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Serse Cosmi
Personal information
Date of birth May 5, 1958 (1958-05-05) (age 51)
Place of birth Perugia, Italy
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current club Livorno
Teams managed
Years Team
1990–1995 Pontevecchio
1995–2000 Arezzo
2000–2004 Perugia
2004–2005 Genoa
2005–2006 Udinese
2007–2009 Brescia
2009– Livorno

Serse Cosmi (born on May 5, 1958 in Perugia) is an Italian football coach.



Cosmi was born in 1958 in Ponte San Giovanni, a Perugia frazione. His father, a cycling fan, called him Serse after Fausto Coppi's brother, a cyclist himself, who died following a fall during a sprint. He worked nine years as primary school teacher[1], and played amateur football during his freetime for local teams such as Deruta, Cannara, Spello and Pontevecchio,[2] in the role of midfielder.[3]

He started a coaching career in the late 1980s in Ellera, as under-18 youth team coach[3]. His debut as first team coach came in 1990, when he was appointed to coach Pontevecchio, a small amateur team from his native town of Ponte San Giovanni. Cosmi brought it on from the Prima Categoria (4th level of amateur leagues in Italy) to Serie D (the top one) in just five years. Successively, he joined Arezzo, which he led from Serie D to Serie C1 in five extremely positive years.

After being noted by Luciano Gaucci, in 2000 Cosmi was surprisingly appointed head coach of Perugia, in the Serie A. He guided the team for four years, winning a UEFA Intertoto Cup and showing valid coaching abilities.

In 2004 Cosmi left Perugia, after the team went relegated at the end of the season, and joined Genoa of Serie B, with the clear goal to bring the rossoblu back to Serie A.

At the end of the 2004–05 season, Cosmi managed to win the league and guide his team to Serie A, but he successively left because of discords with club chairman Enrico Preziosi, before the relegation of Genoa itself to Serie C1 because of match frauds.

After his short, but successful, experience with Genoa, Cosmi was signed as new coach of Udinese, in order to replace Luciano Spalletti, who gained the qualification to the preliminary rounds of Champions' League the previous season. But it was Cosmi who led the team on the European competition, defeating Sporting Clube de Portugal in a two-tier qualifying round.

However, after a disappointing series of results, including elimination in Champions League and results in Serie A much below the expected results, Cosmi was finally fired on February 10, 2006.

On February 28, 2007 he was appointed head coach of Serie B club Brescia. On his very first match after replacing Mario Somma, Cosmi led Brescia to an astonishing 3–1 result against Serie B leaders Juventus. He was fired on May 2009 due to poor result to make room for new boss Alberto Cavasin.

On October 20, 2009 Cosmi made a Serie A comeback as new head coach of bottom-placed relegation battlers Livorno.[4] In his first game in charge, he guided Livorno to a surprising 1–0 away win against AS Roma, which was immediately followed by a second consecutive 1–0 win, against Atalanta, only three days later.


Serse Cosmi is widely popular in Italy for his excitable behaviour during matches. He is also famous for always wearing a baseball cap (usually that of his team, but often with just his signature printed on it). Together with Carlo Mazzone, he is considered one of the most passionate coaches in Italian football, and also became subject of a satirical imitation from comedian Maurizio Crozza.


  1. ^ (Italian) [1]
  2. ^ (Italian) [2]
  3. ^ a b (Italian) [3]
  4. ^ Cosmi für Ruotolo

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