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Luigi Simoni
Gigi Simoni with Torino FC
Personal information
Date of birth January 22, 1939 (1939-01-22) (age 71)
Place of birth Crevalcore, Italy
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Gubbio (technical director)
Youth career
Fiorentina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1961 Mantova 47 (10)
1961–1962 Napoli 11 (1)
1962–1964 Mantova 48 (8)
1964–1967 Torino 81 (18)
1967–1968 Juventus 11 (0)
1968–1971 Brescia 100 (12)
1971–1974 Genoa 88 (13)
Teams managed
1974–1978 Genoa
1978–1980 Brescia
1980–1984 Genoa
1984–1985 Pisa
1985–1986 Lazio
1986–1987 Pisa
1987–1988 Genoa
1988–1989 Empoli
1989–1990 Cosenza
1990–1992 Carrarese
1992–1996 Cremonese
1996–1997 Napoli
1997–1999 Internazionale
1999–2000 Piacenza
2000–2001 Torino
2001–2002 CSKA Sofia
2002–2003 Ancona
2003–2004 Napoli
2004–2005 Siena
2005–2006 Lucchese
2009– Gubbio (technical director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luigi "Gigi" Simoni (born January 22, 1939) is an Italian football manager, currently in office with Gubbio of Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, and a former player.

Biography

Luigi Simoni was born at Crevalcore (Emilia-Romagna).

A good footballer, who played for Mantova, SSC Napoli, Torino, Juventus, Brescia and Genoa, Simoni started his successful managing career with Genoa itself, in season 1974/1975. The next year, he was able to bring the rossoblu back to Serie A.

After a long series of promotions, with Pisa, Brescia and Cremonese among them, and good results with outsider teams (Cremonese again, and Napoli), Simoni was called by Massimo Moratti to coach Internazionale of Milan in 1997. With a good-shape Ronaldo on his side, Simoni won a UEFA Cup and gained a controversial second place in the Serie A division when Internazionale lost against Juventus.

Simoni was fired by Internazionale on November 30, 1998, even though being still appreciated and well-remember by the team fans.

After a few other experiences, included a brief disappointing one in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia, Gigi Simoni has led Ancona Calcio to Serie A in 2003, but has surprisingly been fired before the start of the new season. His Serie A comeback, in 2004, with Siena, was not particularly good, as he was again fired during the season. In late 2005, Simoni took the head coaching role of Serie C1 team Lucchese with little success.

On February 2009, at the age of 70, Simoni accepted a job at Lega Pro Seconda Divisione's Gubbio, where he will serve as technical director until the end of the season.[1] He was later confirmed to his role also for the 2009–10 season, with former Genoa defender Vincenzo Torrente acting as "on-pitch" head coach.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Gigi Simoni riparte da Gubbio" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport Stadio. 2009-01-25. http://www.corrieredellosport.it/Notizie/Calcio/59747/Gigi+Simoni+riparte+da+Gubbio. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
Preceded by
Huub Stevens
UEFA Cup Winning Coach
1997-98
Succeeded by
Alberto Malesani
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