Montella in 2012
|Full name||Vincenzo Montella|
|Date of birth||18 June 1974|
|Place of birth||Castello di Cisterna, Italy|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2007||→ Fulham (loan)||10||(2)|
|2007–2008||→ Sampdoria (loan)||13||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Montella's nickname during his playing career was L'Aeroplanino ("The Little Airplane"), in reference to his small stature and trademark goal celebration, in which he spread his arms like wings. He was known as an opportunistic striker and "fine all round player, with excellent passing and dribbling skills."
Montella began his club career in Serie C1 at Empoli in 1990 before moving to Serie B club Genoa in 1995, where he scored 21 goals in his only season with the club, at the end of which he lifted the Anglo-Italian Cup. He then moved up to Serie A to U.C. Sampdoria, where he remained three years, until 1999, when he moved to Roma in a 50 billion Italian lire (€25 million) transfer.
Montella made his Serie A debut on 8 September 1996, against Perugia.
It was Roma coach Zdeněk Zeman that wanted him to spearhead the Roma attack, but that year Roma also signed a new coach, Fabio Capello, who disliked short forwards. Despite this, during the 1999–2000 season, Montella scored 18 goals, being the topscorer of the giallorossi. The following year, Roma signed the Argentinian forward Gabriel Batistuta from ACF Fiorentina, the tall striker wanted by Capello.
There was a controversy between the two forwards concerning the jersey #9, that was the number of both players. In the end Batistuta chose #18. "Batigol" was the coach's first choice, while Montella was often a substitute. Despite his lack of starts he was one of the main protagonists of Roma's third Scudetto in 2000–01 and scored many important goals for the team.
The controversies between Capello and Montella continued in the following years as Montella was unhappy at his lack of first team opportunities, and in March 2002 he made his sadness clear stating "I would have better expectations with another coach". He has always been an idol of Roma's supporters, mainly because he has had a knack for performing well in the Rome derby against S.S. Lazio, scoring a brace in his first derby in 1999, and four goals in a 5–1 win on 10 March 2002. His four-goal haul is still the record of goals scored in a derby by a single player.
2003 was a bad period for Montella as he divorced from his former wife and was plagued with many injuries. During the 2003–04 season, he played only 12 games but still managed a good scoring record, scoring six goals in those limited games.
During the 2004–05 season, Fabio Capello finally left Roma for Juventus and, while the giallorossi had a disastrous season, Montella scored 23 goals and earned a new contract lasting until 30 June 2010. In the 2005–06 season, he was again plagued with injuries. He underwent surgery on both his back and shoulder, limiting him to just twelve games. In January 2007, during the 2006–07 season he was loaned to Fulham because Francesco Totti was the lone forward in Luciano Spalletti's 4–2–3–1, while Montella wanted to have more chances to play.
In the red Roma jersey, he played a total of 215 matches in eight years, scoring 94 goals, becoming the fifth best topscorer of Roma's history.
He played his last game for Roma on 23 December 2006 before leaving loan to England.
Loan to Fulham
Montella joined Fulham on a six-month loan on 4 January 2007 and was given the number 11 shirt. He scored twice against Leicester City on his home debut in the FA Cup. He scored again on 27 January in the same competition against Stoke City.
On 13 January 2007, he made his Premier League debut against West Ham United. Against Tottenham at Craven Cottage seven days later, he scored his first Premier League goal with a penalty kick. He also scored a goal against Blackburn Rovers in a 1–1 draw which gave Fulham the boost to avoid relegation.
Montella quickly became popular with the Fulham fans and showed his gratitude for making him feel at home at Craven Cottage. However, he hardly started under manager Chris Coleman, despite several public pleas. After Coleman's sacking, Montella only started twice under replacement manager Lawrie Sanchez. Montella hinted that he would like to return to Roma after the end of the 2006–07 season. The loan was terminated by Sanchez on 8 May 2007, a week before its natural expiration.
Loan to Sampdoria and return
He was loaned to Sampdoria for the 2007–08 season. Bruno Conti brought Montella back to Roma in 2008–09, after Amantino Mancini had left Roma. Montella took number 23 when he came back; Mirko Vučinić held on the number 9 shirt which was formerly Montella's, and Montella took the number 23 shirt which was formerly for Vučinić.
Montella was only able to make substitute appearances for Roma in the 2008–09 season. He played his last game on 16 May 2009.
On 2 July 2009, Montella announced his retirement from professional football as a player.
Club career statistics
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
Montella signed a three-year contract with Roma as youth team coach for the Giovanissimi Nazionali (Under-15 level).
On 8 March 2011, in his debut in Champions League, Roma lost away beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk 3–0. He completed an eventful season for AS Roma leading the Giallorossi to sixth place in the league table, and he was subsequently released after the new club owners led by U.S. businessman Thomas R. DiBenedetto decided to appoint Luis Enrique as permanent head coach for the 2011–12 season.
On 9 June 2011, and only a few days after being released by Roma, Montella was announced as new boss of Catania, signing a two-year contract with the club from Eastern Sicily. He led Catania to a mid-table placement, and ahead of Sicilian rivals Palermo for the first time in eight years; by the end of season, he was heavily linked with a comeback at Roma and the vacant job at Fiorentina. Montella left Catania by mutual consent on 4 June 2012, after only one season in charge of the team.
On 11 June 2012, Fiorentina announced on their official website that Vincenzo Montella signed a two-year-deal (later prolonged until June 2017) with the Tuscan outfit. Montella's arrival saw a massive upheaval of the squad which saw 17 (including Borja Valero and Alberto Aquilani) out of the 26 senior players being new to the club. Fiorentina finished the 2012–13 Serie A in 4th place, missing out on a Champions League spot to Milan on the final day of the season.
- As of 27 February 2014.
|Roma (caretaker)||21 February 2011||22 May 2011||Serie A||13||7||3||3||21||16||+5||53.85|
|Catania||1 July 2011||18 May 2012||Serie A||38||11||15||12||47||52||-5||28.95|
|Fiorentina||11 June 2012||Present||Serie A||62||33||13||16||112||70||+42||53.23|
As a player:
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- Prima gioia per Montella, De Rossi abbatte il Bologna" – La Gazzetta dello Sport (October 13, 2010).
- Roma fuori di testa. Il Tempo.
- "Vincenzo Montella è il nuovo allenatore del Catania – Venerdì 10 giugno alle 16.30 la presentazione" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 9 June 2011. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "Vincenzo Montella: 'Grazie, Catania" [Vincenzo Montella: 'Thanks, Catania'] (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 August 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "Vincenzo Montella is the new Fiorentina coach". Footballcracy. 11 June 2012. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "Italy cries foul over penalty that helped Milan into Champions League". The Guardian. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
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- Vincenzo Montella career stats at Soccerbase
- FootballDatabase provides Vincenzo Montella's profile and stats
- Profile at Roma Forever