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Gianni De Biasi
Personal information
Full name Giovanni De Biasi
Date of birth June 16, 1956 (1956-06-16) (age 53)
Place of birth Sarmede, Italy
Playing position Manager (former midfielder)
Club information
Current club Udinese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Treviso 25 (5)
1975–1976 Inter 0 (0)
1976–1977 Reggiana (loan) 24 (0)
1977–1978 Pescara (loan) 24 (0)
1978–1983 Brescia 161 (13)
1983–1986 Palermo 105 (7)
1986–1987 Vicenza 19 (0)
1987–1989 Treviso 51 (3)
1989–1990 Bassano ? (?)
Teams managed
1990–1991 Bassano (youth team)
1991–1992 Vicenza (youth team)
1992–1993 Vastese
1993–1996 Carpi
1996–1997 Cosenza
1997–1999 SPAL
1999–2003 Modena
2003–2005 Brescia
2005–2006 Torino
2007 Torino
2007–2008 Levante UD
2008 Torino
2009– Udinese
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giovanni De Biasi (born 16 June 1956 in Sarmede, Treviso) is an Italian football coach and former player, currently head coach of Udinese.


Playing career

De Biasi, a midfielder, started his professional playing career for Inter Milan; he was part of the first team squad but, despite this, never played for the nerazzurri and was then loaned to Serie C team Reggiana in 1975 and newly-promoted Serie A club Pescara Calcio one year later. He was sold to Brescia in 1977 as partial compensation for the signing of Evaristo Beccalossi by Inter. De Biasi played in Brescia for five seasons, only one of them in Serie A. He then moved to Palermo in 1983, but abruptly left it three years later following the cancellation of the Sicilian club in the summer of 1986. This was followed by a single season with Vicenza and two Serie C2 seasons for Treviso. De Biasi retired from active football in 1990, after a Serie D season with Bassano.

Coaching career

In 1990, De Biasi became youth team coach for Bassano; in 1991, he was appointed by Vicenza to coach the allievi nazionali youth squad. In 1992, De Biasi made his debut as first team coach, being boss of Serie C2 club Vastese (now Pro Vasto); this was followed by three seasons as Carpi boss. In 1996, De Biasi was appointed coach of Serie B club Cosenza, but was fired on Christmas' eve day. After a two-year spell at SPAL, De Biasi was contacted and hired by Serie C1 club Modena on 2000; with the canarini, De Biasi obtained two consecutive promotions that brought Modena back in Serie A after 38 years. He left Modena in 2003, after having led his club to a good 13th place in the Serie A table, and signed for Brescia, where he had the opportunity to coach Roberto Baggio in his last playing season. He was sacked during the 2004/2005 season.

In 2005, Torino F.C. of Serie B appointed De Biasi as head coach, offering him a squad quickly built in a very few days following the cancellation of the old Torino Calcio club and the forming of a new society, owned by Urbano Cairo. Under De Biasi, Torino obtained immediate Serie A promotion, after having defeated Mantova on playoffs. De Biasi, initially confirmed as head coach also for the 2006/2007 Serie A campaign, was however sacked three days before the first matchday and replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni. On February 26, 2007 Torino FC chairman Cairo decided to sack Zaccheroni too and recall De Biasi at the helm of the granata, leading them to escape from relegation.

After several rumours regarding a possible move to La Liga side Levante UD, he was announced on October 9, 2007 to have reached an agreement with the Spanish side, where he will join fellow Italians Damiano Tommasi, Christian Riganò, Marco Storari and Bruno Cirillo.[1] He did not manage to save the club from relegation, also because of financial struggles which questioned the club's own survival and led to sell several key players during the January transfer window.

On April 16, 2008 he was announced by Torino to replace Walter Novellino for the five final matchdays, with the aim to save the club from relegation once again.[2]. On December 8, 2008 he was sacked after nine defeat in fifteen matches, with Novellino being reinstated at his place.[3]

On December 22, 2009 Udinese declared to have fired the manager of the Serie A team Pasquale Marino, the Club thanks him for the work made during these two and a half year. Udinese Calcio declared also to have signed as new manager De Biasi, who will be introduced at 5:30 P.m."[4]


  1. ^ "El Levante UD y el técnico Giovanni De Biasi llegan a un acuerdo verbal" (in Spanish). Levante UD. 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-09.  
  2. ^ "Torino sack Novellino". SKY Sports. 2008-04-16.,19528,11850_3430891,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-16.  
  3. ^ "De Biasi esonerato dal suo incarico" (in Italian). Torino FC. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.  
  4. ^ "Comunicato Udinese Calcio" (in Italian). Udinese Calcio. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2009-12-22.  

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