Vincenzo Montella

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Vincenzo Montella
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Montella in 2012
Personal information
Full name Vincenzo Montella
Date of birth (1974-06-18) 18 June 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Castello di Cisterna, Italy
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1995 Empoli 51 (26)
1995–1996 Genoa 34 (21)
1996–1999 Sampdoria 83 (54)
1999–2009 Roma 192 (84)
2007 Fulham (loan) 10 (2)
2007–2008 Sampdoria (loan) 13 (4)
Total 383 (190)
National team
1999–2005 Italy 20 (3)
Teams managed
2011 Roma (caretaker)
2011–2012 Catania
2012– Fiorentina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vincenzo Montella (born 18 June 1974) is a retired Italian footballer and current manager of Fiorentina.

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 with an eye for goal, and a "fine all round player, with excellent passing and dribbling skills."[1]

Club career[edit]

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.[2]

Montella made his Serie A debut on 8 September 1996, against Perugia.

Roma[edit]

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,[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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".[6] 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.[7] 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[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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[edit]

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.[11] He scored again on 27 January in the same competition against Stoke City.[12]

On 13 January 2007, he made his Premier League debut against West Ham United.[13] Against Tottenham at Craven Cottage seven days later, he scored his first Premier League goal with a penalty kick.[14] He also scored a goal against Blackburn Rovers in a 1–1 draw which gave Fulham the boost to avoid relegation.[15]

Montella quickly became popular with the Fulham fans and showed his gratitude for making him feel at home at Craven Cottage.[16] However, he hardly started under manager Chris Coleman, despite several public pleas.[17] After Coleman's sacking, Montella only started twice under replacement manager Lawrie Sanchez.[18][19][20][21] Montella hinted that he would like to return to Roma after the end of the 2006–07 season.[22] The loan was terminated by Sanchez on 8 May 2007, a week before its natural expiration.[23]

Loan to Sampdoria and return[edit]

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.[24]

Club career statistics[edit]

[25]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Other Europe Total
1990–91 Empoli Serie C1 1 0 1 0
1991–92 7 4 7 4
1992–93 13 5 13 5
1993–94 0 0 0 0
1994–95 30 17 30 17
1995–96 Genoa Serie B 34 21 34 21
1996–97 Sampdoria Serie A 28 22 28 22
1997–98 33 20 33 20
1998–99 22 12 22 12
1999–00 Roma Serie A 31 18 6 2 37 20
2000–01 28 14 5 0 33 14
2001–02 19 13 6 1 25 14
2002–03 29 9 11 0 40 9
2003–04 11 5 3 0 14 5
2004–05 37 21 2 0 3 1 42 22
2005–06 13 1 3 1 16 2
2006–07 12 3 2 2 3 0 17 5
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Fulham Premier League 10 2 4 3 0 0 14 5
Italy League Coppa Italia Other Europe Total
2007–08 Sampdoria Serie A 13 4 0 0 5 1 18 5
2008–09 Roma Serie A 12 0 1 0 2 0 15 0
Country Italy 373 189 5 2 47 6 425 197
England 10 2 4 3 0 0 14 5
Total 383 191 9 5 0 0 47 6 439 202

International career[edit]

Montella received his first international cap under Dino Zoff in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying match against Wales on 5 June 1999, which Italy won 4-0, and he was part of the final Italian squad at Euro 2000, where they reached the final. Although Montella did not score during the competition, he recorded an assist in Italy's final group match against Sweden, setting up Del Piero's match-winning goal, which allowed Italy to top their group. He would also make one more appearance during the tournament, in the final defeat against France in extra-time. He scored his first goal for Italy in an international friendly match against South Africa in Perugia, on the 25 April 2001, which ended in a 1-0 home win for Italy.[26] In March 2002, he scored a notable double against England in an international friendly match in Leeds, giving Italy a 2-1 away victory after they had been trailing 1-0.[27] After appearing for Italy under Giovanni Trapattoni during their 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, he was chosen as a member of the Italy team that would be competing at the 2002 World Cup, where the Italians were eliminated controversially in the round of 16 to co-hosts South Korea.[28] In his only World Cup appearance, during Italy's final group stage match against Mexico in the 2002 World Cup, he had a goal wrongly disallowed. He later set up Del Piero's equaliser, which helped Italy to progress to the second round.[29] He was set to come in the round of 16 match, but South Korea scored the golden goal moments before he was set to come on.[30] He also appeared for Italy in 3 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches, and he made his final appearance for Italy in an international friendly match against Russia on the 9 February 2005, which Italy won 2-0. In total, Montella holds 20 caps and 3 goals for Italy.

Managerial career[edit]

Roma[edit]

Montella signed a three-year contract with Roma as youth team coach for the Giovanissimi Nazionali (Under-15 level).[31]

On 21 February 2011, he was appointed as interim head coach of the first team for the remainder of the season, taking over the role from resigning boss Claudio Ranieri.[32][33]

On 23 February 2011, in his first game in Serie A, Roma won away beating Bologna 1–0.[34]

On 8 March 2011, in his debut in Champions League, Roma lost away beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk 3–0.[35] 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.

Catania[edit]

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.[36] 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.[37]

ACF Fiorentina[edit]

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.[38] 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.[39]

In his second season in charge, Montella led Fiorentina to the 2014 Coppa Italia Final but they were beaten 3-1 by Napoli.[40]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 23 November 2014.
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Roma (caretaker) 21 February 2011 22 May 2011 Serie A 13 7 3 3 21 16 +5 53.85
Coppa Italia 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 00.00
Europe 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 00.00
Total 16 7 4 5 22 21 +1 43.75
Catania 1 July 2011 18 May 2012 Serie A 38 11 15 12 47 52 -5 28.95
Coppa Italia 2 1 0 1 4 4 +0 50.00
Total 40 12 15 13 51 56 -5 30.00
Fiorentina 11 June 2012 Present Serie A 87 43 19 25 144 97 +47 49.43
Coppa Italia 8 6 0 2 12 4 +8 75.00
Europe 16 10 4 2 27 10 +17 62.50
Total 111 59 23 29 183 111 +72 53.15
Career totals League 138 61 37 40 212 165 +47 44.20
Cup 12 7 1 4 17 10 +7 58.33
Europe 17 10 4 3 27 13 +14 58.82
Total 167 78 42 47 256 188 +68 46.71

Honours[edit]

As a player:

Italy Roma

Italy Italy

As a manager:

Italy Fiorentina

References[edit]

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