Emiliano Mondonico

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Emiliano Mondonico
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Personal information
Date of birth (1947-03-09) 9 March 1947 (age 70)
Place of birth Rivolta d'Adda, Italy
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1968 Cremonese 46 (19)
1968–1970 Torino 14 (2)
1970–1971 Monza 23 (7)
1971–1972 Atalanta 2 (0)
1972–1979 Cremonese 178 (69)
Total 263 (97)
Teams managed
1981–1986 Cremonese
1986–1987 Como
1987–1990 Atalanta
1990–1994 Torino
1994–1998 Atalanta
1998–2000 Torino
2000–2001 Napoli
2001–2003 Cosenza
2003–2004 Fiorentina
2006–2007 AlbinoLeffe
2007–2009 Cremonese
2009–2011 AlbinoLeffe
2012 Novara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Emiliano Mondonico (born 9 March 1947) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a winger.

Club career[edit]

Mondonico grew up playing in the youth ranks of Rivoltana, an amateur team of his region; in 1966 he was signed by Cremonese, with whom he played one season in Serie D and one in Serie C. In 1968–69 he debuted in Serie A with Torino. After two seasons, he dropped to the second division to play with Monza (23 appearances and 7 goals) before he returned to the top flight in 1971–72 with Atalanta.

He ended his career after returning to Cremonese, with whom he played for seven seasons in Serie B and Serie C.

Managerial career[edit]


After two years as youth coach with Cremonese, he became the team's head coach in 1981, guiding the club to a top flight promotion in 1984.


Another promotion followed in 1988 with Atalanta, another team he had previously represented as a player, which he then successfully guided to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1988–89.


In 1990, he joined Torino, immediately guiding them to a Mitropa Cup title and fifth-place finish in the league during his first season with team, followed by a historic UEFA Cup final during the 1991–92 season, which was lost to AFC Ajax in a controversial game that became famous for Mondonico clearly lifting up a chair into the air in a sign of protest against the referee.[1] In 1993, he led Torino to victory in the Coppa Italia, in which they defeated Roma on the away goals rule after the two teams were tied at 5–5 on aggregate in the two-legged final.

In the first leg, Torino won 3–0 at home, thanks to an own goal by Silvano Benedetti, and a goal apiece by defenders Sandro Cois and Daniele Fortunato. In the second leg, Roma won 5–2 thanks to a hat-trick from Giuseppe Giannini, and goals from Ruggiero Rizzitelli and Siniša Mihajlović. However, two goals by Andrea Silenzi were enough to give Torino their fifth Coppa Italia title.


On 2004, he replaced Alberto Cavasin as the head coach of ACF Fiorentina, which had just been admitted to play Serie B directly from Serie C2 by the federation. Despite all of this, Mondonico managed to qualify in a two-legged promotion playoff, winning it against Perugia. Mondonico also led Fiorentina to Serie A, but was subsequently fired and replaced by Sergio Buso.

Albinoleffe and Cremonese[edit]

In January 2006, he accepted an offer from U.C. AlbinoLeffe, a minor Serie B team which was involved in a relegation battle, and second-last placed in the league at the time of his signing. Mondonico was able to lead AlbinoLeffe to qualify to a relegation playoff, winning it over Avellino. Mondonico was confirmed at the helm of AlbinoLeffe also for the 2006–07, leading the small club to a record 10th place in the Serie B. In June 2007 he left AlbinoLeffe to join Cremonese of Serie C1 in a somewhat surprise move, but was unable to guide his side back to Serie B after losing the promotion playoff finals to Cittadella. He then left the club by mutual consent, only to return to Cremonese in December 2008 to replace Ivo Iaconi; he subsequently resigned in March 2009 after a string of poor results.

On September 2009 he was appointed back at AlbinoLeffe to replace Armando Madonna.[2] He stepped down as head coach of AlbinoLeffe on 29 January 2011 due to "serious health issues", with his assistant Daniele Fortunato taking over on an interim basis.[3][4] Two days later, his club confirmed he had undergone abdominal surgery, expecting him to recover in a few weeks time.[5][6] On 15 February, after a full recovery, Mondonico officially returned to his coaching duties at AlbinoLeffe.[7][8] He guided AlbinoLeffe to narrowly escape relegation after defeating Piacenza in the playoffs, but on 13 June he held an emotional press conference to announce that the illness had returned during the final period of the season and that he was seriously considering stepping down as a consequence.[9] On 17 June 2011 Mondonico was confirmed to have resigned from AlbinoLeffe in order to focus solely on cancer treatment; he was replaced by his assistant Daniele Fortunato, who had already undertaken the first team coaching duties during his previous sick leave.[10][11] A few months later he announced to have overcome the cancer, and also stated to be ready to get back into work.


On 30 January 2012, Mondonico marked his Serie A comeback, replacing Attilio Tesser as head coach of Novara, who were last-placed in the Italian top flight and seven points shy of relegation safety after the first half of the season.[12] On 6 March 2012 he was sacked.[13]







  • Elio Corban; Pietro Serina (2007). Sesaab, ed. Cent'anni di Atalanta (in Italian). Bergamo. ISBN 978-88-903088-0-2. 


  1. ^ "Mondonico alza la sedia nel 1992" (in Italian). Bergamo News. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Emiliano Mondonico nuovo allenatore dell'AlbinoLeffe" (in Italian). UC AlbinoLeffe. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-28. [dead link]
  3. ^ "A Daniele Fortunato la conduzione tecnica della prima squadra" (in Italian). UC AlbinoLeffe. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mondonico choc: "Lascio per gravi motivi di salute. Ora lotterò"" (in Italian). La Stampa. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Operato Mondonico" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Perfettamente riuscita l'operazione a mister Mondonico" (in Italian). UC AlbinoLeffe. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mister Mondonico torna sulla panchina dell'AlbinoLeffe" (in Italian). UC AlbinoLeffe. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mondonico: "Se avessi voluto un fratello minore, lo avrei voluto come Daniele Fortunato"" (in Italian). UC AlbinoLeffe. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Mondonico in lacrime dopo la salvezza: "Non ho sconfitto il mio vero avversario"" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Daniele Fortunato nuovo allenatore dell'U.C. AlbinoLeffe" (in Italian). U.C. AlbinoLeffe. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mondonico deve curarsi Addio all'Albinoleffe" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "TESSER LASCIA IL NOVARA, IN ARRIVO MONDONICO". Novara Calcio (in Italian). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Caos Novara, Tesser torna in panchina Mondonico esonerato dopo 6 partite". Novara Calcio (in Italian). 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 

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