|Date of birth||January 14, 1948|
|Place of birth||Genoa, Italy|
|Current club||Torino (Head Coach)|
|1976–1979||Sampdoria (youth team)|
|1979–1981||Sampdoria (assistant coach)|
After a short playing career started with Sampdoria, Ventura was forced to retire from active football at the age of 25 because of a serious back injury.
He therefore opted to become a coach in the blucerchiati 's youth system, then becoming an assistant coach in 1979; he then left Sampdoria in 1981 to pursue a head coaching career, starting from several amateur teams from Liguria. In 1985 he achieved his first promotion to a professional league with Albenga and Entella.
In 1987 he became head coach of Spezia in the Serie C1, but did not complete the season. Two poor seasons with Centese, characterized by a sacking, a reappointment and finally a relegation to Serie C2, were followed by a three-year tenure as A.C. Pistoiese boss in the Interregionale, ended with a promotion to Serie C2 in his second season and a fourth place in the third. In 1993 he became head coach of Sicilian Serie C1 team Giarre, where he achieved a very impressive fourth place, that is still the best result ever achieved by the club as of today. In 1993 he was appointed by Maurizio Zamparini to coach Venezia of Serie B: in his first season, Ventura obtained a good sixth place; this was not followed by an improvement in results in his second season, ended with a sacking.
In 1995 Ventura returned to Serie C1 at the helm of Lecce, which he led to two consecutive promotions up to Serie A. In 1997 he joined Cagliari, which he led to a quick return to Serie A. In 1998–99 he finally made his personal Serie A debut, leading Cagliari to a 12th place. During the 1999–2000 season, he agreed a return at Sampdoria, this time as head coach, but missed promotion to Serie A ending the season in fifth place.
After a year without a team, Ventura returned coaching during the 2001–02 season, this time at Udinese, obtaining just an unimpressive 14th place. From 2002 to 2004 he returned at Cagliari: a good ninth place in his first season was however followed by a sacking during the next one. In 2004–05 he was appointed at the helm of refounded team Napoli Soccer, with the goal to achieve immediate promotion to Serie B: however, Ventura did not manage to guide the team to the very top table positions, and he was later fired and replaced with Edoardo Reja. He returned coaching a Serie A club during the 2005–06 season, when he replaced Bortolo Mutti at the helm of Messina in an unsuccessful attempt to escape from relegation. In December 2006 he was called by Verona to replace Massimo Ficcadenti; despite a clear improvement in results his club, which was in the bottom of the table at Ventura's appointment time, did not manage to avoid playing a relegation playoff, losing it to Spezia.
Later on June 2007, Ventura was announced as new head coach of newly promoted Serie B club Pisa.
After an impressive first season with Pisa, ended with Pisa unexpectedly playing in the promotion playoffs (then being eliminated by Lecce, who later defeated AlbinoLeffe to win promotion in the top flight), a club takeover from Rome-based entrepreneur Luca Pomponi raised rumours about his possible replacement with Alessandro Costacurta. He was later confirmed by the new property after Costacurta declined interest in the managerial position, only to be sacked on April 2009 following a string of unimpressive results.
On June 26, 2009 Ventura was signed to manage A.S. Bari until June 2010, replacing Antonio Conte who had been at the helm since December 2007. He guided Bari to a positive 10th place, defeating teams like Juventus and Palermo along the way, and garnering praise for the team's fun and attractive style of play. The 2010-11 Serie A campaign has been much more difficult, due to a poor transfer market and a rash of injuries, with Bari sitting in last place at the midway point. Bari did however win the Derby di Puglia against U.S. Lecce on 6 January 2011, thanks to a goal from loan signing Stefano Okaka. On 10 February 2011, with Bari sitting last in the table, with only one win in four months and 9 points from safety, Ventura agreed to part company with the club and was replaced by Bortolo Mutti.
Ventura was appointed the head coach of Torino for the 2011-12 season of Serie B that was promoted to Serie A. On 20 May 2012 he secured promotion for Torino in Serie A with one game remaining, beating Modena at home 2-0. With the objective of the next season simply to avoid relegation, Torino purchased goalkeeper Jean-François Gillet, midfielder Alessandro Gazzi and winger Alessio Cerci, who were already familiar with Ventura from his time at Bari and Pisa. On 12 May 2013 Torino achieved mathematical safety from relegation after drawing at Verona against Chievo 1-1. On 6 February 2014 he renewed with Torino until 2016.
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- (Italian) Official website