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Pierluigi Casiraghi
Personal information
Date of birth 4 March 1969 (1969-03-04) (age 41)
Place of birth Monza, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Italy Under-21 (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Monza 94 (28)
1989–1993 Juventus 98 (20)
1993–1998 Lazio 140 (41)
1998–2002 Chelsea 10 (1)
Total 342 (91)
National team
1991–1998 Italy 44 (13)
Teams managed
2002–2003 Monza (youth team)
2003 Legnano
2006– Italy U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pierluigi Casiraghi (born 4 March 1969) is an Italian former footballer who played as a striker. Since retirement he has become a football manager and is currently in this role for the Italy national under-21 football team.




In Italy

Casiraghi was born in Monza, Lombardy, and began his career with his home-town side, A.C. Monza, in 1985. The side were relegated to Serie C in his first season, but he helped them achieve promotion back to Serie B in 1988. He moved to Serie A giants Juventus in 1989, having scored 28 goals in 94 games for Monza.

His goalscoring record in Turin was modest, achieving a best tally of 8 goals in 24 appearances in the 1990-1 season and a total of 20 in 98 games for the club. While at Juventus, he helped the side win two UEFA Cups (in 1990 and 1993) and one Italian Cup, also in 1990. He scored in the first leg of the 1990 UEFA Cup Final to help them beat Fiorentina. He earned his first international cap for Italy during his spell with Juventus.

He signed for Lazio in 1993 and scored 41 goals in a five-year spell. His most successful season was in 1996-7, when he scored 14 goals in 28 Serie A games. With Lazio, he won another Italian Cup, in 1998. He found his opportunities limited in his final season, with manager Sven-Göran Eriksson preferring Alen Bokšić and Roberto Mancini in attack and sought a move away.

In England

Casiraghi joined English side Chelsea in May 1998 for £5.4million. His time in West London proved luckless, and ultimately only scored one competitive goal for the club, which came against Liverpool in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.[1] His Chelsea career was cut short by a cruciate ligament injury sustained during a collision with West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop in November 1998. Despite going through ten operations, he was unable to make a comeback and his contract with the club was terminated in March 2002.[2]


As an Italian international, Casiraghi won 44 caps and scored 13 goals, making his debut in February 1991 against Belgium. He was a member of the Italy squad that reached the final of USA 94, playing in the group games against Norway and Mexico and the semi-final against Bulgaria. He was also a member of the Italy side at Euro 96, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win against Russia, but was guilty of missing a late chance against the Czech Republic that could have proved vital to the group standings, and as such the side was knocked out in the first round. Despite sealing Italy's qualification for France 98 with the only goal in a play-off against Russia in November 1997, he failed to make the squad.


He became manager of Italian Serie C2 side A.C. Legnano in May 2003. On July 24, 2006, he was appointed joint coach of the Italian Under-21 national team alongside former Chelsea team mate Gianfranco Zola, succeeding Claudio Gentile.[3]

In his coaching tenure, Casiraghi led the azzurrini into the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, ending in fifth place after having eliminated Spain U-21 in the qualifying phase. He was successively confirmed for the 2008 Olympic Games campaign, which ended in the quarter-finals with a 3–2 loss to Belgium. He will guide the Italian under-21 team to the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Sweden after having defeated Israel U-21 3–1 on aggregate.


Simple English

Pierluigi Casiraghi
Personal information
Full name Pierluigi Casiraghi
Date of birth 4 March 1969 (1969-03-04) (age 41)
Place of birth    Monza, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
National team
1991-1998 Italy

Pierluigi Casiraghi (born 4 March, 1969) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1985-86MonzaSerie C1121
1988-89Serie B279
1989-90JuventusSerie A234
1993-94LazioSerie A264
1998-99ChelseaPremier League101
CountryItaly 33289
England 101
Total 34290

International career statistics


Italy national team



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