(born June 18, 1974 in Castello di Cisterna
) is a retired Italian footballer
. Currently he is the youngest head coach of Serie A
, after being named at the helm of Sicilian
on 9 June 2011.
Montella's nickname during his playing career was L'Aeroplanino
("The Little Airplane"), in a reference to his small stature and trademark goal celebration, where he spreads his arms like wings.
Montella began his club career in Serie C1
in 1990 before moving to Serie B
in 1995, where he scored 21 goals in his only season with the club, at the end of which he lifted the Anglo-Italian Cup
. He then moved up to Serie A
to U.C. Sampdoria
, where he remained three years, until 1999, when he moved to Roma in a 50 billion Italian lire
Montella made his Serie A debut on 8 September 1996, against Perugia
It was Roma coach Zdeněk Zeman
that wanted him to spearhead the Roma attack, but that year Roma also signed a new coach, Fabio Capello
, who disliked short forwards. Despite this, during the season 1999-00, Montella scored 18 goals, being the topscorer of the giallorossi
.The following year, Roma signed the Argentinian forward Gabriel Batistuta
from ACF Fiorentina
, the tall striker wanted by Capello.
There was a controversy between the two forwards concerning the jersey #9
, that was the number of... Read More