Elisabetta Bavagnoli

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Elisabetta Bavagnoli
Personal information
Full name Elisabetta Bavagnoli
Date of birth (1963-09-03) 3 September 1963 (age 55)
Place of birth Piacenza, Italy
Playing position Defender, midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Piacenza
1983–1985 Modena
1985–1988 Lazio
1988–1989 Modena
1989–1990 Lazio
1990–1991 Reggiana
1991–1993 Milan '82
1993–1994 Torres
1994–1995 Agliana
1995–1996 Verona
1996–1997 Modena
1997–1999 Lazio
National team
1986–1997 Italy 80 (1)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Lazio
1998–1999 Lazio (assistant)
1999 Viterbese (men; assistant)
2000–2003 Italy (assistant)
2003–2004 Italy U19
2008–2009 Fiano Romano
2009–2011 Canada (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Elisabetta "Betty" Bavagnoli (born 3 September 1963) is an Italian football coach and former defender or midfielder. As a player she represented the Italian women's national team and various clubs in women's Serie A.

Playing style[edit]

During her playing career versatile Bavagnoli played in several different positions. Beginning as a right winger, she developed into a full back, then a lateral midfielder.[1] She finished her playing days as a sweeper.[2]

Coaching style[edit]

Bavagnoli sends her teams out in a traditional 4–4–2, but will sometimes depart from her favoured formation depending on the players at her disposal.[3] She expects her players to pressure opponents high up the pitch.[3]

Playing career[edit]


Bavagnoli broke into the team of hometown club Piacenza as a youngster. She stayed for five seasons until the club was dissolved in 1983. She moved on to Modena, then Lazio, where she won her first of seven league titles in 1987–88. At Lazio she also formed a friendship with Carolina Morace which would result in a long professional collaboration. Together with Morace, Bavagnoli played at Reggiana and Milan, leaving the latter in 1993–94 due to the club's financial difficulties.[4] She moved to Torres, then continued her partnership with Morace at Aircargo Agliana,[5] Günther Verona and back at Modena.[6]

Retiring in 1999 at age 36, Bavagnoli finished her career with two seasons back at Lazio. In the first campaign she was player-coach,[2] then she became player-assistant-coach under Morace who managed Lazio in 1998–99, having completed her own playing career.[7] The team collected the 1999 Coppa Italia, beating ACF Milan 4–0 in the final.


She debuted for the Italian women's national team in May 1986, in a 1–0 win over Hungary in Potenza.[1] She subsequently played in four editions of the UEFA Women's Championship as well as at the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup.[8][9] She was part of the team which finished second at UEFA Women's Euro 1993, the Azzurre's best achievement to date.[10]

Bavagnoli won 80 caps for Italy, scoring one goal.[11][note 1] Her final appearance came in a 2–0 friendly win over England in April 1997.[12]

Coaching career[edit]

Immediately after retirement, Bavagnoli joined the coaching staff of Carolina Morace, who had got a job as manager of men's third division club Viterbese.[13] Defeat in the second league match of the 1999–00 season caused the team's unstable owner Luciano Gaucci to say he would replace Morace's staff.[13] Morace resigned, followed by Bavagnoli a few days later.[14]

In July 2000 Morace began coaching the Italian women's national team, with Bavagnoli as her assistant. They had responsibility for the senior and under-18 teams.[15] In 2003 Bavagnoli assumed control of the Italian women's under-19 team and guided them to the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand.[11][16]

She then returned to Lazio, as a technical director, alongside Antonello Belli. She worked with the female youth teams at Lodigiani and Fiano Romano,[11] whose senior team she also coached in the 2008–09 season. From February 2009 to July 2011 she assisted Morace in coaching the Canada women's national soccer team,[17] where they won the Cyprus Cup in 2010 and 2011 and the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in 2010. Both left following Canada's disappointing 2011 World Cup campaign.

On 10 December 2012 Bavagnoli began attending Coverciano to study for her UEFA Pro Licence—the highest coaching qualification available.[18] She was awarded the licence on 5 July 2013, the only woman who passed.[19] Meanwhile, she had continued to work with Morace, in various ventures related to youth football.[11][20]



Milan '82

Personal life[edit]

In 1993 Bavagnoli was helping her parents run their perfumery. At that time she enjoyed writing poetry and playing the guitar.[10]


  1. ^ The Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) official website reports 72 appearances and one goal, taking into account only matches played against national teams, not games against the "Rest of Europe" or those played in China against regional select teams such as Liaoning and Guangxi.


  1. ^ a b Sappino, Marco (2000). Dizionario Del Calcio Italiano (in Italian). Baldini&Castoldi. p. 674. ISBN 978-8880898627. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Maria Teresa Cartolari, ovvero ... 30 anni di calcio femminile in Italia" (in Italian). Calcio Donna. 7 March 1998. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Bonacini, Roberto (November 2004). "L'Under 19 di Elisabetta Bavagnoli" (PDF) (in Italian). Allenatore.net. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  4. ^ Valdiserri, Luca (28 October 1993). "C' e' un Milan in crisi perche' in bolletta" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Aircargo, 3 punti d'oro Superata Tradate, a segno Fiorini" (in Italian). Il Tirreno. 26 September 2000. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  6. ^ Reggianini, Paolo (4 May 1997). "Dove c' e' la Morace c' e' lo scudetto: stavolta tocca a Modena" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  7. ^ Giudice, Giorgio (26 September 1998). "In serie A comincia il dopo Morace" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  8. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China '91 – Technical Report & Statistics" (PDF). FIFA. p. 70. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  9. ^ "C' e' la Norvegia, L' Italia attacca subito" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 24 November 1991. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  10. ^ a b Gherarducci, Mario (5 July 1993). "Tutte in lacrime tranne Carolina" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d "CV Elisabetta Bavagnoli" (PDF) (in Italian). Juventus Academy Roma. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  12. ^ "l' Italia femminile ha sconfitto l' Inghilterra" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 24 April 1997. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  13. ^ a b Padovan, Giancarlo (14 September 1999). "Morace – Gaucci, e' gia' divorzio" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Anche la Bavagnoli lascia la Viterbese" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 24 September 1999. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  15. ^ Bottazzo, Tiziana (22 July 2000). "Morace: "Allenare le donne è meglio"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Elisabetta Bavagnoli: "I'm so proud of my players"". FIFA. 13 October 2004. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Calcio donne, Morace ct del Canada 'Obiettivo: le medaglie che contano'" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Master Uefa a Coverciano: iscritti anche Stramaccioni e Inzaghi" (in Italian). Calciomercato.com. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  19. ^ "Corso Allenatori, Stramaccioni non è fra i promossi" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Carolina Morace e Betty Bavagnoli nel nostro progetto!!" (in Italian). ASD Pro Calcio. 20 November 2012. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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