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Giuseppe Galderisi
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-03-22) 22 March 1963 (age 60)
Place of birth Salerno, Italy
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Juventus 24 (6)
1983–1986 Verona 82 (24)
1986–1987 Milan 21 (3)
1987–1988 Lazio (loan) 33 (1)
1988–1989 Verona (loan) 28 (4)
1989–1995 Padova 180 (50)
1996 New England Revolution 4 (0)
1996–1997 Tampa Bay Mutiny 37 (12)
1997 New England Revolution 7 (0)
Total 416 (100)
National team
1982–1987 Italy U-21 16 (2)
1985–1987 Italy 10 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2001 Gubbio
2001–2002 Cremonese
2002–2003 Giulianova
2005 Viterbese
2005–2006 Sambenedettese
2006–2007 Avellino
2008–2009 Pescara
2009–2010 Arezzo
2010–2011 Benevento
2011–2012 Triestina
2012 Salernitana
2014 Olhanense
2014–2015 Lucchese
2016–2017 Lucchese
2018–2019 Gubbio
2020 Vis Pesaro
2021–2022 Mantova
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giuseppe Galderisi (Italian pronunciation: Script error: No such module "IPA".; born 22 March 1963) is an Italian football manager and a former footballer who played as a forward, most recently in charge as head coach of Serie C club Mantova.

Club career

At club level, Galderisi played for several Italian teams throughout his career, scoring almost 200 goals across the various divisions of Italian football. A Juventus youth product, he began his professional career with the Juventus senior side, making his club debut on 20 August 1980, in a 2–2 draw against Udinese in the Coppa Italia; he made his Serie A debut with the club in a 0–0 away draw against Perugia, on 9 November 1980, his only league appearance of the 1980–81 season. Although he struggled to find the back of the net consistently with Juventus, he scored decisive goals during the 1981–82 season, including a hat-trick in Juventus's 3–2 home victory over Milan on 14 February 1982, as the Turin side captured the league title. During the 1982–83 season, he also won the Coppa Italia with Juventus and reached the 1983 European Cup Final. In total he scored 6 goals in 16 appearances for Juventus.

After a spell of mixed success with Juventus, he joined provincial side Hellas Verona in 1983, where his goalscoring form improved; during the 1984–85 season, he established himself as one of the top strikers in the league, and was the Verona's top scorer with 11 goals as he helped the club win their historic first ever Serie A title. In 1986, he joined Milan (1986–87), and later played for Lazio (1987–88), and also had a second spell with Verona (1988–89), although he failed to replicate his form from previous seasons due to several injuries. After moving around between several different clubs, he joined Padova in 1989, where he remained until 1995, and had several positive seasons with the club in Serie B. He finished his career in Major League Soccer, playing with the New England Revolution and the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1996 and 1997; he was traded to Tampa midway through his first season in the United States, and then back to New England a year later.

International career

Galderisi, nicknamed Nanu (short) during his playing career, a nickname he earned during his time with Juventus, was capped ten times for Italy between 1985 and 1987, although he failed to score a goal. He made his international debut on 2 June 1985, in a 1–1 draw against Mexico, and was later part of his nation's 1986 FIFA World Cup squad under manager Enzo Bearzot.

Style of play

A quick, agile and diminutive striker, Galderisi was a prolific goalscorer, with excellent reactions who was also known for his work-rate, generosity, tenacity, and his powerful and accurate striking ability with either foot. He was also known for his accuracy from distance, and was also effective in the air, despite his small stature, due to his timing and elevation. Although he began his career as a second striker, he came into his own as an out-and-out centre-forward, due to his pace, eye for goal, and his determined and opportunistic style of play. Despite his ability he was often prone to injuries throughout his career, and also struggled to maintain his best form in bigger teams, while he performed better at smaller clubs.

Managerial career

Galderisi started a coaching career in 2000 as Serie C2 club Gubbio's boss. He then served as coach in years later for other Serie C clubs, such as Cremonese and Giulianova. His coaching career experienced a sudden break in January 2004, when Galderisi suffered a heart attack. He fully recovered since then, and in 2005 he accepted an offer from Viterbese of Serie C2. In 2006–2007, he coached Avellino of Serie C1; after a very impressive first half of season ended in first place, he was fired on 18 April 2007 despite his team, then in second place, was still involved in the promotion run.

In January 2008, Galderisi was appointed at the helm of Serie C1 side Foggia, replacing Salvatore Campilongo. During his tenure, the satanelli's performances dramatically improved as they managed to make a comeback to the promotion playoff spots.

In July 2008 he was appointed as new manager of Lega Pro Prima Divisione side Pescara, replacing Franco Lerda, with the aim to win promotion to Serie B for the biancazzurri. However, during his tenure as head coach, Galderisi had to face with serious economic issues within the club; Pescara was ultimately declared out of business in December 2008 and the club control passed legally to a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the Court of Pescara. In February 2009 a new property emerged, with Delfino Pescara 1936 being constituted and taking over the club from the Court of Pescara. Results did not improve anyway, with Pescara struggling in the bottom part of the table, and Galderisi was dismissed from his coaching post on 23 March 2009, being replaced by another former Juventus and Italy international footballer, Antonello Cuccureddu.

In the season 2009–10 he coached Arezzo and in the following season he coached Benevento.

On 25 October 2011 he signed a one-year deal with sleeping giants U.S. Triestina Calcio until the end of the season. The season turned out to be a particularly troubled one due to massive financial issues that ultimately led to many players' departures during the winter transfer market, no salaries being paid for most of the season, relegation and even the cancellation of the club from Italian football.

In July 2012 he was announced as new head coach of hometown club Salernitana, who were just promoted back into professionalism, but he left after getting only one point in three games.

Later in January 2014, he was named new head coach of Portuguese top flight strugglers S.C. Olhanense, a club owned by an Italian consortium and with a squad featuring several players formerly of Serie A. He left the club by the end of the season after failing to save it from relegation.

He returned into management in November 2014 to take over at struggling Lega Pro team Lucchese, not being confirmed for the following season despite succeeding in saving them from relegation. He returned at Lucchese in March 2016, signing a contract until June 2017. Galderisi's contract got terminated on 27 March 2017.

On 26 November 2018, he returned to the first club he managed, Gubbio, at the time in the 15th place in Serie C. Galderisi left the club on 23 May 2019.

On 18 February 2020, he was hired by Serie C club Vis Pesaro. He was fired by Vis Pesaro on 3 November 2020 following a poor start to the 2020–21 season.

On 14 December 2021, Galderisi returned into management as the new head coach of Serie C club Mantova, replacing Maurizio Lauro. He was dismissed on 12 April 2022 following a negative string of results, with Lauro being reinstated as head coach.





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