Date of birth: 1 October 1961
Playing career: Pescara Calcio, Cagliari Calcio, AC Reggiana 1919, ACF Fiorentina, Empoli FC, Polisportiva Licata, Modena FC, S.S. Nola, Viareggio Calcio, AS Acireale, Polisportiva Sassari Torres
Coaching career: Bologna FC (assistant), SSC Napoli (twice, first time as assistant), AS Acireale, US Pistoiese, AS Livorno Calcio, Reggina Calcio, UC Sampdoria.
• A product of Fiorentina's youth system, Mazzarri spent the large part of his playing career in Italy's lower divisions, the highlight arguably coming when he helped Empoli earn their first ever promotion to Serie A in 1985/86.
• Began his career in the dugout as assistant to his former coach Renzo Ulivieri at Bologna in 1996; he later followed Uliveri to Napoli in the same capacity before assuming first-team duties at fourth-division Acireale in 2001.
• Appointed by Livorno in 2003/04 and immediately steered the Serie B outfit to promotion, before leaving for Reggina that summer. Awarded honorary citizenship by the municipality of Reggio Calabria after saving the southern side from relegation despite an 11-point deduction in 2006/07.
• Joined Sampdoria in 2007 and led the Blucerchiati to sixth place in his first season. He followed that up by taking the club to the Coppa Italia final in 2008/09, where they lost to S.S. Lazio on penalties.
• Opted not to renew his Sampdoria contract at the end of that campaign and was recruited by Napoli in October 2009 following the dismissal of Roberto Donadoni. He guided the Partenopei to sixth place in Serie A in his first season and third a year later.
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