Francesco Moriero

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Francesco Moriero
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-03-31) March 31, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Lecce, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right Winger
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 Lecce 156 (13)
1992–1994 Cagliari 54 (4)
1994–1997 AS Roma 76 (8)
1997–2000 Inter Milan 56 (6)
2000–2002 Napoli 24 (1)
National team
1998–1999 Italy 8 (2)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Africa Sports
2007–2008 Lanciano
2008–2009 Crotone
2009–2010 Frosinone
2010–2011 Grosseto
2011–2012 FC Lugano
2012 Grosseto
2013 Grosseto
2013 Lecce
2014– Catanzaro
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francesco "Checco" Moriero (born 31 March 1969 in Lecce) is a retired Italian association football player and current manager.


Playing career[edit]

Moriero was a right-footed, quick, energetic, and highly technical player, who was predominantly used as right winger.[1] He was primarily known for his acceleration, pace, dribbling skills, agility, creativity, and crossing ability.[2] He also had good vision and distribution, and was also capable of scoring spectacular goals, on occasion, as well as goals from bicycle kicks.[3][4] Francesco Moriero played for several clubs, including US Lecce, Cagliari, AS Roma, Inter Milan and SSC Napoli. He most notably won the 1997-98 UEFA Cup with Inter, also narrowly missing out on the Serie A title to Juventus that season.

He also played for the Italian national team, scoring two goals in eight matches, and he was a participant for Italy at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where Italy were eliminated in the Quarter finals to hosts and eventual champions France on penalties. During the World Cup, Moriero assisted Vieri's first goal in Italy's 3-0 win against Cameroon, also starting the play for his second goal of the match. He also initiated the play which led to Baggio's match winning goal against Austria in Italy's final group match.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2006, soon after having successfully ended his studies at the Coverciano football coaching school, Moriero was appointed head coach of Ivorian club Africa Sports

On July 27, 2007 Africa Sports announced that they have sacked Moriero, appointing his assistant Salvatore Nobile as new boss. On August 7, Moriero signed for Serie C1's Lanciano,[5] guiding the club under massive financial issues that successively led to bankrupt, an auction-regulated sale and point deductions throughout the season. He successively guided F.C. Crotone to win the Lega Pro Prima Divisione playoffs and achieve promotion to Serie B in the 2008–09 season.

He then served as head coach of Serie B club Frosinone from July 2009 to April 2010.[6]

On September 2010 he was named new head coach of Grosseto in the Italian Serie B, replacing Luigi Apolloni, but was dismissed later on January 2011 due to poor results.[7] In the season 2012-13 he was again named head coach of Grosseto, but on 1 October 2012 he was sacked.[8]


As player[edit]



  1. ^ "Moriero: "Il mio calcio? Un mix di lavoro e allegria"". Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ronaldo tra Pele' e Moriero". Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "L’ Italia scopre un Moriero mondiale] L' Italia scopre un Moriero mondiale". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Italia 3-1 Paraguay". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "UFFICIALE: Checco Moriero nuovo allenatore del Lanciano" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  6. ^ "ESONERATO FRANCESCO MORIERO" (in Italian). Frosinone Calcio. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Grosseto, Moriero esonerato: pronto Serena" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
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