Luciano Chiarugi

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Luciano Chiarugi
Chiaruti, Sabadini, Rivera en Benetti (1974).jpg
Chiarugi, Sabadini, Rivera and Benetti (1974)
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-01-13) January 13, 1947 (age 68)
Place of birth Ponsacco, Italy
Playing position Manager (former striker)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1972 Fiorentina 139 (33)
1972–1976 AC Milan 104 (37)
1976–1978 Napoli 42 (7)
1978–1979 Sampdoria 30 (5)
1979–1980 Bologna 13 (3)
1980–1982 Rimini 13 (1)
1982–1983 Rondinella ? (?)
1983–1985 Massese 38 (9)
National team
1969–1974 Italy 3 (0)
Teams managed
1993 Fiorentina (caretaker)
2001 Fiorentina (caretaker)
2002 Fiorentina (caretaker)
2007–2008 Poggibonsi

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Luciano Chiarugi (Italian pronunciation: [luˈtʃano kjaˈrudʒi]; born January 13, 1947 in Ponsacco, Province of Pisa) is an Italian football manager and former player.



Chiarugi started his career with ACF Fiorentina, being part of the lineup that won the 1968–69 Serie A title. After seven seasons with the viola, Chiarugi moved to AC Milan in 1972, being instrumental to the rossoneri triumph in the 1972–73 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, won thanks to a goal by him in the final match against Leeds United.

In 1976 he was sold to Napoli in an exchange bid with Giorgio Braglia. He played two seasons with the azzurri, winning a Coppa Italia and an Anglo-Italian Cup. He played for Serie B team Sampdoria in 1978–79, and then back to Serie A with Bologna the following season. After spells with minor league teams Rimini, Rondinella and Massese, Chiarugi retired from football in 1986.

Known in Italian football for his impetuous nature which gained him the nickname Cavallo Pazzo (Crazy Horse), he was also popularly considered as a diver, causing the Italian media to create the Italian neologism chiarugismo, a synonym of "football diving", after his name.

He also gained three caps for the Italy national football team, marking his debut on November 22, 1969 in a 3–0 win to East Germany.[1]


After his retirement as a player in 1986, Chiarugi joined Fiorentina youth team coaching staff. In his career, he served as Fiorentina caretaker coach three times. Late in the 1992–93 season, Chiarugi (jointly with Giancarlo Antognoni) replaced Aldo Agroppi with little fortune, as he did not manage to save them from relegating to Serie B after 54 consecutive seasons in the top flight.[2] On February 2001, following the dismissal of Fatih Terim, Chiarugi was installed as caretaker coach for a single match, a 2–1 loss to Bari,[3] before the appointment of Roberto Mancini. Chiarugi was appointed again as caretaker coach during the dramatic 2001–02 season ended with relegation to Serie B and the successive club cancellation due to financial troubles.[2]

On November 14, 2007 he was announced as new head coach of Tuscan Serie C2 side Poggibonsi.[4] He was sacked on September 2008 due to poor results.[5]


  1. ^ "CHIARUGI LUCIANO. Convocazioni e presenze in campo" (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b "La Storia della Fiorentina" (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 2006-01-23. Retrieved 2007-10-28. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Il Bari beffa la Fiorentina, il dopo Terim parte male" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 2001-03-04. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  4. ^ "UFFICIALE: il Poggibonsi sceglie Chiarugi" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Poggibonsi Esonerato Luciano Chiarugi" (in Italian). Yahoo! Eurosport Italia. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-11-12. [dead link]