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Vincenzo Montella
Personal information
Date of birth June 18, 1974 (1974-06-18) (age 35)
Place of birth Pomigliano d'Arco, Italy
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Club information
Current club Roma (Youth Coach Giovanissimi Nazionali)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1995 Empoli 85 (76)
1995–1996 Genoa 34 (27)
1996–1999 Sampdoria 90 (77)
1999–2009 Roma 267 (118)
2007 Fulham (loan) 14 (7)
2007–2008 Sampdoria (loan) (4)
National team
1999–2005 Italy 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 31, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 9, 2005

Vincenzo Montella (born June 18, 1974 in Pomigliano d'Arco) is a retired Italian footballer who last played for Serie A club Roma.

Montella's nickname during his playing career was L'Aeroplanino ("The Little Aeroplane"), in a reference to his short stature and trademark goal celebration.

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Club

Montella began his club career in Serie C1 at Empoli in 1990 before moving to Serie B club Genoa in 1995, where he scored 21 goals in his only season with the club. He then moved up to Serie A to U.C. Sampdoria, where he remained three years, until 1999, when he moved to Roma in a €25m transfer.

Montella made his Serie A debut on 8 September 1996, against Perugia.

Roma

It was Roma coach Zdeněk Zeman that wanted him to spearhead the Roma attack, but that year Roma also signed a new coach, Fabio Capello, who disliked short forwards. Despite this, during the season 1999-00, Montella scored 18 goals, being the topscorer of the giallorossi. The following year, Roma signed the Argentinian forward Gabriel Batistuta from ACF Fiorentina, the tall striker wanted by Capello.

There was a controversy between the two forwards concerning the jersey #9,[1] that was the number of both players. In the end Batistuta chose #18. "Batigol" was the coach's first choice, while Montella was often a substitute.[2] Despite his lack of starts he was one of the main protagonists of Roma's third Scudetto in 2000-01 and scored many important goals for the team.[3]

The controversies between Capello and Montella continued in the following years as Montella was unhappy at his lack of first team opportunites, and in March 2002 he made his sadness clear stating "I would have better expectations with another coach".[4] He has always been an idol of Roma's supporters, mainly because he has had a knack for performing well in the Rome derby against S.S. Lazio, scoring a brace in his first derby in 1999, and four goals in a 5-1 win on March 10, 2002.[5] His four-goal haul is still the record of goals scored in a derby by a single player.
2003 was a bad period for Montella as he divorced from his former wife[6] and was plagued with many injuries. During the season 2003-04 he played only 12 games but still managed a good scoring record, scoring 6 goals in those limited games.

During the season 2004-05 Fabio Capello finally left Roma for Juventus FC and, while the giallorossi had a disastrous season, Montella scored 23 goals and earned a new contract lasting until June 30, 2010.[7] In season 2005-06 he was again plagued with injuries. He underwent surgery on both his back and shoulder, limiting him to just twelve games. In January 2007, during season 2006-07 he was loaned to Fulham FC because Francesco Totti was the lone forward in Luciano Spalletti's 4-2-3-1, while Montella wanted to have more chances to play.[8]

In the red AS Roma jersey he played a total of 215 matches in 8 years scoring 94 goals, becoming the fifth best topscorer of Roma's history.

He played his last game with giallorossi on December 23, 2006 before left on loan to England.

Later career

He joined Fulham on loan on January 4, 2007 on a six month deal wearing the number 11 shirt. He scored twice against Leicester City on his home debut in the FA Cup.[9] He scored again on January 27 in the same competition against Stoke City.[10]

On January 13, 2007 he made his Premier League debut against West Ham United.[11] Against Tottenham at Craven Cottage seven days later, he scored his first Premiership goal with a penalty kick.[12] He also scored a goal against Blackburn Rovers in a 1-1 all draw which gave Fulham the boost to stay up in the Premiership.[13]

Montella quickly became popular with the Fulham fans and showed his gratitude for making him feel at home at Craven Cottage.[14] However, he hardly started under manager Chris Coleman, despite several public pleas.[15] After Coleman's sacking, Montella only started twice under replacement manager Lawrie Sanchez.[16][17][18][19] Montella hinted that he would like to return to Roma after the end of the 06-07 season.[20] The loan was terminated by Sanchez on May 8, 2007, a week before its natural expiration.[21]

He has been loaned to UC Sampdoria for the season 2007-08. Bruno Conti brought Montella back to Roma in 2008-09, after Amantino Mancini had left Roma. Montella took number 23 when he came back; Vučinić held on the number 9 shirt which was formerly Montella's, and Montella took the number 23 shirt which was formerly for Vučinić'.

Montella was only able to make a substitute appearances for giallorossi at the 2008-09 season. He played his last game so far on 16 May 2009.

On 2 July 2009, Montella announced his retirement from professional football as a player.[22]

Country

Montella received his first international cap against Wales on June 5, 1999, and was part of the Italian national team at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup. He has yet to receive another call-up since 2005 and was not included in Italy's 2006 World Cup triumph, Montella holds 20 caps.[23]

Coaching career

He signed a 3-year contract with Roma as youth team coach for the Giovanissimi Nazionali (Under-15 level).[24]

References

  1. ^ A Montella il n. 9
  2. ^ Il silenzio degli innocenti
  3. ^ Montella e Nakata rimontano la Juve
  4. ^ Roma, Capello-Montella è lite continua
  5. ^ Roma - Lazio 5-1
  6. ^ Un calcio al matrimonio
  7. ^ "Montella rewarded by Roma". UEFA.com. 2005-04-13. http://www.uefa.com/footballeurope/news/kind=2/newsid=295172.html. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  8. ^ Spalletti dà il via libera a Montella
  9. ^ "Fulham 4-3 Leicester". BBC. 17 January 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/6258849.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009.  
  10. ^ "Fulham 3-0 Stoke". BBC. 27 January 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/6282173.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009.  
  11. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. http://www.football-lineups.com/wiki/_match3158.php. Retrieved January 20, 2007.  
  12. ^ "Fulham 1-1 Tottenham". BBC. 20 January 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6258671.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009.  
  13. ^ "Fulham 1-1 Blackburn". BBC. 21 April 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6555243.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009.  
  14. ^ "High Flyer". FulhamFC.com. http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2007/January/HighFlyer.aspx. Retrieved January 22, 2007.  
  15. ^ "MONTELLA MAKES COLEMAN PLEA". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=457108&CPID=8&clid=54&lid=&title=Montella+makes+Coleman+plea. Retrieved March 27, 2007.  
  16. ^ "HUNT PILES PRESSURE ON FULHAM". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/matchreport.aspx?fxid=298651&CPID=8&channel=. Retrieved April 14, 2007.  
  17. ^ "COTTAGERS' CHANCES TAKE A HIT". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/matchreport.aspx?fxid=298713&CPID=8&channel=. Retrieved April 21, 2007.  
  18. ^ "GUNNERS PILE PRESSURE ON FULHAM". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/matchreport.aspx?fxid=318294&CPID=8&channel=. Retrieved April 29, 2007.  
  19. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. http://www.football-lineups.com/games/?game=5957&t=Fulham%20-%20Liverpool. Retrieved May 5, 2007.  
  20. ^ "MONTELLA EYES ROMA RETURN". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=463626&CPID=8&clid=54&lid=&title=Montella+eyes+Roma+return. Retrieved April 27, 2007.  
  21. ^ "New boss Sanchez shows his teeth". ThisIsLondon.co.uk. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/sport/article-23395532-details/New%20boss%20Sanchez%20shows%20his%20teeth/article.do. Retrieved May 8, 2007.  
  22. ^ "Grazie Vincenzo" (in Italian). asroma.it. 2009-07-02. http://www.asroma.it/NewsDoc.aspx?Categoria=ITArchivioNews&Documento=10417. Retrieved 2009-07-02.  
  23. ^ Montella hört auf
  24. ^ "A.S. Roma-Vincenzo Montella" (in Italian). asroma.it. 2009-07-02. http://www.asroma.it/NewsDoc.aspx?Categoria=ITComunicatiFinanziari&Documento=10420. Retrieved 2009-07-03.  

External links


Vincenzo Montella
Personal information
Date of birthJune 18, 1974 (1974-06-18) (age 36)
Place of birthPomigliano d'Arco, Italy
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing positionStriker (retired)
Club information
Current clubRoma (Youth coach U15)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1990–1995Empoli85(76)
1995–1996Genoa34(27)
1996–1999Sampdoria90(77)
1999–2009Roma267(118)
2007Fulham (loan)10(3)
2007–2008Sampdoria (loan)13(4)
National team
1999–2005Italy20(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 31, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 9, 2005

Vincenzo Montella (born June 18, 1974 in Pomigliano d'Arco) is a retired Italian footballer who last played for Serie A club Roma.

Montella's nickname during his playing career was L'Aeroplanino ("The Little Aeroplane"), in a reference to his short stature and trademark goal celebration.

Contents

Club career

Montella began his club career in Serie C1 at Empoli in 1990 before moving to Serie B club Genoa in 1995, where he scored 21 goals in his only season with the club. He then moved up to Serie A to U.C. Sampdoria, where he remained three years, until 1999, when he moved to Roma in a 50 billion Italian lire (€25M) transfer.[1]

Montella made his Serie A debut on 8 September 1996, against Perugia.

Roma

It was Roma coach Zdeněk Zeman that wanted him to spearhead the Roma attack, but that year Roma also signed a new coach, Fabio Capello, who disliked short forwards. Despite this, during the season 1999-00, Montella scored 18 goals, being the topscorer of the giallorossi. The following year, Roma signed the Argentinian forward Gabriel Batistuta from ACF Fiorentina, the tall striker wanted by Capello.

There was a controversy between the two forwards concerning the jersey #9,[2] that was the number of both players. In the end Batistuta chose #18. "Batigol" was the coach's first choice, while Montella was often a substitute.[3] Despite his lack of starts he was one of the main protagonists of Roma's third Scudetto in 2000-01 and scored many important goals for the team.[4]

The controversies between Capello and Montella continued in the following years as Montella was unhappy at his lack of first team opportunites, and in March 2002 he made his sadness clear stating "I would have better expectations with another coach".[5] He has always been an idol of Roma's supporters, mainly because he has had a knack for performing well in the Rome derby against S.S. Lazio, scoring a brace in his first derby in 1999, and four goals in a 5-1 win on March 10, 2002.[6] His four-goal haul is still the record of goals scored in a derby by a single player.
2003 was a bad period for Montella as he divorced from his former wife[7] and was plagued with many injuries. During the season 2003-04 he played only 12 games but still managed a good scoring record, scoring 6 goals in those limited games.

During the season 2004-05 Fabio Capello finally left Roma for Juventus FC and, while the giallorossi had a disastrous season, Montella scored 23 goals and earned a new contract lasting until June 30, 2010.[8] In season 2005-06 he was again plagued with injuries. He underwent surgery on both his back and shoulder, limiting him to just twelve games. In January 2007, during season 2006-07 he was loaned to Fulham FC because Francesco Totti was the lone forward in Luciano Spalletti's 4-2-3-1, while Montella wanted to have more chances to play.[9]

In the red AS Roma jersey he played a total of 215 matches in 8 years scoring 94 goals, becoming the fifth best topscorer of Roma's history.

He played his last game with giallorossi on December 23, 2006 before left on loan to England.

Later career

He joined Fulham on loan on January 4, 2007 on a six month deal wearing the number 11 shirt. He scored twice against Leicester City on his home debut in the FA Cup.[10] He scored again on January 27 in the same competition against Stoke City.[11]

On January 13, 2007 he made his Premier League debut against West Ham United.[12] Against Tottenham at Craven Cottage seven days later, he scored his first Premiership goal with a penalty kick.[13] He also scored a goal against Blackburn Rovers in a 1-1 all draw which gave Fulham the boost to stay up in the Premiership.[14]

Montella quickly became popular with the Fulham fans and showed his gratitude for making him feel at home at Craven Cottage.[15] However, he hardly started under manager Chris Coleman, despite several public pleas.[16] After Coleman's sacking, Montella only started twice under replacement manager Lawrie Sanchez.[17][18][19][20] Montella hinted that he would like to return to Roma after the end of the 06-07 season.[21] The loan was terminated by Sanchez on May 8, 2007, a week before its natural expiration.[22]

He has been loaned to UC Sampdoria for the season 2007-08. Bruno Conti brought Montella back to Roma in 2008-09, after Amantino Mancini had left Roma. Montella took number 23 when he came back; Vučinić held on the number 9 shirt which was formerly Montella's, and Montella took the number 23 shirt which was formerly for Vučinić'.

Montella was only able to make a substitute appearances for giallorossi at the 2008-09 season. He played his last game on 16 May 2009.

On 2 July 2009, Montella announced his retirement from professional football as a player.[23]

International career

Montella received his first international cap against Wales on June 5, 1999, and was part of the Italian national team at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup. Montella holds 20 caps.[24]

Coaching career

He signed a 3-year contract with Roma as youth team coach for the Giovanissimi Nazionali (Under-15 level).[25]

References

  1. ^ "BILANCIO D’ESERCIZIO E CONSOLIDATO DI GRUPPO AL 30 GIUGNO 2000" (in Italian). AS Roma (Borsa Italiana Archive). http://www.borsaitaliana.it/mediasource/borsa/db/pdf/1094.pdf. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  2. ^ A Montella il n. 9
  3. ^ Il silenzio degli innocenti
  4. ^ Montella e Nakata rimontano la Juve
  5. ^ Roma, Capello-Montella è lite continua
  6. ^ Roma - Lazio 5-1
  7. ^ Un calcio al matrimonio
  8. ^ "Montella rewarded by Roma". UEFA.com. 2005-04-13. http://www.uefa.com/footballeurope/news/kind=2/newsid=295172.html. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  9. ^ Spalletti dà il via libera a Montella
  10. ^ "Fulham 4-3 Leicester". BBC. 17 January 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/6258849.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Fulham 3-0 Stoke". BBC. 27 January 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/6282173.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. http://www.football-lineups.com/wiki/_match3158.php. Retrieved January 20, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Fulham 1-1 Tottenham". BBC. 20 January 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6258671.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Fulham 1-1 Blackburn". BBC. 21 April 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6555243.stm. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "High Flyer". FulhamFC.com. http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2007/January/HighFlyer.aspx. Retrieved January 22, 2007. 
  16. ^ "MONTELLA MAKES COLEMAN PLEA". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=457108&CPID=8&clid=54&lid=&title=Montella+makes+Coleman+plea. Retrieved March 27, 2007. 
  17. ^ "HUNT PILES PRESSURE ON FULHAM". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/matchreport.aspx?fxid=298651&CPID=8&channel=. Retrieved April 14, 2007. 
  18. ^ "COTTAGERS' CHANCES TAKE A HIT". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/matchreport.aspx?fxid=298713&CPID=8&channel=. Retrieved April 21, 2007. 
  19. ^ "GUNNERS PILE PRESSURE ON FULHAM". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/matchreport.aspx?fxid=318294&CPID=8&channel=. Retrieved April 29, 2007. 
  20. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. http://www.football-lineups.com/games/?game=5957&t=Fulham%20-%20Liverpool. Retrieved May 5, 2007. 
  21. ^ "MONTELLA EYES ROMA RETURN". SkySports.com. http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=463626&CPID=8&clid=54&lid=&title=Montella+eyes+Roma+return. Retrieved April 27, 2007. 
  22. ^ "New boss Sanchez shows his teeth". ThisIsLondon.co.uk. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/sport/article-23395532-details/New%20boss%20Sanchez%20shows%20his%20teeth/article.do. Retrieved May 8, 2007. 
  23. ^ "Grazie Vincenzo" (in Italian). asroma.it. 2009-07-02. http://www.asroma.it/NewsDoc.aspx?Categoria=ITArchivioNews&Documento=10417. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  24. ^ Montella hört auf
  25. ^ "A.S. Roma-Vincenzo Montella" (in Italian). asroma.it. 2009-07-02. http://www.asroma.it/NewsDoc.aspx?Categoria=ITComunicatiFinanziari&Documento=10420. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 

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Simple English

Vincenzo Montella
Personal information
Full name Vincenzo Montella
Date of birth 18 June 1974 (1974-06-18) (age 36)
Place of birth    Pomigliano d'Arco, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1990-1995
1995-1996
1996-1999
1999-2009
2007
2007-2008
Empoli
Genoa
Sampdoria
Roma
Fulham (loan)
Sampdoria (loan)
National team
1999-2005 Italy

Vincenzo Montella (born 18 June 1974) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1990/91EmpoliSerie C110
1991/9274
1992/93135
1993/9400
1994/953017
1995/96GenoaSerie B3421
1996/97SampdoriaSerie A2822
1997/983320
1998/992212
1999/00RomaSerie A3116
2000/012814
2001/021913
2002/03299
2003/04115
2004/053721
2005/06131
2006/07123
EnglandLeague
2006/07FulhamPremier League102
ItalyLeague
2007/08SampdoriaSerie A134
2008/09RomaSerie A120
CountryItaly 373187
England 102
Total 383189

International career statistics

[2]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199920
200050
200141
200272
200300
200410
200510
Total203

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