Roberto Donadoni

Donadoni as coach of Napoli (2009)

Roberto Donadoni (born 9 September 1963 Cisano Bergamasco ) is a retired Italian footballer and current coach.

Career as a player


The attacking midfielder (right side) Donadoni started his professional career in 1981 in the youth of Atalanta Bergamo. In 1982, he made ​​it into the first team, which played at this time in the Italian Serie B and came to 18 sessions. Donadoni was at first despite several offers in Bergamo and abolished a year later with the team promotion to the Serie A.

In 1986, Roberto Donadoni to AC Milan, where he remained until 1996, for the time being. Donadoni was the first purchase of the AC under Silvio Berlusconi, who took over the club in the same year. He was in the late 1980s, one of the pillars next to Franco Baresi and the Dutch triangle Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten, the AC Milan the most successful club in Europe made ​​this time. He won with Milan six Italian titles (1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999), three times the European Champions Cup and the UEFA Champions League (1989, 1990, 1994 ), three times the European Super Cup (1989, 1990, 1994 ) and the Intercontinental Cup twice (1989, 1990).

1996 wanted Donadoni finish off his career in the United States at the New York MetroStars, but returned in October 1997 again for one and a half years to be at this time in a sporting crisis contained AC Milan back ( 24 appearances ). His active career ended Donadoni final in 2000 in Saudi Arabia with Al -Ittihad, where he won the last championship of his career.


As an Italian national team Roberto Donadoni took part in the World Cup 1990 and the FIFA World Cup 1994. In the 1990 World Cup he finished third with Italy, but was one of the unlucky souls in the penalty shootout of the semi-final against Argentina, as he missed the first penalty. He also played for Italy at the European Football Championship 1988 in Germany and at the European Football Championship in England in 1996. In total, he scored five goals in 63 appearances for the Italian national football team.

Career as a coach

As a coach Donadoni worked for the AC Lecco in the C series of 2001/ 02, AS Livorno, Serie B in the season 2002/ 03 and CFC Genoa 2003/04. As of January 2005, he was the coach of the Italian first division club AS Livorno. From this office he resigned on 7 February 2006.

After Marcello Lippi stepped down after the World Cup victory in 2006, Donadoni was appointed as his successor. His first game as coach of the Azzurri on 16 August 2006 lost Donadoni against Croatia, of all places in Livorno, 0-2. From the World Cup squad for this friendly match only the goalkeeper Marco Amelia had been nominated. With a draw against Lithuania and a 1-3 defeat against France, he put down the almost obligatory false start, the almost every Italian national team coach had to learn when taking office. Thereafter, however, the results improved. On 17 November 2007, the Azzurri could make with their 2-1 win in Scotland qualifying for the 2008 European Championship in Switzerland and Austria. For Donadoni coaching career to qualify for the European Championship finals means the current climax.

Even before the Euro 2008 he extended his contract with the Italian Association for two years until 2010., The contract contained an out clause in the event that Donadoni does not lead the Italian team to at least the semi-final. After leaving the quarter-finals of the European Championship against the eventual champions Spain Donadoni was fired. Was succeeded by his predecessor Marcello Lippi.

On 10 March 2009 Donadoni signed by three quarters of a year break, during which he has in the meantime already acted as a coach at several clubs in Italy and England, a contract with SSC Napoli, where he replaced the unsuccessful coach Edoardo Reja with immediate effect. After a mixed season opener, he was dismissed as coach of SSC Napoli in October 2009. As of November 2010, he oversaw the league rivals Cagliari Calcio, where he was made redundant on 12 August 2011. In January 2012, the Parma FC announced the signing of Roberto Donadoni, who signed a contract until the summer of 2013.