Giuseppe Pillon

Giuseppe "Bepi" Pillon
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-02-08) 8 February 1956
Place of birth Preganziol, Italy
Playing position Coach
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Pro Mogliano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Pro Mogliano
Teams managed
1992–1993 Salvarosa
1993–1994 Bassano
1994–1997 Treviso
1997–1998 Padova
1998 Genoa
2000 Lumezzane
2000 Pistoiese
2001–2003 Ascoli
2003–2004 Bari
2004–2005 Treviso
2005–2006 Chievo Verona
2007–2008 Treviso
2008–2009 Reggina
2009–2010 Ascoli
2010–2011 Livorno
2011 Empoli
2013 Reggina
2014 Carpi
2015 Pisa
2015- Padova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Giuseppe "Bepi" Pillon (born 8 February 1956 in Preganziol, Province of Treviso) is an Italian association football and manager of Padova.



Pillon moved his first footsteps into football with hometown team Pro Mogliano, before to join Juventus's youth ranks for three years.[1] He then played mostly for Serie C1 and Serie C2 teams throughout his career, including a four-year spell at Padova and three seasons with Spezia. He spent his two last seasons as a player at Pro Mogliano.[1]


Early years: from amateurs to Serie B

Pillon started his coaching career in 1992 with amateur Interregionale team Salvarosa. He went on to become Bassano coach the next season before to join Treviso in 1994, leading them through three consecutive promotion from Interregionale to Serie B. In 1997 he left Treviso to accept an offer from Padova of Serie B in 1997, only to be sacked in a few weeks. This was followed by another unsuccessful spell at Genoa in 1998, before being appointed as Lumezzane boss during the 1999–2000 Serie C1 season. He returned to coach in the Serie B in 2000–01 as Pistoiese boss. In 2001–02 he led Ascoli to win the Serie C1 title, heading the bianconeri also in their successive Serie B campaign.

After starting the 2003–04 season without a job, he was appointed at the helm of Serie B team Bari on January 2004, leading the galletti out of the relegation zone.

Serie A and Europe with Treviso and Chievo

In the following season, he was appointed by his former team Treviso, leading them to an impressive season which ensured them a spot in the promotion playoffs. He was consequently appointed by Serie A team Chievo Verona for their 2005–06 campaign which ended in a very impressive sixth place; this was later elevated to third following the 2006 Serie A scandal events, meaning Chievo would have awarded a spot in the UEFA Champions League 2006-07 third qualifying round, which they however lost to Levski Sofia. A low start in their Serie A 2006–07 campaign then convinced the Chievo management to sack Pillon, replacing him with Luigi Delneri.

The season 2007–08

During the summer of 2007, he was announced as new Treviso boss for their 2007–08 Serie B campaign in a third spell at the club for Pillon, with his brother Albino as assistant manager.[1] This new experience however proved not to be as successful as it was initially expected, and Treviso found themselves in the bottom part of the table, escaping relegation in the final weeks of the season. On July 2008 Treviso announced to have agreed a mutual consent leave with Pillon.[2]

The season 2008–09

On 16 December 2008 Pillon was announced as new head coach of Serie A relegation strugglers Reggina Calcio, being appointed as replacement for Nevio Orlandi, dismissed because of poor results with the amaranto.[3] His tenure with Reggina however lasted just a month, being dismissed on 29 January 2009 due to poor results.[4]

Back to Ascoli in the season 2009–10

On November 2009 he was appointed head coach of Ascoli, a team he already coached from 2001 to 2003, replacing Alessandro Pane.[5]

Pillon gained nationwide news after he was protagonist of a highly unusual fair play action during a Serie B league game versus Reggina: after his side questionably scored a goal while a Reggina player was lying injured on the pitch, he requested his players to allow the opponent team to score; the game then ended in a 3–1 home loss for Ascoli, and such choice was heatedly criticized by the local fans. The game events and his reactions, with Pillon defending his actions and declaring himself critical of the belligerent atmosphere in Italian football, were then cited as the reason for him being awarded the 2009 International Fair Play prize.[6]


On June 2010 Pillon was announced as new head coach of recently relegated Serie B club Livorno.[7] Following an unimpressive first half of season, Pillon was relieved of his managerial duties on 14 February 2011 following a 0–1 loss to minnows Portogruaro.[8]


On 3 October 2011 Pillon becomes the new coach of Empoli in Serie B, in place of the sacked Alfredo Aglietti.[9] On 20 November 2011 he has been sacked and replaced by Guido Carboni.[10]


  1. 1 2 3 "Pillon, un uomo chiamato Treviso" (in Italian). 21 April 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  2. "Risolto consensualmente il contratto tra il Treviso e Mr. Pillon" (in Italian). Treviso FBC 1993. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2008.
  3. "Reggina: Orlandi esonerato. Squadra affidata a Pillon" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 16 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  4. "Comunicato ufficiale" (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  5. "Bepi Pillon torna ad Ascoli. Domani la presentazione" (in Italian). Ascoli Calcio 1898. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  6. "2009 International Fair Play awards announced". Associated Press. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  7. "Giuseppe Pillon nuovo allenatore dell´A.S. Livorno Calcio" (in Italian). AS Livorno Calcio. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  8. "Novellino nuovo allenatore dell´A.S. Livorno Calcio" (in Italian). AS Livorno Calcio. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  10. "Ultim'ora: l'Empoli esonera Pillon, panchina a Guido Carboni" (in Italian). Radio Bruno Toscana. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
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