Gian Piero Gasperini

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Gian Piero Gasperini
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Gasperini while as Genoa manager in March 2008
Personal information
Full name Gian Piero Gasperini
Date of birth (1958-01-26) 26 January 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Grugliasco, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atalanta (manager)
Youth career
1967–1976 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Juventus 0 (0)
1977–1978Reggiana (loan) 16 (0)
1978–1983 Palermo 128 (0)
1983–1984 Cavese 34 (0)
1984–1985 Pistoiese 34 (0)
1985–1990 Pescara 160 (0)
1990–1991 Salernitana 35 (1)
1991–1993 Vis Pesaro 61 (0)
Total 468 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Crotone
2006–2010 Genoa
2011 Internazionale
2012–2013 Palermo
2013 Palermo
2013–2016 Genoa
2016– Atalanta
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gian Piero Gasperini (born 26 January 1958) is an Italian football manager and former player, who is currently the manager of Italian side Atalanta.

Playing career[edit]

Gasperini entered the Juventus youth system at the age of 9; during his stay at the youth system, he won an Allievi Nazionali championship and was in the Primavera squad, which included Paolo Rossi and Sergio Brio, that placed runner-up in 1976 behind Lazio.[2] After having played a handful of Coppa Italia matches with the first team, he was loaned to Reggiana and then sold to Serie B club Palermo in 1978. He stayed five seasons at Palermo, all in Serie B, but reached a Coppa Italia final in 1979, then lost to Juventus.

After two seasons with Cavese (Serie B) and Pistoiese (Serie C1), Gasperini moved to Pescara, where he finally gained his first opportunity to play in Serie A after the promotion in 1987. He made his Serie A debut in a home match against Pisa, ended in a 2–1 victory which featured a goal of his. In 1990, he left Pescara to join Salernitana, and retired in 1993 at the age of 35 after two seasons with Vis Pesaro.

Managerial career[edit]

Juventus (youth team)[edit]

In 1994 Gasperini returned to Juventus's youth system, this time as a coach.[3] He was initially coach of the Giovanissimi (U-14) for two years, followed by two other years with the Allievi (U-17). In 1998, he became the manager of the Primavera (U-20) squad.


In 2003, he left Juventus to become head coach of Serie C1 club Crotone, where he readily guided his team to promotion to Serie B via the play-offs. He stayed at Crotone for two more seasons in Serie B; he was sacked during the 2004–2005 season but appointed back soon later.


Gasperini with Genoa in 2008

From 2006 he was head coach of ambitious club Genoa, and led his side to a promotion to Serie A in his first season with the rossoblu. In the 2008–2009 season, Gasperini led Genoa to fifth place of Serie A, the highest placement for the team in 19 years, thus securing a UEFA Europa League spot, relaunching players like Diego Milito and Thiago Motta in a 3–4–3 formation and a particularly spectacular football style that was praised throughout Italy,[4] so much so that José Mourinho, manager of Serie A champions Internazionale, stated Gasperini was the coach who put him in greatest difficulty.[5] However, a poor start in the 2010–11 season, with 11 points in 10 games despite popular signings such as Luca Toni, Rafinha, Miguel Veloso and Kakha Kaladze, caused Gasperini's dismissal from his coaching post on 8 November.[6]


On 24 June 2011, Massimo Moratti confirmed that Gasperini would replace Leonardo as the manager of Internazionale.[7][8] However, on 21 September 2011, Gasperini was sacked after a dismal run of five winless games, including four defeats.[9]

Gasperini began his spell at Inter with a 2–1 loss against crosstown rivals Milan in the 2011 Supercoppa Italiana. In the first Serie A league game, Inter were then surprised by a caretaker-headed Palermo in a 4–3 defeat in Sicily, then followed by a scoreless home draw with Roma.

A 1–0 home defeat to Trabzonspor in the Champions League made matters worse, and Moratti sacked Gasperini after a shock 3–1 defeat to Serie A newcomers Novara.[10]


On 16 September 2012, Gasperini was announced as the new manager of Palermo, a former team of his as a player, taking over from Giuseppe Sannino.[11]

On 4 February 2013, he was dismissed from his post following a 2–1 loss at home to Atalanta.[12]

On 24 February 2013, Gasperini was rehired as the Palermo manager, replacing Alberto Malesani after three games in charge.[13] On 11 March 2013, Gasperini was again removed from the post, this time by Giuseppe Sannino.[14]

Return to Genoa[edit]

On 29 September 2013, Genoa announced to have rehired Gasperini after almost three years since his previous spell ended.[15]


On 14 June 2016, Gasperini was appointed manager of Atalanta.[16] In his first season in charge, Atalanta finished fourth and thus qualified to Europa League. On 26 May 2019, Atalanta finished third and qualified for the first time to UEFA Champions League. On 9 September Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was made an honorary citizen of Bergamo.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 10 November 2019
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Crotone 2003 2006 127 54 34 39 042.52
Genoa 2006 8 November 2010 186 80 46 60 043.01
Internazionale 24 June 2011 21 September 2011 5 0 1 4 000.00
Palermo 16 September 2012 4 February 2013 21 3 7 11 014.29
Palermo 24 February 2013 11 March 2013 2 0 1 1 000.00
Genoa 29 September 2013 14 June 2016 110 40 28 42 036.36
Atalanta 14 June 2016 Present 156 77 42 37 049.36
Total 607 254 159 194 041.85




  1. ^
  2. ^ (in Italian) A history of Gasperini's playing career
  3. ^ "Gasperini, ottimo settore giovanile Juve" (in Italian). Tuttosport. 5 December 2012.
  4. ^ Smyth, Rob (14 April 2009). "Genoa put a new slant on second-season syndrome". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Mourinho: "Gasperini è il meglio"" (in Italian). il 2 January 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Preziosi esonera Gasperini Al Genoa arriva Ballardini" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Moratti: "Gasperini, fully satisfied"". 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Inter Milan appoint Gian Piero Gasperini as new coach". BBC Sport. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  9. ^ "F.C. Internazionale announcement". F.C. Internazionale Milano. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  10. ^ "F.C. Internazionale announcement". FC Internazionale Milano. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  11. ^ "ESONERATO SANNINO, SQUADRA A GASPERINI" [SANNINO SACKED, TEAM GOES TO GASPERINI] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
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  13. ^ "ESONERATO MALESANI, RICHIAMATO GASPERINI" [MALESANI SACKED, GASPERINI RECALLED] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
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  15. ^ "Official: Genoa recall Gasperini". Football Italia. 29 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Official: Atalanta appoint Gasperini". Football Italia. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Gian Piero Gasperini Allenatore dell'anno" (in Italian).