Luigi Cagni

Luigi "Gigi" Cagni (born 14 June 1950 in Brescia) is an Italian former football player, who played as a defender. He most recently served head coach of Brescia in the Serie B league in the final weeks of the 2016–17 Serie B season.

Luigi "Gigi" Cagni
A formation of Brescia in the 1971-72 championship Cagni is the first in the lower right corner.
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-06-14) 14 June 1950 (age 71)
Place of birth Brescia, Italy
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1978 Brescia 262 (3)
1978–1987 Sambenedettese 262 (2)
1987–1988 Ospitaletto 8 (0)
Total 532 (5)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Brescia (youth team)
1989–1990 Centese
1990–1996 Piacenza
1996–1998 Verona
1998–1999 Genoa
1999–2000 Salernitana
2000–2001 Sampdoria
2003–2004 Piacenza
2004–2005 Catanzaro
2006–2007 Empoli
2008 Empoli
2008 Parma
2011–2012 Vicenza
2012 Vicenza
2013 Spezia
2017 Brescia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Cagni made his Serie A debut for Brescia in 1970, in a league match lost 4–0 to Cagliari. He played only eight Serie A matches, but gained a deep experience of Serie B, where he played 483 matches and scored 5 goals. Having played 483 matches in Serie B, he is currently the player with the most appearances in Serie B.

Managerial career

After a season as youth team coach in his home team Brescia, Cagni coached Centese of Serie C2 in 1989–90, and successively signed for Piacenza of Serie C1 in 1990–91, becoming one of the main authors of Piacenza's first appearance in Serie A, in 1993. Cagni stayed at Piacenza until 1996, when he moved to Hellas Verona F.C., again in Serie A. However, Cagni was not able to maintain his team to the top division, and Verona was relegated. Since then, Cagni mostly served for Serie B teams, with the exception of Piacenza, who rehired him in 2002–03 in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid relegation.

In January 2006, after the dismissal of Mario Somma, Empoli appointed Cagni as head coach. Under his tenure, the experienced boss was able to lead the team up to tenth place, then become seventh following the Calciopoli scandal. His contract with Empoli was extended in March 2007 for another year, following impressive performances which led the team to fight for and eventually gain a spot in the next UEFA Cup, the first appearance in a continental competition for both the small Tuscan club and Cagni himself. However a poor start in the Serie A 2007–08, and a UEFA Cup elimination in the first round to FC Zurich convinced Empoli's management to sack Cagni, appointing Alberto Malesani as replacement.[1] On 31 March 2008 he was re-called at the helm of Empoli, following the club board's decision to fire Malesani too,[2] but he did not manage to save the club from last matchday relegation. He resigned after the verdict.

On 29 May 2008, it was announced that Cagni signed a two-year contract with Parma and was to coach the club in their first season in Serie B in 18 years.[3] However, on 30 September 2008 he was fired by his team, Parma, and replaced by Francesco Guidolin.

On 6 October 2011 he became the new coach of Vicenza[4] in Serie B, in place of the sacked Silvio Baldini.[5] On 4 March 2012 he was sacked, but on 29 April 2012 he was recalled by Vicenza, but he could not save the team from relegation.[6]

He then served as Walter Zenga's assistant at Sampdoria for a short period at the beginning of the 2015–16 season, being sacked from his position in September 2015.

On 12 March 2017, he was named new head coach of his hometown club Brescia in the Serie B league, taking over from outgoing manager Cristian Brocchi.[7] Under his tenure, he managed to save Brescia from relegation, and left by the end of the season to make room for new head coach Roberto Boscaglia.


  1. "Empoli axe Cagni". Football Italia. 26 November 2007. Archived from the original on 28 November 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2007.
  2. "L'Empoli licenzia Malesani. In panchina torna Cagni" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  3. "GIGI CAGNI NUOVO ALLENATORE DEL PARMA FC" (in Italian). Parma FC. 29 May 2008. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
  4. "CALCIO, VICENZA; CAGNI: USCIREMO DALLA CRISI" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  5. "UFFICIALE: Vicenza, esonerato Baldini" (in Italian). TUTTOmercatoWEB. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  6. "Vicenza di nuovo a Cagni la decisione è di Masolo Domani sfida a Pescara" (in Italian). Il giornale di Vicenza. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  7. "UFFICIALE: Brescia, esonerato Brocchi. Al suo posto arriva Cagni" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.