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Azeglio Vicini (Cesena, Vicenza, Sampdoria, Brescia, manager Italy)
Born 20th March 1933 Cesena, Italy
Died 30th January 2018 Brescia, Italy, aged 84
1953–56 Vicenza 54/8
1956–63 Sampdoria 191/6
1963–67 Brescia 55/2
1975–76 Italy U23
1977–86 Italy U21
A defensive midfielder, Vicini started with his home town side Cesena. He began his professional career with Lanerossi Vicenza, helping the team to Serie A promotion the following season, after winning the 1954–55 Serie B title.
He later moved to Sampdoria, playing with the club for 7 seasons in the top division, before moving to Serie B club Brescia, narrowly missing out on Serie A promotion during his first season with the club. The following season, he won the Serie B title with the club, finally achieving Serie A promotion after 17 years.
After suffering relegation, the team immediately won back Serie A promotion the following season. Vicini ended his playing career during the 1967–68 season, when he became the club's manager midway through the season, although he was ultimately unable to save the club from relegation.
After starting his coaching career with Brescia he was named the head coach of the Italian U23s. He later became head coach of the U21s. They reached the quarter-finals of the European U21s in 1978, 1980, and 1982, semi-finals in 1984 and final in 1986.
He won the "Seminatore d'Oro" award, for the best coach in Italian football, in 1986,
He subsequently managed the national team leading Italy to the semi-finals of the 1988 Euros and 1990 World Cup on home soil, where they eventually finished in third place, winning 6 out of 7 matches, with their only "defeat" coming in their penalty shoot out to Argentina in the semi-finals.
However, after the team failed to qualify for the 1992 Euros he was replaced by former Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi.
In 1991, he was given the "Panchina d'Oro" career award. He later managed his home town team Cesena and then briefly Udinese before retiring.
He later took up the position as head of the technical sector of the F.I.G.C until replaced by Roberto Baggio in 2010.
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