Michele Serena

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Michele Serena
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-03-10) 10 March 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Venice, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right-Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Mestre 1 (0)
1987–1989 Venezia 44 (0)
1989–1990 Juventus 4 (0)
1990–1991 Monza 24 (2)
1991–1992 Verona 26 (3)
1992–1995 Sampdoria 92 (1)
1995–1998 Fiorentina 69 (3)
1998–1999 Atlético Madrid 35 (3)
1999–2000 Parma 15 (0)
2000–2003 Inter 25 (0)
National team
1990 Italy U-21 1 (0)
1998 Italy 1 (0)
Teams managed
2008 Venezia
2009 Venezia
2009–2010 Mantova
2011 Grosseto
2011–2013 Spezia
2014 Padova
2014–2015 Venezia
2015 FeralpiSalò
2017–2018 FeralpiSalò
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michele Serena (born 10 March 1970 in Venice) is an Italian football manager, and former football defender. He usually played as a right-back. He was most recently the head coach of FeralpiSalò.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Serena started his playing career with Mestre of Serie C2, then become Venezia following a merger. He was signed by Juventus in 1989, and made four league appearances with the bianconeri. He then played for Monza and Verona on single season loans, before signing for Sampdoria in 1992, where he played for three years. In 1995, he was signed by Fiorentina, and in 1998 by La Liga club Atlético Madrid, where he made 35 appearances with 3 goals during his only season with the club. During his time with the Spanish club, he gained a spot in the national team, making his one and only appearance with the azzurri on 5 September 1998, in a 2–0 away win to Wales, under Dino Zoff.[2] He then returned to Italy the following season to play for Parma, making 15 league appearances, but moved on to Inter soon after, during the winter transfer market (in an exchange with Paulo Sousa[3]). With the nerazzurri jersey, he made only 25 appearances in three seasons, mainly because of the several injuries he experienced during his years at Inter, which forced him to retire in 2003.[4][5]

Coaching career[edit]


In 2007, he became the Venezia youth team coach, also getting involved in obtaining a coaching licence.[6] On 11 March 2008 he was unveiled as new Venezia head coach, replacing Salvo D'Adderio.[7] He was sacked a few months later, on 11 November, due to poor results.[8] He was recalled on February 2009, with Venezia placed in the league bottom, and managed to bring his club out of the relegation zone.


This attracted interest from Serie B club Mantova, who appointed him as new boss for the 2009–10 season. Mantova finished 3rd bottom of Serie B and were relegated. However, due to financial difficulties, their entry to Lega Pro Prima Divisione was rejected and the club folded.[9]


On 13 January 2011, Serena was appointed the manager's job at Serie B side, Grosseto, until the end of the 2010–11 season.[10]


On 5 October 2011 he becomes the new coach of Spezia in Lega Pro Prima Divisione group A, in place of the sacked Elio Gustinetti,[11] but on 4 January 2013 he was sacked.


On 2 February 2014 he becomes the new coach of Padova in Serie B, in place of the sacked Bortolo Mutti.[12]





  1. ^ Terremoto in casa Feralpi Salò, mister Serena si è dimesso‚ ilgiorno.it, 8 February 2018
  2. ^ "Serena, Michele" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Capone, Antonello; Laudisa, Carlo (1 February 2000). "Inter Parma, scambio Sousa Serena". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Serena Timossi (10 March 2010). "Michele Serena, la forza dell'umiltà" (in Italian). Sampdoria News. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Michele Serena" (in Italian). Tutto Calciatori. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  6. ^ (in Italian) FirenzeViola.it
  7. ^ "UFFICIALE: Venezia, salta D'Adderio ecco Michele Serena". TuttoMercatoWeb (in Italian). 11 March 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "UFFICIALE: Venezia, Cuoghi nuovo allenatore". TuttoMercatoWeb (in Italian). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Michele Serena" (in Italian). Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "UFFICIALE: Michele Serena nuovo allenatore del Grosseto" [OFFICIAL: Michele Serena is the new manager of Grosseto]. TuttoMercatoWeb (in Italian). 13 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  11. ^ (in Italian) UFFICIALE: Spezia, Michele Serena nuovo allenatore TuttoMercatoWeb
  12. ^ (in Italian) UFFICIALE: Padova, Michele Serena è il nuovo allenatore TuttoMercatoWeb
  13. ^ a b c d "Michele Serena" (in French). Yahoo. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 

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