Valentina Bergamaschi (born 22 January 1997) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Serie A club AC Milan and the Italy women's national team. She mainly plays as a right-sided midfielder but can also play as a winger or a right-back.

Valentina Bergamaschi
Bergamaschi with Italy at the 2019 World Cup
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 27)
Place of birth Varese, Italy
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
AC Milan
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Alto Verbano
2014–2015 Rapid Lugano
2015–2016 Lugano 1976
2016–2017 Neunkirch (20)
2017–2018 Brescia 14 (7)
2018– AC Milan 96 (14)
International career
2016– Italy 25 (5)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 24 July 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 10 December 2022

She started her career in Switzerland, playing for Rapid Lugano, FF Lugano 1976 and FC Neunkirch, before returning to Italy to play for ACF Brescia Femminile. With Neunkirch she won the Nationalliga A championship and the Swiss Women's Cup, both in the 2016–2017 season.

A member of the senior Italy women's national football team since 2016, Bergamaschi also has third place medals from the 2014 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship and the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

Club career

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Bergamaschi, who was born in Varese but grew up and lived with her parents in Cittiglio,[1] began competitive activity by joining FC Caravate, a club that promotes football in the homonymous Italian town, playing with boys from the age of nine years old.[2]

In May 2011, Bergamaschi was called up to the representative under-15 team of Lombardy to participate in the Torneo delle Regioni (Tournament of the Regions) held in Chianciano Terme from 26 June to 3 July 2011. During the tournament, which the representative of Lombardy won by beating the Veneto in the final, Bergamaschi scored one of the goals and was noticed by the selectors of the Italy women's national under-17 football team, being called at the end of the tournament for a training camp with coaches Enrico Sbardella and Rita Guarino.[3]

As a promising young player from Lombardy, Bergamaschi was contacted by a number of football clubs in higher divisions, but decided to sign for Alto Verbano, a club that was about to compete in the 2011–2012 Serie D Italian regional Championship, then at the lowly fifth level of Italian women's football. With Bergamaschi showing her qualities from the first match of the season Alto Verbano topped the league table,[3] and retained their position until the end of the championship, gaining promotion to Serie C for 2012–2013.

During the 2014 summer transfer market, she joined Rapid Lugano of the Swiss Nationalliga B. Bergamaschi helped the club secure promotion to Nationalliga A at the end of the 2014–2015 season. Before the start of 2015–2016, the women's team left the men's club, becoming Lugano 1976. Bergamaschi decided to remain with the newly independent club for the following season. Ahead of the 2016–17 campaign, she transferred to FC Neunkirch.

She won a league and Swiss Women's Cup double in the 2016–2017 season with Neunkirch and also finished as top scorer in the league with 24 goals. But in June 2017, she became a free agent when Neunkirch withdrew from the Swiss championship and folded. In early July, she came back to Italy to join Brescia, gaining her first opportunity to play in Serie A.

In July 2018 she signed as a full-time contract with newly formed A.C. Milan Women, who had obtained Brescia's Serie A playing licence.[4]

International career

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She was called into the senior national team for the 2016 International Women's Football Tournament of Manaus.[5]

International goals

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No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 September 2017 Stadio Alberto Picco, La Spezia, Italy   Moldova 4–0 5–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
2. 8 April 2022 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy   Lithuania 2–0 7–0 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
3. 7–0
4. 1 July 2022 Stadio Teofilo Patini, Castel di Sangro, Italy   Spain 1–0 1–1 Friendly
5. 14 July 2022 New York Stadium, Rotherham, England   Iceland 1–1 1–1 UEFA Women's Euro 2022

Honours

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FC Neunkirch
Brescia Calcio Femminile

Statistics

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Here is list of teams and seasons in which Valentina Bergamaschi has played. It includes the total number of appearances (caps), substitution details, goals, yellow and red cards.

Competition Season Team
Women's Euro qualifiers 2021 Italy 462 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
Coppa Italia 2020/2021 AC Milan 90 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Serie A 2020/2021 AC Milan 1549 18 0 5 2 0 1 0
Algarve Cup 2020 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coppa Italia 2019/2020 AC Milan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Serie A 2019/2020 AC Milan 1341 15 0 1 1 0 3 0
International friendlies 2019 Italy 330 5 2 1 0 0 1 0
Cyprus International Tournament 2019 Italy 190 3 1 2 1 0 0 0
Women's World Cup 2019 Italy 307 5 1 4 0 0 0 0
Serie A 2018/2019 AC Milan 886 13 1 6 2 0 0 0
International friendlies 2018 Italy 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Champions League 2017/2018 Brescia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

References

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  1. ^ "Valentina Bergamaschi, attaccante varesotta impegnata ai Mondiali Under 17" (in Italian). www.varesesport.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Scheda Valentina Bergamaschi" (in Italian). CF Alto Verbano. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "…orgoglio per l'Alto Verbano, arriva la prima convocazione in nazionale…" (in Italian). CF Alto Verbano. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  4. ^ "AC Milan: Marta Carissimi, Valentina Bergamaschi e Laura Fusetti diventano Rossonere!" (in Italian). Calcio Femminile Italiano. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Torneo in Brasile dal 7 dicembre. Bottaro: "Ringrazio le societa per la collaborazione"" (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 16 November 2016. Archived from the original on 17 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
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