Eusebio Di Francesco

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Eusebio Di Francesco
Personal information
Full name Eusebio Di Francesco
Date of birth (1969-09-08) 8 September 1969 (age 44)
Place of birth Pescara, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sassuolo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Empoli 102 (3)
1991–1995 Lucchese 139 (12)
1995–1997 Piacenza 67 (5)
1997–2001 Roma 168 (14)
2001–2003 Piacenza 61 (12)
2003–2004 Ancona 10 (0)
2004–2005 Perugia 30 (1)
Total 577 (47)
National team
1998–2000 Italy 12 (1)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Virtus Lanciano
2010–2011 Pescara
2011 Lecce
2012–2014 Sassuolo
2014– Sassuolo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eusebio Di Francesco (born 8 September 1969) is a former professional Italian football player and current manager. He currently works as head coach of Serie A club Sassuolo.

Playing career[edit]

Di Francesco started his career with Tuscan teams Empoli and Lucchese. In 1995 he joined Piacenza, where he had the opportunity to play regularly in the top flight. In 1997 he was signed by AS Roma, winning an Italian championship title in 2001 with the giallorossi and also making a few appearances for the Italian national team. Following this triumph, he agreed to return to Piacenza, for 2 billion Italian lire[1] and then retired in 2005 following stints with Ancona and Perugia.

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement from football, he served as team manager for AS Roma. He then served as sports director (in charge of transfers) for Serie C2 club Val di Sangro in 2007.[2] In 2008 he was appointed as head coach of Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Virtus Lanciano, being later sacked on January 2009 due to poor results.[3]

He then served as head coach of Pescara in the 2010–11 Serie B, guiding his team to an impressive season also thanks to glimpses of attractive football. On June 2011 it was revealed Di Francesco had left Pescara by mutual consent in order to hold talks with Serie A club Lecce regarding the vacant head coaching post at the club from Salento.[4] He was removed from his managerial duties on 4 December 2011, after achieving only eight points in thirteen games, and leaving his side at the bottom of the league table.[5]

On 19 June 2012, Di Francesco was appointed the manager of Serie B side Sassuolo. At the end of 2012–13 season, he guided Sassuolo to the Serie B championship and promotion to the top-flight campaign. He was sacked in 28 January 2014 after a poor run of results,[6] only to be re-appointed to the post on March 3, 2014[7] after results did not improve in his absence. From March 2014 onwards, results improved and Di Francesco successfully managed to save Sassuolo from relegation thanks to a run of positive results (13 points in the final seven games of the season). On June 2014, it was announced Di Francesco had signed an extension that will keep him contracted with Sassuolo until June 2016.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Eusebio Di Francesco has a son, Federico (born 1994), who followed his father's footsteps by becoming a football player too. He made his Serie A debut in March 2013 at the age of 18.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lupatelli va al Chievo, Di Francesco a Piacenza". AS Roma (in Italian). 2001-06-29. Archived from the original on 2002-06-02. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Lo staff tecnico e la dirigenza" (in Italian). Polisportiva Val di Sangro. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Via Di Francesco, arriva Pagliari" (in Italian). Lanciano.it. 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Il Pescara sceglie Zeman Di Francesco verso Lecce" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Serse Cosmi nuovo allenatore". US Lecce (in Italian). 4 December 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sassuolo dispense with Di Francesco". UEFA.com. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Communicato Ufficiale". SassuoloCalcio.it. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sassuolo, Di Francesco rinnova fino al 2016" (in Italian). Il Resto del Carlino. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.