Paolo Negro

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Paolo Negro
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-04-16) 16 April 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Arzignano, Italy
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Zagarolo (head coach)
Youth career
1988–1990 Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Bologna 49 (0)
1992–1993 Brescia 26 (1)
1993–2005 Lazio 264 (19)
2005–2007 Siena 49 (4)
Total 388 (24)
National team
1991–1994 Italy U21 10 (2)
1994–2000 Italy 8 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Cerveteri
2012– Zagarolo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paolo Negro (born 16 April 1972) is a retired Italian footballer and manager who could play as either a central or right defender.

In an 18-year professional career, he amassed Serie A totals of 362 games and 24 goals, namely in representation of Lazio, winning eight major titles with the club, including one national championship and the 1999 Cup Winners' Cup. He also appeared with Italy at Euro 2000.

Negro is currently active into football as head coach of Serie D amateurs Zagarolo.

Club career[edit]

Negro was born in Arzignano, Province of Vicenza. A youth player at Brescia Calcio, he joined Bologna F.C. 1909 in 1990, and made his Serie A debut against Genoa C.F.C. on 28 October, amassing over 50 overall appearances in his first two professional seasons, the last spent in Serie B.

After a quick return with Brescia, he then went on to have a 12-year stint with Rome's S.S. Lazio. On 17 December 2000, Negro scored an own goal in a derby against A.S. Roma, which eventually lifted the scudetto (the previous season, he had helped Lazio win it, with two goals in 26 appearances).

Having joined A.C. Siena in 2005, Negro scored a dramatic 85th-minute goal to defeat former side Lazio 2–1 on the final day of the 2006–07 season; without it, Siena would have been relegated to the second division, instead of A.C. ChievoVerona. He appeared a further 50 times in the league in two campaigns, for a total of 363 official games, being an unused substitute in the club's 2–1 defeat of RCD Mallorca in the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final.

In August 2008, almost one year after retiring, 36-year old Negro underwent a trial at second level club Modena FC, but nothing came of it. In June 2011, he passed the category 2 coaching exams, which made him eligible to coach Lega Pro teams.[1]

International career[edit]

On 16 November 1994, Negro made his debut for Italy, in a match against Croatia for the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifiers (1–2 home loss). He received a total of eight caps with the Azzurri, and was selected in the squad for the Euro 2000 tournament, where the national team finished second.

Previous, Negro was an essential member of the U21s, as they defeated Portugal at the 1994 European Championships, in Montpellier.

Coaching career[edit]

On 30 December 2010, Negro took his first coaching job, becoming the boss of Promozione amateurs Cerveteri, a team from Lazio with former experiences in the professional tiers of Italian football.[2] He left the club after only three months, resigning on 23 March 2011 due to poor results.[3]

On 26 January 2012, Negro accepted a job offer as head coach of Serie D amateurs Zagarolo.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baggio's new life as a professional coach". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Promozione, il Città di Cerveteri cambia in panchina: via Teloni, il nuovo tecnico è Paolo Negro" (in Italian). Il Corriere Laziale. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Promozione, Paolo Negro si dimette da tecnico del Cerveteri. Al suo posto Fabrizio Carbone" (in Italian). Il Corriere Laziale. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "L'ex Lazio Negro nuovo allenatore del Zagarolo" (in Italian). Resport.it. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 

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