Giuseppe Bergomi, a unique case in the history of the World
Giuseppe Bergomi He is one of the great Italian footballers in history. The defender spent his entire career at Inter Milan, in fact, He is the second player who played the most official matches with the Interista jersey (757), only surpassed by Javier Zanetti (858). Of course, was also international with Italy in 81 scoring occasions 6 goals. But nevertheless, today we will focus on an unprecedented fact that he achieved with his selection.
Bergomi was present in four World Cups. The first of them, the one held in Spain in the year 1982, it was a success as Italy won the title of champion. He also played in the edition of 1986, 1990 Y, by last, that of 1998 in France. The most curious of all, is that the Italian player never played a qualifying match to access the final phase in any of these appointments.
In 1982, Bergomi debuted directly in the final phase. In 1986, the Italian team was by decree as current champion. In 1990, the blue classified directly because she was the host. By last, in France 1998, although the player was already removed from the selection, was called at the last minute to enter directly into the call.
Throughout his long career, Giuseppe Bergomi was very successful also at club level. At Inter de Milan added a Scudetto, a glass, one Italian Super Cup and three UEFA Cups. As a curious fact, we can add that two of the three European finals won by that team were played in Rome and Milan..
In its more than 20 years as a player of the Interista first team, shared a dressing room with great players of the stature of Walter Zenga, Lotthar matthaus, Andreas Brehme, Jurgen Klinsmann, Dennis Bergkamp, Ruben Sosa, Ivan Zamorano O Ronaldo Nazario. He hung his boots on 1999 at the age of 36 years and, as we said in the introduction, was the player with the most appearances in the club's history until 2011 was surpassed by the Argentine Javier Zanetti. With the elastic neroazurra I note 28 goals.
The four World Cups contested by Bergomi no need to play any qualifying matches, make it a unique and very curious case. We will see if someday someone can overcome it or, at least, match it, although it seems complicated.