, after 24 appearances all competitions comprised and two goals, he was released by mutual consent.[20]

Later years[edit]

On 24 June 2015, Bergessio moved teams and countries again, joining Club Atlas from Mexico.[21] The following 8 September, he signed a one-year deal with former club San Lorenzo.[22]

International career[edit]

Bergessio made his debut for Argentina on 15 October 2008, playing the second half of a 0–1 loss in Chile for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[23] He scored his first and only two goals for his country on 20 May of the following year, in a 3–1 win over Panama.[24][25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bergessio: "Prometo esforço e golos"" [Bergessio: "I promise effort and goals"]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 July 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bergessio garantido" [Bergessio confirmed] (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Bergessio: "Treinador não me queria"" [Bergessio: "Coach did not want me"]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 February 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Un heroico San Lorenzo eliminó a River de la Libertadores a puro corazón" [An heroic San Lorenzo ousted River from Libertadores after hearty display]. La Nación (in Spanish). 8 May 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "ASSE: Bergessio a signé" [ASSE: Bergessio has signed] (in French). Top Mercato. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Les Verts pas vernis" [Unvarnished Greens] (in French). Football 365. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Gonzalo Bergessio al Catania" [Gonzalo Bergessio to Catania] (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ufficiale: Catania, colpo Bergessio" [Official: Catania capture Bergessio] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Napoli – Catania 1–0" (in Italian). Rai Sport. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio torna al Catania – Martedì alle 16, presentazione dei tre neo-rossazzurri" [Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio returns to Catania – Tuesday at 16, presentation of the three new red-and-light-blues] (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Catania sign Bergessio". Sky Sports. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Calcio Catania S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  13. ^ "Catania 3–0 Siena". ESPN FC. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Spinesi – "Bravo Bergessio, ma io ne ho fatti 17.."" [Spinesi – "Bravo Bergessio, but i made 17.."] (in Italian). Mondo Catania. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Catania's Bergessio fractures fibula". Football Italia. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Bergessio alla Sampdoria: cessione a titolo definitivo" [Bergessio to Sampdoria: permanent deal] (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Ufficiale: Gonzalo Bergessio è un calciatore della Sampdoria" [Official: Gonzalo Bergessio is a Sampdoria player] (in Italian). U.C. Sampdoria. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  18. ^ U.C. Sampdoria S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2014, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  19. ^ Calcio Catania S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2015, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  20. ^ "Ufficiale: risolto il contratto di Gonzalo Bergessio" [Official: Gonzalo Bergessio's contract dissolved] (in Italian). U.C. Sampdoria. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Gonzalo Bergessio, nuevo integrante de los Zorros de Atlas" [Gonzalo Bergessio, new addition to the Atlas Foxes] (in Spanish). Atlas F.C. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Bergessio vuelve a San Lorenzo" [Bergessio returns to San Lorenzo] (in Spanish). San Lorenzo de Almagro. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "En vivo: La 'Roja' venció por 1–0 a Argentina con gol de Fabián Orellana" [Live: The 'Roja' beat Argentina 1–0 with goal from Fabián Orellana] (in Spanish). ADN Radio Chile. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  24. ^ "Previa amistoso: La Argentina 'local' de Maradona enfrenta a Panamá" [Friendly preview: Maradona's 'local' Argentina take on Panama] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "Argentina vence Panamá (3–1)" [Argentina defeat Panama (3–1)]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 May 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 

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