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Cesare Prandelli

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 15.22CET

Cesare Prandelli

Italy

Date of birth: 19 August 1957
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: US Cremonese, Atalanta BC, Juventus
Coaching career: Atalanta BC, US Lecce, Hellas Verona FC, AC Venezia, Parma FC, AS Roma, ACF Fiorentina, Italy

• Made his name as a promising coach in the prestigious youth system at Atalanta, the club where he finished his career as a midfielder in 1990, having earlier won three league titles with Juventus (1981, 1982, 1984).

• His six seasons in Turin also brought the 1983 Coppa Italia, the 1984 European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Champion Clubs' Cup a year later, though he struggled to earn a regular role.

• Having impressed at Atalanta, Prandelli accepted the head coach position at Lecce in 1997 but resigned the following January. Then secured promotion to the top flight with both Verona and Venezia before further boosting his burgeoning reputation after moving to Parma in 2002.

• In 2004 Prandelli took over at Roma but soon left as wife Manuela – who sadly died in 2007 – fell seriously ill. Went to Fiorentina in 2005, leading them to fourth place in his first term though they were subsequently stripped of their achievement for involvement in Italy's sporting fraud trial.

• Prandelli guided the Viola to the 2007/08 UEFA Cup semi-finals and was awarded the 2008 Panchina d'Oro for best coach in Serie A. Steered the Florence outfit into the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2008/09 and the round of 16 a year later, before succeeding Marcello Lippi as Italy coach. Took the Azzurri to the final of UEFA EURO 2012, where they lost 4-0 to Spain.

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