Carolina Morace

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Carolina Morace
Personal information
Full name Carolina Morace
Date of birth (1964-02-05) 5 February 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Venice, Italy
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Belluno
1979–1982 Bardolino
1982–1984 Lazio (27)
1985–1987 Trani
1987–1989 Lazio (66)
1989–1991 Reggiana 52 (67)
1991–1993 Milan 55 (64)
1993–1994 Torres 30 (33)
1994–1995 Agliana 24 (31)
1995–1996 Verona 20 (39)
1996–1998 Modena 54 (88)
National team
1978–1997 Italy 150 (105)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Lazio
1999 Viterbese (M)
2000–2005 Italy
2009–2011 Canada

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Carolina Morace (Italian pronunciation: [karoˈlina moˈratʃe]; born 5 February 1964) is a retired Italian football player. She played for the Italian national team and for various clubs in women's Serie A. She was the top scorer in Serie A in the 1984–85 season, and for 11 consecutive years from 1987–1988 to 1997–1998.

After retiring as a player, she began a managing career with Lazio. She then managed the Italian women's national team from 2000 to 2005, and the Canadian national women's team from 2009 to 2011. In 2014, she was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.[1]

Playing career[edit]


Born in Venice, Morace debuted for the Italian women's national team in 1978, against Yugoslavia, at the age of 14.[2] During her career, she made 153 appearances for Italy, scoring 105 goals. While playing in the Italian national women's league, she scored more than 550 goals.[2] She took part in six European Championships as well as the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991, where she scored four goals,[3] including a hat-trick in the 5–0 win against Chinese Taipei.[4]

As a curtain-raiser to the 1990 FA Charity Shield, Italy played the England women's national football team at Wembley Stadium. Morace scored all four goals in England's 4–1 defeat and featured on the front page of the following day's La Gazzetta dello Sport.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Morace is probably best known in Italy for having been the first woman to coach a professional men's football team, Viterbese of Italian Serie C1, a post she took in June 1999.[2] She eventually resigned from her position after only two matches, because of heavy media pressures.

Until June 2005, she was head coach for Italy's national women's team. In February 2009 she was announced as the new head coach of the Canadian national women's team.[6] Under her guidance, Canada won the 2010 CONCACAF Women's championship and earned a last place finishing at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup having lost all of their games and only scoring one goal. She formally announced her resignation as the coach of the Canadian national women's team on Friday 22 July 2011.

On September 17 2015 it was announced that Carolina had been appointed Technical Director of Floreat Athena FC in Western Australia. [7]

Personal life[edit]

Morace gained a law degree in 1996 and practised at a legal studio in Rome.[2][8] She also works as football pundit for Italian television channel La7.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hall of fame, 10 new entry: con Vialli e Mancini anche Facchetti e Ronaldo" [Hall of fame, 10 new entries: with Vialli and Mancini also Facchetti and Ronaldo] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Frances Kennedy (199—06-28). "Letter from Rome:Morace takes on the men". The Independent. Retrieved 5 November 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Italy:Carolina Morace". FIFA. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Chinese Taipei – Italy 0:5". FIFA. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Tiziana Bottazzo (19 August 1990). "Carolina Morace, quattro gol per far girare la testa a Wembley". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Italian star taking over Canadian women's soccer team: reports". 5 February 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "ATHENA APPOINTS NEW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR". 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Carolina Morace interview". Free Kick. Retrieved 5 November 2009. [dead link]

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