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Walter Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri
Full nameWalter Mazzarri
Date of birth (1961-10-01) 1 October 1961 (age 58)
Place of birthSan Vincenzo, Italy
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Playing positionMidfielder
Senior career*
Teams managed

Walter Mazzarri (Italian pronunciation: [ˈvalter madˈd͡zarri]; born 1 October 1961) is an Italian former footballer and now a manager, who most recently managed Serie A club Inter until 14 November 2014.

Playing career

Mazzarri, a midfielder and a product of Fiorentina's youth system, made his professional debut in 1981 for Pescara of Serie B, and played a short Serie A stint in Cagliari the following season, before being sold to Reggiana. He had his longest period at Empoli, who won promotion to Serie A for the first time during his time with the Tuscan side. After several spells with mostly minor teams, including a two-year stint with Acireale where he was part of the team who won a historic first promotion to Serie B, and then playing in the Italian second tier in 1993–94, Mazzarri ended his playing career in 1995 with Sassari Torres.

Managerial career

Early years

Mazzarri started his coaching career as Renzo Ulivieri's assistant at Napoli in 1998. His first spell in charge came in 2001/2002 for Sicilian Serie C2 team Acireale, where he had been a player from 1992 to 1994. Subsequently, he returned to his native Tuscany to coach Pistoiese of Serie C1 in 2002/2003 and Livorno of Serie B in 2003–04, bringing the amaranto led by Cristiano Lucarelli back to Serie A. He was coach of Reggina from 2004 to 2007, leading the Calabrian side to Serie A survival in three consecutive seasons, the last obtained on the final day of the season despite an 11-point deduction.


On 31 May 2007 he was announced as new Sampdoria coach.[1] He served as Sampdoria boss for two seasons, overseeing a considerable improvement in results, thanks to the likes of Antonio Cassano, who publicly praised Mazzarri's coaching abilities. Sampdoria's 2007–08 campaign ended in an impressive sixth place, which ensured qualification for the UEFA Cup. Mazzarri's fortunes declined slightly in 2008–09, as the blucerchiati ended their campaign in 13th place; despite this, he managed to guide his team into the Coppa Italia Final, notably defeating champions Inter 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals, before losing on penalties to Lazio in the final. Mazzarri left Sampdoria by mutual consent at the end of the 2008–09 season.


On 6 October 2009 he was appointed manager of Napoli, replacing Roberto Donadoni.[2] Mazzarri inspired his new charges to finish his debut season in sixth place in Serie A, and was handed a new three-year contract at the end of the campaign. The 2010–11 season proved even more successful as, buoyed by the arrival from Palermo of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, Mazzarri's men finished third and qualified directly for the group phase of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League. Under Mazzarri, Napoli were becoming renowned for their counter-attacking at pace, in a 3–4–3 formation in which Cavani was supported by Argentinian Ezequiel Lavezzi and Slovakian star Marek Hamšík. They finished second in their Champions League group, behind Germany's Bayern Munich and ahead of Manchester City of England, to earn a last-16 tie against another English side, Chelsea which they beat 3–1 at home in the first leg. They were subsequently beaten 4–1 at Stamford Bridge after extra time, being eliminated from the Champions League. He left the Azzurri on 19 May 2013 leading the team to a 2nd place this season.


Mazzarri was officially appointed as the Inter manager on 24 May 2013,[3] after Andrea Stramaccioni was dismissed after a poor performance in the 2012–13 season. On 2nd July 2014, FC Internazionale and Mazzarri agreed to a one-year extension to the current coach’s contract keeping him at the team until 30 June 2016. He was sacked by Inter after a series of disappointing results on 14 November 2014, leaving the club in ninth place.[4][5][6][7]

Managerial statistics

As of 9 November 2014
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Acireale 23x15px 1 July 2001 30 June 2002 31 10 10 11 32.26
Pistoiese 23x15px 1 July 2002 30 June 2003 39 12 11 16 30.77
Livorno 23x15px 1 July 2003 30 June 2004 47 20 20 7 42.55
Reggina 23x15px 1 July 2004 28 May 2007 123 37 39 47 30.08
Sampdoria 23x15px 1 July 2007 30 June 2009 99 38 29 32 38.38
Napoli 23x15px 6 October 2009 20 May 2013 182 89 50 43 48.90
Internazionale 23x15px 24 May 2013 14 November 2014 56 25 20 11 44.64
Total 577 231 179 167 40.03





  1. ^ "Mazzarri named Samp boss". Football Italia. 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "È Walter Mazzarri il nuovo allenatore" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "FC Internazionale club statement". 24 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "FC INTERNAZIONALE CLUB STATEMENT". FC Internazionale Milano. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Internazionale sack head coach Walter Mazzarri after 17 months in charge". The Guardian. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Walter Mazzarri sacked as Inter Milan coach with Roberto Mancini offered the chance to return to the San Siro". Daily Mail. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Inter Milan: Head coach Walter Mazzarri sacked". BBC Sport. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 

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