Moreno Mannini

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Moreno Mannini
Personal information
Full name Moreno Mannini
Date of birth (1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Imola, Italy
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1976–1980 Imolese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 Imolese 25 (2)
1981–1982 Forlì 10 (1)
1982–1984 Como 53 (5)
1984–1999 Sampdoria 377 (7)
1999–2000 Nottingham Forest 10 (0)
2000 Imolese 1 (0)
National team
1990–1993 Italy 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Moreno Mannini (born 15 August 1962 in Imola, Bologna) is an Italian retired footballer who played as a right defender.

Club career[edit]

Mannini started playing professionally with Calcio Como, in Serie B, appearing in 36 games in his second season as the Lombardy club promoted to Serie A. In the following off-season he signed with fellow top-divisioner U.C. Sampdoria, where he remained for the following 15 years, almost always as an undisputed starter; in the late 80's/early 90's, he was part of a defensive sector which also included Gianluca Pagliuca, Luca Pellegrini, Pietro Vierchowod and Amedeo Carboni, with Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli providing the goals.

During his spell with Samp, Mannini won four Coppa Italia and the 1991 national championship, scoring a crucial goal in the latter competition on 19 May in a 3–0 home win against U.S. Lecce. He also appeared in two UEFA finals in the 90's, winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against R.S.C. Anderlecht and losing the European Cup against FC Barcelona, the latter match played at Wembley.

In the 1999 summer, following Sampdoria's top level relegation, 37-year-old Mannini – who appeared in 510 official games for the club (eight goals) – left Genoa and signed for Nottingham Forest in the Football League Championship, reuniting at the English club with former Sampdoria teammate (and manager) David Platt. He made his official debut on 7 August 1999 in a 1–3 away loss against Ipswich Town,[1] leaving in the following transfer window and closing out his career after a few months with his first team, amateurs Imolese Calcio 1919.

International career[edit]

Mannini played ten times for Italy, his debut coming on 19 February 1992 at nearly 30 years of age, in a 4–0 friendly win with San Marino in Cesena.

Barred by Giuseppe Bergomi first and Antonio Benarrivo later, he never attended any major international tournament, however.



  1. ^ Moreno Mannini; at Sporting Heroes

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