Alberto Malesani

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Alberto Malesani
Personal information
Full name Alberto Malesani
Date of birth (1954-06-05) 5 June 1954 (age 64)
Place of birth Verona, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
Audace S. Michele
1970 Vicenza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Audace S. Michele
Teams managed
1987–1990 Chievo (junior)
1990–1991 Chievo (youth)
1991–1993 Chievo (assistant)
1993–1997 Chievo
1997–1998 Fiorentina
1998–2001 Parma
2001–2003 Verona
2003–2004 Modena
2005–2006 Panathinaikos
2007 Udinese
2007–2008 Empoli
2009–2010 Siena
2010–2011 Bologna
2011 Genoa
2012 Genoa
2013 Palermo
2014 Sassuolo

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Alberto Malesani (Italian pronunciation: [alˈbɛrto maleˈzaːni]; born 5 June 1954) is an Italian association football manager and former footballer.


Early career and breakthrough at Chievo

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]


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]


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]


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



Chievo (1993–1997)
Parma (1998–2001)

See also


  1. (Italian) | 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. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "L'Empoli licenzia Malesani. In panchina torna Cagni" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-03-31. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Raggiunto l'accordo con Alberto Malesani" (in Italian). AC Siena. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2009-11-23. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[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. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. [1]
  13. "COMUNICATO STAMPA". Genoa CFC. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Incubo Genoa/ Malesani nuovamente esonerato. Squadra a Gigi De Canio". Città di Genova. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "ESONERATO MALESANI, RICHIAMATO GASPERINI" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Malesani tasked with reviving Sassuolo fortunes". 29 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>