Armando Madonna

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Armando Madonna
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-07-05) 5 July 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Alzano Lombardo, Italy
Playing position Manager (former midfielder)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 Atalanta 19 (1)
1983–1988 Piacenza 169 (43)
1988–1990 Atalanta 57 (12)
1990–1991 Lazio 25 (2)
1991–1992 Piacenza 27 (5)
1992–1993 SPAL 21 (0)
1993–2002 Alzano Virescit 259 (29)
Teams managed
2008–2009 AlbinoLeffe
2010–2011 Piacenza
2011–2012 Livorno
2012–2013 Portogruaro
2013 AlbinoLeffe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2008-04-25.

Armando Madonna (born 5 July 1963 in Alzano Lombardo, Province of Bergamo) is an Italian football manager and former player.

Career[edit]

Playing[edit]

A midfielder, Madonna made his professional debut in 1981 for Atalanta; he then spent five seasons with Piacenza before to return to Bergamo in 1988. He then played for Lazio during the 1990–91 season; this was followed by two spells at Piacenza and SPAL.

In 1993, at the age of 30, Madonna accepted to return to his hometown of Alzano Lombardo, joining local team Alzano Virescit, who were playing Serie D at the time of his signing. He spent a total of nine consecutive seasons with Alzano, being protagonist of the team's rise into the highest ranks of Italian football, including a historical promotion to Serie B in 1998–99.[1] He retired in 2002, aged 39.

Coaching[edit]

On 2003, Madonna was appointed as youth team coach of AlbinoLeffe's Under-19 (Primavera) squad. On 26 May 2008 he was surprisingly appointed as new head coach of the seriani, following the dismissal of Elio Gustinetti, with only one game left before of the end of the regular season.[2] He also led Albinoleffe to the promotion playoffs, defeating Brescia in the semi-finals, but losing 2–1 on aggregate to U.S. Lecce in the finals. He was recently confirmed as AlbinoLeffe boss for the 2008–09 season but removed after a few months due to poor results, and replaced by veteran coach Emiliano Mondonico.

His son, Nicola Madonna, is a footballer and was an AlbinoLeffe player.[3]

On July 2010 he was announced as new head coach of Piacenza for the season 2010–11 in Serie B.[4]

On 21 December 2011 he was announced as new head coach of Livorno. [5] On 6 May 2012 he was sacked.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alzano, una favola gia' scritta" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 1999-05-11. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  2. ^ "ARMANDO MADONNA è IL NUOVO ALLENATORE DELL'ALBINOLEFFE" (in Italian). ZonaCalcio.it. 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Madonna, l'AlbinoLeffe e un caso in famiglia: "Mio figlio non mi parla più"" (in Italian). Goal.com. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Armando Madonna nuovo tecnico del Piace". Piacenza Calcio. 2010-07-07. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  5. ^ Sito Ufficiale dell'A. S. Livorno Calcio Archived April 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Livornocalcio.it (2011-12-21). Retrieved on 2012-05-07.
  6. ^ UFFICIALE: Livorno, esonerato Madonna. Perotti nuovo tecnico. Tutto Mercato Web (2007-12-05). Retrieved on 2012-05-07.