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Giovanni Vavassori
Personal information
Date of birth January 16, 1952 (1952-01-16) (age 58)
Place of birth Arcene, Italy
Playing position Coach (former centre back)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Atalanta 63 (0)
1972–1977 Napoli 94 (1)
1977–1982 Atalanta 172 (4)
1982–1983 Cagliari 22 (0)
National team
1971 Italy U-21 5 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1999 Atalanta (youth team)
1999–2003 Atalanta
2004 Ternana
2005–2006 Genoa
2007 Avellino
2007–2008 Cesena
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giovanni Vavassori (born January 16, 1952 in Arcene, Bergamo) is an Italian football manager and former centre back.





Vavassori started his playing career with Atalanta, where he made his Serie A debut in the 1971-72 season. From 1972 he played five consecutive Serie A seasons with Napoli, before to return to Atalanta in 1977. He left Atalanta in 1982 to join Cagliari, and successively retired one year later. He also made five appearances for the Italian youth national team.


Vavassori started his coaching tenure in 1990 as Atalanta youth team boss. During his stay with the club he won several tournaments and trophies, including a Primavera national title and a Torneo di Viareggio in 1993. In 1999 he was called to coach Atalanta's first team, and promptly led the team into Serie A. In his first Serie A season as head coach, Vavassori obtained an impressive seventh place at the helm of Atalanta, followed by a ninth place in the next season. However, in his fourth season as Atalanta boss he did not manage to keep his side away from the relegation battle, being sacked on April 21, 2003 in a desperate attempt by the club management to save the team from a Serie B falling.[1]

In 2004, Vavassori was appointed head coach of Serie B team Ternana, but resigned two weeks later citing falling-out with his players.[2]

In 2005, Vavassori was signed by Serie C1 club Genoa, with the goal to lead the grifone back to Serie B. He was however sacked later and replaced by Attilio Perotti, and then reappointed at Perotti's place; after ending the regular season in second place, Genoa then won the promotion playoffs under Vavassori and achieved promotion to Serie B.

On April 18, 2007 Giovanni Vavassori was appointed at the helm of U.S. Avellino, another Serie C1 club, to fill the position left vacant by the sacking of Giuseppe Galderisi.[3] In his tenure at Avellino, Vavassori was not able to overtake first-placed Ravenna, ending the regular season with a second place; however, he was able to lead the biancoverdi to win the promotion playoff and achieve his second consecutive Serie B promotion. Originally confirmed as Avellino manager also for their 2007-08 Serie B campaign,[4] Vavassori surprisingly tended his resignations on July 16, 2007.[5] However, Vavassori found a Serie B job just a few months later, as he was appointed as Cesena boss on November 12, replacing Fabrizio Castori.[6]. On February 25, 2008, following a 0–3 home loss to AlbinoLeffe, Vavassori was dismissed from his role as Cesena's manager.[7]



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