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Cesare Prandelli
Personal information
Full name Claudio Cesare Prandelli
Date of birth August 19, 1957 (1957-08-19) (age 52)
Place of birth Orzinuovi, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Fiorentina (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1978 Cremonese 88 (4)
1978–1979 Atalanta 27 (1)
1979–1985 Juventus 89 (0)
1985–1990 Atalanta 89 (1)
Teams managed
1990–1993 Atalanta (youth coach)
1993–1994 Atalanta
1994–1997 Atalanta (youth coach)
1997–1998 Lecce
1998–2000 Verona
2000–2001 Venezia
2002–2004 Parma
2004 AS Roma
2005– Fiorentina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Claudio Cesare Prandelli (born 19 August 1957 in Orzinuovi, province of Brescia) is an Italian football coach, currently of ACF Fiorentina, and former player.


Playing career

Prandelli, a midfielder, started his playing career for Cremonese in 1974. He then moved to Atalanta in 1978, and then Juventus in 1979. He played six seasons with Juventus, winning the Serie A championship for three times. He returned to Atalanta in 1985, where ended his career in 1990. In total, Prandelli played 197 Serie A matches.

Coaching career

Prandelli started his managing career as youth team coach for Atalanta. He coached Atalanta's youth squad with excellent results from 1990 to 1997, except for a seven-months parenthesis, from November 1993 to June 1994, in which he served as caretaker for the first team, then relegated to Serie B. After a poor 1997/1998 Serie A campaign as Lecce head coach ended in a sacking in January 1998, Prandelli headed Hellas Verona for two seasons, leading the gialloblu to an immediate promotion to Serie A, and then to a very good ninth place the next year. He later spent two years in Parma, where he fully reached national glory.

Starting the 2004–05 season for AS Roma, he left the team because of personal problems involving his wife. After a season out of football, he then joined Fiorentina, taking over from Dino Zoff, at the beginning of the 2005–06 season. His first season in Tuscany proved to be a huge success, as Prandelli transformed Fiorentina from relegation strugglers into a team worthy of a UEFA Champions League spot, finishing the season in fourth place. Unfortunately for Fiorentina and Prandelli however, as a result of the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, Fiorentina along with Juventus were stripped of their Champions League spot. Prandelli's team, though, started the 2006–07 season in Serie A (albeit with a 15 point deduction) after initially being relegated to Serie B at first instance. On December 11, 2006, Cesare Prandelli was twice named the winner of the Panchina D'Oro (Golden Bench) award for best Italian club coach for his work during the 2005–06 and the 2006–07 season.

The next year, despite the 15 point deduction, Prandelli was able to guide Fiorentina to a 6th place finish in Serie A (with the same point tally as 5th placed Palermo), securing UEFA Cup qualification for the 2007–08 season. The team did very well in the competition, losing the penalty shootout against Rangers in the semi-final. In Serie A, the team finished fourth after winning a long race against A.C. Milan, earning a ticket to participate in the UEFA Champions League.

For his work in the 2007–08 season, Prandelli was awarded the Serie A Coach of the Year at the "Oscar del calcio" awards in early 2009. He later managed to get Fiorentina into the group phase, after defeating SK Slavia Praha in the third qualifying round, and also guided Fiorentina to another fourth place spot, this time winning competition to Genoa (who ended the season with the same points as Fiorentina, but were classified at fifth due to head-to-head results) and a second consecutive participation in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds. After the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, Prandelli's tenure as Fiorentina is now become the longest of all incumbent Serie A managers.

In 2009, Prandelli surpassed Fulvio Bernardini as the longest serving manager in Fiorentina history.

Personal life

Cesare Prandelli's wife died on the week commencing 26 November 2007. On the 29th November Fiorentina travelled to Athens to play Greek side AEK Athens, with Prandelli's assistant Gabriele Pin deputizing for him. The Fiorentina team attended Prandelli's wife's funeral along with her personal friends. The team was shaken by the turn of events.



Simple English

Cesare Prandelli
Personal information
Full name Claudio Cesare Prandelli
Date of birth 19 August 1957 (1957-08-19) (age 53)
Place of birth    Orzinuovi, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Teams managed
Hellas Verona

Cesare Prandelli (born 19 August 1957) is a former Italian football player. He has played for some Italian clubs (e.g. Atalanta, Juventus). He manages for Fiorentina.



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