Mauro Bressan

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Mauro Bressan
Personal information
Full name Mauro Bressan
Date of birth (1971-01-05) January 5, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Valdobbiadene, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Montebelluna 26 (5)
1989–1991 Milan 0 (0)
1991 Perugia 0 (0)
1991–1994 Como 58 (6)
1994–1995 Foggia 32 (1)
1995–1997 Cagliari 40 (0)
1997–1999 Bari 57 (1)
1999–2001 Fiorentina 59 (2)
2001–2002 Venezia 29 (0)
2002–2003 Genoa 30 (1)
2003–2005 Como 50 (1)
2005–2007 FC Lugano 59 (2)
2007–2009 FC Chiasso 53 (4)
Total 493 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mauro Bressan (born January 5, 1971 in Valdobbiadene, Italy) is a retired Italian football player who played as a midfielder, and who worked as a director of sports for the Hungarian club Vasas SC.[1]

Football career[edit]

His career peaked whilst playing for Fiorentina between 1999 and 2001; although he was not given many league starts, he did start in three Champions League games for the Italian side. Bressan's main fame comes from one of these games, in the 3–3 draw against Barcelona on November 2, 1999. After 14 minutes he scored what is considered one of the greatest goals of all time, a spectacular 25 yard bicycle kick.[2] An ITV programme on the 50 greatest Champions League goals had it at number 2, behind Zinedine Zidane's title-winning volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League Final. Sky One also placed this goal as number 8 in their list of the 50 greatest Champions League goals. In the very same game against Barcelona, Bressan combined well with Abel Balbo, providing a spectacular backheel pass to assist Balbo in scoring Fiorentina's second goal of the game. He won the Coppa Italia with Fiorentina during the 2000–01 season.

Match fixing allegations and police arrest[edit]

On June 1, 2011, Bressan was arrested alongside fifteen other people (including former players Giuseppe Signori and Stefano Bettarini) in a police action regarding match fixing, following the outbreak of the 2011–12 Italian football scandal.[3]




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