Roberto Boninsegna

Roberto Boninsegna
Boninsegna (Rotterdam, 1974)
Personal information
Full name Roberto Boninsegna
Date of birth (1943-11-13) 13 November 1943
Place of birth Mantua, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 Prato 22 (1)
1964–1965 Potenza 32 (9)
1965–1966 Varese 28 (5)
1966–1969 Cagliari 83 (23)
1967Chicago Mustangs (American tour) 9 (10)
1969–1976 Internazionale 197 (113)
1976–1979 Juventus 58 (22)
1979–1980 Verona 14 (3)
Total 443 (186)
National team
1967–1974 Italy 22 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roberto Boninsegna (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto ˌbɔninˈseɲɲa] born 13 November 1943 in Mantua) is an Italian former football player, who mainly played as a forward. After retiring, he worked as a football manager. As a player, he represented the Italian national side at two World Cups, reaching the final in 1970.

Club career

Boninsegna started his career in Serie B (the second tier of Italian professional football) with Prato in 1963–64 season. He transferred to Potenza, who was Serie B team in 1964–65 season. He also played for Varese in 1965–66 and Cagliari between 1966–1969, helping the club to a second-place finish during the 1968–69 Serie A season alongside Luigi Riva.[1] Boninsegna gained a status as an efficient striker with Internazionale Milano F.C. and the Italian national football team in the 1970s, playing alongside Sandro Mazzola. In Serie A, he totaled 171 goals in 281 games, and was top goalscorer in Italy during the 1970–71 and 1971–72 Serie A seasons, with Inter.

After moving to Inter in 1969, he also won the 1970–71 Serie A title with the club, and reached the 1972 European Cup Final, only to be defeated by Ajax.[1][2] He transferred to Juventus F.C. in 1976 in exchange for Pietro Anastasi,[3][1] and he played 3 seasons for the club, winning two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia, and an UEFA Cup.[2][4] After leaving Juventus in 1979, he finished his career with Verona, retiring from professional football at the end of the 1979–80 Serie B season.[1]

International career

Boninsegna made his debut for Italy on 18 November 1967, in an away UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying match against Switzerland, which ended 2–2,[1] although he was not called up for the final tournament, which Italy ended up winning on home soil under manager Ferruccio Valcareggi, with whom he would have several disagreements throughout his international career.[2] With the national side, he took part in two World Cups, the first in 1970, and the second in 1974.[1] In total, he managed 9 goals for Italy in 22 appearances.[1][5]

Boninsegna was a member of the Italian side that reached the final of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, scoring two goals throughout the tournament. In the epic semi-final match against West-Germany, he scored a goal, and later set up Gianni Rivera's match-winning goal in extra time, which allowed Italy to advance to the final after a 4–3 victory.[2][4][6] He scored Italy's only goal (though at the time it was an important equaliser) in the final against Brazil, which Italy ultimately lost 4–1;[4] he came off for Rivera in the final minutes of the game.[2][5]

Style of play

As a player, Boninsegna was a powerful, agile and acrobatic striker, who was known for his accurate finishing ability and intelligence in the penalty area. He was a prolific goalscorer, who excelled in the air, despite not being particularly tall or imposing physically.[3][7] He was also gifted with pace, stamina, technical ability, opportunism and outstanding consistency, which enabled him to become one of the top Italian forwards of his generation.[1] Because of his jumping ability and his power and accuracy with his head, the Italian sports journalist Gianni Brera gave him the nickname "Bonimba".[8] Despite his talent, he was criticised on occasion for being a selfish player, although he was also capable of creating chances for team mates.[2] He was also well known for his on the field rivalry with Juventus defender Francesco Morini, who later became his teammate.[9]

Career statistics

Club

Season Club League
CompetitionGamesGoals
1963–64 Prato Lega Calcio Serie B221
1964–65 Potenza Lega Calcio Serie B329
1965–66 Varese Serie A285
1966–67 Cagliari Serie A349
summer 1967 Chicago Mustangs United Soccer Association910
1967–68 Cagliari Serie A195
1968–69 Serie A309
1969–70 Internazionale Serie A3013
1970–71 Serie A2824
1971–72 Serie A2822
1972–73 Serie A2712
1973–74 Serie A2923
1974–75 Serie A299
1975–76 Serie A2610
1976–77 Juventus Serie A2910
1977–78 Serie A2110
1978–79 Serie A82
1979–80 Verona Lega Calcio Serie B143
Total Lega Calcio Serie A375173
Total with clubs443186
Total career in top level (plus Italy NT)465195
0.42 goal per game

International

Source[5]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1967 10
1968
1969
1970 73
1971 64
1972 31
1973
1974 51
Total 229

Honours

Club

Internazionale[4]
Juventus[4]

International

Italy[4]

Individual

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Roberto Boninsegna" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Alberto Cerruti (13 November 2013). "Boninsegna festeggia 70 anni: "Solo Inter, ma quanti tradimenti"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. 1 2 "BONINSEGNA, Roberto" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport (2002). Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Stefano Bedeschi (13 November 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Roberto BONINSEGNA" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 "Boninsegna, Roberto" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. Diego Mariottini (17 June 2015). "Italia-Germania 4-3: la brutta partita che fece la storia" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  7. Mario Sconcerti (28 March 2016). "Riva il migliore per i lettori di CM. Sconcerti: 'Ma Rivera era al suo livello'" (in Italian). Calciomercato.com. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  8. ""Ecco perchè Brera mi ha chiamato Bonimba"" (in Italian). Cremona Oggi. 19 January 2013. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  9. Fabio Monti. "BONINSEGNA, Roberto" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport (2002). Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  10. Roberto Di Maggio; Igor Kramarsic; Alberto Novello (11 June 2015). "Italy - Serie A Top Scorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  11. Roberto Di Maggio; Davide Rota (4 June 2015). "Italy - Coppa Italia Top Scorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  12. Steve Holroyd; David Litterer (15 August 2008). "The Year in American Soccer - 1967". US Soccer History Archives. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gigi Riva
Serie A Top Scorer
1970–71 & 1971–72
Succeeded by
Paolo Pulici
Gianni Rivera
Giuseppe Savoldi
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