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Nevio Scala

Nevio Scala
Date of birth (1947-11-22) 22 November 1947 (age 68)
Place of birthLozzo Atestino, Italy
Playing positionMidfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
1966–1967Roma (loan)28(1)
Teams managed
1997–1998Borussia Dortmund
2002Shakhtar Donetsk
2004Spartak Moscow

Nevio Scala (Italian pronunciation: [ˈnɛvjo ˈskala]; born 22 November 1947) is an Italian football coach and former player, mostly famous as head coach of Parma during the club's golden age of the 1990s, leading them from Serie B to several European triumphs.

Playing career

Born in Lozzo Atestino, Province of Padua, Veneto, Scala enjoyed a successful playing career a midfielder for several Italian top-flight teams Roma, Milan, Vicenza and Internazionale, then playing for lower rank clubs Foggia, Monza and Adriese in the final years of his career. As a player he won with AC Milan 1 Italian Championship (1967–68), 1 European Champions Cup (1969), 1 European Cup Winners' Cup (1968)

Coaching career

As a coach, he led Calabrian third division club Reggina to Serie B in 1988, and then moved to Serie B club Parma. He held that position for six years, leading the Emilian club to its first promotion in the Italian top flight and then turning the team into a major one in the Italian Serie A, thanks also to the relevant financial backing from chairman and Parmalat founder Calisto Tanzi, and winning a Coppa Italia 1992 and a Cup Winners' Cup in 1993 together with the European Super Cup the same year and a UEFA Cup in 1995. He left Parma in June 1996.

During the 1996–97 season, Scala accepted an offer from Luciano Gaucci to become head coach of struggling Perugia, but did not manage to escape relegation to Serie B for his side.

He successively pursued a number of experiences abroad, becoming head coach of German club Borussia Dortmund in 1997, with whom he won the Intercontinental Cup. He left the club in 1998. In 2000 he became another Italian coach after Giuseppe Meazza, Sandro Puppo to manage a Turkish team by accepting an offer from Beşiktaş, and then went on to serve as head coach for Ukrainians FC Shakhtar Donetsk where he won Ukraine Champion and Cup 2002 and Russians Spartak Moscow winning the Russian Cup 2003, the latter being his last head coaching experiences to date.

He currently lives in his hometown city of Lozzo Atestino, where he is member of the local city council since 2007,[1] after running unsuccessfully as mayor in 2007.[2] He is currently active as a football pundit for Rai Radio 1, where he regularly comments Serie A games and gives his answers to live phone comments and questions on Sunday late night show Domenica sport.[3]

Scala has expressed a desire to return to coaching, being linked with Motherwell F.C.[4] and later with A.S. Roma[5] in 2010.





Borussia Dortmund
Shakhtar Donetsk
Spartak Moscow

See also


  1. ^ "Lozzo Atestino (PD)" (in Italian). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Comune di LOZZO ATESTINO" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 27 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  3. ^ "Rai: Ritorna 90° Minuto, Appuntamento Storico Sul Piccolo Schermo" (in Italian). Yahoo! Italia TV. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-23. [dead link]
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