Bruno Giordano

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Not to be confused with Giordano Bruno (disambiguation).
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
Club information
Current team
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– 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 of Ascoli and former player.


Playing career[edit]

Born in Rome, Giordano played for most of his career with Lazio, debuting in Serie A on 5 October 1975. He made his debut on the Italian national team in 1978, and soon revealed himself to be one of the most effective Italian strikers.

In 1980 he was arrested for participating in a betting scandal and banned from the Italian championship until 1982. In 1985, after Lazio had been demoted to the Serie B, he was ceded to Napoli for 5 billion lire.

Together with Diego Maradona and later Careca, with whom he formed the "Ma-Gi-Ca" line,[1] Giordano was instrumental in SSC Napoli's first scudetto of 1987. He later played for Bologna and Ascoli, before turning to a coaching career.

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.[2] 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.


  1. ^ Richardson, James (3 April 2007). "Serie A's comeback kid eyes another miracle". Guardian Unlimited. 
  2. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE: LA PANCHINA DEL PISA CALCIO AFFIDATA A BRUNO GIORDANO" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. [dead link]
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paolo Rossi
Serie A Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Roberto Bettega