Date of birth: 6 June 1974
Playing career: -
Coaching career: AS Varese, S.S. Tritium, ASDC Ivrea, Valenzana Calcio, US Città di Palermo, Italy Under-21s (since July 2012)
• A goalkeeper at Milanese amateur club FC Enotria 1908 when growing up, he quit aged 20 "when I understood I wouldn't make it a long way". Soon started to coach the youth teams at the same club before continuing to work with young players for several amateur clubs in the north of Italy.
• Appointed by Varese in 2010 to coach the youth side, he was promoted to the first team in October that year and led the club to Serie C2 – the Italian fourth tier – with two consecutive promotions.
• A fervent admirer of Arrigo Sacchi, he coached three more teams in the lower divisions, before returning to Varese – who had reached Serie B in his absence – to coach their Primavera youth team. Led an unheralded side to the Scudetto Primavera final, which they eventually lost to AS Roma in extra time.
• Appointed by Palermo to work with their Primavera side the following season, he was promoted to the first team just before the campaign started, replacing the dismissed Stefano Pioli. Was then sacked himself in December despite starting with six wins in as many home games.
• In July 2012 was appointed as U21 coach, replacing the UC Sampdoria-bound Ciro Ferrara, midway through the qualifying campaign and led the Azzurrini to the finals by beating Sweden in the play-offs.
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