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Delio Rossi
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Personal information
Date of birth November 26, 1960 (1960-11-26) (age 49)
Place of birth Rimini, Italy
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current club Palermo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Forlimpopoli 54 (2)
1980–1981 Cattolica 29 (3)
1981–1987 Foggia 127 (3)
1987–1988 Vis Pesaro 22 (0)
1988–1989 Fidelis Andria 15 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1991 Torremaggiore
1991–1993 Foggia (youth team)
1993–1995 Salernitana
1995–1996 Foggia
1996–1997 Pescara
1997–1999 Salernitana
1999–2000 Genoa
2000 Pescara
2001 Pescara
2002–2004 Lecce
2004–2005 Atalanta
2005–2009 Lazio
2009– Palermo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Delio Rossi (born November 26, 1960 in Rimini) is an Italian association football manager. He is the current head coach of Serie A club Palermo, after being appointed on November 23, 2009 as a replacement for dismissed trainer Walter Zenga.[1]

Playing career

Delio Rossi's playing career was not a bright one, as he reached his personal top from 1981 to 1983, playing Serie B with U.S. Foggia, where he spent most of his footballing time. He retired in 1989, after a season played with Fidelis Andria of Serie C2.

Managerial career

Rossi, a sports science graduate with honours, took his first coaching job in 1990, aged 29, at Torremaggiore, of Promozione league, immediately winning the championship. The next year he joined Foggia as youth coach. In 1993, Rossi signed for Salernitana of Serie C1, and led the team to a Serie B promotion. After an unlucky comeback to Foggia, and a sixth place in Pescara, Rossi returned to coach Salernitana in 1997, leading the team to its second Serie A promotion in history. Rossi guided the team in Serie A too, but was fired in March 1999, as he was unable to lead Salernitana out of the relegation positions. A troubled year in Genoa and a poor comeback to Pescara were followed by three seasons with Lecce. Rossi, appointed as Lecce's coach in February 2002, was not able to avoid relegation to Serie B, but led the team back to Serie A just the next season, and maintained a place in the division the next year. He left Lecce in 2004 to be replaced by his maestro Zdenek Zeman, who was head coach at Foggia during Rossi's times in leading its youth team.

In December 2004, Rossi replaced Andrea Mandorlini at the helm of Atalanta B.C., last-placed in Serie A. Despite all his efforts and numerous praises, Rossi was not able to let his team escape from relegation, but gained interest from Lazio, who appointed him as replacement for Giuseppe Papadopulo.

His time at Lazio has been a remarkable success for which he has aroused interest from many top Serie A clubs. Rossi guided Lazio to a surprising UEFA Cup place in the 2005–2006 season, only for the place to be lost as part of the Calciopoli scandal that rocked the country in the summer of 2006. Even more remarkable, however, was Delio Rossi's feat the following season. Despite an initial 11-point points deduction (which was subsequently reduced to 3 on appeal), Rossi guided the biancocelesti to an unlikely third place Serie A finish and a place in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League. However during the 2007–08 season, he led Lazio to a disappointing 12th place finish.

On May 13, 2009 Delio Rossi led Lazio to their first trophy since the Coppa Italia triumph in 2004. It was also a Coppa Italia victory, which came after a successful penalty shootout against Sampdoria. On June 8, 2009, Delio Rossi was announced to have left Lazio because of personal reasons allegedly linked to an unstable working relationship with chairman Claudio Lotito. He was replaced by Davide Ballardini.

On November 23, 2009 Delio Rossi returned into management as new head coach of Palermo, replacing Walter Zenga at the helm of the rosanero.[1] He immediately managed to turn the fortunes of Palermo, guiding the Sicilians to quickly rise up the Serie A league table also thanks to surprise results such as two 2–0 away win against teams such as AC Milan and Juventus.


  1. ^ a b "Delio Rossi è l'allenatore del Palermo" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 


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