Ex-Atalanta and Torino boss Mondonico mourned

Coach Emiliano Mondonico, who led Atalanta and Torino on long European adventures, has died at the age of 71.

Emiliano Mondonico coaching AlbinoLeffe in 2011
Emiliano Mondonico coaching AlbinoLeffe in 2011 ©Getty Images

Italian football is in mourning after the death of coach Emiliano Mondonico at the age of 71 following a long illness.

Mondonico was born on 9 March 1947 in Rivolta d'Adda and began his football career at Cremonese in 1966, joining Torino two years later, and making his Serie A debut with the Granata. The winger spent two seasons in Turin, before signing for Monza. He also had a spell at Atalanta and then concluded his playing career back at Cremonese.

His coaching career followed a similar path, starting with a spell at Cremonese, who he led to promotion to Serie A before repeating the trick with Atalanta, and then leading La Dea to the semi-finals of the 1987/88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He then took Torino to the final of the 1991/92 UEFA Cup, where they lost to Ajax, but got his hands on a trophy the following season as his side won the 1992/93 Coppa Italia.

More recently, he coached Napoli, Cosenza, Fiorentina, AlbinoLeffe and Cremonese again, making his last Serie A appearance with Novara in 2012.