Career as a player
He began his football career in 1938 when unterklassigen club Imolese Calcio at Imola and moved a year later to Forlì FC in the third-class series C, with whom he reached the fourth place. From 1940 to 1942 he played for two seasons with Atalanta in Serie A ( 6.r and 13th place, 51 games, 12 goals), then aground in the 1942/43 season for Ambrosiana Inter. With Inter he reached the fourth place in the last pre-war championship, scoring six goals in 17 games. In the war break he played with Faenza Calcio in regional competitions to return then to Milan. In the then two-part Divisione Nazionale Campionato Alta Italia Serie A 1945/46, he scored six goals in 30 matches for Ambrosiana - Inter, the team was 4th in the overall table. The first single-track post-war championship of Serie A 1946/47, he moved to the newly merged team of Sampdoria, with whom he reached the 10th place in 30 games and hit three times. For the next three seasons, he returned to Atalanta, which were placed in fifth, 16th and eighth. During his second engagement in Bergamo, he scored a total of 18 goals in 77 games. The season 1950/51 he spent in Serie B with Brescia Calcio (9th place, 26 games, 4 goals). The following four seasons, he ran for the AC Parma, the first three in the series C. After winning the championship in the Serie C 1953/54, he spent another year with Parma in Serie B (9th place, 8 games, no goals ). His active career as a player he trailed off from 1955 to 1957 at the fourth-class AC Mantova in the IV series.
Career as a coach
Also the AC Mantova he began in 1957 his career as a football coach and led the team immediately as a table first in the C series in his second coach season 1958/59 he managed the direct walkover, again as a table first, After the B. series a fifth place in 1961 succeeded the rise as table second in the Serie A, where the team reached 1961/62 in the last season under Fabbri ninth place. In 1962 he was awarded the coaches award Seminatore d' oro of the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio.
After the failure in the first round of the World Cup in Chile in 1962, he took over the Italian national football team by Paolo Mazza. His debut as coach was on 11 November 1962 in Vienna in a friendly against Austria instead, which won Italy 2-1. In the qualification for Euro 1964, the team failed in the second round with 0:2 and 1:1 in the national football team of the USSR. In qualifying for the World Cup in England in 1966, the team of Italy, however, prevailed as a group first, but failed in the preliminary round with a 0-1 in their final group game to North Korea. After the World Cup he was replaced by Ferruccio Valcareggi. In 29 games as head of the national team of Italy he reached 18 wins, six draws and five defeats.
From 1967 to 1969, he coached the team from FC Turin, with whom he finished in fifth and sixth place in the Serie A and the Coppa Italia in 1968 won. The following European Cup Winners' Cup in 1968/69 Turin lost the quarter-finals to eventual winners ŠK Slovan Bratislava. In 1969 he moved to league rivals FC Bologna and won in his first season in Bologna also the Coppa Italia. In Europe Cup Winners' Cup 1970/71 Bologna failed in the first round at Frankfurt FC Viktoria after two draws by the away goals rule. The team placed in the Serie A on the tenth, fifth and eleventh place in the table. For the 1972/73 season he took over Cagliari Calcio and led them to eighth place in the UEFA Cup they failed in the first round at Olympiakos Piraeus. Then he returns for one year for Torino and finished sixth in Serie A, UEFA Cup 1974/75 they lost Fortuna Dusseldorf in the first round. In 1976, he coached Ternana Calcio from Terni in the series B. His last coaching position in 1981 /82 AC Pistoiese, he oversaw in his only previous Serie A season.
- Italy's Coach of the Year: 1962
- Italian Cup Winners: 1967/68, 1969/70