Dario Bonetti

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Dario Bonetti
Personal information
Full name Dario Bonetti
Date of birth (1961-08-05) 5 August 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth San Zeno Naviglio, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Free agent (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Brescia 29 (2)
1980–1982 Roma 46 (0)
1982–1983 Sampdoria 27 (0)
1983–1986 Roma 58 (3)
1986–1987 Milan 23 (0)
1987–1989 Verona 40 (1)
1989–1991 Juventus 39 (3)
1991–1992 Sampdoria 14 (0)
1992–1993 SPAL 9 (0)
National team
1981–1986 Italy U-21 14 (0)
1986 Italy 2 (0)
Teams managed
1999–2000 Sestrese
2000–2002 Dundee (assistant manager)
2005 Potenza
2006–2007 Sopron
2007–2008 Gallipoli
2008–2009 Juve Stabia
2009 Dinamo Bucureşti
2009-2010 Valle del Giovenco
2010–2011 Zambia
2012 Dinamo Bucureşti

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

† Appearances (goals)

Dario Bonetti (born 5 August 1961 in San Zeno Naviglio, Brescia, Italy) is an Italian football manager and former defender. He is the elder brother of Ivano Bonetti.

Playing career[edit]

Bonetti made his professional debut in the 1978-79 season with Brescia. He then moved to Roma in 1980, and played for the giallorossi until 1986, except for a one season spell at Sampdoria during the 1982–83 season; during his time with Roma, he won three Coppa Italia titles. In 1986 he signed for Milan, but failed to impress and moved to Verona only one year later. In 1989 he transferred to Juventus, where he played two seasons, making 63 appearances and scoring 5 goals, winning a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup double under manager Dino Zoff in 1990. A return to Sampdoria in 1991 was followed by a single season at SPAL in 1992, and retirement in 1993.[1]

He made 2 appearances for the Italian national football team in 1986, making his debut on 8 October, in a 2–0 win over Greece.[2]

In all his whole playing career in the Serie A, Dario Bonetti was suspended for a total of 39 matches, this being as of 2009 an absolute record.[1]

Managing career[edit]

After his retirement, Dario Bonetti became coach of amateur Genoa side Sestrese in 1999, with his brother Ivano as player. Both brothers then jointly managed Scottish team Dundee from 2000 to 2002, with Dario officially acting as Ivano's technical assistant.[3][4] On February 2005, Dario Bonetti was then appointed head coach of Serie C2 club Potenza.[5] He then announced a surprising move to Hungarian side MFC Sopron on February 2006,[6] thus joining fellow Italian Giuseppe Signori. Bonetti was then sacked on May 2006, after the final matchday, a 1-0 home loss to Rákospalotai EAC,[7] but made a comeback at the Hungarian side on March 2007.[8] On 22 June 2007 he was unveiled as new head coach of Italian Serie C1 team Gallipoli.[9]

On December 2008 he was appointed as new head coach of Lega Pro Prima Divisione team Juve Stabia.

On 23 June 2009 he was appointed as the new head coach of Liga I team Dinamo Bucureşti, the Italian coach replacing Mircea Rednic.[10] He was sacked by Nicolae Badea, head of Administrative Council of Dinamo Bucharest, as a result of Bonetti's public statements about Dinamo shareholders on 3 October 2009. [11]

On 9 November 2009, Bonetti was announced as the new head coach of Lega Pro Prima Divisione team Valle del Giovenco. He was fired in February 2010.

In July 2010 he was unveiled as the new manager of the Zambia national football team.[12] Despite successful 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, he was sacked on 10 October 2011, two days after Zambia qualified for Africa Cup of Nations.

In 10 April 2012, Bonetti returned to Dinamo București.[13] He won two trophies with Dinamo, the Romanian Cup and the Romanian Supercup, but started poorly the 2012-13 season, the team being eliminated quickly from the UEFA Europa League and winning only six of the first 15 games in Liga I. Because of this, Bonetti was sacked on 14 November 2012.[14]

Style of play[edit]

A strong and tenacious defender, Bonetti was primarily known for his stamina, determination, physical attributes, and his man-marking ability. He was also notorious for his aggression on the pitch, however, which led him to pick up many cards, as well as his lack of pace and technical ability; in later years, he also struggled to adapt into the new zonal marking system which was implemented by manager Luigi Maifredi upon his arrival at Juventus in 1990.[1]


As player


As manager



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  2. ^ "Bonetti, Dario" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  3. ^ BBC News (2000-05-11). "Bonetti unveiled as new Dundee boss". Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  4. ^ BBC Sport (2002-07-02). "The Bonetti years". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  5. ^ Calciatori.com (2005-02-28). "Bonetti, nuovo allenatore del Potenza" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  6. ^ UEFA.com (2006-02-28). "Italian dalliance suits Sopron". Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  7. ^ TuttoMercatoWeb (2006-05-03). "Sopron: esonerato Bonetti" (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  8. ^ TuttoMercatoWeb (2007-03-20). "UFFICIALE: Dario Bonetti nuovo tecnico del Sopron" (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  9. ^ TuttoMercatoWeb (2007-06-22). "UFFICIALE: Dario Bonetti nuovo tecnico del Gallipoli" (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  10. ^ romaniantimes.at (2009-06-23). "Bonetti New head coach for Dinamo Bucharest". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  11. ^ Gazeta Sporturilor (2009-10-04). "L-au curăţat!" (in Romanian). 
  12. ^ "UFFICIALE: Bonetti nuovo ct dello Zambia" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  13. ^ Nicu Bădescu (2012-04-10). "Bonetti, noul antrenor al "câinilor"" (in Romanian). ProSport. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  14. ^ Adrian Petculescu, Adrian Tone (2012-11-15). "Dorinel Munteanu, noul antrenor al echipei Dinamo după ce Bonetti şi-a reziliat contractul" (in Romanian). Mediafax. Retrieved 2012-11-15.