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Ottavio Bianchi

Ottavio Bianchi
Date of birth (1943-10-06) 6 October 1943 (age 76)
Place of birthBrescia, Italy
Playing positionMidfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
National team
Teams managed

Ottavio Bianchi (Italian pronunciation: [otˈtavjo ˈbjaŋki]; born 6 October 1943) is an Italian former football player and coach.


Bianchi was born in Brescia. During his playing days, he has won two caps for Italy, and played for a number of teams, including Brescia, Napoli, Atalanta, Milan and Cagliari.

He is best remembered for being the coach of Napoli from 1985 to 1989, a team consisting of great players such as Diego Maradona and Careca, which won its first of two Serie A titles in the 1986-87 season.[1] He also led the team to the Coppa Italia title in 1987, and the UEFA Cup title in 1989.

Other teams he has coached include Como, Atalanta, Roma, Inter and Fiorentina.

Playing career

He played for Brescia youth system, and then made his debut with his boyhood team in the Serie A in 1965. In 1966, Bianchi was transferred to Napoli, the club with whom he played for five consecutive championships. In addition to these, Bianchi had stints with Atalanta, Milan and Cagliari and finished his playing career with SPAL.

Bianchi has also made two appearances for the National football team, where he made his debut on 1 November 1966, in a friendly match against the USSR in Milan where the hosts won 1-0.

Coaching career

He began his coaching career at lower division clubs such as Siena, Mantova, Triestina and Atalanta, where he won the Serie C1 championship in 1981-82 with the latter.

Following the good results during his stint with Atalanta, Avellino approached Bianchi to guide them for the 1983-84 season where they finish the season with an 11th place in the Serie A, and then the following season Bianchi moved to newly promoted Como where he managed to reach a mid-table position. The following season, Bianchi joined Maradona's Napoli, who won his first Scudetto in 1986/87. With Bianchi on the bench the Napoli won the Coppa Italia in 1987, and the UEFA Cup in 1989.

After four successful season with Napoli, Bianchi moved to Roma, where he won again the Coppa Italia in 1991, and managed to reach the UEFA Cup final, where the club finish as runners up to Inter.

After the adventure with the giallorossi, where in November 1992, Bianchi replaced Claudio Ranieri to take over the helm of Napoli, managing to transform a relegation-threatened zone team for a team challenging for UEFA Cup place. The next year Bianchi was appointed as a technical director, guiding Marcello Lippi after the team lost several important players such as Gianfranco Zola, Careca and Giovanni Galli due to financial difficulties.

The following season he was a coach again, this time at Inter. The first season was a successful one with the victory over their rivals in the Derby della Madonnina being the highlight of the season. But a year later, despite the arrival of Javier Zanetti and Roberto Carlos, the team struggled to maintain the good forms where he was given the sack by Massimo Moratti after the team lost to his ex-club Napoli at Stadio San Paolo.

Seven years later, Bianchi was called to save relegation troubled Fiorentina in 2002[2] without success both as a coach and as chairman of club, succeeding outgoing Ugo Poggi until the end of the season.



See also


  1. ^ Di Maggio, Roberto (21 May 2009). "Italy - Coaches of Championship Teams". RSSSF. 
  2. ^ "Fiorentina choose Bianchi". UEFA. 14 January 2002.