Melania Gabbiadini

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Melania Gabbiadini
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Gabbiadini with AGSM Verona in 2015
Personal information
Full name Melania Gabbiadini
Date of birth (1983-08-28) 28 August 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Calcinate, Italy
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
AGSM Verona
Number 8
Youth career
Bolgare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Bergamo 146 (150)
2004– AGSM Verona
National team
2003– Italy 107 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:17, 8 December 2013 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2017

Melania Gabbiadini (born 28 August 1983) is an Italian football forward who plays for and captains AGSM Verona of Serie A.[2] She has won five Scudetti with the club.[3]

A fast winger,[4] Gabbiadini is an experienced member of the Italy women's national football team with over 85 caps. She is a veteran of Italy's 2005, 2009 and 2013 UEFA Women's Championship campaigns, being voted to the Squad of the Tournament in the latter edition.[5] She was voted the Serie A Female Footballer of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015,[6][7][8] and was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Club career[edit]

Gabbiadini began her career with Bergamo in 2000, winning the Serie B title with the club in 2002.[9] After the club's bankruptcy in 2004, she moved to AGSM Verona, the club with which she currently plays.[10] With Bardolino Verona, she has won the Serie A title during the 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, and 2014–15 seasons, as well as the Coppa Italia during the 2005–06, and 2006–07 seasons, and the Supercoppa italiana in 2005, 2007, and 2008; she was also voted the Serie A Female Footballer of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014.[11][12] With Verona, she also reached the semi-finals of the 2007–08 UEFA Women's Cup.[13]

International career[edit]

After representing her country at under-21 level on 5 occasions, Gabbiadini made her senior debut for Italy on 16 April 2003, in a 5–0 away friendly win over the Netherlands.[14] Included in the squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2005 in North West England,[15] she scored twice in a 5–3 defeat to Norway as Italy made a group stage exit.

At UEFA Women's Euro 2009 in Finland, Gabbiadini played in all four games and scored in a 2–0 win over Russia as the Italians reached the quarter-finals.[16] Four years later, national coach Antonio Cabrini named Gabbiadini in his selection for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[17] After scoring two goals in the group stage against Denmark[18] and hosts Sweden,[19] she played the entire match in the Italians' 1–0 quarter-final defeat to perennial champions Germany.[20] She was voted to the Squad of the Tournament for her performances.[5]

Style of play[edit]

A quick forward and a prolific goalscorer, Gabbiadini is known for her technical ability and her pace on the ball, and is often deployed as a winger or as a main striker.[4]

Personal life[edit]

As well as being a footballer, Gabbiadini is a tattoo designer.[21] Her younger brother Manolo plays as a forward for Southampton and has represented the Italy men's national team.[4][22]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

AGSM Verona[23]
Bergamo[23]
  • Serie B: 2001–02

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forwards". Italian Football Federation. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ [1] Soccerway
  3. ^ [2] ASD Bardolino
  4. ^ a b c Enea Zampoleri (26 May 2012). "Il senso dei Gabbiadini per il gol - Manolo e Melania si raccontano a Sportweek" (in Italian). Tutto Atalanta. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Paul Saffer (28 July 2013). "UEFA Women's EURO 2013 roll of honour". UEFA.com. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Melania Gabbiadini migliore calciatrice italiana 2013". 28 January 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Teo Lerro (16 December 2014). "Galà Aic: Conte miglior tecnico, Pirlo re dei calciatori". Il Quotidiano Italiano. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Oscar del Calcio, dominio Juve. Buffon: "Donnarumma ha doti da grande"" [Serie A Oscars, Juve dominate. Buffon: "Donnarumma has the characteristics to be great"] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Noemi Diamantini. "MELANIA GABBIADINI" (in Italian). Calcio Donna. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Luca Cirillo (18 April 2013). "Gabbiadini, la sorella: "Mi ispiro a Pato ma anche ad un ex calciatore del Napoli"" (in Italian). Calcio Napoli 24. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Melania Gabbiadini" (in Italian). Verona Calcio Femminile. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Gloria Callarelli (11 January 2015). "Melania Gabbiadini: "Verona bellissima, spero in un progetto con l'Hellas"" (in Italian). Verona Sera. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "ASD CF Bardolino Verona". UEFA.com. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Italia Campionato Europeo Femminile Svezia 10 - 28 Luglio 2013" (PDF) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. p. 12. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Turner, Georgina (26 May 2005). "Italy - An Azzurre masterclass". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Melania Gabbiadini". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Cabrini finalises Italy's Women's EURO squad". uefa.com. UEFA. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "L'Italia stende la Danimarca e "vede" i quarti" (in Italian). UEFA.com. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "Europeo femminile: vince la Svezia, ma l'Italia è ai quarti" (in Italian). Sky Sport. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  20. ^ Sebastiano Vernazza (21 July 2013). "Europeo donne, Italia eliminata nei quarti. Vince 1-0 la Germania" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  21. ^ Vernazza, Sebastiano (1 July 2012). "Frasi, smile e corone: gli azzurri campioni di tatuaggi Tutti marchi garantiti" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Europe's footballing brothers and sisters". UEFA. 9 February 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "Melania Gabbiadini: Soccerway Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  24. ^ "Melania Gabbiadini migliore calciatrice italiana 2013". 28 January 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "Italian football Hall of Fame to induct ten new stars". 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  26. ^ "Nazionale, a Buffon il 'Pallone azzurro'" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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