Nevio Scala

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Nevio Scala
Nevio Scala - Milan 1967-68.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-11-22) 22 November 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth Lozzo Atestino, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Parma (chairman)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1969 Milan 11 (0)
1966–1967Roma (loan) 28 (1)
1969–1971 Vicenza 59 (2)
1971–1973 Fiorentina 50 (6)
1973–1975 Inter 26 (1)
1975–1976 Milan 23 (0)
1976–1979 Foggia 85 (2)
1979–1980 Monza 14 (0)
1980–1981 Adriese 23 (1)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Reggina
1989–1996 Parma
1996–1997 Perugia
1997–1998 Borussia Dortmund
2000–2001 Beşiktaş
2002 Shakhtar Donetsk
2004 Spartak Moscow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nevio Scala (Italian pronunciation: [ˈnɛvjo ˈskala]; born 22 November 1947) is an Italian football sporting director, coach and former player, who currently serves as the president of Italian club Parma. Throughout his footballing career, he played as a midfielder for several Italian clubs, and won several titles during his time with A.C. Milan. As a manager, he is mostly known for his role as head coach of Parma during the club's golden age of the 1990s, which saw him lead the team from Serie B to several European triumphs.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Lozzo Atestino, Province of Padua, Veneto, Scala enjoyed a successful career as a midfielder for several Italian top-flight teams — Roma, Milan, Vicenza and Internazionale — and subsequently played for lower-ranked clubs Foggia, Monza and Adriese in the final years of his career. As a player, with A.C. Milan, he won 1 Italian Championship (1967–68), 1 European Champions Cup (1968–69), and 1 European Cup Winners' Cup (1967–68).

Coaching career[edit]

As a coach, he led Calabrian third division club Reggina to Serie B in 1988, and then moved to Serie B club Parma. He held that position for six years, leading the Emilian club to its first promotion to the Italian top flight in 1990, and subsequently turned the team into one of the major clubs in the Italian Serie A, thanks also to the relevant financial backing from chairman and Parmalat founder Calisto Tanzi, winning several domestic and European titles. During his time at Parma, Scala won the Coppa Italia in 1992, the Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup in 1993, and the UEFA Cup in 1995. He also managed runners-up medals in the Coppa Italia in 1995, in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1994, and twice in the Supercoppa Italiana in 1992 and 1995, while his best result in the league was a third-place finish during the 1994–95 Serie A season. He left Parma in June 1996.[1]

During the 1996–97 season, Scala accepted an offer from Luciano Gaucci to become head coach of struggling Perugia, but did not manage to escape relegation to Serie B for his side.

He successively pursued a number of experiences abroad, becoming head coach of German club Borussia Dortmund in 1997, with whom he won the Intercontinental Cup. He left the club in 1998. In 2000, he became another Italian coach after Giuseppe Meazza, Sandro Puppo to manage a Turkish team by accepting an offer from Beşiktaş, and then went on to serve as head coach for Ukraine's FC Shakhtar Donetsk where he won Ukraine Champion and Cup 2002 and Russians Spartak Moscow winning the Russian Cup 2003, the latter being his last head coaching experiences to date.

He currently lives in his hometown city of Lozzo Atestino, where he is member of the local city council since 2007,[2] after running unsuccessfully as mayor in 2007.[3] He is currently active as a football pundit for Rai Radio 1, where he regularly comments Serie A games and gives his answers to live phone comments and questions on Sunday late night show Domenica sport.[4]

Scala has expressed a desire to return to coaching, being linked with Motherwell F.C.[5] and later with A.S. Roma[6] in 2010.

In July 2015, he was confirmed as new chairman of a refounded Parma, after the original club folded due to financial issues,[7] while former player Luigi Apolloni was chosen as head coach.[8] Parma managed to return to the professional Italian leagues that season, and clinched promotion from Serie D into Lega Pro on 17 April 2016.[9]





Borussia Dortmund
Shakhtar Donetsk
Spartak Moscow

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dave Taylor (5 March 2015). "When Parma ruled Europe". Football Italia. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Lozzo Atestino (PD)" (in Italian). Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Comune di LOZZO ATESTINO" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 27 May 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Rai: Ritorna 90° Minuto, Appuntamento Storico Sul Piccolo Schermo" (in Italian). Yahoo! Italia TV. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Nevio Scala quick to throw hat into ring for Hibs job". The Scotsman Newspaper. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Football Italia". Football Italia. 9 March 2010. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Parma, inizia ufficialmente l'era Barilla: "Sarà una storia diversa, mai vista"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ "New club Parma Calcio 1913 approved to play in Serie D". ESPN (UK). 27 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Parma promoted into Lega Pro". Football Italia. Retrieved 18 April 2016.