Giampiero Ventura

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Giampiero Ventura
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Personal information
Full name Giampiero Ventura
Date of birth (1948-01-14) 14 January 1948 (age 67)
Place of birth Genoa, Italy
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current team
Torino (Head Coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
1976–1979 Sampdoria (youth team)
1979–1981 Sampdoria (assistant coach)
1981–1982 Ruentes Rapallo
1982–1986 Entella
1986–1987 Spezia
1987–1989 Centese
1989–1992 Pistoiese
1992–1993 Giarre
1993–1995 Venezia
1995–1997 Lecce
1997–1999 Cagliari
1999–2000 Sampdoria
2001–2002 Udinese
2002–2004 Cagliari
2004–2005 Napoli
2005–2006 Messina
2006–2007 Verona
2007–2009 Pisa
2009–2011 Bari
2011– Torino

Giampiero Ventura (born 14 January 1948) is an Italian football manager and the current manager of Torino.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Experiences around Italy[edit]

He began his career as 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 1999–00 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.[2][3]


On June 26, 2009 Ventura was signed to manage A.S. Bari until June 2010, replacing Antonio Conte[4] 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.[5]


On 6 June 2011 Torino announced Ventura had signed with the club,[1] signing a yearly contract. Ventura revolutionised the team with Ferdinando Coppola, defenders Matteo Darmian, Kamil Glik, Alessandro Parisi (in addition to the confirmed Angelo Ogbonna), midfielders; Manuel Iori and Migjen Basha; upfront, Ventura made the most of a player previously on the fringes of the team, Alen Stevanović; Alessandro Sgrigna, Mirko Antenucci and Torino captain Rolando Bianchi. The 2011–12 Serie B season ended on 20 May, when Torino secured promotion to Serie A, with a day to spare, beating Modena at home

The goal of the next season was to lead the team to a peaceful salvation: the goalkeeper Jean-François Gillet arrived at Torino, the defensive midfielder Alessandro Gazzi and winger Alessio Cerci, his former pupils at Bari and Pisa. Ventura secured Torino's stay in the top flight on 12 May 2013, with a day in advance, thanks to a 1–1 draw obtained in Verona with Chievo. On 6 February 2014, he renewed his contract with Torino until 2016.[6]

On 8 December 2013, in a home match against Lazio won 1–0, Ventura celebrated his 100th official game at the helm of Torino, with a record of 38 wins, 34 draws and 28 defeats. In the 2013–14 season, Ventura led Torino to a 7th place finish in Serie A and managed to gain a spot to the qualifying rounds of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. This season, was Ventura's best in Serie A for points scored in a season (57).

On 22 February 2015 he celebrated his 100th game on the Torino bench in Serie A with the Granata seizing a draw (1–1) against Fiorentina. Four days later, he obtained a historic victory in the round of 32 of the Europa League by beating the Athletic Bilbao 2–3 in Spain, qualifying Torino for the next round: no Italian team had ever won at Bilbao.


Lecce: 1995–96
Entella: 1984–85
Pistoiese: 1990–91


  1. ^ a b "Ventura è il nuovo allenatore del Toro" (in Italian). Torino FC. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE: LA SOCIETÀ NERAZZURRA SOLLEVA DALL'INCARICO IL TECNICO GIAMPIERO VENTURA" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2009-04-19. [dead link]
  3. ^ Mogavero, Massimiliano (19 April 2009). "UFFICIALE: Pisa, esonerato Ventura" (in Italian). Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ventura tritt bei Bari die Nachfolge von Conte an" (in German). 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Bari-Ventura: separazione consensuale" (in Italian). AS Bari. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Toro, Ventura sino al 2016. L’annuncio a breve". Retrieved 7 February 2014. 

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