Cesare Claudio Prandelli
(born 19 August 1957 in Orzinuovi
, province of Brescia
) is an Italian football
coach and former player. He is currently the manager of the Italy national football team
Prandelli, a midfielder, started his playing career at Cremonese
in 1974. He then moved to Atalanta
in 1978, and then Juventus
in 1979. He played six seasons with Juventus, winning the Serie A
championship three times. He returned to Atalanta in 1985, where he ended his career in 1990. In total, Prandelli played 197 Serie A matches.
Prandelli started his managing career as youth team coach for Atalanta
. He coached Atalanta's youth squad with excellent results from 1990 to 1997, except for a seven-months parenthesis, from November 1993 to June 1994, in which he served as caretaker for the first team, then relegated to Serie B
. After a poor 1997–98 Serie A
campaign as Lecce
head coach ended in a sacking in January 1998, Prandelli headed Hellas Verona
for two seasons, leading the gialloblu
to an immediate promotion to Serie A
, and then to a very good ninth place the next year. He later spent two years with Parma
, where he fully reached national glory.
Starting the 2004–05 season for AS Roma
, he left the team because of personal problems involving his wife, with her being seriously ill.
Prandelli joined Fiorentina
as manager in the summer of 2005. His first season in Tuscany proved to be a huge success, as... Read More