Alberto Malesani

Alberto Malesani 2011

Alberto Malesani ( born June 5, 1954 in Verona) is a former Italian football player and current coach.

Playing career

Alberto Malesani came as football players never beyond the third league. He started at Audace San Michele and played briefly with 16 years for Lane Rossi Vicenza. With Audace he climbed in 1977 by the Series D in the C series on there, however, the association was able to keep only one season. Further stations of midfielder had Officine Bra, Ambrosiana and Casa Leone. By mid-twenties Malesani ended his playing career and worked for the camera manufacturer Canon.

Coaching career

For Canon, he had frequent travel to the Netherlands, in Amsterdam, he watched the training work at Ajax Amsterdam. In the early 1980s he was sports director at unterklassigen club Olimpia Domiro.

Some years later he became youth coach at Chievo Verona from 1991 to 1993 he was an assistant coach there. In the 1993/94 season, he took over as head coach of the first team and went with her from the series C1 to Serie B. In the following years Malesani Chievo led each to secure relegation, 1996/97 the team was even seventh. Malesani moved to Fiorentina in the Serie A, with which he finished fifth. From 1998 to 2001, Malesani coach at Parma, with whom he, Italian Supercup champion and UEFA Cup winner was Italian Cup Winners' Cup. He was released in 2001.

He then worked at Hellas Verona, but the team got down to Serie B in 2002 /03 it was only 13 in the second highest Italian league. 2003/ 04 Malesani supervised the team of FC Modena, working with him was prematurely terminated in March 2004.

In February 2005 he took over the Greek giants Panathinaikos, with whom he was vice-champion in 2005 and 2006 third. After Malesani had missed the Champions League qualifiers, he decided not to extend the contract and gave it to private reasons. As of January 2007, he was coach of Udinese before he hired in November the same year at FC Empoli. There was dismissed in March 2008 and replaced by his predecessor Luigi Cagni. From 23 November 2009, he was commissioned to relegation in Siena, but increased with the club at end of season to Serie B from and was then relieved of his duties.

On 1 September 2010 he took up the position of head coach at FC Bologna, after his predecessor Franco Colomba was sacked before the season started. For the 2011/12 season, he took over as coach at Genoa, but was discharged in December 2011. In March 2012, the Genoa Malesani brought back as a coach. On April 23, 2012, he was made redundant again after a 1:4 defeat against AC Siena.

On February 5, 2013 Malesani took over the Erstligaelf of Palermo. After three draws in three games Malesani was released on 25 February 2013. On January 29, 2014 it undertook the relegation- threatened first division side Sassuolo Calcio in place of Eusebio Di Francesco.


  • Italian Cup Winners' Cup with AC Parma 1998/99
  • Italian Supercup winner with AC Parma 1999
  • UEFA Cup winner with AC Parma 1998/99

External links and sources

  • Kicker article from 2004 with photo
  • Alberto Malesani in the database of
  • Summary of Malesani career of 17 June 2005 ( Italian)