Walter Mazzarri (Lapresse)
Mazzarri returns to Serie A: three-year contract for the former Inter and Napoli
Walter Mazzarri is the new coach of the Cagliari with which he signed a three-year contract. The 60-year-old Tuscan coach ex Napoli, Inter and Turin takes over Leonardo Semplici, exonerated after just three days (home draw against Spezia then defeats at San Siro against Milan and 2-3 against Genoa) despite the salvation won last season. It is the second change of coach in Serie A: in the past few hours the Verona called Igor Tudor instead of Eusebio Di Francesco.
“Cagliari announces that it has entrusted the technical leadership of the first team to Walter Mazzarri, who has signed a contract with the club until 30 June 2024”, reads a note from the Sardinian club. “At the same time, the assistant coach Claudio Bellucci, the athletic trainer Giuseppe Pondrelli, the technical collaborator Claudio Nitti and the match analyst Cristian Guerrini arrive at the Rossoblu.
WALTER MAZZARRI AT CAGLIARI: REGGINA, NAPLES, INTER … THE CAREER OF THE LIVORNESE MISTER
Born in San Vincenzo (Livorno) on 1 October 1961, MAZZARRI made his Serie A debut as a footballer with the Cagliari shirt (September 1982). After his first experiences on the bench as assistant coach in Bologna and Naples, from 1996 to 1999, he led the Primavera degli Emiliani for two seasons, before starting to coach the first team of Acireale (2001-02) and Pistoiese (2002). -03) in Serie C. In 2003-04 he jumped into the cadet championship: with Livorno he immediately obtained promotion to Serie A thanks to the third final place In the summer of 2007 he took on the role of coach of Reggina: in the first two seasons in Calabria leads the team to safety; in the third he made a real sporting feat, winning the permanence in Serie A despite the initial 11 penalty points. In 2007-08 he moved to the Sampdoria bench: sixth place and qualification for the UEFA Cup. The following year the Blucerchiati reached the third round of the competition and reached the final of the Italian Cup, lost only on penalties against Lazio. Since October 2009 he has been the coach of Napoli. Qualification in the Europa League in the first season and the following year brings the Neapolitans to third place, a goal that is worth the return of the Azzurri to the Champions League after twenty-one years of absence. The following year the team passed the group stage against Manchester City and Villarreal, second behind Bayern Munich, coming close to the quarter-finals. – Napoli finished fifth in the league, securing the Europa League play-offs . The pearl of the season is the victory of the Italian Cup against Juventus in the final in Rome (2-0). The following year the Tuscan coach leads the group in second place in Serie A with 78 points: new direct qualification to the Champions League group. From 2013 to 2014 MAZZARRI was at Inter: with him on the bench in his first season, the Nerazzurri finished fifth and qualified for the Europa League. In 2016 the transfer to Watford, in the Premier League, with which he obtains a peaceful salvation. In January 2018 he returned to Italy, at the helm of Torino, leading the team to a good ninth place. In the following season the grenades will arrive seventh, then participating in the Europa League preliminaries, after having even been in contention until the final stages of the championship for a place in the Champions League.