Luciano Zauri

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Luciano Zauri
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-01-20) 20 January 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Pescina, L'Aquila, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Full-back
Club information
Current team
Pescara (head coach)
Youth career
1994–1996 Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Atalanta 153 (2)
1997–1998Chievo (loan) 24 (0)
2003–2013 Lazio 139 (4)
2008–2009Fiorentina (loan) 18 (1)
2009–2011Sampdoria (loan) 59 (0)
2013–2014 Pescara 24 (0)
Total 417 (7)
National team
1995 Italy U17 6 (0)
1995–1996 Italy U18 9 (0)
2001–2006 Italy 5 (0)
Teams managed
2019– Pescara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 2009

Luciano Zauri (Italian pronunciation: [luˈtʃaːno dˈdzauri]; born 20 January 1978) is a retired Italian footballer who was a defender or midfielder on either flank. He is currently in charge as head coach of Serie B club Pescara.

Club career[edit]

Atalanta[edit]

Zauri made his debut in Serie A in the 1996–97 season with Atalanta in a 4–0 loss at home to Roma.

He spent the following season with Chievo Verona before returning to Bergamo with Atalanta in the 1998–99 season. Zauri then spent the following five seasons with Atalanta, three of which were in Serie A and two in Serie B.

Lazio[edit]

In 2003, following Atalanta's relegation, Zauri, along with teammate Ousmane Dabo, was sold to Lazio,[1] Lazio paid €5.65 million to acquire Zauri.[2] With Lazio, Zauri won the 2003–04 edition of the Coppa Italia.

He became a regular at Lazio and evolved into a leader on the pitch. In January 2007, following the sale of World Cup winner and captain Massimo Oddo to Milan, Zauri was chosen as the new captain.

Zauri played a pivotal role in helping the club reach the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and scored his first goal in the competition in the 1–1 draw to Olympiacos. His contract with Lazio expired in the summer of 2007, and then he was offered a new 5-year contract and eventually re-signed with the club.

In the summer of 2008, he was loaned to Fiorentina with the option to buy out the player.[3] He played all 10 European matches for Viola.

Sampdoria[edit]

On 10 July 2009, Zauri moved to Sampdoria on a loan deal with the option to buy out the player.[4] He played in the right-back position ahead Marius Stankevičius but sometimes moved to left-back, likes the 0–2 lost to ACF Fiorentina in September, ahead Reto Ziegler as left-back and Stankevičius as starting right-back.

Zauri returned to Lazio on 1 July 2010 and played a few friendlies for the club, as full-back Aleksandar Kolarov was sold. Sampdora loaned him in again on 19 August.[5] As a consequence Marius Stankevičius was loaned to Valencia from Genoa.

International career[edit]

Zauri has made five appearances with the Italian national team. He made his Azzurri debut on 5 September 2001 against Morocco. He then played the first match after the 2002 FIFA World Cup, a friendly match against Slovenia. He also played twice at UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches as a starter in October 2002. However, after he played the friendly match against Turkey on 20 November 2002, he never played for Azzurri again, although he was called up to the first match after the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a friendly match against Croatia, by new coach Roberto Donadoni.[6][7]

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement, Zauri entered into coaching as assistant to Massimo Oddo at Pescara. After Oddo's dismissal from the club in February 2017, he served as caretaker manager for three days as the club searched for a replacement, without taking charge of any games during this period. He left Pescara on 17 February 2017, following the appointment of Zdeněk Zeman as new head coach.[8]

He successively returned to Pescara, serving as Under-19 coach in the 2018–19 season. On 5 June 2019, Zauri was announced to have been promoted as the new head coach of Pescara, taking over from Giuseppe Pillon.[9]

Honours[edit]

Lazio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lazio pounce for Atalanta pair". UEFA.com. 18 July 2003. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Lazio annual Report 2005-06" (in Italian).
  3. ^ "Zauri leaves Lazio for Fiorentina". UEFA.com. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Ufficiale: Luciano Zauri alla Sampdoria a titolo temporaneo" (in Italian). sampdoria.it. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 13 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Ora è ufficiale: Luciano Zauri torna alla Sampdoria". UC Sampdoria (in Italian). 19 August 2010. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Donadoni names new-look Italy". UEFA.com. 12 August 2006. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006.
  7. ^ "Zauri, Luciano" (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Sollevato dall'incarico Luciano Zauri" (in Italian). Delfino Pescara 1936. 17 February 2017. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Ufficiale, Luciano Zauri è il nuovo allenatore del Pescara" (in Italian). Il Pescara. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.

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