François Ciccolini

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François Ciccolini
Personal information
Full name François Ciccolini
Date of birth (1962-06-03) 3 June 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth Cozzano, France
Playing position(s) Forward[1]
Club information
Current team
USM Alger (Head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Olympique Ajaccio
1984–1985 Saint-Dizier
1985–1986 Olympique Ajaccio
1986–1988 Bastia 18 (0)
1988–1990 Gazélec Ajaccio
Teams managed
1997–2000 Porto Vecchio
2000–2004 Bastia (youth teams)
2004–2005 Bastia
2008–2009 Red Star
2009–2011 Monaco (youth teams)
2011 Neuchâtel Xamax
2014 JS Kabylie
2016–2017 Bastia
2018–2019 Laval
2019–2020 Gazélec Ajaccio
2020– USM Alger
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

François Ciccolini (born 3 June 1962[1]) is a French football manager and former footballer, and the current manager of USM Alger.[2]


Born in Cozzano, Corsica, Ciccolini spent most of his playing career on the island, with SC Bastia and Gazélec Ajaccio. In his first managerial job with AS Porto-Vecchio, he took them to the last 32 of the 1999–2000 Coupe de France before losing to Bordeaux.[3] He then moved into the ranks of Bastia, becoming manager in 2004 and being sacked in April 2005 when the team was 19th in Ligue 1.[4]

Ciccolini returned to management in 2008 at Red Star F.C., and was dismissed the following March with the team in danger of relegation.[5] After working in the youth teams of AS Monaco FC, he took the job at Neuchâtel Xamax FCS in June 2011.[6] Following defeat in the first two games of the Swiss Super League season, he was dismissed in July and replaced by Joaquín Caparrós.[7]

In October 2014, Ciccolini was hired at JS Kabylie in Algeria but left two months later to rejoin Bastia.[8] He served as assistant to Ghislain Printant before taking the job outright in January 2016, with the team three points outside the relegation zone.[9] They finished the season in 10th, but by the end of February 2017 they were 19th and he was dismissed and replaced by Rui Almeida.[10]

Ciccolini's next job was at Stade Lavallois in the third-tier Championnat National. Early on in his tenure in August 2018, he made a threat of physical violence towards a Radio France journalist, and earned a five-month ban with the last two suspended.[11] The following February, he made an obscene gesture towards fans at JA Drancy,[12] and left his job by mutual consent days later.[13]

In June 2019, Ciccolini returned to Gazélec on a two-year deal as manager, after the team's play-off relegation from Ligue 2.[14] In May 2020 he was sacked, following the team's relegation to Championnat National 2.[15]


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  2. ^ "François Ciccolini nouvel entraineur de l'USM Alger".
  3. ^ Marcelli, Vincent (18 June 2019). "François Ciccolini nouvel entraîneur du GFCA" [François Ciccolini new manager of GFCA] (in French). Corse Net Infos. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Ciccolini débarqué" [Ciccolini sacked] (in French). Eurosport. 13 April 2005. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Le Red Star sacrifie Ciccolini" [Red Star sacrifice Ciccolini]. Le Parisien (in French). 18 March 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  6. ^ "François Ciccolini neuer Xamax-Trainer" [François Ciccolini new Xamax manager]. 20 minutes (in German). 8 June 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Joaquin Caparros, nouvel entraîneur de Xamax" [Joaquín Caparrós, new manager of Xamax]. Le Temps (in French). 26 July 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  8. ^ "François Ciccolini a quitté la JS Kabylie pour le SC Bastia" [François Ciccolini left JS Kabylie for SC Bastia] (in French). Siwel. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  9. ^ Rodden, Mark (28 January 2016). "Francois Ciccolini succeeds Ghislain Printant as Bastia manager". ESPN FC. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Rui Almeida replaces Ciccolini at Bastia". Ligue 1. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  11. ^ "François Ciccolini, l'entraîneur de Laval, suspendu cinq mois pour des menaces envers un journaliste" [François Ciccolini, the manager of Laval, suspended for five months for threats towards a journalist]. L'Équipe (in French). 7 September 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Laval (N) : François Ciccolini aurait adressé des doigts d'honneur à des supporters" [Laval (N): François Ciccolini gave the middle finger to the supporters]. L'Équipe (in French). 2 February 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  13. ^ "National : Laval se sépare de son entraîneur François Ciccolini" [National: Laval part ways with their manager François Ciccolini]. L'Équipe (in French). 12 February 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  14. ^ "François Ciccolini nouvel entraîneur du Gazélec Ajaccio" [François Ciccolini new manager of Gazélec Ajaccio]. L'Équipe (in French). 18 June 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Gazélec Ajaccio : François Ciccolini n'est plus l'entraîneur (off)" (in French). 15 May 2020.