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Massimiliano Allegri
Personal information
Date of birth August 11, 1967 (1967-08-11) (age 42)
Place of birth Livorno, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Manager (former midfielder)
Club information
Current club Cagliari (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Cuoiopelli 7 (0)
1985–1988 Livorno 29 (0)
1988–1989 Pisa 2 (0)
1989–1990 Livorno 32 (8)
1990–1991 Pavia 29 (5)
1991–1993 Pescara 64 (16)
1993–1995 Cagliari 46 (4)
1995–1997 Perugia 41 (10)
1997–1998 Padova 21 (0)
1998 Napoli 7 (0)
1998–2000 Pescara 46 (4)
2000–2001 Pistoiese 18 (1)
2001–2003 Aglianese 32 (8)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Aglianese
2005–2006 Grosseto
2007–2008 Sassuolo
2008– Cagliari
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2008-04-25.
† Appearances (Goals).

Massimiliano Allegri (born August 11, 1967 in Livorno) is an Italian football manager and former midfielder. He is the current manager of Serie A team Cagliari.

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Career

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Playing

After spending the earlier part of his career in the lower leagues, including his hometown club Livorno, Allegri joined Pescara in 1991. He established himself in midfield as Giovanni Galeone's side won promotion to Serie A in 1992.

Allegri was an outstanding performer for Pescara in Serie A. Despite the side's relegation in last place, there was no shortage of goals and Allegri scored an impressive 12 goals from midfield. He moved on to Cagliari and then Perugia and Napoli before returning to Pescara. Brief spells at Pistoiese and Aglianese followed before his retirement from active football in 2003.

Coaching

Allegri started a coaching career in 2004, serving as boss of Serie C2 team Aglianese, the club where he spent his two final years as a player. Following an impressive season with them, Allegri was called to head Grosseto, then in Serie C1; his experience with the biancorossi however proved not to be as successful as with Aglianese, and he was ultimately sacked shortly after the beginning of the 2006–07 Serie C1 season. Shortly after being sacked by Grosseto, Allegri agreed to rejoin his mentor Giovanni Galeone at Udinese, becoming part of his coaching staff;[1] this practice however proved to be forbidden by the Italian football laws because he was still contracted with the Tuscan club, and caused Allegri to be disqualified for three months on early 2008.[2]

On August 2007 he became head coach of ambitious Serie C1 team Sassuolo, who Allegri managed to lead quickly into the top league spots. On April 27, 2008 Sassuolo mathematically ensured the 2007–08 Serie C1/A league title, thus winning a historical first promotion to Serie B for the neroverdi.[3]

On May 29, 2008 he was announced as new head coach of Cagliari in the Serie A, replacing Davide Ballardini.[4] Despite a disappointing start, with five losses in the first five league matches, Allegri was confirmed by club chairman Massimo Cellino and later went on to bring his team up to a mid-table placement in December. On December 9, following a 1–0 home win to Palermo, Cagliari Calcio announced to have agreed a 2-year contract extension with Allegri, with a new contract set to expire on June 2011. The contract was then revealed to have been signed on October, in the midst of the rossoblu's early crisis result.[5]

He completed the 2008–09 season with an impressive ninth place, that was hailed as a huge result with respect to the limited resources, the lack of top-class players and the high quality of Cagliari's attacking football style which led the Sardinians not far from UEFA Europa League qualification. Such results led him to be awarded the Panchina d'Oro (Golden bench), a prize awarded to the best Serie A football manager according to other managers' votes. He won the same prize for a second consecutive time also for his results in the 2009–10, where he managed to confirm Cagliari's high footballing levels despite the loss of regular striker Robert Acquafresca, and leading an impressive number of three players from his side (namely, Davide Biondini, Federico Marchetti and Andrea Cossu) to receive Italian national team call-ups during his reign at the club.

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