Gianni Comandini

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Gianni Comandini
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-05-18) 18 May 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Cesena, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
A.C. Cesena
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Cesena 1 (0)
1996–1997 Montevarchi 28 (3)
1997–1999 Cesena 62 (20)
1999–2000 Vicenza 34 (20)
2000–2001 A.C. Milan 13 (2)
2001–2005 Atalanta 48 (7)
2004 Genoa (loan) 10 (1)
2005 Ternana (loan) 7 (1)
Total 203 (54)
National team
1998–2000 Italy U-21 19 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gianni Comandini (born 18 May 1977 in Cesena) is an Italian former footballer who played principally as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Comandini joined the youth academy of his hometown team A.C. Cesena, and made his full debut for them in Serie B during the 1995–96 championship. After appearing once during the season he transferred for a year to Serie C1 side Montevarchi, returning in 1997–98 to newly relegated Cesena. There he played regularly throughout the season, contributing to the team's promotion back to Serie B.

In 1998 Comandini signed to join Vicenza; the contract specified that he would first spend another season with Cesena, for whom he scored 14 times during the season. At Vicenza, he was the club's top scorer during the 1999–2000 season, his 20 goals contributing to the team's Serie B championship title and promotion to Serie A. At the season's close he was sold to A.C. Milan for around 20 billion lire.[citation needed]

During his first season in Serie A Comandini played in 13 games, scoring twice, both times in the 6–0 derby against Internazionale on 11 May 2001, in the 30th matchday of the 2000–01 season. He also scored in a 2000–01 UEFA Champions League qualifier against Dinamo Zagreb.[1]


In June 2001, Comandini was sold to Atalanta for 30 billion lire; teammate Luigi Sala for 7 billion lire.;[2] teammate Luca Saudati for 18 billion lire as part of Cristian Zenoni and Massimo Donati's deal to Milan.

He scored four times for Atalanta during 2001–02, and appeared in ten games during their 2003–04 campaign, before transferring to Serie B side Genoa in January 2004. He returned later that year to Atalanta, for whom he appeared twice in Serie A, before a January 2005 transfer to Ternana, where he made seven appearances.

In 2006, following persistent physical problems and at age 29, Comandini retired from professional football. He moved back to Cesena, where he opened a restaurant and played for the Polisportiva Force Vigne, an amateur side founded by his father Paolo in 1983 and affiliated to the Italian amateur sports federation Centro Sportivo Italiano.[3]

International career[edit]

Comandini was a member of the Italy Under 21 national side between 1998 and 2000, earning 19 caps and scoring 6 goals, usually playing as a second striker behind Nicola Ventola. Comandini represented Italy at the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, under manager Marco Tardelli, and was an important part of the team's successful campaign, as they won the tournament.[4]

The same year, being elegible for the under 23 side and having never appeared for the full Italian national side in a World Cup, he represented Italy at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney. He appeared in four games, including the quarter-final defeat to finalists Spain.[5][4]





Italy under-21


  1. ^ "Inter suffer setback against Helsingborg". 9 August 2000. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Pietro Serina (30 June 2001). "Comandini, Sala, Dabo: l' Atalanta si fa grande". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Calpietra, Alessio Gianni Comandini: "Ho lasciato il calcio perchè è un ambiente non sempre limpido", Tutto Mercato, 6 October 2006
  4. ^ a b "Nazionale in cifre: Commandini, Gianni". (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Player stats at Fifa official website