Atalanta Avventura: Part 36 – Meet the Team

Having wrapped up a tenth successive Serie A title, I thought it would be timely to introduce you to the players that wrapped up this feat.

Goalkeepers

Christopher Onovo: GK, 21

Onovo, who was labelled the next Gianluigi Buffon as a youngster, was signed from Fiorentina for a cool £25 million in 2027 when he was just 16. He established himself as the first choice goalkeeper in 2030, has racked up 122 league appearances and should remain our number one for some time. He’s just made his Italy debut and could be set to usurp long-time number one Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Onovo

Cedric Liegeois: GK, 20

The young keeper was signed from Cercle Brugge in 2030 and has made a handful of appearances, including an impressive Euro Cup game against Benfica in which he got an assist and kept a clean sheet.

Liegois

Full-Backs

Antonio Carlos: D/WB R/L, 30

Signed in 2021, Carlos has gone on to become a legendary full-back who’s racked up 325 league appearances for Atalanta, scoring 9 goals and laying on 47 assists, and 90 caps for Brazil. Despite his efforts for the club, he’s still only among our Favoured Personnel.

Carlos

Alberto Pfandler: DL, 28

Signed from Zurich in 2024 as a backup option, Pfandler has swiftly developed into an elite full-back and became our first player to pass 100 caps for his country, Switzerland. He’s made 227 league appearances, scoring just 4 goals and laying on 18 assists, so he’s not quite the creative force as Carlos.

Pfandler

Matias Diaz: D/M R, 22

The Uruguayan signed as a 17-year-old in 2029 and has been a backup to Carlos at right-back, making 33 league appearances for the club and a further 27 in other competitions.

Diaz

Bruno Cesar: DL, 18

The exciting left-back only joined us in the summer of 2033 to provide support to Pfandler, after Oscar left the club in January. Signed for just £2.5 million, he’s already worth £10.25 million.

Cesar

Centre-backs

Gabriele D’Alessandro: DC, 20

The Atalanta youth product came through our youth intake in 2027 and stepped up to the first team in 2030. He’s racked up 81 league appearances, scoring 4 goals, 4 assists and 4 man of the match awards.

D'Alessandro

Kaddour Gourari: DC / DM, 19

D’Alessandro’s partner at the heart of the defence was signed from AS Monaco for £6 million in 2031 and stepped up to the first-team the following season. Technically more of a holding midfielder, we’re converting him into a ball-playing defender and he’s gradually becoming more comfortable in the role. He’s already worth £36.5 million and made 3 appearances for France.

Gourari

Piero Garcea: DC (DL), 18

Also an academy product, Garcea stepped came through the youth intake in 2031, made his league debut the next season then went out on loan to Benevento. He’s come back to be main support to D’Alessandro and Gourari, and I’m expecting big things from him.

Garcea

Aleksander Bialek: DC (DR), 20

Signed from Mainz in 2029, Bialek has plenty of potential and played in 16 league games in the 2032/33 campaign. He’s also a dab-hand at set-pieces, stepping up with the occasional goal from direct free-kicks.

Bialek

Central Midfielders

Timmi Uldbjerg: DM MLC, 27

A true Atalanta legend, Uldbjerg has been our captain for six seasons and is one of the best players in the world. He joined us back in 2020 for just £2.5 million and established himself as first-choice two seasons later, racking up 316 league appearances for the club and scoring 63 goals. But he’s more of an assist machine, with 137 league assists and an average rating of 7.43 in his 13 seasons at the club. He’s deservedly by far and away our biggest earner, on £500,000 a week. Uldbjerg has amassed 94 caps for Denmark, scoring 19 times for his country.

Uldbjerg

Matteo Giacalone: MC (DM, AM RC), 28

Another youth product, Giacalone is potentially even better than Udbjerg. The Italy international won the World Player of the Year in 2032, having scored 20 goals in 34 league games in 2031/32. He came through the youth intake in 2021, made his league debut the next season and, after loan spells at Ternana and Bologna, has made 264 league appearances and 97 goals for Atalanta. He also has 88 caps for Italy, scoring 36 goals.

Juan Carlos Marin: M LC, 20

We’ve had a bit of a revolving door in support casts for Uldbjerg and Giacalone, and the best of the rest at the moment is the young Belgian. Signed on a free transfer from Cercle Brugge in 2031, he’s now worth £47.5 million despite only making 23 league appearances for us. He does look like a potential star, if he can get enough game-time – which seems unlikely. He has, however, just made his debut for Belgium.

Marin

Nolan Pankert: MC (ML), 18

Talking of young Belgian talent, brings us to Pankert. Now 18, he was signed from Anderlecht for £9.25 million in 2032 and has just stepped up to the first-team and has serious amounts of potential.

Pankert

Daniel Opoku: MC (AMC)

17-year-old Opoku has similar amounts of potential, albeit a slightly more attacking option. He signed for £4 million from Nantes in the summer of 2033, already has 6 caps for Ghana and is worth £11.5 million.

Opoku

Wingers

The two main men who took us to glory in recent years have been Edward Mensah and Godwin Okechukwu. After the tenth title, I felt change was needed and decided to sell both to allow more youngsters to get a chance – and both joined Manchester City for an under-value total of £128 million.

Mensah scored 46 goals and got 38 assists in 136 league games, but had been unreliable in our 2032/33, while Okechukwu had begun to pick up injuries and missed training twice, so we moved him on despite an impressive 74 goals and 48 assists in 158 league games.

Mensah

Oku

George Aliyu: AM R (MR, ST), 19

However, I let them move on because we have some really exciting young talent coming through. The most exciting is probably Nigerian winger Aliyu, who looks set to become one of the best wingers in the world. He’s already scored 24 goals in 71 league games – and he’s still only 19. However, he’s not the most creative, with just 7 assists. He’s already got 26 caps for Nigeria, scoring 16 goals.

Aliyu

Alexander Zeller: AM L (ML, AM RC), 21

Equally exciting is young German winger Zeller, who is certainly more of a creative force. Signed from Bayer Leverkusen for £8.25 million in 2030, he swiftly broke into the first-team and bagged four assists in one match against Benfica in 2032/33, a season in which he swiftly improved as a footballer – to the extent that we sold stalwart winger Godwin Okechukwu.

Zeller

Filippo Febbrasio: AM R (AM LC), 18

Another Atalanta youth product, Febbrasio was expected to be one of the best players of his generation when he came through our youth intake in 2031. He swiftly became the youngest goalscorer in the club’s history, impressed on loan at Lecce the next season, and has moved into our first-team for 2033/34. I’m expecting this guy to be really special, which is why I decided to sell Edward Mensah in the summer of 2033.

Febbrasio

Lionel Hacquard: AM RL (MR ST), 18

Another exciting young winger, the Frenchman signed from Monaco for £2.9 million in 2033 and has swiftly been drafted into the first-team. I’m likewise big things from him.

Hacquard

Strikers

The main man in our ten Serie A wins was Cosimo Marco Da Graca. He became our all-time leading goalscorer with 265 league goals in a club record 411 appearances – which I expect either Uldbjer or Giacalone to break. As you can see, he departed the club upon the expiry of his contract in 2033 as an Icon of Atalanta.

Da Graca

Bjorn Amler: ST C (M LC), 23

The lead man stepping up to fill Da Graca’s boots is German international Amler. But I have my doubts about his ability to do that. He’s very streaky and doesn’t score many in the league, which isn’t ideal, with just 35 league goals in 105 appearances since joining from FC Bayern in 2027. Now 23, he’s pretty much at his peak ability so it may be time to look for better options.

Amler

Darko Vasiljevic: ST C, 18

The man who could be our long-term striker option is the young Serbian. He’s just signed for the club for £2.1 million from Red Star, but already scored 8 goals in 9 games for our Under-20s and scored his first league goal. I’m very excited about his potential but a worry is his just 11 Finishing.

Vasiljevic

Kai Nennhuber: ST C, 19

Just as exciting is the young German, who’s quick and has good finishing. He’s shown a knack for scoring goals off the bench and it’s only a matter of time before he gets a chance to start games in 2033/34.

Nennhuber

Exciting Youth Talents

In short, there’s a lot of them! We currently have 18 players with 5-star potential in our youth teams, and a further five with at least 4.5-star potential. Worryingly though, none of the 5-star potential players are our own youth products – albeit Garcea and Febbrasio have been fast-tracked to the first-team.

Yoth talent 2033

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