Francesco Mancini (footballer)

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Francesco Mancini
Personal information
Full name Francesco Mancini
Date of birth (1968-10-10)10 October 1968
Place of birth Matera, Italy
Date of death 30 March 2012(2012-03-30) (aged 43)
Place of death Pescara, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1984–1985 Matera
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Matera 57 (0)
1987 Bisceglie 0 (0)
1987–1997 Foggia 235 (0)
1995–1996 Lazio (loan) 6 (0)
1997–2000 Bari 95 (0)
2000–2003 Napoli 82 (0)
2003–2004 Pisa 38 (0)
2005 Sambenedettese 14 (0)
2005–2006 Teramo 32 (0)
2006–2007 Salernitana 18 (0)
2007–2008 Martina Franca 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francesco Mancini (10 October 1968 – 30 March 2012) was an Italian football goalkeeper and coach, best known for his association with Foggia during the 1990s.

Football career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mancini started his career at hometown club Matera in 1985. He later played for Bisceglie in 1987.


Mancini joined Foggia in 1987 and remained with the club for a decade. He helped the club achieve Serie A promotion under manager Zdeněk Zeman, winning the 1990–91 Serie B title.

He played 2 Serie B games for Foggia in the 1995–96 season, before leaving on loan for S.S. Lazio in November 1995.

He returned to Foggia in the summer of 1996 and played another Serie B season with the club.


In summer 1997, he joined A.S. Bari of Serie A, where he played 95 games in three Serie A seasons.


In October 2000, he transferred to S.S.C. Napoli of Serie A, to replace young keeper Ferdinando Coppola who had been sold to Bologna. His first choice place was lost to new signing Alberto Fontana in January 2001, however. He regained his first choice spot following Napoli's relegation to Serie B. In the 2002–03 season, despite the presence of backup goalkeeper Marco Storari and subsequently Emanuele Manitta, he still made 27 appearances at age of 35.

Late career[edit]

In summer 2003, he joined Pisa of Serie C1 as Napoli choose to sign Manitta permanently.

In January 2005, he transferred to Sambenedettese of Serie C1, in exchange for Domenico Di Dio.

He then played for Teramo, Salernitana and A.C. Martina, all in Serie C1.

Post-playing career[edit]

During the 2009–10 season, he worked as the goalkeeping coach and the assistant coach of Manfredonia, who were playing in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione league.

On July 2010 he was appointed the new goalkeeping coach of his former club Foggia, where he worked as part of the backroom staff of his mentor Zdeněk Zeman. Later on, in July 2011, he followed Zeman to Serie B club Pescara.[1]


On 30 March 2012, 43-year-old Mancini was found dead at his Pescara home by his wife after suffering a sudden heart attack.[2]




  1. ^ "Pescara, ecco lo staff tecnico di Zdenek Zeman" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Addio a Franco Mancini, parò per Foggia e Napoli" [Farewell to Franco Mancini, goalkeeper at Foggia and Napoli] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 

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