Azeglio Vicini

Azeglio Vicini ( born March 20, 1933, Cesena ) is an Italian former football player and coach.

It was during the European Football Championship in 1988 and the Football World Cup 1990 team manager of the Italian national team.


Vicini comes from a poor family from Cesena. He was the youngest of five children. In addition to his studies, he worked as a house painter. From 1952, he played for AC Cesena and from 1958 for Sampdoria, where he was redeployed from attacking midfielder to defensive players. In 1965 he moved to Brescia in the Serie B. Two years later he took over the club as a coach. In 1969, he joined the Association in 1975 and coach of the Italian U -23, which occurred as a U- 21 team from 1977. In 1982, Vicini was with her vice-European champion.

In August 1986, after the FIFA World Cup 1986, Azeglio Vicini took over as the successor of Enzo Bearzot, the Italian national team. His international debut as a team boss was against Greece on October 8, 1986. With the Italian team Vicini resigned from the European Football Championship 1988 in Germany against the USSR in the semifinals. In the 1990 World Cup in his own country he could reach the third place with his team. 1991 Vicini resigned after the failure of Italy back to qualifying for the European Championship in Sweden. His successor was Arrigo Sacchi. In the 1995/96 season he coached for a short time AC Cesena and Udinese Calcio, before he later took over the Presidency of the Italian coach association.


  • U-21 European runners-up: 1982
  • European Championship third parties: 1988
  • World Cup Third: 1990