Luigi Delneri

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Luigi Delneri
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Personal information
Full name Luigi Delneri
Date of birth (1950-08-23) 23 August 1950 (age 63)
Place of birth Aquileia, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1968 Aquileia
1968–1972 SPAL 66 (0)
1972–1974 Foggia 51 (5)
1974–1975 Novara 33 (1)
1975–1978 Foggia 92 (6)
1978–1980 Udinese 59 (7)
1980–1981 Sampdoria 33 (1)
1981–1982 Vicenza 31 (4)
1982–1983 Siena 24 (1)
1983–1984 Pro Gorizia 32 (8)
1984–1985 Opitergina
Teams managed
1985–1986 Opitergina
1986–1989 Pro Gorizia
1989–1990 Partinicaudace
1990–1991 Teramo
1991–1992 Ravenna
1992–1994 Novara
1994–1996 Nocerina
1996–1998 Ternana
1998 Empoli
1998–1999 Ternana
2000–2004 Chievo Verona
2004 Porto
2004–2005 Roma
2005–2006 Palermo
2006–2007 Chievo Verona
2007–2009 Atalanta
2009–2010 Sampdoria
2010–2011 Juventus
2012–2013 Genoa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luigi "Gigi" Delneri, often incorrectly written as Del Neri[1] (born 23 August 1950) is an Italian football manager and former player.

Playing career[edit]

Born at Aquileia, province of Udine, Delneri made his professional debut as player at the age of 16 for Spal, Ferrara's football team, for which he had worked as storer. After playing for Foggia and Novara, he moved to Udinese, with whom he gained promotion to Serie A, Italy's top division. He was later traded to Sampdoria, and then to Lanerossi Vicenza, Siena, Pro Gorizia and Opitergina, an amateur team from Oderzo, where he ended his playing career at 34.

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement as a player, Delneri stayed at Oderzo, appointed by chairman Ettore Setten (now owner of Treviso) as head coach. In 1986 he signed for Serie D team Pro Gorizia. He then coached Partinicaudace, a minor Sicilian Serie D team, in 1989, Teramo, Ravenna, Novara and Nocerina of Serie C2; with this last team he won the league and promotion to Serie C1. He then moved to Ternana of Serie C2, guiding it to Serie B after two consecutive promotions.

In 1998, after his second consecutive promotion, he was signed by Empoli of Serie A, but was fired before starting the championship, and was then recalled by his former team Ternana at the Serie B level.

In 2000 he signed with Chievo Verona of Serie B, a team representing a small quarter of Verona. It was the beginning of the so-called "Chievo miracle", in which the team was promoted for the very first time to Serie A and then even qualified for the UEFA Cup in its first season at the highest level of Italian football, after leading Serie A at the end of the winter break.

In the summer of 2004, Delneri was signed by Champions' League holders FC Porto, but, as with Empoli, was fired before making his debut. He maintained that he wanted to return to Italy for personal reasons. Signed in October 2004 by AS Roma, replacing Rudi Völler, he in turn left this position in March 2005 after a dismaying series of defeats, which were regarded as only partially the fault of Delneri.

In mid-2005 he accepted the offer of US Palermo to coach the Sicilian team, which had also qualified for the UEFA Cup. After a good beginning, including a surprising 3–2 win against Inter Milan and qualification to the UEFA Cup group stages, the team started producing poor results, slowly losing position in the Serie A table. After a 3–1 defeat at home against Siena, Delneri was fired on 28 January 2006.

On 16 October 2006, Delneri returned to coach Chievo Verona, replacing Giuseppe Pillon. Despite a good start, he did not manage to save his side from relegation, losing a spot in the following season's Serie A with a 2–0 loss to Catania on the final match day. Following the relegation, Delneri announced he was going to leave Chievo. He was announced as new Atalanta boss in June 2007. Delneri spent two successful seasons with Atalanta in which he led the team to 9th and 11th place, which can be seen as a great success since the team fell to 18th place and were demoted to Serie B after his departure. After two seasons in Bergamo, he left to take over at Sampdoria on 1 June 2009, a team that had a disappointing season in which they finished 13th. He guided Sampdoria to a surprising fourth place in which they beat Italian teams F.C. Internazionale Milano, AC Milan, Juventus F.C., and AS Roma, and as a result of the fourth-place finish, Sampdoria received a spot to the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. Delneri left the blucerchiati the day after his team secured fourth place.[2]

On 19 May 2010, Delneri was appointed as coach of Juventus after he quit as coach of Sampdoria on 17 May 2010.[3] On the day of his appointment, Delneri stated,“I want to build a team with a definite identity, that doesn’t change depending on which team it is playing,” Delneri said. “We want to return to the level that Juventus has always played throughout its century and recreate a winning mentality. I’ve won some hard challenges and it isn’t easy, but it has allowed me to be considered by a big club,” Delneri said. “I know full well that we need a lot of quality to achieve our aims. But we need continuity and if we achieve that we might be able to reach our goals earlier. After a slow start to the new season, the Turin side kept their first clean sheet since October in a 4–0 win over Udinese.[4] He guided Juventus to third place in the league before the winter break, however since the new year Juventus have lost 7 of their 11 games. AC Milan beat Juventus 1–0 in Turin on 5 March; this was the third straight defeat for Juventus, which has led to fans[who?] calling for his resignation.

At the end of the 2010–11 season Delneri was sacked by the Juventus board[5]

On 22 October 2012, Delneri was named new head coach of Genoa in Serie A succeeding sacked coach Luigi De Canio.

On 20 January 2013, Delneri was sacked from Genoa following the 0–2 home loss to Catania and a string of bad results for the team finding only two wins in his 13 matches long tenure at the club.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 1 March 2013.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Chievo Italy 1 July 2001 1 July 2004 154 65 48 41 42.21
Porto Portugal 1 July 2004 7 August 2004 0 0 0 0
Roma Italy 29 September 2004 13 March 2005 31 11 8 12 35.48
Palermo Italy 1 July 2005 29 January 2006 31 11 11 9 35.48
Chievo Italy 16 October 2006 30 June 2007 36 9 13 14 25
Atalanta Italy 1 July 2007 30 June 2009 79 26 20 33 32.91
Sampdoria Italy 1 June 2009 17 May 2010 40 20 10 10 50
Juventus Italy 19 May 2010 23 May 2011 50 20 19 11 40
Genoa Italy 22 October 2012 20 January 2013 13 2 2 9 15.38
Total 434 164 131 139 37.79

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