Happy Birthday Giuseppe Bergomi!

Happy Birthday Giuseppe Bergomi!

Former Inter captain and 1982 World Cup winner Giuseppe Bergomi turns 53 today. Born in Milan on 22nd December 1963, he spent his entire career with Inter. He made his debut for the Nerazzurri in an Italian Cup match against Juventus in the 1979/1980 season, when he was a 17-year-old. He did not play in Serie A that season as Inter went on to clinch the Serie A title. He made his Italian top-flight debut the following season. He also played in the European Cup that year. Bergomi had to wait until the 1981/1982 season for his first goals for the senior team. He played in 20 seasons for Inter and won two Serie A titles, an Italian Cup, an Italian Super Cup and three UEFA Cups. He also holds the record of appearances in the UEFA Cup along with Ray Clemence and Nicola Berti. He was listed among the best 125 living players in 2004 in the FIFA 100 ranking as the most important football organisation celebrated their centennial.
As for his Azzurri career, Bergomi made his debut for the senior team in a friendly against Germany in April 1982 (0-1) and he became the youngest player to have ever featured for Italy at 18. He got his “revenge” against Germany a few months later in a far more important match that the “Uncle”, as he was nicknamed from the early stage of his career, played from the start: It was the 1982 World Cup final held in Madrid that saw Italy triumph 3-1 to win the third World Cup in Italy’s history. Bergomi also took part in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, in the 1988 European Championship (as captain) and the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where the Azzurri finished third. He ended his Azzurri career in 1998, as he was part of the squad who took part in the World Cup held in France.

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