Bruno Giordano

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Bruno Giordano
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Giordano with the SS Lazio jersey
Personal information
Full name Bruno Giordano
Date of birth (1956-08-13) 13 August 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1985 Lazio 203 (86)
1985–1988 Napoli 78 (23)
1988–1989 Ascoli 26 (10)
1989–1990 Bologna 33 (7)
1990–1992 Ascoli 37 (3)
Total 377 (129)
National team
1976–1983 Italy U-21 13 (5)
1979 Italy Olympic 2 (3)
1978–1985 Italy 13 (1)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Monterotondo
1995–1996 Fano
1996–1997 Crotone
1997–1998 Frosinone
1998–1999 Ancona
1999–2000 Nocerina
2000–2001 Lecco
2001–2002 Tivoli
2002–2003 L'Aquila
2003–2005 Reggiana
2006 Catanzaro
2006–2007 Messina
2009 Pisa
2011 Ternana
2013–2014 Ascoli
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bruno Giordano (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbruno dʒorˈdano]; born 13 August 1956) is an Italian football manager and former player, who was deployed as a forward; as a footballer, he is mostly remembered for his successful time at S.C.C Napoli. Giordano was a prolific striker with good technique and dribbling ability, and he also possessed an accurate and powerful shot with either foot; due to his characteristics, he was regarded as the heir of Giorgio Chinaglia.[1]

Career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Born in Rome, Giordano played for most of his career with Lazio, debuting in Serie A on 5 October 1975. He soon revealed himself to be one of the most effective Italian strikers, winning the Serie A capocannoniere title during the 1978-79 season, scoring 19 goals.

In 1980 he was arrested for participating in the national footballing betting scandal, and he was banned from the Italian championship until 1982. Lazio had been demoted to the Serie B following their involvement in the scandal, and upon his return to competitive football, Giordano became the Serie B top goalscorer during the 1982-83 season, helping his team to finish in second place behind Milan, and to re-gain promotion to Serie A the following season. He is currently Lazio's top ever goalscorer in the Coppa Italia. In 1985, he was sold to Napoli for 5 billion lire.

At Napoli, along with Diego Maradona and later Careca, he formed the famed "Ma-Gi-Ca" line.[2] Giordano, and the rest of the attacking trio, was instrumental in SSC Napoli's first historical scudetto win of 1987; he also helped Napoli to win a rare domestic double that season, by capturing the 1987 Coppa Italia that year, and finishing as the top scorer of the competition with 10 goals. He later played for Bologna and Ascoli, before turning to a coaching career.

International career[edit]

Giordano represented Italy at U-21 level, scoring 8 goals in 16 appearances level, and under manager Azeglio Vicini, he was called-up as an over-aged member of the team in the 1978 European Championship (where the squad reached the quarter finals). He also made three appearances for Italy's Olympic squad, scoring twice. Giordano made his Italian national team senior debut on the 5th December 1978, coming on as a substitute for Francesco Graziani in a 1-0 friendly victory over Spain, and playing alongside Paolo Rossi. He was capped 13 times for Italy in total, scoring one goal in a 3-0 friendly win over Greece; only two of his appearances were in competitive matches, and both were Euro 1984 qualifying matches.

Managing career[edit]

Giordano's managing career before coaching Messina was somewhat modest, starting in 1993–94 with Monterotondo of Serie D, where he obtained his first (and only) promotion in 1996–97 to coach Crotone (from Serie D to Serie C2). Sacked six times in his career, he remained unemployed. After a good season with Reggiana in 2004–05, he ended in fifth place despite his club's serious financial troubles, which then led to its cancellation. On January 2006, he was called to coach the last-place Serie B team Catanzaro, in a situation widely similar to Reggiana's. Notably, Catanzaro was relegated to Serie C in that season, and declared bankruptcy soon after.

In the summer of 2006, Giordano was announced as the new coach of Messina, just relegated to Serie B. However, following the 2006 Serie A scandal, Messina was readmitted to Serie A, therefore allowing Giordano to finally coach a Serie A side. On 30 January 2007, following a series of poor results including a home loss to last-place Ascoli, Giordano was sacked, but then reappointed by Messina chairman Pietro Franza on 2 April, following the firing of Giordano's replacement Alberto Cavasin. In his second tenure at Messina, Giordano lost all four matches before being sacked again on 23 April, only 21 days after his reappointment. He was replaced by Bruno Bolchi.

On April 2009 he was appointed by Serie B club Pisa to replace Giampiero Ventura as head coach of the nerazzurri.[3] He then briefly served as head coach of Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Ternana in 2011.

Since the end of October 2013 he is the new coach of Ascoli.

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Napoli

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paolo Rossi
Serie A Top Scorer
1978–79
Succeeded by
Roberto Bettega