Roberto Sensini

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Roberto Sensini
Personal information
Full name Roberto Néstor Sensini
Date of birth (1966-10-12) 12 October 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Arroyo Seco, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Newell's Old Boys 74 (2)
1989–1993 Udinese 149 (9)
1993–1999 Parma 156 (11)
1999–2000 Lazio 24 (1)
2000–2002 Parma 35 (0)
2002–2006 Udinese 91 (7)
Total 529 (30)
National team
1987–2000 Argentina 60 (0)
Teams managed
2006 Udinese
2007–2008 Estudiantes de La Plata
2009–2011 Newell's Old Boys
2012–2013 Colón
2014–2015 Atlético de Rafaela

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Roberto Néstor Sensini (born 12 October 1966) is an Argentine football manager and former defender. As a player with the Argentina national team, he won both the 1991 and 1993 Copa America, also finishing in third place in the 1989 edition of the tournament. He also represented his nation in the 1990, 1994, and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, finishing in second place at the 1990 World Cup. Furthermore, he won an Olympic silver medal with Argentina at the 1996 Olympics.


His professional playing career started in 1986 for Newell's Old Boys; where he won his first title before relocating to Italy in 1989, joining Udinese alongside compatriot Abel Balbo. Sensini played four seasons for the bianconeri, before moving to Parma in 1993, where he remained for a further six seasons. During this period Sensini sometimes played in midfield[1] and won two UEFA Cups, two Italian Cups, and the UEFA Super Cup with the gialloblu, also reaching the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1994. He would then have a brief stint with S.S. Lazio starting from the 1999-2000 season, winning the scudetto, the Italian Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Supercoppa Italiana in his first season. After two years with the club, he moved back to Parma for a further year, winning another Coppa Italia in 2002, before returning to his first Italian club, Udinese, in 2002.

In 2005, he was one of the most consistent performers in Udinese's surprise qualification for the UEFA Champions League. Sensini was one of the oldest players of the 2005–06 Serie A, holding even the record as the oldest foreign player to score a goal in first division, at the age of 39 years, two months and 26 days.[citation needed] With over 380 matches at the top level, he was considered as one of the most experienced defenders of the Italian league, and often nicknamed nonno (grandfather) by Italian sports journalists. He retired at the end of the season.

International career[edit]

"Boquita" Sensini debuted for his national team in 1987, and played his last match in 2000. He played in the World Cup 1990, 1994 and 1998. In the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final Sensini conceded the disputed penalty kick from which West Germany scored their winning goal.[2] He helped his country to a third place finish at the 1989 Copa América, and he was also part of the championship teams in the 1991 Copa America and 1993 Copa America tournaments, as well as the silver medal-winning team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, as one of the three over-23 players allowed per squad.

Style of play[edit]

Sensini was a consistent, decisive, and intelligent player.[3][4] He was also extremely tactically versatile, and was capable of playing in any defensive or midfield position.[5][6][7][8] Throughout his career, he was deployed as a full-back, an attacking wing-back, a centre-back, or even as a central or defensive midfielder.[9][10][11][12] Although he primarily excelled defensively as a ball winner, due to his tackling ability, he was also a player with good technique, who was capable of making attacking runs and contributing offensively for his team with occasional goals.[13][14][15]


On 10 February 2006, after the dismissal of Serse Cosmi, Sensini ended his playing career and was appointed Udinese's new manager. He was supported in his new position by Loris Dominissini, who was named co-coach.[16] The following month when Dominissini was sacked, Sensini resigned and left the club. Results had not improved with the team in danger of relegation, while they were defeated in the UEFA Cup by Bulgarian team Levski Sofia.[17]

For the Argentine Torneo Clausura 2008, Sensini coached Estudiantes de La Plata, having replaced Diego Simeone. Sensini then went to manage Newell's Old Boys for the Clausura 2009 tournament.[18] In April 2011, he resigned after 2 years as head coach of Newell's Old Boys after Lepra's sixth loss in nine games, leaving them 19th in the Clausura table.[19]

On 21 February 2012, Sensini was appointed as the new head coach of Argentine first division club Colón. He resigned on 16 March 2013 after a 1-0 loss against rivals San Lorenzo, following a row of eight matches without winning.

Personal life[edit]

In 1996 Sensini took Italian citizenship. He is an Italian Argentine, whose grandfather Pacifico Sensini emigrated from Macerata to Rosario, Santa Fe in 1911.[20]

Honors and awards[edit]

Season Club Tournament
1987-88 Argentina Newell's Old Boys Primera División Argentina
1993 Italy Parma UEFA Super Cup
1994-95 Italy Parma UEFA Cup
1998-99 Italy Parma Coppa Italia
1998-99 Italy Parma UEFA Cup
1999 Italy Lazio UEFA Super Cup
1999-2000 Italy Lazio Serie A
1999-2000 Italy Lazio Coppa Italia
2000 Italy Lazio Supercoppa Italiana
2001-02 Italy Parma Coppa Italia


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  2. ^ "Sensini: There's only one Diego". FIFA. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ De Toma, Riccardo. "Sensini fa decollare l' Udinese". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Alberto, Franco. "L' Udinese recupera e il Parma s' arrabbia". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gioca Stankovic Nedved in tribuna". La Repubblica. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Toti, Giuseppe. "Sensini-Veron, tuffo nel passato". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Il Parma boccia l' Inter nella sfida - verita'". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Ghisi, Giancarla. "La Sampdoria da' il calcio d' avvio". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Cardona, Giulio. "Roma-Lazio? Non solo Sarà Brasile-Argentina". La Repubblica. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  10. ^ CARDONE, SORRENTINO, GIULIO, ANDREA. "Lazio-De la Pena, ultimo atto Inzaghi si avvicina alla Roma". La Repubblica. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ecco Nestor jolly felice". La Repubblica. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "SENSINI, Roberto Nestor - Enciclopedia dello Sport (2002)". Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Padovan, Monti, Rondelli, Giancarlo, Fabio, Giorgio. "Zola inventa e Parma sogna ancora". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Sensini verso Parma". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Perrone, Roberto. "il Parma vuole tenere la testa alta". Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Udinese unveil new coaching team". UEFA. 10 February 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Udinese turn to Galeone". UEFA. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
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  20. ^ "Nestor Sensini un allenatore in campo" (in Italian). Giornalino Online. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 

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