Born: 18 March 1995 (Bologna, Italy)
Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini joined us in July, 2021, from Italian side Atalanta on a season-long loan, with an option to make the transfer permanent.
Born in Bologna, Pierluigi, played his youth football at Verona and Manchester United before returning to Verona to make his Serie A debut in September, 2014. He played 27 times the next season, 2015/16, prompting a move to Aston Villa in July, 2016.
He played 20 times for Villa in the Championship in 2016/17 and, coincidentally, was on the bench when we beat Villa 2-0 in the FA Cup third round at White Hart Lane in January, 2017.
Pierluigi moved back to Italy initially on loan at Atalanta later that month, a move made permanent in June, 2018. He’s since played 108 times in all competitions for the Bergamo club, including 10 appearances in the Champions League in 2019/20 and 2020/21. He played 32 times during the latter campaign as Atalanta finished third in Serie A and were runners-up in the Coppa Italia.
Pierluigi has been capped at Under-18, 19, 20 and 21 levels for Italy, and made his senior debut off the bench in a Euro 2020 qualifying match against Bosnia & Herzegovina in November, 2019.