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Francesco Guidolin
Personal information
Date of birth October 3, 1955 (1955-10-03) (age 54)
Place of birth Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Parma (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1977 Verona 24 (1)
1977–1978 Sambenedettese 35 (3)
1978–1979 Verona 14 (1)
1979–1980 Pistoiese 35 (5)
1980–1982 Verona 62 (12)
1982–1983 Bologna 24 (1)
1983–1984 Verona 2 (0)
1984–1986 Venezia 41 (1)
National team
1976 Italy U-21[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1986–1988 Giorgione (youth team)
1988–1989 Giorgione
1989–1990 Treviso
1990–1991 Fano
1991–1992 Empoli
1992–1993 Ravenna
1993 Atalanta
1994–1998 Vicenza
1998–1999 Udinese
1999–2003 Bologna
2004–2005 Palermo
2005 Genoa
2005–2006 AS Monaco
2006–2007 Palermo
2007 Palermo
2007–2008 Palermo
2008– Parma
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francesco Guidolin (born October 3, 1955 in Castelfranco Veneto) is an Italian football manager from Parma and former player.

Career

After a mild playing career, in 1988 Guidolin debuted in a managing role as head coach of Serie C2 team Giorgione, the main club of his native city, Castelfranco Veneto. He then coached teams such as Treviso (Serie C2), Fano, Empoli and Ravenna (all in Serie C1). After having led Ravenna to a Serie B promotion, Guidolin was successively appointed in 1993 as coach of Serie A team Atalanta, but he did not achieve great success and he was fired after just 10 matches.

The next season, Guidolin joined Vicenza, leading the team from Serie B to win the Coppa Italia in 1997 and even obtaining a semi-final of UEFA Cup Winners' Cup on his first adventure at the European level, then lost to Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea, in 1998. After that successful season, Guidolin left Vicenza for Udinese in season 1998–99. After having been fired after a disappointing start in the 1999–2000 season, Guidolin signed for Bologna: he coached the rossoblu until 2003, then leaving the team after heavy protests from supporters, started from an insulting phrase about the city of Bologna which escaped him during a league match.

Guidolin, after six months of inactivity, was appointed to replace Silvio Baldini at the helm of Serie B team Palermo in January 2004. He then successfully conducted the team to win the league, and a UEFA Cup qualification the next year, leaving the club at the end of that season.

Guidolin was then appointed as Genoa head coach; however, after the team was relegated to Serie C1 by the Football Federation because of alleged fixing, Guidolin rescinded his contract. He was appointed coach of AS Monaco FC in October 2005, but after just one season in charge he departed the club after a campaign in which Monaco finished a disappointing 30 points behind Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais.

As of May 30, 2006 Guidolin was re-hired by Palermo in a shock announcement found on the team's webpage, with a three-year deal and an undisclosed sum. After an impressive start which brought Palermo clearly to third place for the whole first part of the season, Palermo however was not able to win a single match in over two months, following the infamous Sicilian derby of February 2, 2007 and the successive riots during which a policeman was killed. Following a crushing 3-4 home defeat to Parma, a team in trouble of relegation, and 7 points gained in the last 11 league matches, Guidolin was ultimately sacked by Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini on April 23; however his sacking was revoked on May 14, following two other consecutive defeats for Palermo.[2] After two wins in the two final Serie A matches which brought Palermo back to fifth place, Guidolin finally ended his second time in Palermo.

In October 2007, Guidolin was reportedly approached by the new owners of English Championship side Queens Park Rangers to become the club's new manager, after the poor start to the new season bought about the sacking of John Gregory. He later confirmed the rumours linking him to QPR, claiming he would be pleased with a professional move to England.[3] A few days later he was however reported to have refused the QPR job due to personal issues.[4] On November 26, 2007 Guidolin was unexpectedly appointed back at the helm of the rosanero, replacing Stefano Colantuono.[5] He was axed once again on March 24, 2008 as he only managed to achieve 18 points in 17 matches, after three consecutive defeats, the latter followed by controversial post-match comments in which he criticized the team fanbase.[6] On 30 September 2008 he signed a contract by F.C. Parma, replacing Luigi Cagni and guiding the ducali to a runners-up place in the 2008–09 Serie B, and an immediate promotion back into the top flight. He was confirmed at the helm of Parma for the 2009–10 Serie A season.

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