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Giuseppe Papadopulo
Personal information
Date of birth February 2, 1948 (1948-02-02) (age 61)
Place of birth Casale Marittimo, Italy
Playing position Manager (former defender)
Club information
Current club Bologna (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1969 Livorno 27 (0)
1969–1972 Lazio 69 (0)
1972–1974 Brindisi 71 (1)
1974–1976 Arezzo 57 (0)
1976–1977 Salernitana 34 (1)
1977–1979 Bari 54 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Sorrento
1988–1989 Licata
1989–1991 Monopoli
1991–1992 Perugia
1992–1994 Acireale
1994–1995 Avellino
1995–1996 Livorno
1996–1998 Fidelis Andria
1998–1999 Lucchese
1999–2000 Cremonese
2000–2001 Crotone
2001–2004 Siena
2005 Lazio
Jan–Jun 2006 Palermo
Dec 2006–2008 Lecce
2009 Bologna
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giuseppe Papadopulo (born February 2, 1948 in Casale Marittimo, Pisa) is an Italian football manager and former player and last head coach of Bologna.


A former footballer who played for Livorno, Lazio, Brindisi, Arezzo, Salernitana and Bari, he started his coaching career in 1984 at Cecina, a minor amateur team of Tuscany. Then, after two years as assistant coach for Casertana, he debuted at the professional level in 1987 for Sorrento. In 1989, he coached of Licata, a small Sicilian Serie B team at the time.

After two other coaching experiences for Monopoli and Perugia, Papadopulo in 1993 drove Acireale to a surprising promotion to Serie B. He then coached Avellino, Livorno, and led Fidelis Andria to another Serie B promotion.

But, after two other short times with Lucchese and Crotone, Papadopulo finally had his luckiest success for A.C. Siena (2001–2004), leading the team from Serie C1 to its first Series A ever, and even maintaining the top division the next year. Papadopulo was nicknamed il Papa (The Pope) by Siena fans during his period in the team, that he led from Series C to the Italian top division.

During the 2004–2005 season, Papadopulo was appointed as new coach of Lazio, replacing Domenico Caso; however, he left his managing position at the end of the season. On January 29, 2006, Papadopulo has been called back to Sicily in order to replace Luigi Del Neri at the helm of U.S. Città di Palermo, and debuted with a surprising 3–0 win against AC Milan for a match of Italian Cup. After a series of impressive results which led Palermo off the lower places in the standings, and despite a one-year renewal signed before the end of the season, Papadopulo was dismissed from the rosanero, in order to be replaced by Francesco Guidolin.

On December 28, 2006 he became the new manager of Serie B club Lecce. In his second season with the giallorossi, Papadopulo obtained a third place in the Serie B final table, and then managed to defeat Pisa and AlbinoLeffe in the promotion playoffs, thus securing promotion to the top flight. Despite this, he left the club weeks later, after failing to reach an agreement with the club, who eventually decided to appoint Mario Beretta at his place.[1]

On April 14, 2009 was appointed new head coach of Bologna, after Siniša Mihajlović's dismissal[2].

On October 20, 2009 Papadopulo was fired as head coach of Bologna replaced by Franco Colomba [3].




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