Maurizio Sarri

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Maurizio Sarri
Sarri 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Maurizio Sarri
Date of birth (1959-01-10) 10 January 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1,85
Club information
Current team
Napoli (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
1990–1991 Stia
1991–1993 Faellese
1993–1996 Cavriglia
1996–1998 Antella
1998–1999 Valdema
1999–2000 Tegoleto
2000–2003 Sansovino
2003–2005 Sangiovannese
2005–2006 Pescara
2006–2007 Arezzo
2007 Avellino
2008 Verona
2008–2009 Perugia
2010 Grosseto
2010–2011 Alessandria
2011 Sorrento
2012–2015 Empoli
2015– Napoli

Maurizio Sarri (Italian pronunciation: [mauˈrittsjo ˈsarri]; born 10 January 1959) is an Italian professional football manager who is currently the manager of Napoli.


Son of workers from Tuscany, the father worked at the Italsider in Bagnoli, a district of Naples. Raised in Figline Valdarno, in the province of Florence, he divided his time between the role of amateur football player and banker for Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in Tuscany, London, Switzerland and Luxembourg.[1]

Sarri worked in the bank in the morning, and trained in the afternoon and evening. In 1999, when he managed the Tegoleto, he decided to quit his job to devote himself exclusively to the coaching career.[2]


Early career: The Tuscany years[edit]

Sarri managed a series of minor clubs in Tuscany for more than a decade, and obtained a number of successes at the grassroots level of football.[3] In 2000, he signed for Sansovino, who he led over the course of three years, from regional championships to Serie C2.[4]

His successes with Sansovino won him attention from more important teams: in 2004 he gained promotion in Serie C1 with Sangiovannese.

From Pescara to Sorrento[edit]

In 2005, he worked for the first time in Serie B, signing for Pescara.

In the last years signed for several Serie B and Serie C1 clubs. In 2010, he served as head coach of Alessandria in Lega Pro Prima Divisione.[5]

In July 2011 he was appointed at the helm of Sorrento, another Lega Pro Prima Divisione club.[6] He managed the club through the first months of the season until 14 December 2011 when he was sacked. Although no official reason was given, he left the club lying in 4th place and thus underperforming when compared with the previous season.[7]

Empoli, promotion to Serie A[edit]

In the season 2012–13, he was named the new head coach of Serie B club Empoli. In his first full season in charge, he led Empoli to fourth place and then qualification to an all-Tuscan promotion playoff final, lost to Livorno. He was subsequently confirmed for the 2013–14 season, in which he guided Empoli to second place in the final table and direct promotion to the top flight, thus bringing the small Tuscan club back to Serie A after six years. With their return to the top flight, Empoli fielding a squad of veteran journeymen and numerous youngsters, were tipped by the media to drop straight back down to Serie B. Instead Sarri and his men excelled, and above expectations, finished in 15th place.


On June 11, 2015, Sarri left Empoli and signed for the club of his city of birth, Napoli, replacing Rafael Benítez, and brought Mirko Valdifiori and Elseid Hysaj with him. On August 23, Sarri's first game in charge ended in a 2–1 defeat to U.S. Sassuolo Calcio and on August 30, ended with a 2–2 draw after being ahead 2–0 in the first half in his second game against Sampdoria. He achieved his first victory with the Partenopei on September 17 battering Brugge 5–0 in the UEFA Europa League, and gained his first victory in the Serie A against Lazio beating them by the same scoreline.

He concluded the first half of the Serie A season in 1st place, gaining the title of "Campioni d'Inverno" ("Winter champions") after 26 years.[8] Under Sarri Napoli set a new team record for consecutive league victories, with 8.[9] Sarri recently signed a new 3-year contract to continue managing Napoli after previously being on a single season deal.


Following a heated exchange between Sarri and Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini in the final minutes of a Coppa Italia match on 20 January 2016, the latter accused Sarri of being a homophobe.[10] Sarri responded to the accusations by affirming that he wasn't a homophobe, and that "what happens on the field, stays on the field".[11] Sarri was consequently fined €20,000 and banned for two Coppa Italia matches by Lega Serie A for "directing extremely insulting epithets at the coach of the opposing team".[12]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 28 May 2017
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sangiovannese Italy 2003 2005 74 31 26 17 41.89
Pescara Italy 2005 2006 42 14 12 16 33.33
Arezzo Italy 2006 2007 16 4 7 5 25.00
Avellino Italy 2007 2007 8 5 0 3 62.50
Verona Italy 2008 2008 6 0 1 5 00.00
Perugia Italy 2008 2009 18 5 8 5 27.78
Grosseto Italy 2010 2010 5 0 4 1 00.00
Alessandria Italy 2010 2011 36 15 13 8 41.67
Sorrento Italy 2011 2011 16 7 6 3 43.75
Empoli Italy 12 August 2012 31 May 2015 132 52 45 35 39.39
Napoli Italy 12 June 2015 Present 98 64 18 16 65.31
Total 451 197 140 114 43.68