Francesco Guidolin

Francesco Guidolin

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Francesco Guidolin

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Francesco Guidolin (born 3 October 1955 in Castelfranco Veneto) is an Italian football manager and former player, currently serving as head coach of Serie A outfit Udinese.

Playing career

Guidolin made his professional debut with then-Serie A club Verona in 1975, with whom then spent most of his career, except for a number of loan moves to clubs Sambenedettese, Pistoiese and Bologna. He retired in 1986 after two seasons with Serie C2 club Venezia.

Guidolin also appeared with the Italian Under-21 team between 1976 and 1977.

Coaching career

Early years

Guidolin debuted in a managing role in 1988, as head coach of Serie C2 team Giorgione, the main club of his native city, Castelfranco Veneto. He then coached teams such as Treviso (Serie C2), Fano, Empoli and Ravenna (all in Serie C1). After having led Ravenna to a Serie B promotion, Guidolin was successively appointed in 1993 as coach of Serie A team Atalanta, but he did not achieve great success and he was fired after just 10 matches.

Vicenza: from Serie B to Europe

The next season, Guidolin joined Vicenza, leading the team from Serie B to win the Coppa Italia in 1997 and even reaching the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final on his first adventure at the European level, then lost to Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea, in 1998. He also guided Vicenza to top the Serie A league table for a short period throughout the 1996–97 season, leading therefore the biancorossi back to the top level after a period of decline, winning the first...
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