Filippo Melegoni


Filippo Melegoni (born 18 February 1999) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Genoa, on loan from Atalanta.

Filippo Melegoni
Personal information
Full name Filippo Melegoni
Date of birth (1999-02-18) 18 February 1999 (age 22)
Place of birth Bergamo, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Genoa (on loan from Atalanta)
Number 24
Youth career
Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Atalanta 2 (0)
2018–2020Pescara (loan) 26 (1)
2020–Genoa (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2014 Italy U15 2 (0)
2014 Italy U16 4 (0)
2014–2016 Italy U17 29 (3)
2016–2018 Italy U19 28 (4)
2018–2019 Italy U20 7 (0)
2020– Italy U21 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 September 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:47, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Club career


Early career

Melegoni was born in Bergamo, Italy, and began his career at local Serie A side Atalanta. A midfielder, he states that his playing style is modelled on his childhood idols Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham.[1]

Atalanta

Melegoni played at various age levels of the Atalanta youth sector, including making 24 appearances for the under-17 side, scoring six goals. He eventually began to play in the full Primavera side in 2016, and established himself as a mainstay in the centre of midfield. After being named on the Atalanta first-team bench for several games, Melegoni was placed in the starting line-up for the match against Sampdoria on 22 January 2017. He played the first half before being replaced at the interval, in an eventual 1–0 win.[2]

Loan to Pescara

On 11 August 2018, Melegoni joined Serie B club Pescara on loan until 30 June 2019.[3] On 23 July 2019, the loan was renewed for an additional year.[4]

Loan to Genoa

On 16 September 2020, Melegoni joined Genoa on a two-year loan deal with a conditional obligation to buy.[5][6]

International career


Melegoni has been capped by Italy at under-15,[7] under-16,[8] under-17 levels,[9] and is a current member of the under-19 side.[10] His first international call-up came in 2014 for a friendly match against Belgium. He progressed quickly up to the under-17 team, where he was eventually made captain. He also scored his first international goal whilst playing for Bruno Tedino's side, in a 1–3 loss against the Netherlands,[11] and went on to make 29 appearances in total. He received his first call-up to the under-19 side, bypassing under-18 level, by Roberto Baronio for the match against Croatia.[12] His first goal for the under-19 team came in his second game; a 1–2 loss against the Czech Republic.[13]

On 3 September 2020, he made his debut with the Italy U21 side, scoring Italy's second goal in a 2–1 friendly home win against Slovenia.[14]

Personal life


On 30 September 2020, Melegoni tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in Italy.[15]

Honours


International

References


  1. "Bastoni e Melegoni, i nuovi giovanissimi di Gasp" (in Italian). Sky Italia. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  2. "ATALANTA VS. SAMPDORIA 1 - 0". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  3. "UFFICIALE: Pescara, preso Melegoni". Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  4. "Filippo Melegoni di nuovo in #BiancAzzurro" (Press release) (in Italian). Pescara. 23 July 2019.
  5. "Filippo Melegoni è un giocatore del Genoa" (Press release) (in Italian). Genoa. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  6. "Badelj e Melegoni al Genoa: ufficiale il doppio rinforzo a centrocampo" [Badelj and Melegoni at Genoa: the double reinforcement to the midfield is official] (in Italian). Goal.com. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  7. "UNDER 15: 32 PLAYERS CALLED FOR NORTH SELECTION". FIGC. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  8. "UNDER 16: DOMANI LA PRIMA DELLE DUE AMICHEVOLI CON LA CROAZIA" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  9. "TOURNAMENT IN ENGLAND: 18 CALLED, DEBUT ON 27TH AGAINST PORTUGAL". FIGC. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  10. "L'ITALIA DI BARONIO OSPITA LA SPAGNA, A UDINE FA IL SUO ESORDIO LA VAR ON-LINE" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  11. "NAZIONALE UNDER 17: 'QUATTRO NAZIONI', AZZURRINI BATTUTI DALL'OLANDA". FIGC. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  12. "ITALY U-19S: BARONIO CALLS UP 21 PLAYERS FOR CROATIA FRIENDLY IN MANZANO ON 11TH AUGUST". FIGC. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  13. "ITALY UNDER-19S: AZZURRINI LOSE 2-1 TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN PRIBRAM". FIGC. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  14. "Under 21, Italia nel segno dei debuttanti: 2-1 alla Slovenia". la Repubblica (in Italian). 3 September 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  15. "Nota della società" (Press release) (in Italian). Genoa. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  16. "Under-19 - Portugal win epic U19 EURO final". UEFA. Retrieved 31 July 2018.