Giovanni Stroppa

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Giovanni Stroppa
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-01-24) 24 January 1968 (age 47)
Place of birth Mulazzano, Italy
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
AC Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 AC Milan 0 (0)
1987–1989 Monza 71 (5)
1989–1991 AC Milan 35 (2)
1991–1993 Lazio 50 (5)
1993–1994 Foggia 30 (8)
1994–1995 AC Milan 19 (3)
1995–1997 Udinese 45 (3)
1997–2000 Piacenza 63 (3)
2000 Brescia 17 (4)
2000–2002 Genoa 59 (5)
2002–2003 Alzano Virescit 25 (5)
2003–2004 Avellino 33 (1)
2004–2005 Foggia 9 (1)
2005 Chiari ? (2)
National team
1989–1990 Italy U-21 7 (3)
1993–1994 Italy 4 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Südtirol
2012 Pescara
2013 Spezia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giovanni Stroppa (born 24 January 1968 in Mulazzano, Province of Lodi) is an Italian football coach and former midfielder, last in charge of Serie B club Spezia.



Stroppa started his playing career in the AC Milan's youth system, and was loaned for two seasons at Monza, then a sort of AC Milan feeder club. He returned to AC Milan in 1989, where he won a European Cup and an Intercontinental Cup in 1990 under coach Arrigo Sacchi.

In 1991 he signed for Lazio, and in 1993 moved to Foggia, then an outsider Serie A team known for their spectacular style of play under coach Zdeněk Zeman. After an impressive season with Foggia which allowed him to make his debut for the Italian national team, he returned to the Stadio San Siro to play with the Rossoneri for a single season.

He then played two seasons with Udinese and two seasons and a half with Piacenza Calcio before joining Brescia in the 2001 winter transfer market. After a few other experiences with Genoa in Serie B, Alzano Virescit of Serie C1 and Avellino of Serie B, he returned to Foggia, in Serie C1, in 2004.

He retired in late 2005, after a short spell with Chiari of Serie D.


Stroppa was coach of AC Milan's Primavera (under 21) team for the 2010–11 season but was relieved of his duties on 11 June 2011, with a year still to run on his contract, and just one week after losing 1–0 to Roma in the quarter-finals of the Campionato Primavera.[1]

On 13 July 2011 he was unveiled as new head coach of Südtirol.[2]

On 8 June 2012, he was named head coach of Serie A newcomers Pescara, replacing Zdeněk Zeman, his former boss during his first spell as a player at Foggia, who was signed by Roma a few days before his appointment.[3] He was assisted by Andrea Guerra, Francesco Sità, Andrea Tonelli and Massimo Marini. He resigned as coach of Pescara on 18 November 2012 after a series of bad results and the team has fallen in the middle of the relegation zone. He left the club along with Guerra (vice-coach) and two assistants Sità and Tonelli.

On June 2013, he was named new head coach of Serie B club Spezia.[4]


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