Carmelo Imbriani

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Carmelo Imbriani
Personal information
Full name Carmelo Imbriani
Date of birth (1976-02-10)10 February 1976
Place of birth Benevento, Italy
Date of death 15 February 2013(2013-02-15) (aged 37)
Place of death Perugia, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1991–1995 Napoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 Napoli 33 (3)
1996–1997 Pistoiese (loan) 24 (1)
1997–1998 Casarano (loan) 32 (2)
1999 Genoa 12 (0)
1999–2002 Cosenza 46 (2)
2002–2005 Benevento 43 (2)
2004 Foggia (loan) 12 (0)
2005–2006 Catanzaro 11 (0)
2006–2009 Benevento 91 (5)
Total 304 (15)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Benevento (Youth Team Coach)
2011–2012 Benevento
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Carmelo Imbriani (10 February 1976 – 15 February 2013) was an Italian footballer and former coach of Benevento in Lega Pro Prima Divisione.


Player career[edit]

Napoli and loans[edit]

Born in Benevento, Campania, 50 km northeast of Naples, Imbriani started his career at S.S.C. Napoli. He played his first Serie A match on 27 February 1994, substituted Renato Buso in the 79th minutes. The match Napoli lost to Cagliari 1-2. In 1995-96 season, he started to play regularly for Napoli, scored 2 goals in 25 league appearances.

He then spent 2 seasons loaned to Serie C1 sides Pistoiese and Casarano, before returned to Napoli in 1998, after Napoli relegated from Serie A in May. He played his last match for Napoli on 5 December 1998, along with Francesco Turrini replaced Massimiliano Esposito and Gennaro Scarlato in the 55th minutes, which also his first league match of the season. That match Napoli 0-0 draw with Torino. In January 1999, he left for another Serie B side Genoa.


In 1999-2000 season, he left for Serie B struggler Cosenza. He failed to play as a regular and only played 46 league matches in 3 seasons.


In 2002-03 season Imbriani returned to hometown club Benevento and played 22 Serie C1 matches in the first season. He did not play any matches in 2003-04 season, and in January 2004 left for Foggia, also at Serie C1. In 2004-05 season, Imbriani returned to Benevento and made another 21 league appearances. In 2005, Benevento went bankrupt and a new team was re-founded in Serie C2, but Imbriani left for Serie B struggler Catanzaro on free transfer. But in January 2006, he returned to Benevento and played as a regular starter in the 2006-07 & 2007-08 season.

Coaching career[edit]


In September 2009, he was appointed as the coach of Benevento's Allievi Regionali U16 Youth Team.[1]

From 29 November 2011 to 15 October 2012 he was the coach of Benevento[2][3] in Lega Pro Prima Divisione in place of the sacked Giovanni Simonelli.

Illness and death[edit]

In August 2012, while still in charge of Benevento, Imbriani was discovered several lymphomas spread all over his body. Due to his condition, he was unable to fulfil his role in his final period at the club, and head coaching duties were effectively handled by his assistant Jorge Martínez, who resigned later in October; Imbriani successively tended his resignation immediately after Martínez left his role at the club.[4]

Imbriani was hospitalized in Perugia due to his condition, receiving public solidarity from the whole Italian football world in his personal battle for life.[5][6]

Imbriani died of leukemia in Perugia on 15 February 2013 at the age of 37.[7]


  1. ^ "Imbriani nuovo allenatore degli Allievi Regionali". Benevento Calcio (in Italian). 17 September 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Imbriani saluta il Benevento: 'Non me la sento di andare avanti senza Martinez'". ilQuaderno. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vigorito, fiducia a Imbriani allenatore con Martinez: 'Scelta ponderata, il progetto Benevento continua'". ilQuaderno. 29 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "BENEVENTO - rivelazioni shock di Imbriani: "Ho un tumore, ma lotterò"" [BENEVENTO - choc reveleations from Imbriani: "I have cancer, but I will fight"] (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tutto il calcio si stringe attorno a Carmelo Imbriani afflitto da un brutto male: da Totti fino a Zanetti l'invito a non mollare la 'battaglia'" [The whole football world for cancer-struggling Carmelo Imbriani: from Totti to Zanetti, the invite to be strong in his 'battle'] (in Italian). Goal. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Benevento: Carmelo Imbriani e la partita più difficile" [Benevento: Carmelo Imbriani and the hardest battle] (in Italian). UrbanSport Calcio. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Former soccer player and coach Carmelo Imbriani died of leukemia on Friday". Sud Italia News. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 

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