Date of birth: 18 June 1974
Playing career: Empoli FC, Genoa CFC, UC Sampdoria, AS Roma, Fulham FC (loan)
Coaching career: AS Roma
• A quick and opportunistic striker with a keen eye for goal, Montella played for Roma from 1999 to 2009, scoring 83 goals in 194 Serie A games and winning the 2001 Scudetto and the 2007 Coppa Italia.
• Made his name at Empoli, scoring 17 league goals in the 1994/95 Serie C1 campaign. He moved to Genoa, scoring 21 goals in Serie B before joining city rivals Sampdoria in 1996. In three years in Serie A with the Blucerchiati, Montella registered 54 goals to earn a €25m switch to Roma.
• After 18 goals during his first season in the Italian capital, he fell behind Gabriel Batistuta and Marco Delvecchio in Fabio Capello's plans. However the Aeroplanino – 'The Little Airplane' in reference to his small stature and trademark goal celebration – finished the season strongly, his 13 goals instrumental as the Giallorossi won their third Scudetto, the first since 1983.
• With the exception of two loan spells at Sampdoria and Fulham, Montella continued to play for Roma until his retirement in 2009. A member of Italy's UEFA EURO 2000 squad, appearing as a substitute in the final 2-1 defeat by France, he also took part in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and ended his international career with three goals in 20 games.
• In 2009 he started moved into coaching within Roma's youth system, taking charge of the Under-15 side. Following Claudio Ranieri's resignation as head coach on 20 February 2011, he was promoted to lead the first team for the remainder of that campaign.
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