Giacomo Modica

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Giacomo Modica
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-05-31) May 31, 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Mazara del Vallo, Italy
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Manager (former midfielder)
Club information
Current team
Mazara (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Palermo 20 (1)
1984–1985 Turris 26 (4)
1985–1988 Licata 87 (11)
1988–1990 Messina 72 (2)
1990–1992 Palermo 63 (11)
1992–1994 Padova 44 (3)
1994–1995 Acireale 61 (6)
1995–1996 Ancona 29 (2)
1996–1998 Ternana 58 (6)
1998–1999 Atletico Catania 27 (2)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Cosenza F.C.[1]
2006–2007 Melfi
2007–2011 Celano
2012 Lecco
2016 L'Aquila
2016– Mazara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2012.

Giacomo Modica (born May 31, 1964 in Mazara del Vallo) is an Italian football manager and former midfielder. Formerly a technical collaborator for Zdeněk Zeman, he is currently working as head coach of hometown club Mazara.


As manager[edit]

After a playing career spent with several Serie B and Serie C1 teams, most notably Palermo and Padova, he moved into coaching, working as Zdenek Zeman's assistant for six years (even following him at Fenerbahçe) before becoming a head coach himself.[2] In 2004 he worked for Serie D team A.S. Cosenza F.C. with little fortune;[3] he then worked for Serie C2 teams Melfi in 2006 and Celano the following year, leading the latter to an impressive season and a spot in the promotion playoffs.

He agreed a one-year extension to his contract with Celano on July 2010.[4] He left the club at the end of the 2010–11 season, the club citing excessive wage demands as the main reason behind the decision.[5]

On 17 January 2012 he was appointed new head coach of last-placed Lega Pro Seconda Divisione club Lecco in place of dismissed predecessor Maurizio Pellegrino.[6] He avoided direct relegation but eventually failed to keep the club into professionalism after losing a playoff to Mantova, and left the club by the end of the season to reunite with Zdeněk Zeman at Roma, where he will work as technical collaborator for the 2012–13 season.[7][8] After Zeman's dismissal as head coach, he left Roma too, and re-joined his mentor in July 2014 as technical collaborator of Cagliari.[9]

In April 2016 he was named as new head coach of Lega Pro club L'Aquila in place of Carlo Perrone,[10] only to be dismissed himself after less than a month in charge.[11]

On 1 September 2016, Modica was announced as the new head coach of hometown club Mazara, in what was his first time with the club from his native city, as well as his first time in charge of a club in Eccellenza (second-highest level of amateur football in Italy).[12]


  1. ^ "Solo guai a Cosenza Si cerca la fusione". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 29 October 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Modica, da Zeman al Melfi con la stessa missione" (in Italian). 2006-07-30. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Solo guai a Cosenza Si cerca la fusione". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 29 October 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "STAGIONE 2010-2011: IL CELANO PUNTA ANCORA SU MODICA SQUADRA IN RITIRO DAL 16 LUGLIO" (in Italian). Celano FC Olimpia. 2010-07-12. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Rivoluzione a Lecco, salta Pellegrino Panchina a Modica". Il Giorno. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Calcio: Modica con Zeman Il sogno Roma in serie A" (in Italian). La Provincia di Lecco. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Roma confirm Zeman appointment". ESPN Soccernet. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Zeman nuovo allenatore del Cagliari" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "L'Aquila calcio, Giacomo Modica è il nuovo allenatore" (in Italian). Il Capoluogo. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Lega Pro L'Aquila, via Modica: in panchina torna Perrone" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport - Stadio. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "MISTER GIACOMO MODICA SOSTITUISCE PENSABENE ALLA GUIDA TECNICA DEL MAZARA" (in Italian). Vivi Mazara. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 

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