Azeglio Vicini

Azeglio Vicini
Personal information
Date of birth (1934-03-20) March 20, 1934
Place of birth Cesena, Italy
Playing position Manager
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1956 Vicenza 54 (8)
1956–1963 Sampdoria 191 (6)
1963–1966 Brescia 55 (2)
Teams managed
1967–1968 Brescia
1975–1976 Italy U-23
1977–1986 Italy U-21
1986–1991 Italy
1992–1993 Cesena
1993–1994 Udinese

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Azeglio Vicini (Italian pronunciation: [adˈdzeʎʎo viˈtʃiːni]; born 20 March 1934 in Cesena) is an Italian retired football coach and footballer, who also served as the President of the Technical Sector of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

One of Italy's most important coaches during the eighties, he coached the Italy under-21 side, reaching the semi-final of the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, and final of the 1986 UEFA European Under-21 Championship; he later coached the Italian senior national side, reaching the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 1988, and leading the team to another semi-final, and eventually a third-place finish, in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, in Italy.

Playing career

Vicini started his career with Lanerossi Vicenza, helping the team to Serie A promotion after winning the 1954–55 Serie B title, and making his Serie A debut on 25 September 1955 in a 2–0 home defeat to Inter. He later moved to Sampdoria, playing with the club for 7 seasons in the top division, before moving to Serie B club Brescia. He made his club debut on 15 September 1963, in a 4–0 away defeat to Varese, narrowly missing out on Serie A promotion during his first season with the club. The following season, he won the Serie B title with the club, finally achieving Serie A promotion after 17 years. After suffering relegation, the team immediately won back Serie A promotion the following season. Vicini ended his playing career during the 1967–68 season, when he became the club's manager midway through the season, although he was ultimately unable to save the club from relegation, despite impressing with his performances.[1][2]

Managerial career

After starting his professional coaching career with his former club Brescia from 1967–68, he was named the head coach of the Italian Under-23 side in his 30s, between 1975–76, participating in the 1976 UEFA European Under-23 Championship, where Italy were eliminated in the group stages. He was later named the head coach of the Italy national under-21 football team, a position which he occupied between 1977 and 1986. With the Under-21 side, he reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championships in 1978, 1980, and 1982, and the semi-finals in 1984; he won the "Seminatore d'Oro" award, for the best coach in Italian football in 1986,[3] after the team reached the final of the 1986 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[4] He subsequently managed the senior Italian team from 1986 to 1991.[5] He led Italy to the semi-finals of the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship, and also to the semi-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup on home soil, where they eventually finished in third-place, winning 6 out of 7 matches, with their only draw coming in their penalty-shootout defeat to Argentina in the semi-finals. However, after the team failed to qualify for the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship, he was replaced as Italy's head coach by former Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi.[6] In 1991, he was awarded the "Panchina d'Oro" Award for his career;[7] he later managed his hometown team Cesena from 1992–93, and Udinese from 1993–94, before retiring.[1] He later took up the position as head of the technical sector of the FIGC; he was replaced by Roberto Baggio in 2010.[8] Vicini was awarded the Premio Malatesta Novello by his hometown of Cesena in 2008.[9]









5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 1991[11]


  1. 1 2 "La Simpatia di Vicini". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. "Azeglio Vicini". (in Italian). Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  3. 1 2 "AZEGLIO VICINI HA VINTO IL 'SEMINATORE D' ORO'". (in Italian). La Repubblica. 10 March 1987. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  4. "1986: Spagna di rigore sull'Italia". (in Italian). UEFA. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  7. 1 2 "Guidolin panchina d' oro i complimenti di Mou". (in Italian). La Repubblica. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  8. "Baggio accetta l'offerta Torna azzurro in Figc". (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  9. 1 2 Federica Bianchi (20 November 2014). "Cerimonia di consegna del premio Malatesta Novello- città di Cesena 2014". (in Italian). Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  10. 1 2 3 "Il était une fois...Azeglio Vicini". (in French). 15 February 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  11. "Onoreficenze". (in Italian). 30 September 1991. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mexico Raúl Cárdenas
Mexico Bora Milutinović ( Yugoslavia)
FIFA World Cup host country managers
Succeeded by
United States Bora Milutinović ( Yugoslavia)
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