Alberto Malesani (Italian pronunciation: [alˈbɛrto maleˈzaːni]; born 5 June 1954) is an Italian football manager and former player. As a manager, he is mostly remembered for his successful spell with Parma during the late 1990s, where he won the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Cup, and the Supercoppa Italiana.
Malesani with Bologna in 2010
|Full name||Alberto Malesani|
|Date of birth||5 June 1954|
|Place of birth||Verona, Italy|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Audace S. Michele|
|Audace S. Michele|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Early career and breakthrough at Chievo
Malesani career as player was mostly spent on a Veronese amateur team Audace S. Michele, where he obtained a promotion from Serie D to Serie C in 1976–77, appearing fourteen times on that season. He retired from playing football at the age of 24, and worked at Canon in Amsterdam, where he studied the Ajax Amsterdam total football training methods. His passion for coaching was so great, that on his honeymoon, he decided to go to Barcelona in order to watch Johan Cruijff's coaching sessions at Barcelona FC.
Malesani left his job at Canon in 1990 order to pursue a coaching career at Serie C1 team Chievo for the Allievi youth squad. In 1991, he is assistant of head coach Carlo De Angelis in the first team, and in 1993 he becomes head coach himself. His first season as head coach ended in a historical promotion to Serie B for then-unknown Chievo.
Fiorentina, Parma and UEFA Cup triumph
Malesani left Chievo in 1997, after three impressive Serie B seasons and a narrowly missed promotion in the Serie A league in order to become Fiorentina's boss, in what was his first stint in the Italian top flight.
A good Fiorentina season convinced Parma to appoint Malesani as new head coach in 1998, where he won a Coppa Italia, a UEFA Cup, an Italian Super Cup and obtained two fourth places before being sacked during the 2000–01 season.
From Verona to Panathinaikos and Udinese
After losing his job at Parma, Malesani then coached Verona and Modena, failing to save the clubs from relegation in both cases; successively he moved abroad to coach Greek side Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos remains the club with the highest percentage of wins in Malesani's career to date (60%).
Malesani was appointed coach of Udinese in January 2007, as replacement for Giovanni Galeone. He led his side to a not particularly impressive tenth place in the 2006–07 Serie A final table, only seven points far from relegation, being not confirmed for the following season. On 27 November 2007 he was unveiled as Empoli's new head coach, replacing Luigi Cagni. He was axed on 31 March 2008 following a 2–0 home defeat to U.C. Sampdoria which left Empoli down in last place in the league table.
From Siena to Bologna
On 1 September 2010, he signed a one-year contract for Bologna. After a successful season which saw his club finish in 16th place, six points clear of relegation, despite a three-point deduction for tax problems and running feuds over the club's ownership, Malesani was replaced by Pierpaolo Bisoli on 26 May 2011.
On 19 June 2011, Genoa officially announced that Malesani would be the new first team head coach. However, after Genoa was defeated 6-1 by Napoli, Malesani was fired. He returned to Genoa on 2 April 2012, taking over from Pasquale Marino who had previously replaced him only to be sacked a few months later. His second stint as Genoa boss lasted however only twenty days, as he was sacked once again on 22 April after a 1–4 home loss to Siena that left Genoa one point shy of relegation, and led to massive protests from Genoa fans during the game.
On 5 February 2013, Malesani was appointed as the manager of Palermo.
On 29 January 2014, it was announced Malesani has agreed to take over as new manager of Serie A team Sassuolo.
|Chievo||1 June 1993||17 June 1997||161||56||66||39||182||149||+33||34.78|
|Fiorentina||17 June 1997||30 June 1998||40||18||15||7||74||41||+33||45.00|
|Parma||30 June 1998||8 January 2001||126||63||33||30||213||130||+83||50.00|
|Verona||4 July 2001||10 June 2003||77||23||23||31||88||101||−13||29.87|
|Modena||10 June 2003||22 March 2004||30||6||10||14||25||39||−14||20.00|
|Panathinaikos||17 February 2005||15 May 2006||52||31||9||12||82||52||+30||59.62|
|Udinese||16 January 2007||4 June 2007||19||6||5||8||30||32||−2||31.58|
|Empoli||26 November 2007||31 March 2008||20||5||4||11||22||32||−10||25.00|
|Siena||23 November 2009||21 May 2010||26||6||7||13||29||47||−18||23.08|
|Bologna||1 September 2010||26 May 2011||40||13||11||16||42||56||−14||32.50|
|Genoa||19 June 2011||22 December 2011||18||8||3||7||26||29||−3||44.44|
|Genoa||2 April 2012||23 April 2012||3||0||2||1||3||6||−3||0.00|
|Palermo||5 February 2013||24 February 2013||3||0||3||0||2||2||+0||0.00|
|Sassuolo||29 January 2014||3 March 2014||5||0||0||5||3||9||−6||0.00|
- Chievo (1993–1997)
- (in Italian) HELLASTORY.net | La Scheda di Alberto Malesani
- Alberto Malesani – l'antipersonaggio (la biografia)
- Sumeet Paul (7 October 2015). "Malesani bids for UEFA Cup in Parma auction" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- Dave Taylor (5 March 2015). "When Parma ruled Europe". Football Italia. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "E' UFFICIALE, ALBERTO MALESANI SARA' L'ALLENATORE DELL'HELLAS VERONA ANCHE NELLA STAGIONE 2002/2003" (in Italian). Hellas Verona FC. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- "Empoli axe Cagni". Football Italia. 26 November 2007. Archived from the original on 28 November 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2007.
- "L'Empoli licenzia Malesani. In panchina torna Cagni" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- "Raggiunto l'accordo con Alberto Malesani" (in Italian). AC Siena. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009. [dead link]
- "SportReggio | Recensioni, Prezzi, Classifiche e News". SportReggio (in Italian). Retrieved 15 September 2018.[permanent dead link]
- Malesani: “Finalmente sulla panchina del Bologna”
- Serie A - Bologna dump Malesani for Bisoli
- "ALBERTO MALESANI NUOVO ALLENATORE" (in Italian). Genoa C.F.C. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
- "COMUNICATO STAMPA". Genoa CFC. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Incubo Genoa/ Malesani nuovamente esonerato. Squadra a Gigi De Canio". Città di Genova. 22 April 2012. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Official: Malesani joins Palermo | Football Italia". football-italia.net. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
- "ESONERATO MALESANI, RICHIAMATO GASPERINI" [MALESANI SACKED, GASPERINI RECALLED] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 24 February 2013. Archived from the original on 27 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- "Malesani tasked with reviving Sassuolo fortunes". UEFA.com. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- "Alberto Malesani career sheet". footballdatabase. footballdatabase. Retrieved 31 December 2020.