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Alberto Malesani

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Alberto Malesani
Full nameAlberto Malesani
Date of birth (1954-06-05) 5 June 1954 (age 61)
Place of birthVerona, Italy
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
Audace S. Michele
1970Vicenza
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Audace S. Michele
Teams managed
1987–1990Chievo (junior)
1990–1991Chievo (youth)
1991–1993Chievo (assistant)
1993–1997Chievo
1997–1998Fiorentina
1998–2001Parma
2001–2003Verona
2003–2004Modena
2005–2006Panathinaikos
2007Udinese
2007–2008Empoli
2009–2010Siena
2010–2011Bologna
2011Genoa
2012Genoa
2013Palermo
2014Sassuolo

Alberto Malesani (born 5 June 1954) is an Italian association football manager and former footballer.

Career

Early career and breakthrough at Chievo

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A young Malesani during his first stint as Chievo head coach

Malesani career as player was mostly spent on a Veronese amateur team Audace S. Michele, where he obtained a promotion from Serie D to Serie C in 1976–77, appearing fourteen times on that season.[1] He retired from playing football at the age of 24, and worked at Canon in Amsterdam, where he studied the Ajax Amsterdam total football training methods.[2] His passion for coaching was so great, that on his honeymoon, he decided to go to Barcelona in order to watch Johan Cruijff's coaching sessions at Barcelona FC.

Malesani left his job at Canon in 1990 order to pursue a coaching career at Serie C1 team Chievo for the Allievi youth squad. In 1991, he is assistant of head coach Carlo De Angelis in the first team, and in 1993 he becomes head coach himself. His first season as head coach ended in a historical promotion to Serie B for then-unknown Chievo.

Fiorentina, Parma and UEFA Cup triumph

Malesani left Chievo in 1997, after three impressive Serie B seasons and a narrowly missed promotion in the Serie A league in order to become Fiorentina's boss, in what was his first stint in the Italian top flight.

A good Fiorentina season convinced Parma to appoint Malesani as new head coach in 1998, where he won a Coppa Italia, a UEFA Cup, an Italian Super Cup and obtained two fourth places before being sacked in 2000–01.

From Verona to Udinese

After losing his job at Parma, Malesani then coached Verona[3] and Modena, failing to save the clubs from relegation in both cases; successively he moved abroad to coach Greek side Panathinaikos, still with little success. During coaching Panathinaikos FC, the Greek sport press constantly criticized his tactics. After a home draw against Iraklis FC and during the post match press conference, Malesani had an outburst of temper against the fans and journalists. Notably, he angrily attacked the journalists pronouncing 21 times the word cazzo (dick, used as an expletive in Italian).[4] He also made some unfortunate comments concerning the supporting fanbase for heavily criticizing the Vardinogiannis family (sole owners of the club at the time), although he was unaware of the long-standing rivalry of the majority of the team's fans against them, blaming them for being incompetent to lead the club successfully.

Malesani was appointed coach of Udinese on January 2007, as replacement for Giovanni Galeone. He led his side to a not particularly impressive tenth place in the Serie A 2006-07 final table, only seven points far from relegation, being not confirmed for the following season. On November 27, 2007 he was unveiled as Empoli's new head coach, replacing Luigi Cagni.[5] He was axed on 31 March 2008 following a 2–0 home defeat to U.C. Sampdoria which left Empoli down in last place in the league table.[6]

From Siena to Bologna

On 23 November 2009 he was appointed as the new head coach of Siena, replacing Marco Baroni.[7] On 21 May 2010 was released by Siena.[8]

On 1 September 2010 he signed a one year contract for Bologna.[9] After a successful season which saw his club finish in 16th place, six points clear of relegation, despite a three point deduction for tax problems and running feuds over the clubs ownership, Malesani was replaced by Pierpaolo Bisoli on 26 May 2011.[10]

Genoa

On 19 June 2011 Genoa officially announced that Malesani would be the new first team head coach.[11] However, after Genoa was defeated 6-1 by Napoli, Malesani was fired.[12] He returned at Genoa on 2 April 2012, taking over from Pasquale Marino who had previously replaced him only to be sacked a few months later.[13] His second stint as Genoa boss lasted however only twenty days, as he was sacked once again on 22 April after a 1–4 home loss to Siena that left Genoa one point shy of relegation, and led to massive protests from Genoa fans during the game.[14]

Palermo

On 5 February 2013, Malesani was appointed as the manager of Palermo.[15]

However, after three matches in charge, on 24 February 2013 Malesani was relieved from his duties as the manager.[16]

Sassuolo

On 29 January 2014, it was announced Malesani has agreed to take over as new manager of the top-flight team Sassuolo.[17]

Managerial statistics

As of 9 March 2014
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Chievo 23x15px 1 June 1993[citation needed] 30 June 1997 155 52 66 37 33.55 170 140 +30
Fiorentina 23x15px 1 July 1997[citation needed] 30 June 1998[citation needed] 40 18 15 7 45 74 41 +33
Parma 23x15px 1 July 1998[citation needed] 8 January 2001[citation needed] 123 62 33 28 50.41 211 125 +86
Verona 23x15px 4 July 2001[citation needed] 10 June 2003[citation needed] 77 23 23 31 29.87 88 101 −13
Modena 23x15px 10 June 2003[citation needed] 22 March 2004[citation needed] 30 6 10 14 20 25 39 −14
Panathinaikos 23x15px 16 February 2005[citation needed] 15 May 2006[citation needed] 53 32 9 12 60.38 74 52 +22
Udinese 23x15px 16 January 2007[citation needed] 30 June 2007[citation needed] 20 7 5 8 35 32 34 −2
Empoli 23x15px 26 November 2007[citation needed] 31 March 2008[citation needed] 20 5 4 11 25 22 30 −8
Siena 23x15px 23 November 2009[citation needed] 21 May 2010[citation needed] 26 6 7 13 23.08 29 47 −18
Bologna 23x15px 1 September 2010[citation needed] 26 May 2011[citation needed] 40 13 11 16 32.5 42 56 −14
Genoa 23x15px 19 June 2011[citation needed] 22 December 2011[citation needed] 18 8 3 7 44.44 27 29 −2
Genoa 23x15px 2 April 2012[citation needed] 22 April 2012[citation needed] 3 0 2 1 0 2 6 −4
Palermo 23x15px 5 February 2013[citation needed] 24 February 2013[citation needed] 3 0 3 0 0 2 2 0
Sassuolo 23x15px 29 January 2014 3 March 2014 6 0 1 5 0 3 9 −6
Total 614 232 192 190 37.79 801 711 +90

Honours

Managerial

Chievo (1993–1997)
Parma (1998–2001)

See also

References

  1. ^ Invalid language code. HELLASTORY.net | La Scheda di Alberto Malesani
  2. ^ Alberto Malesani – l'antipersonaggio (la biografia)
  3. ^ "E' UFFICIALE, ALBERTO MALESANI SARA' L'ALLENATORE DELL'HELLAS VERONA ANCHE NELLA STAGIONE 2002/2003" (in Italian). Hellas Verona FC. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Video of Malesani's press conference after drawing to Iraklis FC. on YouTube (Warning: Rough language)
  5. ^ "Empoli axe Cagni". Football Italia. 2007-11-26. Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  6. ^ "L'Empoli licenzia Malesani. In panchina torna Cagni" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Raggiunto l'accordo con Alberto Malesani" (in Italian). AC Siena. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2009-11-23. [dead link]
  8. ^ Comunicato A.C. Siena
  9. ^ Malesani: “Finalmente sulla panchina del Bologna”
  10. ^ Serie A - Bologna dump Malesani for Bisoli
  11. ^ "ALBERTO MALESANI NUOVO ALLENATORE" (in Italian). Genoa C.F.C. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "COMUNICATO STAMPA". Genoa CFC. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Incubo Genoa/ Malesani nuovamente esonerato. Squadra a Gigi De Canio". Città di Genova. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  15. ^ http://football-italia.net/30395/official-malesani-joins-palermo
  16. ^ "ESONERATO MALESANI, RICHIAMATO GASPERINI" [MALESANI SACKED, GASPERINI RECALLED] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Malesani tasked with reviving Sassuolo fortunes". UEFA.com. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.