Pierpaolo Bisoli

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Pierpaolo Bisoli
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Bisoli in october 2018.
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-11-20) 20 November 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Porretta Terme, Italy
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Padova (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Pistoiese 66 (3)
1987–1988 Alessandria 33 (4)
1988–1989 Arezzo 34 (3)
1989–1991 Viareggio 67 (8)
1991–1997 Cagliari 167 (5)
1997–1999 Empoli 41 (0)
1999–2000 Perugia 32 (0)
2000–2001 Brescia 32 (2)
2001–2002 Pistoiese 28 (1)
2002–2003 Porretta
Teams managed
2005–2007 Prato
2007–2008 Foligno
2008–2010 Cesena
2010 Cagliari
2011 Bologna
2012–2014 Cesena
2015–2016 Perugia
2016–2017 Vicenza
2017–2018 Padova
2018– Padova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pierpaolo Bisoli (born 20 November 1966)[1] is an Italian football manager and former midfielder. He is currently serving as the manager of Padova.



Born in Porretta Terme, Bisoli started his professional career in 1984 with Pistoiese, where he spent a total of three seasons. He then played for a handful of minor teams before to join Cagliari in 1991, becoming a mainstay for the Sardinians. He spent six seasons for the rossoblu, marking a total of 167 appearances and also taking part in the club's 1994–95 UEFA Cup stint. In 1997, he moved to newly promoted Serie A team Empoli, where he played for two seasons. He then played for Perugia, Brescia and Pistoiese before to retire in 2003 after a season with amateur hometown club Porretta.


Following his retirement from active football, Bisoli accepted an assistant coaching role at Fiorentina, working alongside head coach Emiliano Mondonico during the 2004–05 season.[2] He then became head coach of Serie C2 team Prato, where he worked for two seasons. From 2007 he is head coach of newly promoted Serie C1 side Foligno, where he surprisingly wonn a promotion playoff spot in his first season with the club, and then achieving a promotion playoff spot in his second season with the Umbrian minnows. From July 2008 he is head coach of Cesena in the former Serie C1, now rebranded as Lega Pro Prima Divisione, managing to guide the bianconeri to win the league title in his first season in charge of the club.

He was confirmed head coach of Cesena also for the 2009–10 season, which proved to be a very successful one as the club from Romagna joined the race for direct promotion to Serie A, a league Cesena has not played in since 1991. He ultimately guided Cesena to a historical promotion in the final game of the season, after the Bianconeri from Romagna ended the league in second place, thus ending a 19-year absence from the top flight for his club. He left Cesena at the end of the season to join his former club Cagliari, agreeing a contract with the Sardinian Serie A club.[3] His experience at Cagliari as head coach however proved to be highly unsuccessful, and he was ultimately dismissed on 15 November 2010 after a 0–1 home loss that left the Sardinians in 19th place.[4][5]

On 26 May 2011 Bisoli was named as the new coach of Bologna, but he was sacked on 4 October 2011, with the club the bottom of the table and replaced by Stefano Pioli.[6]

On 11 September 2012, he was named new coach of Cesena en place of the sacked Nicola Campedelli.[7] In the 2013–14 Serie B he successfully led Cesena to triumph in the promotion playoff and back to the top flight. He was however dismissed on 8 December 2014 due to poor results, with Cesena deep in the relegation zone.[8]

He was subsequently appointed as head coach of Serie C club Padova for the 2017–18 season,[9] during which he led the club to win the league title and direct promotion to Serie B. Confirmed for the following campaign in the Italian second tier, he was successively sacked on 6 November 2018 due to poor results.[10] He was reinstated as the head coach of Padova on 28 December 2018.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Pierpaolo has a son Dimitri Bisoli as a professional footballer.


  1. ^ "Pierpaolo Bisoli". FootballPlus.com. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Fiorentina, lo staff tecnico e medico per la prossima stagione" (in Italian). Nove da Firenze. 16 July 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Oggi la presentazione di Bisoli" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 23 June 2010. Archived from the original on 7 September 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Comunicato Stampa" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Cagliari, esonerato Bisoli Cellino ingaggia Donadoni" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Bologna, ufficiale: Bisoli esonerato, arriva Pioli". BolognaToday (in Italian). www.bolognatoday.it. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.ilrestodelcarlino.it/cesena/sport/2012/09/11/770680-entusiasta-di-essere-tornato-bisoli-cesena-presentazione.shtml
  8. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE - Bisoli sollevato dall'incarico di allenatore della prima squadra". AC Cesena. 8 December 2014. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  9. ^ Calcio Padova, Pierpaolo Bisoli nuovo allenatore 21 giugno 2017‚ padovaoggi.it, 21 June 2017
  10. ^ "Calcio Padova, "ribaltone" a sorpresa: esonerato Bisoli, al suo posto Foscarini" (in Italian). Padova Oggi. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Sollevato dall'incarico mister Claudio Foscarini. Guida tecnica della prima squadra affidata a mister Pierpaolo Bisoli" (in Italian). Calcio Padova. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.

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