Gian Piero Ventura

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Gian Piero Ventura
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Personal information
Full name Gian Piero Ventura[1]
Date of birth (1948-01-14) 14 January 1948 (age 69)
Place of birth Genoa, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Italy (manager)
Youth career
19??–19?? Sampdoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1969 Sampdoria 0 (0)
1969–1970 Sestrese 29 (0)
1970–1974 Enna ? (?)
1974–1976 Sanremese ? (?)
1976–1978 Novese ? (?)
Teams managed
1976–1979 Sampdoria (youth team)
1979–1981 Sampdoria (assistant coach)
1981–1982 Ruentes Rapallo
1982–1986 Entella
1986–1987 Spezia
1987–1989 Centese
1989–1992 Pistoiese
1992–1993 Giarre
1993–1995 Venezia
1995–1997 Lecce
1997–1999 Cagliari
1999–2000 Sampdoria
2001–2002 Udinese
2002–2004 Cagliari
2004–2005 Napoli
2005–2006 Messina
2006–2007 Verona
2007–2009 Pisa
2009–2011 Bari
2011–2016 Torino
2016– Italy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gian Piero Ventura (born 14 January 1948) is an Italian football manager in charge of the Italian national team and former football player.

Early years[edit]

Giampiero Ventura at Sanremese in 1974–75 season

Ventura grew up playing in the Sampdoria youth system. Unable to land a place in the first team, he played almost exclusively in Serie D, with the exception of the 1970–71 season in Serie C with USD Enna,[2] with whom he made nine appearances.[3]

Managerial career[edit]

Experiences around Italy[edit]

He began his career as a coach in the blucerchiati 's youth system, then becoming an assistant coach in 1979; he then left Sampdoria in 1981 to pursue a head coaching career, starting from several amateur teams from Liguria. In 1985, he achieved his first promotion to a professional league with Albenga and Entella.

In 1987, he became head coach of Spezia in the Serie C1, but did not complete the season. Two poor seasons with Centese, characterized by a sacking, a reappointment and finally a relegation to Serie C2, were followed by a three-year tenure as A.C. Pistoiese boss in the Interregionale, ended with a promotion to Serie C2 in his second season and a fourth place in the third. In 1993, he became head coach of Sicilian Serie C1 team Giarre, where he achieved a very impressive fourth place, that is still the best result ever achieved by the club as of today. In 1993, he was appointed by Maurizio Zamparini to coach Venezia of Serie B: in his first season, Ventura obtained a good sixth place; this was not followed by an improvement in results in his second season, ended with a sacking.

In 1995 Ventura returned to Serie C1 at the helm of Lecce, which he led to two consecutive promotions up to Serie A. In 1997, he joined Cagliari, which he led to a quick return to Serie A. In 1998–99 he finally made his personal Serie A debut, leading Cagliari to a 12th place. During the 1999–00 season, he agreed a return at Sampdoria, this time as head coach, but missed promotion to Serie A ending the season in fifth place.

After a year without a team, Ventura returned coaching during the 2001–02 season, this time at Udinese, obtaining just an unimpressive 14th place. From 2002 to 2004 he returned at Cagliari: a good ninth place in his first season was however followed by a sacking during the next one. In 2004–05 he was appointed at the helm of refounded team Napoli, with the goal to achieve immediate promotion to Serie B: however, Ventura did not manage to guide the team to the very top table positions, and he was later fired and replaced with Edoardo Reja. He returned coaching a Serie A club during the 2005–06 season, when he replaced Bortolo Mutti at the helm of Messina in an unsuccessful attempt to escape from relegation. In December 2006 he was called by Verona to replace Massimo Ficcadenti; despite a clear improvement in results his club, which was in the bottom of the table at Ventura's appointment time, did not manage to avoid playing a relegation playoff, losing it to Spezia.

Later on June 2007, Ventura was announced as new head coach of newly promoted Serie B club Pisa.

After an impressive first season with Pisa, ended with Pisa unexpectedly playing in the promotion playoffs (then being eliminated by Lecce, who later defeated AlbinoLeffe to win promotion in the top flight), a club takeover from Rome-based entrepreneur Luca Pomponi raised rumours about his possible replacement with Alessandro Costacurta. He was later confirmed by the new property after Costacurta declined interest in the managerial position, only to be sacked on April 2009 following a string of unimpressive results.[4][5]

Bari[edit]

On June 26, 2009 Ventura was signed to manage Bari, replacing Antonio Conte.[6] In the 2009–10, Ventura's Bari was one of the revelations of the season,[7] combining attractive football and positive results, finishing in 10th place on 50 points (a record in Serie A for the Pugliese). Ventura would also launch the careers of young talents Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Ranocchia, who at the end of the season would become part of the Italian national team.

The 2010–11 campaign saw Ventura confirmed as head coach. Due to a poor transfer market and a rash of injuries, Bari sat in last place at the midway point of the season. Bari did however win the Derby di Puglia against U.S. Lecce on 6 January 2011, thanks to a goal from loan signing Stefano Okaka. On 10 February 2011, with Bari sitting last in the table, with only one win in four months and 9 points from safety, Ventura agreed to part company with the club and was replaced by Bortolo Mutti.[8]

Torino[edit]

On 6 June 2011 Ventura was announced as the new manager of Torino ahead of the 2011–12 season,[9] signing an annual contract. Ventura revolutionised the team with the arrival of several new players and launching the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Kamil Glik and Matteo Darmian. He secured promotion during the 2011–12 season on 20 May 2012, with a round to spare, with a 2–0 victory against Modena at home.

In the 2012–13 season he led Torino to 16th place in the top flight; securing safety from relegation on 12 May 2013, after a 1–1 draw away to Chievo. It would also see the arrival of Jean-François Gillet, Alessandro Gazzi and Alessio Cerci, Ventura's former pupils at Bari and Pisa. On 6 February 2014, he renewed his contract with Torino until 2016.[10]

In the 2013–14 season Ventura led Torino to 7th place in Serie A and the qualifying rounds of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. It was also his personal best season for points secured in Serie A (57).

On 22 February 2015 he celebrated his 100th game on the bench of Torino in Serie A, seizing a 1–1 draw against Fiorentina in Florence. Four days later, he obtained a historic victory in the round of 32 of the Europa League by beating Athletic Bilbao 3–2 in Spain, qualifying Torino for the next round: no Italian team had ever won at Bilbao. On 26 April 2015 he secured a 2–1 victory against Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin, handing Torino their first victory in the derby in 20 years.[11]

On 16 November 2015 his contract with Torino was renewed until 30 June 2018.[12] On 16 December, he set a new record for consecutive appearances as manager of Torino, overtaking Luigi Radice, with 194 appearances.[13] On 25 May 2016, after five years in charge of the Granata, and having closed the 2015–16 season in 12th place, he terminated his contract by mutual consent with Torino.[14]

Italy[edit]

On 7 June 2016, Ventura was named replacement for Antonio Conte of the Italy national team, and assumed his position after the UEFA Euro 2016 on 18 July,[15] signing a two-year deal with the Italian Football Federation.[16] On 1 September 2016, Ventura made his debut as Italy manager in a 3–1 home defeat to France.[17] Ventura won his first competitive match in charge of Italy four days later, in the team's opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tie away to Israel 3–1.[18]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 28 March 2017
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Napoli Italy 2004 2005 34 17 10 7 50.00
Messina Italy 2006 2006 6 1 0 5 16.67
Hellas Verona Italy 2006 2007 26 10 8 8 38.46
Pisa Italy 2007 2009 81 31 24 26 38.27
Bari Italy 27 June 2009 10 February 2010 66 18 16 32 27.27
Torino Italy 6 June 2011 25 May 2016 216 85 64 67 39.35
Italy Italy 18 July 2016 Present 8 5 2 1 62.50
Total 427 167 124 136 39.11

Honours[edit]

Lecce
Entella
Pistoiese

References[edit]

  1. ^ Che tempo che - Gian Piero Ventura (in Italian). 23 October 2016. Event occurs at 7 minutes, 20 seconds. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  2. ^ https://ussanremesecalcio.wordpress.com/2007/04/20/giocatore-ventura-giampiero/
  3. ^ Almanacco illustrato del calcio 1972, edizioni Panini, page. 268
  4. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE: LA SOCIETÀ NERAZZURRA SOLLEVA DALL'INCARICO IL TECNICO GIAMPIERO VENTURA" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2009-04-19. [dead link]
  5. ^ Mogavero, Massimiliano (19 April 2009). "UFFICIALE: Pisa, esonerato Ventura" (in Italian). Tuttomercatoweb.com. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ventura tritt bei Bari die Nachfolge von Conte an" (in German). Sport.t-online.de. 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2010/01/30/rossi-tiene-alta-la-concentrazione-bari-rivelazione.html
  8. ^ "Bari-Ventura: separazione consensuale" (in Italian). AS Bari. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ventura è il nuovo allenatore del Toro" (in Italian). Torino FC. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Toro, Ventura sino al 2016. L'annuncio a breve". tuttocalciomercatoitalia.com. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.lastampa.it/2015/04/26/sport/calcio/qui-toro/il-toro-fa-suo-il-derby-dopo-anni-PWOkFvffwasOJmkg3cUYjP/pagina.html
  12. ^ http://m.tuttomercatoweb.com/serie-a/ufficiale-torino-ventura-e-petrachi-hanno-rinnovato-fino-al-2018-754973
  13. ^ http://m.tuttomercatoweb.com/altre-notizie/torino-record-di-panchine-per-ventura-766198
  14. ^ "Official: Miha in, Ventura out at Torino". Football Italia. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  15. ^ http://www.figc.it/it/204/2532817/2016/06/News.shtml
  16. ^ "Official: Ventura new Italy CT". Football Italia. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Donnarumma: 'Indescribable!'". Football Italia. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Israel 1 Italy 3: Immobile seals points for Ventura's 10 men". Yahoo.com. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 

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