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Bruno Bolchi
Personal information
Date of birth February 21, 1940 (1940-02-21) (age 69)
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Manager (former midfielder)
Club information
Current club retired
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1963 Inter 109 (10)
1963–1964 Verona 19 (0)
1964–1965 Atalanta 25 (2)
1965–1970 Torino 89 (0)
National team
1961 Italy 4 (0)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Pro Patria
1972–1973 Pistoiese
1973–1974 Unione Valdinievole
1974–1975 Sorrento
1975–1976 Messina
1976–1978 Pistoiese
1978–1979 Novara
1980–1981 Atalanta
1982–1983 Cesena
1983–1986 Bari
1986–1987 Cesena
1987–1988 Arezzo
1988–1989 Pisa
1989–1990 Reggina
1990–1991 Brescia
1991–1992 Avellino
1992–1993 Lecce
1993–1995 Cesena
1995–1997 Lucchese
1997–1998 Monza
1999 Reggina
2000–2001 Genoa
2001–2002 Ternana
2003 Messina
2004 Ternana
2005 Catanzaro
2007 Messina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bruno Bolchi (born February 21, 1940 in Milan) is an Italian retired football (soccer) manager and former player.

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Career

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Playing

Bolchi, a midfielder, made his debut at the age of 18 with F.C. Internazionale Milano in a Serie A away match lost 1-0 to S.S.C. Napoli on May 18, 1958. He played six seasons with the nerazzurri, with 109 caps and 10 goals, gaining the nickname Maciste and appearing for the Italian team in four occasions, all in 1961. He then played for Serie B side Verona, and returned to play in the top division for Atalanta and Torino, where he ended his playing career in 1970.

Coaching

Bolchi started his coaching career in 1971 with Pro Patria, then a Seconda Categoria club (at the time, Seconda Categoria was the sixth level of Italian football). In 1974 he had his first professional coaching job at Sorrento. He first coached a Serie A team, Cesena, in 1982, but did not manage to save it from relegation. Since then, Bolchi made just two appearances as Serie A coach, despite his long career all over the country: in 1985-1986, his third season as Bari's boss which followed two consecutive promotions from Serie C1 to the top tier of Italian football; however, Bolchi was not able to save the biancorossi. In 1988-1989, he had his last Serie A job before 2007, as Pisa head coach, but he was sacked after the 22nd matchday.

On April 23, 2007, with just five matches remaining before the end of the league, Bolchi was appointed head coach of Messina, a team he already coached in their 1975-1976 Serie C campaign and, for six matches, at the end of the 2002-2003 season, in Serie B. He did not manage to avoid relegation, also due to Messina's poor league table well before his appointment, and finally retired from football after the end of the season.

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