Bruno Giordano

Bruno Giordano (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbruːno dʒorˈdaːno]; born 13 August 1956) is an Italian football manager and former player, who was deployed as a forward and is mostly remembered for winning the title of Serie A capocannoniere (top goalscorer) achieved with Lazio as well as for his successful time at Napoli. Giordano was a prolific striker with good technique and dribbling ability, and also possessed an accurate and powerful shot with either foot; due to his characteristics, he was regarded as the heir of Giorgio Chinaglia.[1][2]

Bruno Giordano
Giordano with the S.S. Lazio jersey
Personal information
Full name Bruno Giordano
Date of birth (1956-08-13) 13 August 1956 (age 64)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1985 Lazio 203 (86)
1985–1988 Napoli 78 (23)
1988–1989 Ascoli 26 (10)
1989–1990 Bologna 33 (7)
1990–1992 Ascoli 37 (3)
Total 377 (129)
National team
1976–1983 Italy U-21 13 (5)
1979 Italy Olympic 2 (3)
1978–1985 Italy 13 (1)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Monterotondo
1995–1996 Fano
1996–1997 Crotone
1997–1998 Frosinone
1998–1999 Ancona
1999–2000 Nocerina
2000–2001 Lecco
2001–2002 Tivoli
2002–2003 L'Aquila
2003–2005 Reggiana
2006 Catanzaro
2006–2007 Messina
2009 Pisa
2011 Ternana
2013–2014 Ascoli
2015–2016 Tatabánya
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Born in Rome, Giordano played for most of his career with Lazio, debuting in Serie A on 5 October 1975. He soon established himself as one of the most effective Italian strikers, winning the Serie A capocannoniere title during the 1978–79 season, scoring 19 goals.[1][2]

In 1980, he was arrested under the charge of participating in the national footballing betting scandal, and he was banned from the Italian championship until 1982. Lazio had been demoted to the Serie B following their involvement in the scandal, and upon his return to competitive football, Giordano became the Serie B top goalscorer during the 1982–83 season, helping his team to finish in second place behind Milan to re-gain promotion to Serie A the following season. He is currently Lazio's all-time top goalscorer in the Coppa Italia.

In 1985, Giordano was sold to Napoli for 5 billion lire.[1][2] In Naples, along with Diego Maradona and later Careca, he formed the famed "Ma-Gi-Ca" front line.[3] Giordano was instrumental in Napoli's first historical scudetto win of 1987; he also helped the team to win a rare domestic double that season by capturing the 1987 Coppa Italia that year, finishing as the top scorer of the competition with 10 goals.[1] He later played for Bologna and Ascoli, before turning to a coaching career.[1][2]

International career

Giordano represented Italy at U-21 level, scoring 8 goals in 16 appearances level, and under manager Azeglio Vicini, he was called up as an over-aged member of the team in the 1978 European Under-21 Championship (where the squad reached the quarter finals). He also made three appearances for Italy's Olympic squad, scoring twice. Giordano made his Italian national team senior debut on 5 December 1978, coming on as a substitute for Francesco Graziani in a 1–0 friendly victory over Spain, and playing alongside Paolo Rossi.[2] He was capped 13 times for Italy in total, scoring one goal in a 3–0 friendly win over Greece;[4] despite his success at club level, he never represented Italy at a major tournament, and only two of his international appearances came in competitive matches, with both being UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying matches.[2]

Managing career

Giordano's managing career before coaching Messina was somewhat modest, starting in 1993–94 with Monterotondo of Serie D, where he obtained his first (and only) promotion in 1996–97 to coach Crotone (from Serie D to Serie C2). Sacked six times in his career, he remained unemployed. After a good season with Reggiana in 2004–05, he ended in fifth place despite his club's serious financial troubles, which then led to its cancellation. On January 2006, he was called to coach the last-place Serie B team Catanzaro, in a situation widely similar to Reggiana's. Notably, Catanzaro was relegated to Serie C in that season, and declared bankruptcy soon after.[2]

In the summer of 2006, Giordano was announced as the new coach of Messina, just relegated to Serie B. However, following the 2006 Serie A scandal, Messina was readmitted to Serie A, therefore allowing Giordano to finally coach a top division side.[2] On 30 January 2007, following a series of poor results including a home loss to last-place Ascoli, Giordano was sacked, but then reappointed by Messina chairman Pietro Franza on 2 April, following the firing of the replacement coach Alberto Cavasin. In his second tenure at Messina, Giordano lost all four matches before being sacked again on 23 April, only 21 days after his reappointment. He was replaced by Bruno Bolchi.

On April 2009 he was appointed by Serie B club Pisa to replace Giampiero Ventura as head coach of the nerazzurri.[5] He then briefly served as head coach of Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Ternana in 2011.

From the end of October 2013 he was the coach of Ascoli, departing in 2014.






  1. "AZZURRI PER SEMPRE – La tecnica di Bruno Giordano: componente della Ma-Gi-Ca" (in Italian). 12 April 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. "Bruno Giordano" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  3. Richardson, James (3 April 2007). "Serie A's comeback kid eyes another miracle". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. "Giordano, Bruno" (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 10 March 2005. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  5. "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE: LA PANCHINA DEL PISA CALCIO AFFIDATA A BRUNO GIORDANO" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. [dead link]
  6. Roberto Di Maggio; Igor Kramarsic; Alberto Novello (11 June 2015). "Italy - Serie A Top Scorers". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 31 October 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  7. Roberto Di Maggio; Davide Rota (4 June 2015). "Italy - Coppa Italia Top Scorers". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  8. "Italy - Serie B Top Scorers". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paolo Rossi
Serie A Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Roberto Bettega