Ciro Ferrara

Ciro Ferrara ( born February 11, 1967 in Naples ) is an Italian former football player and current coach.

Ferrara was considered technically good header of the ball and strong central defender, and together with Paolo Montero in the late 1990s at Juventus one of the best interior defenses in the world. In addition, he won six league titles as a player.

As assistant coach of Italy head coach Marcello Lippi, he celebrated winning the Football World Cup 2006 in Germany. From summer 2006 to 2009 he worked as coordinator of the youth department at Juventus. On 18 May 2009 he replaced also the sacked coach Claudio Ranieri and was after a successful season conclusion of new head coach of the Old Lady.

  • 2.1 As a player 2.1.1 In the club
  • 2.1.2 In the National Team


As a player

In the club

Until 1994: SSC Napoli

At the age of 14 years, Ciro Ferrara was temporarily confined to a wheelchair since he suffered from pain caused due to Osgood- Schlatter disease. However, this disease did not prevent his athletic career, to Naples with his Serie A debut experienced a first peak at the Stadio San Paolo on 5 May 1985. Ironically, he ran in his first game against Juventus, the club with which he was later to win many national and international titles.

At this time, Diego Maradona played in Naples and led the team to Gianfranco Zola and Ferrara for the first Scudetto - winning and the second success in the Coppa Italia in the season 1986 / 87th After two consecutive runner-up championships, where one of the Milan clubs AC 1987/88 and Inter 1988/89 had to defer them, took Ferrara's team under new coach Alberto Bigonville 1989/90 to date, the last championship for the SSC. Ferrara's first coach and promoter Ottavio Bianchi, active from 1985 for Napoli, was after the two second places replaced by Bigonville.

Remained internationally Ciro Ferrara in his Neapolitan time not without a title. In the season 1988/89 he won his first European trophy and Naples by winning the UEFA Cup against VfB Stuttgart ( 2:1 and 3:3 ).

After the Cup 1990, the club fell from the early 1990s and reached under Bigonville only a seventh place. After him followed the coach Claudio Ranieri with a fourth place, Ottavio Bianchi with a short interlude for eleventh and Marcello Lippi with sixth place, after this one season 1993/94 signed for Italian giants Juventus and his intelligence chief Ferrara after ten years as a professional for the Old Lady piloted.

In ten seasons Ferrara was 323 times the blue jersey, which he completed 247 games in Serie A (12 goals) and 47 in Cup ( 2 goals). He also ran once in the Supercoppa Italiana, and took it. At European level, he played 28 times for the SSC.

1994-2005: Juventus

With the change of neapolitantischen Urgesteines to the Bianconeri in Turin in the second half of Ciro Ferrara's active career, which should not be less successful began. In his first season in white- black jersey he won in 1994/95 his third Scudetto, which should mean the whole twentieth for Juventus, and brought with the triumph in the Coppa Italia and his second Juve until today last title in the Cup competition. The following year he won in a penalty shootout the Champions League coached by Louis van Gaal Ajax Amsterdam. Ferrara converted his penalty this evening at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

In the jersey of the old lady he ran 358 times in 253 Serie A games (plus a play about a placement for a European competition ), get it to him 15 goals; 26 Cup games and three Super Cup appearances; 74 European Cup bets and a game for the World Cup against River Plate of Argentina.

In Turin he won six Scudetti ( 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005 ), where the title was 05 revoked by 2004 / in the framework of the Italian manipulation scandal in 2006 Juve - he also captured his second Italian Cup (1995 ), four Italian Super Cups ( 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003 ), once the UEFA Champions League ( 1996), a European Supercup (1996 ), a world Cup (1996 ) and once in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999.

On 15 May 2005, almost exactly 20 years after its debut, Ferrara played his last match against Parma FC in Turin. At the end of this season, he finished his career with his seventh title. He is the tenth Italian player who has completed over 500 league appearances in Serie A. His coach at the Old Lady were Marcello Lippi (1994-1999 and 2001-2004), Carlo Ancelotti (1999-2001) and Fabio Capello (from 2004).

In a rich emotional farewell game at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples Ferrara stepped off accompanied by many companions of the football stage. The presence of Diego Maradona, who was enthusiastically received by the more than 70,000 spectators, the main actor made ​​it even temporarily for Supporting Actor.

In the National Team

His debut for the Italian national team celebrated Ciro Ferrara on 10 June 1987 in the 3-1 against Argentina. In addition, he was a 1988 Italian Olympic team that took fourth place in Seoul at the Summer Games. In 1990 he was part of the Italian team, the third was against England at the World Championships at home. However, Italy did not qualify for Euro 1992 in Sweden.

With the transfer to Juventus Ferrara was Azzurra team regular in the Squadra, but he was injured before the 1996 European Championship in England and thus fell for the tournament. Italy was eliminated in the group stage. The same thing happened to him before the World Cup in France, where the tournament was over for the Azzurri in the quarter- final against the hosts on penalties.

Under legendary goalkeeper Dino Zoff Ferrara graduated at Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands, his last game for the Italians. There were missing only a few seconds to win the title against France, but where Sylvain Wiltord and Ferrara later teammate David Trezeguet of Juventus the game even opted for the Blues ( 1:2 aet).

As Ferrara was no longer considered under the following national coach Giovanni Trapattoni, (no gate) was the number of his matches limited to 49 internationals.

As a coach

2005-2006: assistant of Marcello Lippi

After end of his career at Juventus, Ciro Ferrara was part of the backroom team by coach Marcello Lippi. There, the post of assistant coach, he was assigned, and so he has to win the world champion title in 2006 in Germany.

2006-2008: Youth Coordinator at Juventus

After the 2006 World Cup Ferrara worked for two years as coordinator of the youth department at Juventus. In the meantime, he also worked as a commentator for Italian pay TV.

Azzurra return on the bank of the Squadra: 2008-2009

After the unsuccessful Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, the World Champion trainer Lippi replaced the hapless Roberto Donadoni on the bench of the Italian national team and also moved to Ferrara a return as his assistant coach.

2009-2010: Juventus

Interim coach for two games

After the sacking of Claudio Ranieri on 18 May 2009 Ferrara took over for two games the post as interim coach of Juventus to provide direct qualification for the UEFA Champions League, which was under his predecessor no longer considered secure. The team had turned against Ranieri and accused him of tactical errors. The discrepancies in the team culminated in Mauro Camoranesi that refused to be substituted at halftime of the game against U.S. Lecce and the coach yelled.

A week later, on May 24, Ferrara completed his debut at the White Black bench and led the team to a 3-0 win against AC Siena. With a 2-0 win against Lazio he won the second victory of the vice championship in Serie A and thus the direct qualification for the Champions League 2009/10.

During the summer break for the season 2009/10 was circulated some time the name of the Roma coach Luciano Spalletti in the Italian tabloids, who was the old lady for the next season to take, but was this known on 5 June 2009, that he but the capital club wanted to stay and thus Ferrara was appointed on the same day to the head coach for the 2009/10 season and signed a two-year contract.

Season 2009/10

For the 2009/10 season, the team of the Old Lady was formally renewed. So players like Olof Mellberg, Cristiano Zanetti and Marco Marchionni were issued in the summer also Pavel Nedvěd ended his active career. The White Black invested with Diego ( Werder Bremen until then ), Felipe Melo ( Fiorentina ) and Fabio Grosso ( Olympique Lyon) in new potential leaders. Also captain Fabio Cannavaro was brought back from Real Madrid, to form together with Giorgio Chiellini the new central defense. With these Neueinkäufen and Ferrara in the dugout the Bianconeri wanted to do the nunmehrigen series champions Inter Milan the Scudetto in dispute.

After a promising start with four wins and two draws in six games followed after the first defeat against Palermo (0:2) inconstant performance of the team in December with the defeats against Bari (1:3 ) and the last in the championship Catania (1:2) found their nadir. Prior playful Ferrara team to almost certain believed ascension to the Champions League first knockout round by a 1:4 defeat against Bayern Munich in their final group game, whereupon the young coach apologized to the fans. After this defeat, voices were raised, Ferrara should be dismissed. But the newly elected at the time Juve president Jean -Claude Blanc clung to him.

During the Christmas break, the Serie A circulated some speculation about Ferrara remain in Turin by the media landscape. Thus, Guus Hiddink, whose contract ended as a Russian coach, and Italy coach Marcello Lippi, who was Ferrara 's successor after the season talking traded.

For a year Ferrara stood with his team to third place in Serie A and " wintered " internationally after the Champions League exit in the Europa League.

On 29 January 2010 Ferrara was sacked by Juventus. On 22 October 2010 he was appointed after the dismissal of Pierluigi Casiraghi as the new coach of the Italian U-21 national team.

2012: Sampdoria Genoa

For the 2012/13 season, he took over the upstart from Serie B, Sampdoria. After a successful start, but he was already dismissed on 17 December 2012, as Samdpdoria came closer and closer to the relegation zone.


As a player

In the club

  • Champions League: 1995 /96 ( with Juventus )
  • Champions League Runners-up: 1996/97, 1997/98, 2002/ 03 ( with Juventus )
  • UEFA Cup: 1988 /89 ( with Napoli )
  • World Cup: 1996 ( with Juventus )
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1996 ( with Juventus )
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999 ( with Juventus )
  • Italian Championship: 1986/87, 1989/90 ( with Napoli ), 1994 /95 and 1996/97, 1997/98, 2001/ 02, 2002/ 03, 2004 / 05 * ( with Juventus )
  • Coppa Italia: 1986 /87 ( with Napoli ), 1994 /95 ( with Juventus )
  • Italian Super Cup: 1991 ( with Napoli ), 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003 ( with Juventus )

* Disallowed under the Italian football scandal 2005/2006

In the National Team

  • World Cup Third: 1990
  • European runners-up: 2000

As a coach

  • World Champion: 2006 ( as co- coach of the Italian national team)
  • Italian runner-up: 2009 (as interim coach of Juventus )