Giovanni Bucaro

Giovanni Bucaro (born 20 November 1970) is an Italian football manager, and former footballer who played as a defender during the 1990s, currently in charge as head coach of Bisceglie.

Giovanni Bucaro
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Bucaro
Date of birth (1970-11-20) 20 November 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Palermo, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Bisceglie (head coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Sorrento 31 (0)
1988–1991 Foggia 41 (2)
1991 Fiorentina 0 (0)
1991–1992 Modena 22 (1)
1992–1993 Bologna 29 (1)
1993–1996 Foggia 43 (1)
1996–1997 SPAL 17 (0)
1997–2000 Ascoli 87 (4)
2000–2003 Avellino 46 (1)
Total 316 (10)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Ascoli (assistant)
2005–2006 Salernitana (assistant)
2006–2007 Campobello
2007–2009 Pomigliano
2009–2010 Manfredonia
2010–2011 Juventus (U19)
2011–2012 Avellino
2012–2013 Sorrento
2014 Savoia
2016 Arezzo
2017 Monopoli
2018–2019 Avellino
2019–2020 Sicula Leonzio
2020–2021 Bisceglie
2021– Bisceglie
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Bucaro began his playing career with Sorrento. He started off with the Rossoneri in their youth team and went on to make 31 appearances for the first team between 1986 and 1988. In 1988, he joined Foggia who were then in the 3rd division of Italian football. In 1989 his second season saw the arrival of manager Zdeněk Zeman, whose aggressive and entertaining style of football saw Foggia enter the greatest period in its history went it eventually reached Serie A in 1991. Zeman achieved promotion to Serie B in his first season and Bucaro played a key role in defence in this promotion winning team. Following another successful season for Foggia, who achieved promotion to Serie A as champions, Bucaro was sold to Fiorentina. He failed to make an appearance for the Tuscan side and was moved onto Modena in 1991 for whom he made 22 appearances.

Following this solitary season at Modena he joined Bologna for whom he made 29 appearances. By 1993 he had rejoined Foggia for whom he played in their final season in Serie A before they were relegated to Serie B in 1995. Bucaro played another season for Foggia in 1995-1996 when the club finished mid table. He joined SPAL the following season and made 17 appearances in the 3rd division. Remaining in the lower divisions of Italian football he joined Ascoli and stayed for 3 seasons playing a total of 87 league games. He then joined Avellino who were also then in the 3rd division and between 2000 and 2003 he played 46 games for the club. In his final season with the club they achieved promotion back to Serie B by defeating Napoli in the play-off final. It was their first time back in the second division in 11 years. This was his final year as a player and he thus went out on a high note.


After spells as assistant manager at both Ascoli and Salernitana Bucaro began his first venture into management with Campobello in Serie D for the 2006–07 season, and then with Pomigliano. His success with Pomigliano saw him move up a division to manage Manfredonia in the 3rd tier of Italian football. He helped Manfredonia to avoid relegation and this caught the attention of Juventus who invited him to join them as youth team coach for the 2010-2011 season.[1][2] After spending a year at Juventus he joined Avellino as first team coach in August.

On 21 July 2012 Giovanni Bucaro was announced as the new manager of Sorrento. He was presented to the press and stated that he hoped to emulate his one time manager Zeman in his new role as Sorrento coach.[3][4] The 2012-2013 season began with a goalless draw against Gubbio and caused Bucaro to immediately lament the lack of a decent striker to help Sorrento's cause.[5] He was sacked in January 2013 due to poor results.

In July 2014 he was named head coach of newly promoted Lega Pro club Savoia. He was however dismissed on 28 October 2014 due to poor results.[6]

In April 2016 he was named new head coach of Arezzo to replace Ezio Capuano for the last three remaining games of the 2015–16 Lega Pro; his contract was not extended and he left by the end of the season.

He was successively hired as Avellino manager for the club's 2018–19 Serie D campaign, which ended with promotion to Serie C after winning a promotion playoff to Lanusei, as well as the nationwide Serie D championship title. He left Avellino on 24 July 2019 amid uncertainty regarding the future of the club.[7]

On 25 October 2019, he was hired by Serie C club Sicula Leonzio until the end of the 2019–20 season.[8] He was dismissed by Sicula Leonzio on 13 January 2020, after the club won just once in 10 games under his helm.[9]

For the 2020–21 season, he was hired by Bisceglie.[10] Bisceglie won 2 out of the first 3 games under him. However, on 1 February 2021, he was dismissed by Bisceglie, after only winning once and gaining 9 points in the next 17 games under his helm.[11] He was called back in charge of Bisceglie just a couple months later, on 6 April.[12]


As a player


As a manager



  1. juvemania website 6 July 2010 . Retrieved 5 September 2012
  2. "Giovanili, Bucaro e Guidoni lasciano la Juventus" (in Italian). Juventus F.C. 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. Sorrento Calcio press release 21 July 2012 (In Italian)"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)Retrieved 5 September 2012
  4. Positano news Mister Bucaro ha firmato per il Sorrento 20 July 2012(in Italian). Retrieved 5 September 2012
  5. Positano news GIOVANNI BUCARO ALLENATORE DEL SORRENTO-CI MANCA UNA ALTERNATIVA A CORSETTI 13 August 2012 (in Italian). Retrieved 5 September 2012
  6. "Lega Pro Savoia, via Bucaro. Ugolotti in panchina" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport - Stadio. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  7. "Avellino, Bucaro va via: "Atto dovuto, lascio a malincuore"" (in Italian). Ottopagine. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  8. "Giovanni Bucaro nuovo allenatore della Sicula Leonzio" (Press release) (in Italian). Sicula Leonzio. 25 October 2019.
  9. "Giovanni Bucaro sollevato dall'incarico, Vito Grieco nuovamente alla guida della Sicula Leonzio" (Press release) (in Italian). Sicula Leonzio. 13 January 2020.
  10. "L'As Bisceglie Srl presenta il suo organigramma" (in Italian). Bisceglie. 3 October 2020.
  11. "Bisceglie Calcio, interruzione del rapporto con il tecnico Bucaro" (in Italian). Bisceglie. 1 February 2021.
  12. "Bisceglie, esonerato Papagni. Al suo posto torna Bucaro" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 6 April 2021.