Massimo Bonini

Massimo Bonini (2011)

Massimo Bonini ( born October 13, 1959 in San Marino City ) is a former san- marinesischer football player, coach and sports official. He is still regarded as one of the best and most successful Sammarinese football player in history.


In the club

The career of the blond midfielder started in 1977 located near his Sammarinese home Bellaria -Igea Marina in AC Bellaria Igea Marina in Serie D. After short-term commitment to the AS Forlì and Cesena, he moved in 1981 to the Italian giants Juventus Turin. With this club Massimo Bonini won in 1982, 1984 and 1986, the Scudetto, the Italian Cup and the 1983 Coppa Italia. His first international title he reached in 1984 after a 2-1 final success of his team against FC Porto in the European Cup Winners' Cup. On May 29, 1985 Bonini was in the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup against Liverpool ( 1-0) and was an eyewitness to the catastrophe of Heysel, when after riots by hooligans 39 people were killed.

As the successor of Giuseppe Furino at Juventus Bonini from its beginning had also individual success: he was in 1983 awarded as the best young European player with the Trofeo Bravo. The star cast to Michel Platini, Zbigniew Boniek, Gaetano Scirea and Paolo Rossi, he defended over the years his place. In total he played 296 games for Juventus, scoring six goals. His career trailed off at FC Bologna, where he scored a further five goals in 112 games between 1988 and 1993.

In the National Team

Massimo Bonini played a total of nine times in the U- 21 team of the Italian Association. A- caps for Italy he could not deny because of its origin from San Marino. Between 1990 and 1995 he completed 19 appearances for San Marino.

As a coach

After retiring from active competition was Massimo Bonini between 1996 and 1998 coach of the San Marino's national soccer team. Between 1998 and 2000 he worked as a youth coach at AC Cesena, after which he worked as a sports director for the Emilian club.


In 2004 he received from the Football Federation San Marino the Golden Ball With this ceremony, the choice at the best football players of his country was connected in the period 1954-2003.

  • Italian Championship: 1981 /82 1983/84 1985/86
  • Coppa Italia: 1982/83
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1983/84
  • UEFA Super Cup 1984
  • European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1984/85
  • World Cup winner: 1985