Giuseppe Iachini

Giuseppe Iachini
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-05-07) 7 May 1964
Place of birth Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1987 Ascoli 81 (9)
1987–1989 Verona 47 (1)
1989–1994 Fiorentina 126 (2)
1994–1996 Palermo 62 (1)
1996–1997 Ravenna 31 (1)
1997–2000 Venezia 65 (0)
2000–2001 Alessandria 14 (0)
Total 426 (14)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Venezia
2002–2003 Cesena
2003–2004 Vicenza
2004–2007 Piacenza
2007–2008 Chievo
2009–2010 Brescia
2011 Brescia
2011–2012 Sampdoria
2012–2013 Siena
2013–2015 Palermo
2016 Palermo
2016 Udinese

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

Giuseppe Iachini (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe jaˈkini]; born 7 May 1964) is an Italian football coach and former player who played as a midfielder; he was last in charge of Italian club Udinese.

Playing career

Iachini was born in Ascoli Piceno. He started his playing career at Ascoli, and made his Serie A and professional debut during the 1981–82 season, at the age of 17. He played for Ascoli until 1987, when he signed for Verona.

In 1989, Iachini moved to Fiorentina and played five seasons with the viola, four of them in Serie A. From 1994 to 1996 he played for Palermo of Serie B. After a single Serie B season with Ravenna, in 1997 Iachini transferred to Venezia, where he played for three years, two of them in Serie A. He retired in 2001, after a Serie C1 season with Alessandria.

As a player, he represented the Italy Olympic side at the 1988 Summer Olympics at international level, where they finished in fourth place.

Managing career


Iachini started his coaching career in October 2001, when he was called to coach Venezia of Serie A, despite not being in possession of a coaching license yet. Assisted by "official" head coach Alfredo Magni, Iachini left his position as assistant coach at Piacenza in order to join Venezia, in spite of the Italian football regulation laws, and was successively disqualified for six months because of that. In the end, Venezia were relegated to Serie B.


In 2002–2003, Iachini coached Cesena of Serie C1, leading his team to a spot in the promotion playoffs.


In 2003–2004, Iachini moved at Vicenza, in Serie B, where he managed a team composed mostly by youngsters and led them to a mid-table place.


He coached Piacenza, another Serie B club, from 2004–05 to 2006–07 with good results, including a notable fourth place, only behind Juventus, Napoli and Genoa, in his latest season with the biancorossi.

Chievo Verona: promotion to Serie A

He was announced on June 2007 as new Chievo Verona boss for their 2007–08 Serie B campaign, and successfully led the gialloblu to become league champions and promptly mark their return in the top flight.

On 4 November 2008, following an unimpressive start in the 2008–09 Serie A campaign, and two days after a 3–0 loss to Palermo, Iachini was dismissed from his coaching post by the club management.[1]

Brescia: promotion to Serie A

On 4 October 2009 he was appointed new head coach of Serie B outfit Brescia, replacing Alberto Cavasin.[2] Under his tenure, Brescia ended the regular season in third place, missing automatic promotion in the final game of the season. The team however went back to win the promotion playoffs and claim a place in the 2010–11 Serie A after defeating Torino F.C. in the finals.

After a wave of bad results, resulting on the team's dropdown to the relegation zone near the winter, on 6 December 2010, he was sacked;[3] However he was called back at the helm of Brescia boss less than two months later, following the dismissal of his successor Mario Beretta on 30 January 2011.[4]

Sampdoria: promotion to Serie A

On 14 November 2011 Iachini was named as the new head coach of Sampdoria, after a disastrous start to the season in Serie B, in place of the sacked Gianluca Atzori.[5] He charged the team, strongly depressed under the psychological profile and in winter market with radically revised to players motivated and adapted to the category. On 9 June 2012 the team, ranked only 6th in the league with an incredible recover, was promoted after playoffs to Serie A defeating Varese in the finals.


On 17 December 2012 Iachini was appointed the new coach of Siena in Serie A en place of the sacked Serse Cosmi.[6] He left the club by the end of the season after failing to save it from relegation.


On 25 September 2013 he was announced as new head coach of Palermo, a former team of his as a player, signing a two-year contract and taking over from dismissed Gennaro Gattuso. During his tenure, he succeeded in turning the Sicilians' fortunes and managed to win his personal fourth top flight promotion, guiding Palermo to be crowned Serie B champions on the 3rd of May, five matches before the end of season. He was successively confirmed as Palermo head coach for the upcoming 2014–15 Serie A season. He was sacked on 10 November 2015.[7]

Following a confusing period where Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini appointed four different managers in a month after the sacking of Davide Ballardini, Iachini returned as manager of the club on 15 February 2016,[8] but was sacked once again on 10 March.[9]


He was appointed manager of Udinese on 19 May 2016.[10] He was sacked on 2 October 2016.[11]


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