Gabriele Ambrosetti

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Gabriele Ambrosetti
Personal information
Full name Gabriele Ambrosetti
Date of birth (1973-08-07) 7 August 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Varese, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Varese 50 (11)
1993–1994 Brescia 34 (10)
1994–1995Venezia (loan) 18 (3)
1995–1996Vicenza (loan) 24 (3)
1996 Brescia 9 (2)
1996–1999 Vicenza 79 (15)
1999–2003 Chelsea 16 (0)
2000–2001Piacenza (loan) 14 (1)
2001Vicenza (loan) 11 (1)
2001–2002Piacenza (loan) 14 (0)
2003–2004 Piacenza 28 (1)
2004–2006 Pro Patria 41 (1)
Total 338 (48)
Teams managed
2016 Swansea City (Assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gabriele Ambrosetti (born 7 August 1973) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a winger.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Varese, Ambrosetti made his professional debut with his hometown club, and later played for several Italian sides, including Brescia, Venezia, and Vicenza.[1] He won the 1996–97 Coppa Italia at Vicenza, defeating Napoli 3–1 on aggregate in the final,[1][2] and in April 1998 played in a Cup Winners Cup semi-final against Chelsea, where his performances inspired the English Premier League club to sign him for £3.5 million in August 1999. He arrived as, according to his manager, Gianluca Vialli, the 'Italian Ryan Giggs', but struggled to live up to the tag and in four years made only a handful of appearances.[1] He made his Chelsea debut as a substitute on 21 August in a 1–0 home win against Aston Villa, replacing compatriot Gianfranco Zola for the last three minutes.[3] The only goal he scored for Chelsea was in a 5–0 win against Galatasaray in Istanbul, on 20 October 1999 during the UEFA Champions League Group Stage.[4] Ambrosetti also contributed one appearance to Chelsea's victorious 1999–2000 FA Cup campaign.[5] He spent his final seasons with Piacenza and Pro Patria, before retiring.[1]

Style of play[edit]

Capapble of playing both as a forward and as a midfielder, Ambrosetti was a quick and technically gifted winger, who was known for his pace, ability to get past players, and his powerful and accurate shot from distance.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2016 Ambrosetti joined the coaching staff of Swansea City under their newly appointed manager Francesco Guidolin, who had previously coached Ambrosetti at Vicenza.[6] When Guidolin was sacked, Ambrosetti also left the club.[7]




  1. ^ a b c d e Augusto De Bartolo (17 January 2011). "Che fine hanno fatto? Ambrosetti, dalla fascia al corridoio" (in Italian). Sky Sport. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  2. ^ "1996/97 Coppa Italia". Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Games played by Gabriele Ambrosetti in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  4. ^ Bradley, Mark (21 October 1999). "Flo inspires Chelsea exhibition". London: The Independent. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Games played by Gabriele Ambrosetti in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Ambrosetti joins Swans coaching staff". Swansea City A.F.C. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Swansea sack Francesco Guidolin and appoint Bob Bradley manager". BBC Sport. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.