Cristiano Scazzola

Cristiano Scazzola (born 20 July 1971) is an Italian football coach and former player. He is the head coach of Piacenza.

Cristiano Scazzola
Personal information
Full name Cristiano Scazzola[1]
Date of birth (1971-07-20) 20 July 1971 (age 49)[2]
Place of birth Loano, Italy[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Piacenza (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Genoa 0 (0)
1991–1993 Massese 27 (1)
1993–1994 Spezia 30 (6)
1994–1996 Fiorenzuola 59 (4)
1996–1997 Genoa 10 (0)
1997–1998 Modena 39 (3)
1998–1999 Lecco 24 (5)
1999–2001 Alessandria 55 (15)
2001–2002 Monza 30 (4)
2002–2003 Lumezzane 14 (0)
2003 Paternò 11 (2)
2003–2004 Ivrea 28 (2)
2004–2006 Monza 40 (4)
2006 Pisa 6 (1)
2006–2010 Pro Belvedere Vercelli 100 (16)
Teams managed
2013–2015 Pro Vercelli
2016–2017 Robur Siena
2017 Casertana
2018–2019 Cuneo
2019–2020 Alessandria
2021– Piacenza
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

A Genoa youth product, Scazzola made his professional debut in a 1990–91 Coppa Italia game against Roma. He successively left Genoa to pursue a long career in the lower divisions, starting with Massese (Serie C1) in 1991. He made his Serie B debut in 1996, in what was a short comeback of his at Genoa. He left professional football in 2006 after a short stint with Pisa to join Vercelli-based amateurs Pro Belvedere, with whom he served as captain in the club's historical Serie D promotion in 2009. He retired in 2010, aged 39, after a Serie C2 season in which he served contemporaneously as both player and assistant head coach.

Coaching career

After retirement, Scazzola accepted a youth coach position at the club after it merged with and changed denomination to Pro Vercelli. In 2012, he took charge of the Primavera under-19 club at the club, and in 2013 he was named new head coach for the club's 2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione campaign.

In his first season as a head coach, Scazzola succeeded in guiding Pro Vercelli to second place in the league, behind champions Virtus Entella, and then won the promotion playoffs to bring his club swiftly back to Serie B. He was successively confirmed as head coach of Pro Vercelli for the 2014–15 Serie B season.

As head coach of a newly promoted Serie B club, Scazzola was also successfully admitted to the yearly UEFA Pro Licence course to be held in Coverciano.[1]

On 19 January 2020, he was dismissed by Serie C club Alessandria.[3]

On 26 January 2021, he was hired by Serie C club Piacenza.[4]


  1. "Ammessi Corso Prima Categoria - Uefa Pro (2014/2015)" [Admitted to First Grade Course - UEFA Pro (2014/2015)] (PDF). Settore Tecnico FIGC. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  2. "Scheda anagrafica di Cristiano Scazzola" (in Italian). Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. "ESONERATO MISTER SCAZZOLA" (Press release) (in Italian). Alessandria. 19 January 2020.