Riccardo Maspero

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Riccardo Maspero
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-02-19) 19 February 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Lodi, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Fanfulla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Varese 39 (0)
1988–1994 Cremonese 157 (15)
1994–1995 Sampdoria 21 (4)
1995–1997 Cremonese 70 (14)
1997Lecce (loan) 6 (0)
1997–1998 Vicenza 7 (0)
1998–1999 Perugia 10 (1)
1999Reggiana (loan) 14 (0)
1999–2000 Lecce 1 (0)
2000–2003 Torino 62 (10)
2003–2004 Fiorentina 26 (0)
2005–2007 Fanfulla 74 (17)
Total 487 (61)
National team
1989–1990 Italy U-21 2 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Ciliverghe Mazzano
2014–2015 Pavia
2015 Mantova[citation needed]
2018 Pro Piacenza
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Riccardo Maspero (born 19 February 1970) is an Italian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and now a head coach.

Club career[edit]

Maspero's career came to prominence most notably with his time at then-Serie A club Cremonese,[1] with whom he started playing professionally and played in two one-year spells in the Italian top flight. He came into his own during the promotion season of 1992–93 and impressed greatly in a side coached by Luigi Simoni which finished 10th in Serie A during the 1993-94 season.[1] He established a reputation as a gifted playmaker.

A move to Sampdoria followed, but he failed to make his mark and returned to Cremonese after one season. Despite outstanding form and a healthy return of goals from midfield, he was unable to prevent successive relegations.[1]

His career declined after a move to Lecce in 1997, where he found opportunities limited; the club were relegated to Serie B at the end of the season. He was loaned to Vicenza and Perugia, playing limited first-team football over the next three seasons before joining Torino for the 2000–01 Serie B season.[1]

Maspero's career was rejuvenated with the Granata, and he played a role in the team's return to Serie A. In the 2001–02 Serie A season, he earned hero status among the club's fans with a late equaliser in a 3–3 draw with cross-town rivals and eventual Serie A champions Juventus in the Derby della mole; Torino had initially been trailing 3–0. He also helped Torino to win an UEFA Intertoto Cup spot that season. After Torino suffered relegation to Serie B in 2003, he moved on to Fiorentina before playing in the amateur leagues, where he ended his career.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement, Maspero took a coaching job at Eccellenza amateurs Ciliverghe Mazzano, guiding them to a historical promotion to Serie D for the first time ever. This won him interest from Lega Pro professionals Pavia, who appointed him as new head coach for the 2014–15 season thereafter.

On 13 November 2018, he was hired by Pro Piacenza as head coach.[2] As Pro Piacenza experienced financial difficulties, he left the club in early 2019.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Carriera di Riccardo Maspero". Tutto Calciatori. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  2. ^ "Calciomercato Pro Piacenza, Maspero nuovo tecnico" [Football market Pro Piacenza, Maspero new technician]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). Rome. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Serie C side thumped TWENTY-nil after starting game with just seven players as financial despair and strikes lead to farcical scenes". The Sun. 17 February 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Career Stats
  • Entry in Italian Football Federation national teams database (in Italian)