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Cristiano Lucarelli
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Lucarelli in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-10-04) 4 October 1975 (age 48)
Place of birth Livorno, Italy
Height 1.88 m
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Cuoiopelli 28 (5)
1993–1995 Perugia 7 (0)
1995–1996 Cosenza 32 (15)
1996–1997 Padova 34 (14)
1997–1998 Atalanta 26 (5)
1998–1999 Valencia 13 (1)
1999–2001 Lecce 59 (27)
2001–2003 Torino 56 (10)
2003–2007 Livorno 146 (92)
2007–2008 Shakhtar Donetsk 12 (4)
2008–2012 Parma 45 (16)
2009–2010 → Livorno (loan) 28 (10)
2010–2012 Napoli (loan) 12 (1)
Total 498 (200)
National team
1996 Italy Olympic 2 (0)
1996–1997 Italy U21 10 (10)
1997 Italy U23 2 (0)
2005–2007 Italy 6 (3)
Teams managed
2013 Perugia
2013–2014 Viareggio
2014–2015 Pistoiese
2015–2016 Tuttocuoio
2016–2017 Messina
2017–2018 Catania
2018 Livorno
2019–2020 Catania
2020–2022 Ternana
2023 Ternana
2023 Ternana
2023–2024 Catania
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Cristiano Lucarelli (Italian pronunciation: [kriˈstjaːno lukaˈrɛlli]; born 4 October 1975) is an Italian football manager and a former player who played as a forward.

Club career

Lucarelli was born in Livorno, Italy.

A journeyman striker, he had stints with eight different teams (including a brief run in Spain with Valencia) before signing with hometown Livorno in 2003. While playing for Torino the previous season, he attended a match that saw Livorno emerge victorious and earn promotion to Serie B, and he was among a throng of fans who rushed the pitch afterwards in celebration. He made an immediate impact in Livorno's return to Serie A in the 2003–04 season, scoring 29 goals in 38 matches and instantly winning a place in the hearts of Amaranto fans. He won the Golden Boot Award as Serie A's top goalscorer the following season, with 24 in 35 matches as Livorno finished in eighth place.

A rarity in the football world in terms of club loyalty, he rejected several better-paying offers from other Italian and European clubs (among them a €3 million offer from Zenit Saint Petersburg in July 2006) to remain with Livorno. He was once quoted as saying, "Some football players pay a billion for a Ferrari or a yacht; with that money, I bought myself Livorno’s shirt. That's all."

He scored his 100th Serie A goal as part of a hat-trick in a 4–1 defeat of Catania on 1 April 2007.

Lucarelli's seemingly perfect relationship with the team soured after a conflict with club president Aldo Spinelli arose over the firing of coach Daniele Arrigoni in March 2007, during which he openly stated his desire to leave. It became permanently damaged a month later when Lucarelli received a frosty reception from supporters after a sluggish 1–1 home draw with Reggina, with many fans going as far as to accuse Livorno of match-fixing. Lucarelli, hurt by the fans' criticism, reiterated his plans to leave Livorno at the end of the season.

In May, he was quick to snuff out rumours of a move to Serie A rivals Fiorentina and continued to remain ambiguous about his future with Livorno, claiming that he would decide by 6 June; five days later, Lucarelli announced that he would be staying home for next season due to a lack of offers from other teams, despite fresh rumours about Palermo, Parma and Sampdoria being interested in his services.

However, on 13 July, Lucarelli agreed to join Shakhtar Donetsk for £6 million, signing a three-year contract worth £2.8 million a season, thus becoming the first Italian to play in Ukraine.

Lucarelli scored his first European goal for Shakhtar in their 3–1 third qualifying round return game of the 2007–08 Champions League against Red Bull Salzburg on 29 August 2007.

On 15 January 2008, Lucarelli was sold to Parma for 4 million, and he signed a three-and-a-half year, 1.2 million contract. His younger brother, Alessandro, joined him at Parma for the 2008–09 season. His time at Parma did not prove to be particularly successful, as he scored only four goals in 16 matches in the remaining half of the 2007–08 season, with his side being ultimately relegated to Serie B after a long struggle with results. He also opted to stay with Parma for the 2008–09 season, aiming to contribute to bringing the team back into the top flight. During the first part of the season, he initially served as the club's captain and played 19 games, scoring a total of eight goals; however, on 5 February, ahead of the team's away fixture against Ancona, he was ultimately left out of the first team after leaving a training session early. He was subsequently featured intermittently throughout the second half of the season. In total, he only made 29 appearances for the club throughout the season (out of a possible 42), scoring 12 goals.

In July 2009, Lucarelli completed a much-publicized comeback at Livorno on a loan move from Parma; he had already played for Livorno from 2003 to 2007.

In June 2010, after Livorno's relegation to Serie B and the end of his loan, he returned to Parma, who continued in Serie A.

On 21 August 2010, it was announced that he had been loaned to Napoli. After two seasons with the club, he announced his retirement after the end of the 2011–12 season.

International career

Lucarelli was capped six times for the Italy senior squad between 2005 and 2007, scoring 3 goals; he was also a member of the team that took part in the 1996 Summer Olympics. His aforementioned debut was during a 2005 friendly tournament in the United States and Canada, where he scored his first international goal in a 1–1 draw against Serbia and Montenegro at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on 8 June. He was left off the Italy roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but was recalled by new coach Roberto Donadoni – who had briefly coached Lucarelli at Livorno earlier in the year – for a friendly against Croatia on 16 August 2006.

Due to a rash of injuries among the Azzurri, Lucarelli was summoned for a pair of June Euro 2008 qualifiers against Lithuania and the Faroe Islands. He came on as a substitute for Filippo Inzaghi in the 58th minute of Italy's narrow 2–1 victory over the Faroe Islands on 2 June 2007, but did not play in a 2–0 defeat of Lithuania on 6 June. Lucarelli also substituted for Inzaghi in the 65th minute of a Euro 2008 qualifying match against France on 8 September 2007. He scored his first brace in Italy's 2–0 friendly win over South Africa on 17 October.

Coaching career

Lucarelli became a youth coach at Parma for the 2012–13 season. Charge of the club's second most senior youth side (the Allievi Nazionale), composed of players aged between 15 and 17 years. He left Parma in June 2013 to accept an offer to become the new head coach of ambitious Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Perugia, only to be sacked before the start of the season due to disagreements with the board. He then returned into management in October 2013, to become the new head coach of Viareggio, still in Lega Pro Prima Divisione. He then left the club in June 2014 to accept an offer from newly promoted Lega Pro club Pistoiese.

In October 2016, he was named the new head coach of relegation-struggling Lega Pro club Messina. After guiding the club to safety during a period of serious financial struggles followed by a club takeover, Lucarelli and Messina mutually parted company by the end of the season. A few days later, he was announced as new head coach of fellow Sicilian Lega Pro club Catania.

In July 2017, Lucarelli was appointed Catania's new head coach. After one season in charge, he left the club to become the manager of Livorno, but he was sacked on 7 November due to a poor start in the 2018–19 Serie B season.

On 22 October 2019, he was hired by Catania once again. On 29 July 2020, his Catania contract was terminated by mutual consent.

On 8 August 2020, he joined Ternana in Serie C. Under his tenure, Ternana were crowned Girone C champions, winning promotion to Serie B on 3 April 2021 with still four games in hand.

After guiding Ternana to safety in their first season back to Serie B, and despite a positive start to the 2022–23 Serie B season, Lucarelli was dismissed on 26 November 2022 following a negative string of results; he was appointed back at the helm of Ternana on 27 February 2023, following the resignations of Aurelio Andreazzoli. After not being confirmed by the end of the season, Lucarelli was hired for a third time on 14 July 2023, following a change of ownership and the early departure of Aurelio Andreazzoli, who was originally expected to be the new manager for the 2023–24 season. He was however dismissed once again on 6 November 2023 after a negative start to the season. Just a few days later, on 14 November, Lucarelli agreed to return to Serie C club Catania, signing a contract until 30 June 2026 with the Sicilians. He was removed from his coaching post just a few months later, on 7 March 2024, after failing to improve the team results, leaving Catania just above the relegation playoff zone, despite having successfully led the Rossazzurri to qualify for the Coppa Italia Serie C finals.

Outside of professional football

Personal life

Cristiano's younger brother, Alessandro, is also a former footballer, who played as a defender in the Serie A league (also sharing a few seasons together with Cristiano while at Livorno), and most notably captaining Parma.

His son Mattia (born 1999), a full-back, followed in his father's footsteps, also playing for Livorno himself during the 2022–23 season.

Business ventures

On 16 July 2010, Lucarelli became a share-holding partner of Carrarese; he initially owned 50% of the club's shares, along with Gianluigi Buffon and Maurizio Mian.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cuoiopelli 1992–93 Nazionale Dilettanti 28 5 0 0 28 5
Perugia 1993–94 Serie C1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1994–95 Serie B 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Cosenza 1995–96 Serie B 32 15 0 0 0 0 32 15
Padova 1996–97 Serie B 34 14 1 0 0 0 35 14
Atalanta 1997–98 Serie A 26 5 4 1 0 0 30 6
Valencia 1998–99 La Liga 13 1 0 0 7 2 20 3
Lecce 1999–2000 Serie A 30 15 4 2 0 0 34 17
2000–01 29 12 4 2 0 0 33 14
Total 59 27 8 4 0 0 67 31
Torino 2001–02 Serie A 30 9 0 0 0 0 30 9
2002–03 26 1 2 0 4 1 32 2
Total 56 10 2 0 4 1 62 11
Livorno 2003–04 Serie B 41 29 1 0 0 0 42 29
2004–05 Serie A 35 24 4 1 0 0 39 25
2005–06 36 19 3 3 0 0 39 22
2006–07 34 20 1 0 7 5 42 25
Total 146 92 9 4 7 5 162 101
Shakhtar Donetsk 2007–08 Premier League 12 4 0 0 9 4 21 8
Parma 2007–08 Serie A 16 4 0 0 0 0 16 4
2008–09 Serie B 29 12 1 0 0 0 30 12
Total 45 16 1 0 0 0 46 16
Livorno 2009–10 Serie A 28 10 2 0 0 0 30 10
Napoli 2010–11 Serie A 9 1 1 0 1 0 11 1
2011–12 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 12 1 1 0 1 0 14 1
Career total 498 200 28 9 28 12 554 221

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 2005 2 1
2006 1 0
2007 3 2
Total 6 3

Managerial statistics

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Perugia Italy 24 June 2013 24 August 2013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 −1 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
Viareggio Italy 30 October 2013 12 June 2014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&023.&&&&&023 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 −13 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&9000026.09
Pistoiese Italy 12 June 2014 9 February 2015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&027.&&&&&027 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.&&&&&044 −15 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.93000025.93
Tuttocuoio Italy 18 June 2015 26 April 2016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&036.&&&&&036 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 &&&&&&&&&&&&&039.&&&&&039 −14 &&&&&&&&&&&&&027.78000027.78
Messina Italy 18 October 2016 15 June 2017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&032.&&&&&032 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 &&&&&&&&&&&&&038.&&&&&038 −5 &&&&&&&&&&&&&037.50000037.50
Catania Italy 15 June 2017 4 July 2018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&&&&&043 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&080.&&&&&080 &&&&&&&&&&&&&038.&&&&&038 +42 &&&&&&&&&&&&&058.14000058.14
Livorno Italy 6 July 2018 6 November 2018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 −11 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.3300008.33
Catania Italy 22 October 2019 29 July 2020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&027.&&&&&027 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.44000044.44
Ternana Italy 8 August 2020 26 November 2022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&095.&&&&&095 &&&&&&&&&&&&&052.&&&&&052 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&023.&&&&&023 &&&&&&&&&&&&0185.&&&&&0185 &&&&&&&&&&&&0122.&&&&&0122 +63 &&&&&&&&&&&&&054.74000054.74
Ternana Italy 27 February 2023 21 June 2023 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&019.&&&&&019 −8 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.67000016.67
Ternana Italy 14 July 2023 6 November 2023 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 −7 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.6900007.69
Catania Italy 14 November 2023 Present &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&&035.29000035.29
Career total &&&&&&&&&&&&0338.&&&&&0338 &&&&&&&&&&&&0134.&&&&&0134 &&&&&&&&&&&&&084.&&&&&084 &&&&&&&&&&&&0120.&&&&&0120 &&&&&&&&&&&&0452.&&&&&0452 &&&&&&&&&&&&0411.&&&&&0411 +41 &&&&&&&&&&&&&039.64000039.64

Honours

Player

Perugia

Valencia

Shakhtar

Napoli

Individual

  • Serie A top-scorer: 2004–05

Managerial

Ternana

  • Serie C: 2020–21
  • Supercoppa di Serie C: 2021

See also

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