|Date of birth||April 17, 1975|
|Place of birth||Cosenza, Italy|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Cosenza (manager technical area)|
|2005–2006||→ Fiorentina (loan)||38||(6)|
|2006||→ Torino (loan)||19||(1)|
|2007||→ Livorno (loan)||16||(2)|
|2011–||Cosenza (manager technical area)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Stefano Fiore (born April 17, 1975 in Cosenza) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as an attacking midfielder or on the wing. A creative, technical playmaker, with good vision, he was renowned for his passing ability and his eye for goal, which also allowed him to play as a supporting striker on occasion, as well as in the midfield. He is currently in charge as manager technical area of Cosenza in Serie D.
Parma and early years
Fiore was born in Cosenza, which is where his career began during 1992. He played just 11 games before moving to Parma in 1994. His limited playing time with them persuaded him to move to Padova for the following season, where he scored 1 goal in 24 games. In the 1996–97 season, Fiore moved to Chievo, where he was impressive, notching up 2 goals and plenty of assists. This prompted former club, Parma, to re-sign the midfielder in 1997. For the next 2 seasons they left Fiore mainly on the bench, yet when he was given a chance he looked far more impressive than the aging Dino Baggio.
In June 1999 he moved to Udinese, originally a cash-plus-player deal in which Parma would receive Stephen Appiah and Márcio Amoroso, for a combined 90 billion lire transfer fees to Udinese, Fiore priced as 15 billion and the rest as cash.
His career improved[according to whom?] during the season. Here he scored 9 goals in 33 appearances. His fine form earned him a call to the national side for Euro 2000 at the expense of Dino Baggio, the man who had kept him out of the Parma team for so long. He had a very successful tournament and scored what many regard as the goal of the tournament in the 2–0 victory over Belgium. His fine form continued and he scored 9 goals in 34 games in 2000–01 season.
Eventually, Fiore did move to Lazio in June 2001 along with teammate Giuliano Giannichedda, for a deal over 80 billion Italian lire. Lazio had big money moves that season, they sold midfielder Juan Sebastián Verón and Pavel Nedvěd that month (June), and sold striker Marcelo Salas to Juventus for cash and Darko Kovačević. They also got Jaap Stam to compensate part of Verón's transfer fees and signed Gaizka Mendieta from Valencia.
Fiore could not find his best form for Lazio as coach Alberto Zaccheroni persisted in playing him on the left side of midfield. This resulted in Fiore losing his place in the national side for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Zaccheroni was dismissed in 2002, and Fiore began to improve with a new coach, Roberto Mancini. Fiore seemed more at ease playing in the centre of midfield and guided Lazio to fourth in Serie A, thus earning them a place in next season's UEFA Champions League. Fiore was in good form for Lazio the following season, despite the loss of several key players in the summer (and then Dejan Stanković in January 2004) . Lazio won the 2003–04 Coppa Italia, in which Fiore was an inspirational player. His impressive showings earned him a place on the national side for Euro 2004. However, Fiore was used sparingly by coach Giovanni Trapattoni, who preferred to play the Argentine born winger, Mauro Camoranesi. When he did start, the Azzurri looked a lot more creative, with Fiore nearly scoring from a spectacular volley against Bulgaria in the final group game. Despite the Azzurri winning this match, the damage was done in the 2 previous group games, and Italy exited the tournament early.
Due to the financial problems which Lazio were suffering, Fiore, along with Bernardo Corradi, were off-loaded to Spanish club Valencia, where he joined with the Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, signing a 3+1 years contract. Corradi was priced at €10 million and Fiore at€6.6 million. The sale compensated the unpaid €16.6 million of Gaizka Mendieta's remaining transfer fees from Valencia to Lazio.
After a promising start, Valencia suffered a disastrous losing streak in October, from which they never fully recovered. They exited the UEFA Champions League early, and coach Claudio Ranieri was dismissed by mid February. Fiore could not adequately adapt to the demands of Spanish football, and was often left on the substitutes' bench.
In July 2005, Fiore and Corradi returned to Serie A, with Fiorentina taking the midfielder on a loan spell. They had lost Enzo Maresca and holding midfielder Christian Obodo earlier in June. Fiore linked up well with striker Luca Toni, and together they brought Fiorentina to a higher level, guiding them to 4th in Serie A, before the Calciopoli verdicts saw them lose this place.
Fiorentina decided not to take Fiore on a permanent basis and he sealed a loan move to Torino, who were returning to Serie A, on deadline day. On January 31, 2007, the closing day of the transfer window, he was loaned to Livorno.
Successively, Fiore did not play for any team during the 2008–09, but on September 2009 he finally made his comeback into active football, agreeing a three-year contract with hometown club Cosenza, in the third-tier Lega Pro Prima Divisione.
|Italy national team|
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- "Lopez-Salas è ancora staffetta Stavolta per cambiare squadra". La Gazzetta dello Sport. June 3, 2001. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
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- "Fiore accepts Viola overtures". UEFA.com. July 12, 2005. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
- "Fiore makes Livorno loan move". UEFA.com. January 31, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
- "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved February 15, 2007.
- "ACMantova News". AC Mantova (in Italian). August 22, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2010.[dead link]
- "Stefano Fiore "torna" alla casa madre" (in Italian). Cosenza Calcio. September 7, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
- Stefano Fiore at National-Football-Teams.com