Matteo Pessina


Matteo Pessina (born 21 April 1997) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Atalanta and the Italy national team.

Matteo Pessina
Pessina in 2018
Personal information
Full name Matteo Pessina[1]
Date of birth (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Monza, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atalanta
Number 32
Youth career
2002–2007 La Dominante
2007–2014 Monza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Monza 22 (6)
2015–2017 Milan 0 (0)
2015–2016Lecce (loan) 3 (0)
2016Catania (loan) 1 (0)
2016–2017Como (loan) 36 (9)
2017– Atalanta 40 (2)
2017–2018Spezia (loan) 38 (2)
2019–2020Hellas Verona (loan) 35 (7)
National team
2015–2016 Italy U19 4 (0)
2016–2017 Italy U20 12 (0)
2017–2018 Italy U21 9 (0)
2020– Italy 7 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2021

Club career


Coming from the youth system, Pessina began his senior career in 2014 at hometown club Monza.[3] In 2015 he moved to Milan, from where he was loaned out to Lecce, Catania, and Como.[4][5]

On 7 July 2017, Pessina signed a contract with Atalanta.[6] On 25 August, he was signed on loan by Spezia.[7][8] On 26 August 2019, Pessina joined Hellas Verona on loan with an option to buy.[9] On 10 February 2021, he scored 2 goals in a 3–1 win against Napoli in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, which allowed Atalanta to progress to the final.[10]

International career


Pessina was a member of the Italy U20 side that finished in third place at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[11]

Pessina made his debut with the U21 team on 5 October 2017, in a 6–2 friendly win against Hungary in Budapest.[12]

Pessina was called up to the Italy senior squad by manager Roberto Mancini in November 2020,[13] and made his senior debut for Italy on 11 November, featuring as a substitute in a 4–0 friendly win against Estonia in Florence.[14][15]

On 28 May 2021, Pessina scored his first goal for Italy in the 75th minute of a 7–0 home win in a friendly against San Marino; he scored a second goal in the 87th minute.[16]

In June 2021, he was included in Italy's preliminary squad for UEFA Euro 2020 by manager Roberto Mancini, but he was initially left out of the final 26-man squad for the tournament.[17] However, following an injury to Stefano Sensi, Pessina was called up to the tournament in his place.[18] He made his first appearance in the tournament as a late substitute in Italy's group match against Switzerland on 16 June, a 3–0 win for Italy.[19] He then started in the match against Wales on 20 June, scoring the only goal of the match in the team's 1–0 victory in Rome; the result allowed them to top their group.[20]

Style of play


Primarily a central midfielder, Pessina is also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder. A left-footed player, he possesses good technique, and is known for his ability to create chances for teammates or make late attacking runs off the ball into the penalty area; he is also known for his defensive qualities and work-rate.[21][22]

Career statistics


Club

As of match played 23 May 2021[23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Monza 2014–15 Lega Pro 22610236
Lecce (loan) 2015–16 Lega Pro 301040
Catania (loan) 2015–16 Lega Pro 100010
Como (loan) 2016–17 Lega Pro 36950419
Spezia (loan) 2017–18 Serie B 38200382
Atalanta 2018–19 Serie A 1202050190
2020–21 Serie A 2825270404
Total 4027212000594
Hellas Verona (loan) 2019–20 Serie A 35700357
Career total 171261421100019628

International

As of match played 20 June 2021[23]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Italy 202010
202163
Total73
Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.[23]
List of international goals scored by Matteo Pessina
No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
128 May 2021Sardegna Arena, Cagliari, Italy San Marino5–07–0Friendly
27–0
320 June 2021Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy Wales1–01–0UEFA Euro 2020

Honours


Italy U20

References


  1. "Comunicato Ufficiale N. 265" [Official Statement No. 265] (PDF) (in Italian). Lega Serie A. 16 July 2020. p. 3. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  2. "Matteo Pessina". Spezia Calcio - Sito ufficiale. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  3. "Pessina si presenta: "Al Milan perché c'è un progetto migliore dell'Inter. Pronto per giocarmi le mie carte"" (in Italian). www.spaziomilan.it. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. "Il centrocampista Matteo Pessina dal Milan al Catania, a titolo temporaneo". calciocatania.it (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  5. "Al Como la mezzala Matteo Pessina" [Midfielder Matteo Pessina to Como]. calciocomo1907.it. Calcio Como. 15 July 2016. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  6. "Ecco Matteo Pessina" (in Italian). Atalanta B.C. 7 July 2017. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  7. "Matteo Pessina allo Spezia" (in Italian). Atalanta B.C. 25 August 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  8. "Mercato: Matteo Pessina nuovo centrocampista aquilotto" (in Italian). Atalanta B.C. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  9. "UFFICIALE: Hellas Verona, dall'Atalanta arriva Pessina" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  10. "Atalanta defeat Napoli, will face Juventus in Coppa Italia final". DAZN. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  11. "News - Verso il Mondiale. Ufficializzati i nomi dei 21 Azzurrini, domenica sera raduno a Roma" (in Italian). Figc. 19 May 2017. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  12. "Hungary U21 - Italy U21 results 05.10.2017 - Foot Live". footlive.com. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  13. "Mancini convoca anche Bastoni, Ferrari e Zaccagni. Alle 16 primo allenamento" (in Italian). www.figc.it. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  14. "A Grifo brace and goals from Bernardeschi and Orsolini secure a comfortable win against Estonia". www.figc.it. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  15. "New look Italy secure routine win over Estonia". Forza Italian Football. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  16. "ITALY 7-0 SAN MARINO: PESSINA AND POLITANO WITH TWO EACH". Football Italia. 28 May 2021.
  17. "Mancini names uncapped striker Raspadori in final Italy Euro 2020 squad". Reuters. 1 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  18. Bettoni, Lorenzo (3 June 2021). "Italy: Injured Sensi out of Euro 2020". Football Italia. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  19. "Italy 3–0 Switzerland". BBC Sport. 16 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  20. Pritchard, Dafydd (20 June 2021). "Wales in last 16 despite defeat in Rome". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  21. Pucciarelli, Giuseppe (9 August 2018). "Fantacalcio Serie A 2018/19: alla scoperta di... Pessina" (in Italian). MondoSportivo. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  22. "La partita in cui Matteo Pessina si è preso la scena" (in Italian). L'Ultimo Uomo. 11 February 2021. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  23. "M. Pessina". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 January 2019.