The Boys From Bergamo ‘Calciomercato’ #FM17

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Welcome to my Pre-Season round up post, after last seasons achievement of getting in to the top four it now that time of year were you either love or hate for the simple reason that if you have any type of success you can guarantee that the big clubs around Europe will come knocking looking to take away your prized assets and then on the other hand it can give you a sense of good feeling when you sign the player you have been tracking for the last 12 months or more. So whats happened in Bergamo?  We had a number of players at the club who were on loan last season with a few of them with clauses to buy in their contracts however I have decided not to activate any of the clauses to buy so the following players will be returning back to their respective clubs:

  • GK Etrit Berisha  ( Lazio )
  • DF Ervin Zukanovic  ( AS Roma )
  • MF Bryan Cristante ( Benfica )
  • MF Alberto Grassi ( Napoli )
  • MF Anthony Mounier  ( Bologna )
  • FW Aleksander  Pesic  ( Toulouse )

We have three players who we had on loan last season who have 2 year loan deals and these will remain at the club for the 2nd year of there loan deal:

  • GK Pierluigi Gollini ( On loan from Aston Villa until June 18 )
  • DF Mattia Caldara ( On loan from Juventus until June 18 )
  • DF Leonardo Spinazzola ( On loan from Juventus until June 18 )

We also say goodbye to a number of first team squad players who I feel are not required or part of the club’s future, the following players have left the club with immediate effect.

  • GK Francesco Rossi
  • DF Abdoulay Konko  ( Retired )
  • DF Andrea Masiello
  • DF Giulio Miglaccio
  • MF Cristian Raimondi
  • FW Salvatore Molina

So with 12  players from last year’s first team squad departing it leaves us with a good few position to fill within the squad and this is how we are doing it:

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I am pleased to announce the signing of three players who I feel will add quality and depth to how our squad, two of the players have joined up with our first team squad with the third joining next summer:

Louis Schaub : The 22 year old signed on a free transfer after Rapid Wien let is contract run down. Schaub is the type of player that fits in to my football philosophy. The Austrian playmaker was on my shortlist within my first 2 weeks in Bergamo and I could not believe our luck when Rapid let his contract run down.

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louis schaub

Kasper Dolberg : I have been tracking Dolberg since day 1 in Bergamo and asked my director of football to target Dolberg however he failed to agree terms with the Danish forward in the January transfer window so with Dolberg staying in Holland I decided to go back in for Dolberg at the end of the season and once Ajax accepted a £7.5m deal that could rise to £10m with add ons I entered in to contract talks and was confident Dolberg would sign. Like Schaub Dolberg will offer a top quality option and will develop his game here at our il futuro training facilities.

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Facundo Colidio : Another player who I have had my eye on for a while, 17 year old Colidio has all the attributes to become a leading player in any league in the World and I am pleased to have secured his signature after Boca Juniors agreed to sell for a fee of £2.5m. Colidio will stay at Boca for the forth coming season before completing his move to us next summer were we hope to develop him in to a World beater.

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Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio 2017-2018 Squad 

Goalkeepers 

  • Marco Sportiello ( Return From Loan At Fiorentina )
  • Pierluigi Gollini  ( On Loan From Aston Villa )

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pirluigi gollini

Defenders 

  • Andrea Conti
  • Hans Hateboer
  • Leonardo Spinazzola  ( On Loan From Juventus )
  • Boukary Dramé
  • Rafael Tolòi
  • Mattia Caldara  ( On Loan From Juventus )
  • Alessandro Bastoni  ( Promoted From U20 Squad )
  • Gianluca Mancini  ( Promoted From U20 Squad )

andrea conti

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leonardo spinazzola

boukary drame

rafael toloi

mattia caldara

alessandro bastoni

gianluca mancini

Midfield / Wingers

  • Luca Valzania ( Promoted From U20 Squad )
  • Filippo Melegoni ( Promoted From U20 Squad 
  • Jasmin Kurtic
  • Franck Kessie
  • Matteo Gasperoni ( Promoted From U20 Squad )
  • Remo Freuler
  • Alejandro Gómez
  • Christian Capone ( Promoted From U20 Squad )
  • Marco D’Alessandro
  • Emmanuel Latte ( Promoted From U20 Squad ) 
  • Louis Schaub  ( Free Transfer )

luca valzania

filippo melegoni

jasmin kurtic

franck kessie

matteo gasperoni

remo freuler

alejandro gomez

christian capone

marco d'Alessandro

emmanuel latte

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Forwards

  • Alberto Paloschi
  • Simone Mazzocchi ( Promoted From U20 Squad )
  • Andrea Petagna
  • Kasper Dolberg  ( Signed From Ajax £7.5m )

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simone mazzocchi

andrea petagna

kasper dolberg

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Expectations

A season were we have a European campaign and the board are looking for a top half finish in the league which is a fair enough expectation and an expectation that gives me the chance to integrate the players in to the squad that have been promoted from our youth ranks. The expect us to navigate our way in to the 2nd knockout round of the Europa League and reach the quarter finals of the Coppa Italia.

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Pre-Season Results 

Has you can see below we have had a good pre-season but like always I take what we do in these games with a pinch of salt, for me its all about building team cohesion and fitness. I think the 19-0 win in our last pre-season fixture sort of backs my theory up however I do believe that the result is my biggest win in any game through out the whole CM / FM series which as been a long time. I have kept the 4-2-3-1 system that served us well last year but also introduced a 3 at the back system that is a work in progress that incorporates a version using a Sweeper / Libero.

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Europa League Draw

I was waiting in anticipation for this draw. We were a 4th seed team so a tough draw was possible however I think we did pretty well avoiding the big clubs. We have drawn Club Brugge from Belgium, PAOK of Greece and Ludogorets from Bulgaria. Whilst I am sure these teams will make it difficult for us we have not done bad.

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Well that just about sums up our build up to the new season, a season that will see a lot of home grown boys from Bergamo take their place in the first team. I am pleased that we held on to the core of our players however the likes of Kessie, Gomez, Toloi and D’Alessandro have all expressed a desire to play Champions League football in the near future and with the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern waiting in the wings it could prove a tough ask to hold on to some of our stars. These clubs are paying big money in the windows, I have just been looking at Bayern who have just spent £155m in the last week of the window. What I have done is offer long term deals for a number of our younger players including Mazzocchi {2022} Melegoni {2022} Gasperoni {2022} Latte {2022} Bastoni {2022} Mancini  {2021} Capone {2021}.

Thanks for reading and lookout for my next post which will be live over the weekend.

The Boys From Bergamo ( The Story So Far )

2016-2017 Serie A 4th Coppa Italia 1st rd 

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