Luciano Chiarugi

Luciano Chiarugi (Italian pronunciation: [luˈtʃaːno kjaˈruːdʒi]; born 13 January 1947) is an Italian football manager and former player who played as a forward.

Luciano Chiarugi
Chiarugi (Amsterdam, 1974)
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-01-13) 13 January 1947 (age 74)
Place of birth Ponsacco, Italy
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1972 Fiorentina 139 (33)
1972–1976 A.C. Milan 104 (37)
1976–1978 Napoli 42 (7)
1978–1979 Sampdoria 30 (5)
1979–1980 Bologna 13 (3)
1980–1982 Rimini 13 (1)
1982–1983 Rondinella ? (?)
1983–1985 Massese 38 (9)
National team
1969–1974 Italy 3 (0)
Teams managed
1993 Fiorentina (caretaker)
2001 Fiorentina (caretaker)
2002 Fiorentina (caretaker)
2007–2008 Poggibonsi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Chiarugi at Fiorentina in 1969

Born in Ponsacco, Province of Pisa, Chiarugi started his career with Fiorentina, being part of the lineup that won the 1968–69 Serie A title. After seven seasons with the viola, Chiarugi moved to A.C. Milan in 1972, being instrumental to the rossoneri triumph in the 1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup, won thanks to a goal by him in the final match against Leeds United, finishing the competition as top scorer.[1][2]

In 1976, he was sold to Napoli in an exchange bid with Giorgio Braglia,[1] with whom he shared the same nickname: Cavallo Pazzo ("Crazy" or "Mad Horse", in Italian).[3] He played two seasons with the azzurri, winning a Coppa Italia and an Anglo-Italian Cup. He played for Serie B team Sampdoria in 1978–79, and then back to Serie A with Bologna the following season. After spells with minor league teams Rimini, Rondinella and Massese, Chiarugi retired from football in 1986.

International career

Chiarugi also gained three caps for the Italy national football team, making his debut on 22 November 1969 in a 3–0 win over East Germany.[2][4]

Style of play

Chiarugi in action with A.C. Milan at San Siro in 1972–1973 season

Known in Italian football for his impetuous nature, pace and technique, which gained him the nickname Cavallo Pazzo (Crazy Horse), Chiarugi was a quick, energetic, and highly creative forward with an eye for goal and excellent dribbling skills, known for his individualistic playing style, as well as his use of elaborate feints and nutmegs to beat opponents. He was also known for his accurate striking and crossing ability, and was effective from set-pieces; this allowed him to play both as a striker, or as a winger on either flank. However, despite his talent, he was also popularly considered as a diver, causing the Italian media to create the Italian neologism chiarugismo, a synonym of "football diving", after his name.[1][2][5][6]

Coaching career

After his retirement as a player in 1986, Chiarugi joined the Fiorentina youth team coaching staff. In his career, he served as Fiorentina's Caretaker manager three times.[2] Late into the 1992–93 season, Chiarugi (jointly with Giancarlo Antognoni) replaced Aldo Agroppi with little fortune, as he did not manage to save them from relegation to Serie B after 54 consecutive seasons in the top flight.[2][7] In February 2001, following the dismissal of Fatih Terim, Chiarugi was installed as caretaker coach for a single match, a 2–1 loss to Bari,[2][8] before the appointment of Roberto Mancini. Following the departure of Ottavio Bianchi, Chiarugi was appointed again as caretaker coach during the dramatic 2001–02 season, which ended with relegation to Serie B and the successive club cancellation due to financial troubles, which ultimately led to Fiorentina's bankruptcy.[2][7]

On 14 November 2007, he was announced as the new head coach of Tuscan Serie C2 side Poggibonsi.[9] He was sacked in September 2008 due to poor results.[10]








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  3. Pasquale Tina (20 February 2017). "Napoli, i 70 anni di Braglia: l'attaccante che fece impazzire il San Paolo per la sua anarchia tattica" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
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  6. Lorenzo Di Benedetto (13 January 2019). "Luciano Chiarugi, un Cavallo Pazzo vincente con la Fiorentina" (in Italian). Retrieved 8 March 2019.
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  8. "Il Bari beffa la Fiorentina, il dopo Terim parte male" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 2001-03-04. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  9. "UFFICIALE: il Poggibonsi sceglie Chiarugi" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
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  11. Jarek Owsianski; Davide Rota (18 December 2013). "Cup Winners Cup Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  12. "IV Hall of Fame Viola: Toldo, Chiarugi e non solo entrano nella galleria degli onori" (in Italian). 8 December 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2016.