Bernardeschi & Babacar: Vergine’s Method Continues to Prosper

The first six weeks of the Italian brought good fortune and then disappointment for two young prospects whose progress is of interest to FC Tacoma 253.

ACF Fiorentina’s starlets Khouma Babacar and Federico Bernardeschi are products of Vincenzo Vergine’s coaching methods, which he began at southern club Lecce before he brought them to Florence.

Babacar is a 21-year-old born in Senegal who has already accomplished the merit of scoring his first two goals in only five appearances in Italy’s top division, including a magical long-distance shot scored at the Artemio Franchi in a 3-0 win over Inter Milan.

He was able to dribble past two opponents and then rapidly rip a shot beyond Inter keeper Samir Handanovic. It was for good reason coach Vincenzo Montella praised the player’s qualities during the post-match comments, calling Babacar a player who “can only score beautiful goals.”

Federico Bernardeschi is a 20-year-old born in the city of Carrara. Playing as a winger, Bernardeschi has already added six total appearances for the Italian Under 21 side, two in Europa League and four in Serie A. Unquestionably, he represents one of the country’s brightest prospects in Italian soccer.

As a matter of fact, not only he is a permanent member of that Italy U-21 roster, but he even had the honor of being called-up to the senior side by former boss Cesare Prandelli to the special training sessions prior to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil despite having never played in Serie A before.

Today, the first full cap is yet to come for Bernardeschi, who, instead, took part in the Azzurrini’s 1-1 draw with Slovakia.

“I’m always proud to be able to wear the Azzurri shirt. I will always give my all for the U-21 side, as it is something every player has to do if they want to fulfill their dream of playing for the senior national team,” he told Vivo Azzurro prior to the match.

Sadly for Bernardeschi, he fractured a bone in his left ankle in training in early November, and will not resume his career until 2015.

Both Babacar and Bernardeschi are a product of Fiorentina’s exceptional youth program which was created by Vincenzo Vergine

His methods mean that Fiorentina are frequently bringing in world-class players year after year, including Emiliano Viviano and Marco Biagianti.

This successful development method is a motive for great pride for Vergine and the entire cub, especially thanks to the inclusion of the innovative Fiorentina School, where young players also have the opportunity to combine the physical training to an important academic formation.

Below is a Fiorentina video from Viola Channel showing highlights of Bernardeschi’s skills.

“A great soccer player doesn’t only have good talent. Instead, he is the product of advanced formation that has to be specifically targeted to improve both in the physiological and mental aspects,” Vergine told FC

It is this Fiorentina method that Vergine will be bringing to FC Tacoma 253, Washington State and the NPSL.