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Alberto Malesani
Personal information
Date of birth June 5, 1954 (1954-06-05) (age 55)
Place of birth Verona, Italy
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current club Siena
Youth career
? Audace S. Michele
1970 Vicenza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1978 Audace S. Michele
Teams managed
1990–1991 Chievo Verona (youth coach)
1991–1993 Chievo Verona (assistant coach)
1993–1997 Chievo Verona
1997–1998 Fiorentina
1998–2001 Parma
2001–2003 Verona
2003–2004 Modena
2005–2006 Panathinaikos FC
2007 Udinese
2007–2008 Empoli
2009– Siena
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alberto Malesani (born June 5, 1954 in Verona) is an Italian association football manager, currently in charge of Serie A club Siena.



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 1976/1977, 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] He left his job at Canon in 1990 order to pursue a coaching career at Serie C1 team Chievo Verona 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 Verona. Malesani left Chievo in 1997, after three impressive Serie B seasons and a narrowly missed promotion in the Italian top division, in order to become Fiorentina's boss.

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 2000/2001. He then coached Verona, Modena and Greek side Panathinaikos with much less success. During coaching Panathinaikos FC, the Greek sport press was constantly criticizing his tactics. After a draw againstIraklis FC and during the post match press conference, Alberto Malesani had an unforgettable outburst of temper [1] (very similar to Giovanni Trapattoni's during his career in FC Bayern) against the fans and journalists.

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.[3] He was axed on March 31, 2008 following a 2–0 home defeat to U.C. Sampdoria which left Empoli down in last place in the league table.[4]

On November 23, 2009 he was appointed new head coach of Siena, replacing Marco Baroni.[5]


  • On his honeymoon, Malesani decided to go to Barcelona in order to watch Johan Cruijff's coaching sessions at Barcelona FC.
  • During his coaching time at Panathinaikos, Malesani gained some popularity for a four-minutes-long press conference[6] (made in Italian language) where he angrily attacked the journalists pronouncing 21 times the word cazzo (dick, used as an expletive in Italian).He also made some unfortunate comments for the supporting fanbase for heavily criticizing the Vardinogiannis family (sole owners of the team 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.

See also


Preceded by
Italy Luigi Simoni
UEFA Cup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Turkey Fatih Terim


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