Carlo Mazzone

Carlo Mazzone
Personal information
Date of birth (1937-03-19) 19 March 1937
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Club information
Current team
Teams managed
Years Team
1968–1975 Ascoli
1975–1978 Fiorentina
1978–1980 Catanzaro
1980–1985 Ascoli
1985–1986 Bologna
1986–1990 Lecce
1990–1991 Pescara
1991–1993 Cagliari
1993–1996 Roma
1996–1997 Cagliari
1997–1998 Napoli
1998–1999 Bologna
1999–2000 Perugia
2000–2003 Brescia
2003–2005 Bologna
2006 Livorno

Carlo "Carletto" Mazzone (born 19 March 1937 in Rome) is a retired Italian association footballer and manager.


A former centre back, Mazzone played several seasons for his beloved team, A.S. Roma, as well as for Spal and Ascoli. He spent nine seasons with Ascoli, retiring during the 1968–69 season to become the club's manager, in Serie C, helping the team to win the Serie C title in 1972.

Already popular with the Ascoli fans because of his history as a former player for the club, Mazzone gained even more popularity by leading the team for twelve years, up to their historic first ever Serie A appearance. Successively, Mazzone coached several Serie A and Serie B teams, such as Fiorentina, achieving his personal best result in Serie A, a third-place finish during the 1976–77 Serie A season, also winning the Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1975. He subsequently coached Catanzaro, Bologna F.C. 1909, Lecce, Pescara, and Cagliari (1991–93), leading the team to its first appearance in a European competition since the times of Gigi Riva.

After his successes at Cagliari, Mazzone fulfilled his dream, being called to manage his hometown club AS Roma for the 1993–94 Serie A season, where he coached a young Francesco Totti.[1] He remained at the helm of AS Roma for three seasons,[2] without being able to obtain any notable triumph, however.

Mazzone returned to Cagliari in 1996, and later also briefly coached Napoli (1997–98) the following season, before being sacked. He took charge of Bologna again in 1998, winning the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup, and reaching the semi-final of both the 1998–99 UEFA Cup and the 1998–99 Coppa Italia, also qualifying for the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup. He spent the following season with Perugia (1999–2000).

In 2000, he took charge of Serie A newcomers Brescia in 2000, where he had the opportunity to coach Roberto Baggio, and subsequently also Andrea Pirlo, Luca Toni, and Pep Guardiola.[1][3] During his first season with the club, he helped the club to avoid relegation for the first time in 40 years, leading them to their best ever Serie A finish to qualify for the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup, where they reached the final.[1][4] At Brescia, Mazzone is also remembered for making a ground-breaking decision, becoming the first coach to deploy Pirlo in a deeper creative role, as a deep-lying playmaker, rather than as an offensive midfielder (the role which Baggio occupied; Pirlo particularly excelled in this new role, due to his technique, vision, and long passing ability, and went on to have a highly successful career, earning a reputation as one of the best ever players in his position.[5][6][7][8] The following season, Mazzone was at the centre of controversy, however, when, on 30 September 2001, during a league match against rivals Atalanta, he ran for about 70 meters and screamed towards the Atalanta supporters, guilty of having offended him for the entire match long with personal insults, after his team tied the score in the final minutes.[9] That season, Brescia once again managed to avoid relegation, and also reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, their best ever result in the competition.[1][4] In 2002, Mazzone was awarded the Panchina d'Oro award, in honour of his career.

After helping the team avoid relegation for the third consecutive season, Mazzone left Brescia in 2003 in order to coach Bologna for the third time in his long career. However, his adventure lasted only two seasons, as the team was surprisingly relegated to Serie B at the end of the 2004–05 Serie A season. It was the first relegation ever in Mazzone's career, and it convinced him to take a break from coaching for a while.

However, on 7 February 2006, at the age of 68 years and 11 months, Mazzone accepted an offer of Livorno, filling the coaching position which had been left vacant by Roberto Donadoni, who resigned the day before; he resigned at the end of the season.



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 MATTEO PINCI (21 October 2014). "Mazzone ricorda Guardiola: "Un grande uomo e calciatore ma tifo Roma, Totti è un figlio"" (in Italian). La Repubbica. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. Vince Masiello (28 December 2009). "Carlo Mazzone: Luca Toni Is The 'Perfect Man' For Roma". Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  3. "Mazzone svela l'inedito: "Stavo convincendo Baggio a tornare a giocare. A quest'ora sarei ancora sulla panchina del Livorno..."" (in Italian). Il Sole 24 ore. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Storie di Provincia: le quattro stagioni del Brescia di Baggio e Mazzone (e non solo)". (in Italian). 18 July 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  5. Vanni Spinella (13 January 2015). "Mercato story: Pirlo al Brescia, magie in coppia con Baggio" (in Italian). Sky. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  6. "Roberto Baggio: "Pirlo è un fuoriclasse"" (in Italian). Tutto Mercato.web. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  7. "Pirlo: "Tra tutti i trofei vinti scelgo assolutamente il Mondiale!"" (in Italian). Vivo Azzurro. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  8. Christian Giordano (13 August 2008). "Da Tardelli a Desailly, cambiare serve". (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  9. "Brescia, grande rimonta Mazzone, lite ed espulsione" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 30 September 2001. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  10. "Carlo Mazzone" (in French). Monde du Retrieved 12 February 2016.
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