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Edy Reja
Personal information
Full name Edoardo Reja
Date of birth October 10, 1945 (1945-10-10) (age 64)
Place of birth    Lucinico, Gorizia, Italy
Playing position Manager (former midfielder)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1963–1968
1968–1973
1973–1975
SPAL
Palermo
Alessandria
0070 (2)
00124 (1)
0076 (1)   
Teams managed
1979–1980
1980–1981
1981–1982
1982–1983
1983–1984
1984–1985
1985–1986
1986–1987
1987–1989
1989–1990
1990–1992
1992–1993
1993–1994
1994–1995
1995–1997
1997–1998
1998–2001
2001–2002
2003
2003–2004
2005–2009
2009-
Molinella
Monselice
Pordenone
Monselice
Pro Gorizia
Treviso
Mestre
Varese
Pescara (youth team)
Pescara
Cosenza
Verona
Bologna
Lecce
Brescia
Torino
Vicenza
Genoa
Catania
Cagliari
Napoli
Hajduk Split

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Edoardo "Edy" Reja (born on October 10, 1945 in Lucinico, Gorizia) is an Italian football coach and former player of Slovene[1] origin. He is the current manager of the Croatian First Division football club Hajduk Split

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Career

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Player

Reja started his career with the youth team of SPAL, playing in midfield alongside lifelong friend Fabio Capello. Together, they helped the team to the 1963-64 Italian Youth Championship. In 1965-66, Reja joined Capello in Serie A with the first team and also the Italian Under 23 side. Reja played for two more teams, U.S. Città di Palermo and Alessandria in a long career that lasted until 1975, playing a total of 124 Serie A matches.[2]

Coach

Reja started his coaching career in 1979 serving as boss of Serie D team Molinella. Next year he then coached Monselice of Serie C2. In 1989 he coached his first Serie B team, Pescara, of which he was previously the youth squad boss. He successively gained good successes in the same league with Cosenza, Lecce and Brescia, where he won the championship; however, he opted to give up the opportunity to coach Brescia in Serie A, preferring to accept an offer from Torino, another Serie B team, where he then missed promotion being defeated on the promotion playoffs to Perugia after penalty shootouts. During the 1998-1999 season, he was appointed coach of Serie A club Vicenza, thus making his debut in a top division team, but was unable to save the team from relegation. Next year he remained at Vicenza and led his team back to Serie A, but promptly relegated one more time on 2001. In 2001-2002, he replaced Franco Scoglio at the helm of Genoa (Serie B), but to be fired himself only three months later. On 2002-2003, he was appointed in the mid-season by Catania boss Luciano Gaucci to replace John Toshack. On November 2003, he replaced Giampiero Ventura at Cagliari and guided the rossoblu to second place in the Serie B and promotion to Serie A, but was not confirmed.

From January 2005, he is Napoli's boss, appointed at Giampiero Ventura's place (who was curiously replaced by Reja the previous year in Cagliari). He led Napoli to win Serie C1 and obtaining promotion to Serie B on 2006, and promptly guided his team to a second consecutive promotion to Serie A in 2007, which meant the Serie A comeback for Napoli since 2001. In his first Serie A campaign with Napoli, Reja guided the azzurri to a 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup spot, also defeating Inter in the first of their only three losses in the whole league.

He was confirmed at the helm of Napoli for the 2008–09 season. In the season start, Napoli were defeated by S.L. Benfica in the first round of the UEFA Cup, but managed to rise up to first place in the Serie A table also thanks to impressive wins against Fiorentina and Juventus, easily increasing fans' interest and support for the Neapolitan side. However, results quickly deteriorated in the second half of the season, with Napoli losing contact with the European Cup spots, with Reja being ultimately sacked on March 10, 2009 after a 0–2 home loss to S.S. Lazio on Week 27, closing abruptly a five-year spell with the azzurri. He was replaced by former Italian team boss Roberto Donadoni.[3]

Reja was appointed coach of Croatian side Hajduk Split on 18 August 2009. [4]

Personal

Married to Livia in 1969, he met his wife while rooming with Fabio Capello in Ferrara. Livia was close friends with Cappello's future wife Laura but the romance only started when he discovered the guy he assumed was her boyfriend was actually her twin brother.

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