Bergomi: “When you grow up in such a club you don’t want to leave”Bergomi: “När du växer upp i en sådan klubb vill du inte lämna”

Bergomi: “When you grow up in such a club you don’t want to leave”Bergomi: “När du växer upp i en sådan klubb vill du inte lämna”-->
December 23, 2013 12:25
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A three-time UEFA Cup winner during a mammoth 20-year spell at FC Internazionale Milano, Giuseppe Bergomi celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday as one of the club’s ultimate stalwarts.

He made over 750 appearances in all competitions for the Nerazzurri, and told UEFA.com in an interview that he never considered playing for any other side: “When you grow up at such a club and you manage to break through into the team, you don’t feel like going anywhere else. It feels like your second skin. And this makes you feel special, and I think that if a player plays in the youth teams, makes it into the first team and spends their career at one club, that’s like reaching the target every player has.”

During his time with Inter, the Milan giants were triumphant once in both Serie A and the Coppa Italia. A member of the Italy team that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Bergomi also tasted international success with Inter in two UEFA Cup finals – against AS Roma in 1991 and FC Salzburg in 1994. He was also a member of the team that won against Lazio in 1998, but didn’t play in the final.

“Inter managed to win a European trophy after a long time,” he said of the first victory. “We had to face Roma, opponents who deserved to make it into the final. At San Siro, we won 2-0, but then they made us suffer in the return leg. [Coach Giovanni] Trapattoni’s defensive tactics decided the match and, adding both games together, we deservedly won the final.

“Against Salzburg, it was a more complicated match,” continued Bergomi, who now works as a TV commentator. “We first won away 1-0 and then they came to us. We played well in the first half, but they were strong, hitting the post twice and forcing [Walter] Zenga to make some great saves. And then [Wim] Jonk scored, which lifted the pressure. Winning the UEFA Cup was an important target that we achieved after doing badly in the domestic league.”

Source: uefa.com

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Han blev trefaldig UEFA Cupvinnare under en 20-årig tid i FC Internazionale Milano, och i söndags firade han sin 50:e födelsedag som en klubbens yttersta fanbärare.

Han gjorde över 750 framträdanden i alla turneringar för Inter och berättade för UEFA.com i en intervju att han aldrig övervägde att spela för ett annat lag: “När du växer upp i en sådan klubb och lyckas ta dig in i laget känner du inte för att gå någon annanstans. Det känns som ditt andra skinn. Det får dig att känna dig speciell, och jag tror att om en spelare spelar i ungdomslagen, tar sig in i a-laget och tillbringar sin karriär i klubben är det som att nå det mål varje spelare har.”

Under sin tid med Inter, var storlaget från Milano segrande en gång i både Serie A och i Coppa Italia. Han var en del av det italienska lag som vann VM 1982 och Bergomi smakade även på internationell framgång med Inter i två UEFA Cupfinaler – mot AS Roma 1991 och FC Salzburg 1994. Han var också en del av det lag som vann mot Lazio 1998, men spelade inte i finalen.

“Inter lyckades vinna en europeisk titel efter en lång tid,” sa han om den första segern. “Vi var tvungna att möta Roma, en motståndare som var värd att gå till final. På San Siro vann vi med 2-0, men sedan fick de oss att lida i returen. [Tränare Giovanni] Trappatonis defensive taktik avgjorde matchen och lägger du samma de båda matcherna vann vi välförtjänt.”

“Mot Salzburg var det en mer komplicerad match,” fortsatt Bergomi, som nu arbetar som TV-kommentator. “Först vann vi med 1-0 borta och de kom till oss. Vi spelade bra i den första halvleken, men de var starka, träffade stolpen två gånger och tvingade [Walter] Zenga att göra några lysande räddningar. Och sen gjorde [Wim] Jonk mål, vilket gjorde att pressen släppte. Att vinna UEFA Cupen var ett betydelsefullt mål vi nådde efter att ha gjorde dåligt ifrån oss i den inhemska ligan.”

Källa: uefa.com

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