|Full name||Manuel Coppola|
|Date of birth||11 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2004||→ Brindisi (loan)||11||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ Torino (loan)||17||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Lecce (loan)||14||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Empoli (loan)||31||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2015.
Born in Rome, Lazio, Coppola started his professional career at Tivoli. In January 2004 he was signed by Messina, but spent the remainder of the season in Brindisi. In July 2004 he was exchanged with Marco Zoro, who already on loan at Messina. Messina also retained the 50% registration rights.
In June 2005, Messina bought back Coppola and loaned him to Genoa. Coppola won promotion back to Serie B in 2006. In mid-2006 Coppola joined Genoa outright for undisclosed fee, while Messina got Antonio Ghomsi for free, Daniele De Vezze and Massimo Minetti. He won promotion to Serie A in 2006–07 Serie B. Coppola did not included in the club plan for the 2007–08 Serie A, which he only played once.
In January 2008, he moved to another Serie A club Siena in temporary deal, with option to buy half of the registration rights. In June 2008 Siena excised the option for €1.5 million. In July 2008 Siena also signed Abdelkader Ghezzal (for €3.5 million, Genoa bought him for €2M in June) and bought back Fernando Forestieri for €4.5 million in June (was €1.7 million a year before). The deals effectively made Siena paid Genoa €500,000 cash and 50% registration rights of Forestieri to acquire 50% registration rights of Coppola and Ghezzal from Genoa and Genoa paid Crotone €2M cash for Ghezzal .
Coppola only able to play 15 games in 2008–09 Serie A. In June 2009 Siena signed Coppola outright for another €1.5 million and also signed Gianluca Pegolo for €1 million (a year before a free agent). Co-currently, Siena sold Houssine Kharja to Genoa for €6.5 million. The deals, again effectively made Genoa acquired Kharja for €4 million cash plus 50% registration rights of Coppola and Pegolo. However Coppola was involved in another player swap.
Coppola moved to Parma on 1 July 2009 for €3 million (plus €250,000 other fee), in 5-year contract. In June 2009 Parma also signed Daniele Galloppa (in co-ownership for €5M); Parma sold Francesco Parravicini (€2.5M ) and Reginaldo (50% rights for €2.5 million) to Siena in June. The deals, again effectively made Parma acquired 50% registration rights of Galloppa and full rights of Coppola for €3 million cash plus full rights of Parravicini and 50% registration rights of Reginaldo from Siena. (In 2011 Parma gave Ângelo to Siena for €2.5M, who a year before a free agent, and another 50% of Reginaldo to Siena for €2.5M, to acquire the remain 50% of Galloppa for €5M)
After not played for Parma in the first two games, On 28 August 2009, Coppola was loaned to Torino along with Julio César de León for free. Parma also signed Nicola Amoruso from Turin on the same day also for free. However Torino also received €250,000 as premi di valorizzazione for León's deal.
In summer 2010 Coppola left for U.S. Lecce in temporary deal for €400,000, however the loan contract also included a bonus deal that Parma paid Lecce €600,000 as premi di valorizzazione, effectively made Parma had to subsidy the loan deal for €200,000 cash.
In June 2012, he returned to Siena from Parma in co-ownership deal, however it was a financial success only.[nb 1]
Coppola wore no.5 shirt for Siena, however, Coppola again failed to adapt Serie A football even Siena was struggling in the bottom.
In January 2013 he left for A.C. Cesena in temporary deal; the deal was extended on 4 July 2013. In June 2014 the co-ownership between Siena and Parma on Coppola was renewed again. On 15 July 2014 Siena officially expelled from Serie B due to financial difficulties, thus Coppola became a free agent. On 23 July 2014 Coppola signed a 1-year contract with Serie A newcomer Cesena.
- The club swapped Coppola (€1.6M), Alberto Galuppo (€1.7M) and Abdou Doumbia (€0.5M) with Andrea Rossi (€1.8M), Alessandro Iacobucci (€1.7M) and Giuseppe Pacini (€0.5M), all in co-ownership deal. However none of the Parma new signing actually plays for the club and neither Galuppo and Doumbia did, for Siena. Coppola himself left Siena on 24 January 2013, to Cesena. However in accounting, Siena received a notional selling profit on Rossi (€3,592,198), Iacobucci (€3,394,779), Pacini (€1M) as well as on Parma side (selling profit on Coppola (€1,311,000), Doumbia (€968,800) and Galuppo (€2.4 million)). Moreover, despite Parma paid €200,000 cash to Siena in June, in July Siena signed Paolo Hernán Dellafiore for €1.8M in co-ownership deal and sold Gonçalo Brandão to Parma for €1.6M also in co-ownership deal, made the deals were purely player swap in summer transfer window, as well as the increase in company asset as player selling profit was in fact increase in cost on purchase players, which would increase the amortization expense in the future seasons. (player contract was capitalized as a capital: intangible assets)
- Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 30 June 2007 (Italian)
- "MERCATO: Coppola e Kharja al Siena" (in Italian). AC Siena. 31 January 2008. Archived from the original on 3 February 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 30 June 2008 (Italian)
- Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2008 (Italian)
- AC Siena SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2010, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (Italian)
- Parma FC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2010 (Italian)
- Parma FC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2019 (Italian)
- Parma FC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
- "Coppola e Leon al Toro" (in Italian). Torino FC. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- Parma FC Spa Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
- AC Siena SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
- "Coppola in prestito al Cesena" (in Italian). AC Siena. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
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- "Scelti i numeri di maglia" (in Italian). AC Siena. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
- "Manuel Coppola ritorna in bianconero" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- "Manuel Coppola è un giocatore del Cesena" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- Manuel Coppola at tuttocalciatori.net