Cristian Brocchi

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Cristian Brocchi
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Personal information
Full name Cristian Brocchi
Date of birth (1976-01-30) 30 January 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Milan 0 (0)
1995–1997 Pro Sesto (loan) 57 (3)
1997–1998 Lumezzane (loan) 30 (4)
1998–2000 Hellas Verona 59 (8)
2000–2001 Internazionale 15 (1)
2001–2008 Milan 99 (4)
2005–2006 Fiorentina (loan) 35 (3)
2008–2013 Lazio 111 (2)
Total 406 (24)
National team
2006 Italy 1 (0)
Teams managed
2014–2016 Milan Primavera
2016 Milan
2016–2017 Brescia
2017– Jiangsu Suning (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Cristian Brocchi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkristjan ˈbrɔkki]; born 30 January 1976) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a midfielder. He is currently an assistant manager at Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, while his previous job was that of head coach of his former club Milan.[1]

As a defensive midfielder, Brocchi was rated for his durability and tackling.[2] He began his career with hometown club Milan, but he struggled to break into the first team as a youngster. He was subsequently loaned to Pro Sesto and Lumezzane, before being sold to Hellas Verona in 1998. His performances for the club earned him a move to Internazionale in 2000, where he also struggled due to injury. He returned to Milan in 2001, and went on to represent the club for the next seven seasons, aside from a season on loan with Fiorentina, during a highly successful period for the club, which saw him win the Serie A and two UEFA Champions League titles, among other trophies. He ended his career in 2013, after five seasons with Lazio, where he won the Coppa Italia twice.

At international level, he made his only appearance for the Italy national team in 2006.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Starting his career at his native club A.C. Milan youth system, Brocchi was loaned to Pro Sesto and Lumezzane in early years. After struggling to find space in the first team, in 1998, Brocchi was sold to Hellas Verona in Serie B. Brocchi helped the club obtain promotion to Serie A.

Internazionale[edit]

After a year in the top-division, Internazionale coach Marcello Lippi signed Brocchi in 2000 following his impressive performances. However, Brocchi and Inter endured a difficult season, as Lippi was sacked after their opening Serie A match, a defeat to Reggina. Marco Tardelli was hired as Lippi's replacement, and he guided the Nerazzurri to a fifth-place finish in Serie A. The following season, new Inter manager Héctor Cúper decided to sell Brocchi. Brocchi later described his time at Inter "as the worst experience [he] ever had",[3] citing the lack of support from the club while injured.

Milan (second spell)[edit]

In July 2001, Milan re-signed him in exchange for Andrés Guglielminpietro, who joined Inter.[4] While at Milan, Brocchi had to compete with the likes of Fernando Redondo.[5]

Fiorentina[edit]

Brocchi was loaned to Fiorentina in July 2005, with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season.[6] However, at the end of 2005–06, he returned to Milan, partly as a result of the problems Milan faced in finding new recruits due to the 2006 Italian football scandal.

Milan (third spell)[edit]

Brocchi made a career high 29 Serie A appearances in the 2006–07 season. Although Emerson arrived in the 2007–08, Brocchi continued to appear regularly making 24 appearances, 10 as starter, effectively becoming manager Carlo Ancelotti's first choice replacement in midfield.

Lazio[edit]

Milan and Lazio reached an agreement for a permanent transfer for Brocchi on 29 August 2008. He signed a three-year deal with Lazio and just cost Lazio a nominal transfer fee.[7][8] His first season was successful as he won the Coppa Italia, Lazio's fifth Coppa Italia title.

Following the 2012–13 season, Brocchi and Lazio announced his retirement due to on-going injury problems.[9]

International career[edit]

Brocchi made his international debut and only appearance for the Italy national team under Roberto Donadoni,[10] in a 1–1 friendly home draw against Turkey, on 15 November 2006.[11]

Managerial career[edit]

On 12 April 2016, Brocchi was appointed the head coach of Milan for his first senior managerial position, after previously serving as the coach of the Milan youth team, replacing Siniša Mihajlović after his sacking.[12][13] On 28 June 2016, Brocchi was replaced by Vincenzo Montella.[14]

Brocchi served as head coach of Serie B club Brescia during the 2016–17 season, being removed from his managerial duties on 12 March 2017 due to poor results.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Outside of football, Brocchi opened a cafe in Milan along with former Milan teammate Christian Abbiati, and started his own clothing brand (Baci & Abbracci) with close friend and footballer Christian Vieri and model Alena Šeredová.[16][17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internazionale 2000–01 Serie A 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total Inter 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Milan 2001–02 Serie A 12 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 19 1
2002–03 12 2 1 0 7 0 0 0 20 2
2003–04 11 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 14 0
2004–05 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
Fiorentina 2005–06 Serie A 35 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 3
Total Fiorentina 35 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 3
Milan 2006–07 Serie A 29 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 37 1
2007–08 24 1 2 1 3 0 3 0 32 2
Total Milan 99 5 3 1 30 0 3 0 135 6
Lazio 2008–09 Serie A 31 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
2009–10 27 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 33 2
2010–11 31 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2011–12 15 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 18 0
2012–13 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total Lazio 111 2 11 0 6 1 1 0 129 3
Career total 260 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 314 13

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 26 November 2016
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Milan Primavera Italy 10 June 2014 12 April 2016 62 36 7 19 156 87 +69 058.06
Milan Italy 12 April 2016 28 June 2016 7 2 2 3 7 9 −2 028.57
Brescia Italy 10 July 2016 Present 17 5 6 6 21 27 −6 029.41
Total 86 43 15 28 184 123 +61 050.00

Honours[edit]

Milan[18]
Lazio[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Milan Allievi I e II Divisione Staff". A.C. Milan. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Cristian, Brocchi. "Player Profile". Goal.com. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Eddy Akoglu (29 November 2010). "LAZIO, Brocchi : "I hate Inter Milan and here is why"". Football Press. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "IPOTESI SCAMBIO GULY-BROCCHI: GEORGATOS, L'ARRIVO E' IMMINENTE" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 17 July 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brocchi extends Milan stay". UEFA.com. 19 September 2003. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Brocchi bound for Fiorentina". UEFA.com. 19 June 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Brocchi Signs For Lazio". Channel4.com. 28 August 2008. Archived from the original on 1 September 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "THANK YOU ALL". ACMilan.com. 29 August 2008. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Comunicato su Cristian Brocchi" (in Italian). sslazio.it. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  10. ^ "Lippi e la nazionale delle meteore" (in Italian). Mediaset. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Paolo Menicucci (15 November 2006). "Materazzi own goal denies Italy". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Official: Milan sack Mihajlovic". Football Italia. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "AC Milan: Sinisa Mihajlovic replaced by Cristian Brocchi as manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  14. ^ West, Aaron (28 June 2016). "Vincenzo Montella replaces Christian Brocchi as AC Milan coach". Fox Sports. Fox Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "UFFICIALE: Brescia, esonerato Brocchi. Al suo posto arriva Cagni" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  16. ^ EMILIO RANDACIO (11 January 2013). "Vieri e Brocchi, i gemelli del crac "Bancarotta da 14 milioni di euro"" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Daniela Polizzi; Carlo Turchetti (12 December 2008). "Né Baci né Abbracci, a Bobo servono altri soci" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "C. Brocchi". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 

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