Giuliano Giannichedda

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Giuliano Giannichedda
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-09-21) 21 September 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Pontecorvo, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1991–1992 Pontecorvo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Sora 64 (2)
1995–2001 Udinese 151 (2)
2001–2005 Lazio 107 (1)
2005–2007 Juventus 35 (0)
2007–2008 Livorno 8 (0)
Total 301 (3)
National team
1997 Italy Olympic 4 (0)
1999 Italy 3 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Italy U20 (assistant)
2014–2016 Italy U17 (assistant)
2016–2017 Racing Roma
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Giuliano Giannichedda (born 21 September 1974) is an Italian professional football manager, and former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

He appeared in 281 Serie A games over the course of twelve seasons (three goals scored), mainly in representation of Udinese and Lazio.

Club career[edit]

Born in Pontecorvo, Frosinone, Giannichedda started his senior career with A.S. Sora Calcio 1907 in the fourth division, promoting to the third level at the end of the second of his three years. In the 1995 summer, he moved straight to the Serie A with Udinese Calcio, playing an average of 30 league games during his last four seasons at the Stadio Friuli;[1] in 2000, he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup.[2]

Giannichedda signed with S.S. Lazio for the 2001–02 campaign. He was regularly played as a starter during his four-year spell,[1] winning the 2004 edition of the Coppa Italia.[3]

In 2005 summer, Giannichedda left Rome and joined Juventus FC, where he struggled for playing time under manager Fabio Capello, often being deployed as a substitute along with Manuele Blasi behind starters Emerson and Patrick Vieira. He only made 24 overall appearances in his first year,[1] winning the league title;[4] the team was stripped of the accolade, however, due to the club's involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal[5] and, as a result, was also relegated.

Giannichedda stayed with Juve for 2006–07, nonetheless. In that season, where the Serie B championship was conquered,[1] he was coached by one of his idols, Didier Deschamps.[6]

Giannichedda retired in June 2008 at nearly 34 years of age, after one unassuming campaign with A.S. Livorno Calcio, featuring in less than a quarter of the matches and suffering top flight relegation.[7]

International career[edit]

Giannichedda gained three caps for Italy in 1999, under manager Dino Zoff. His debut came on 31 March, in a 1–1 home draw against Belarus for the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifiers.[8]

Giannichedda also represented the country at under-23 level in the 1997 Mediterranean Games, which were held on home soil, winning the gold medal.[9]

Style of play[edit]

An aggressive, hard-working and hard-tackling holding midfielder, who also possessed good technique, Giannichedda was known for his tendency to commit fouls frequently and pick up cards. In addition to his tenacious ball-winning abilities, he was also known for his tactical intelligence, powerful shot and ability to start attacking plays after winning back possession.[1][6]


In May 2011, he was awarded a director of football licence and, in July 2013, started acted as assistant to Alberigo Evani at the Italian under-20s; the following year, he obtained a UEFA Pro Licence.[10]

Giannichedda was appointed as manager for Racing Roma in July 2016.[11] But on 3 April 2017 it was announced by Racing Roma, that Giannichedda suddenly had said to them that he wanted to stop, so the club was forced to fire him. It was a rather strange situation, because he, following the club, didn't say goodbye to anyone but disappeared into the blue.[12]







  1. ^ a b c d e Stefano Bedeschi (19 September 2015). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Giuliano Giannichedda" [The heroes in black-and-white: Giuliano Giannichedda] (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Intertoto – Udinese, qualificazione Uefa con brivido" [Intertoto – Udinese, bumpy Uefa qualification] (in Italian). Il Tirreno. 23 August 2000. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Marco Anselmi (14 April 2013). "Giannichedda a CM: 'Juve quasi scudettata. Lazio, Champions difficile'" [Giannichedda to CM: 'Juve have almost won the scudetto. Lazio, Champions will be difficult'] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Giannichedda: "Lo scudetto 2006 è della Juve. Abbiamo sudato per vincerlo"" [Giannichedda: "The 2006 scudetto title belongs to Juve. Our sweat went into winning it"]. Tutto Juve. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  5. ^ ""Giannichedda mai all'Inter"" ["Giannichedda will never go to Inter"] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Meroi Massimo (4 December 1997). "all' Udinese come Giannichedda non c' e' nessuno" [There's no-one like Giannichedda at Udinese] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Giannichedda: Livorno la piazza giusta" [Giannichedda: Livorno the right place] (in Italian). Livorno Calcio. 1 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Passo falso degli azzurri" [False start for the blues] (in Italian). Rai Sport. 31 March 1999. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Italia-Turchia 5–1" [Italy-Turkey 5–1] (in Italian). Rai Sport. 25 June 1997. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Gli abilitati del corso Master UEFA Pro 2013–2014" [The qualified from Master UEFA Pro course 2013–2014] (in Italian). Settore Tecnico FIGC. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Racing Roma, panchina a Giuliano Giannichedda‚, 15 July 2016
  12. ^ Il misterioso caso di Giannichedda, si dimette e poi sparisce‚, 5 April 2017
  13. ^ "G. Giannichedda – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 

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