Renzo Ulivieri

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Renzo Ulivieri
Personal information
Date of birth (1941-02-02) 2 February 1941 (age 80)
Place of birth San Miniato, Italy
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1966 Cuoiopelli
Teams managed
1966–1967 Cuoiopelli
1967–1968 San Miniato
1968–1971 Prato (youth team)
1971–1972 Fucecchio
1972–1976 Empoli
1976–1978 Fiorentina (youth team)
1978–1979 Ternana
1979–1980 Vicenza
1980–1981 Perugia
1981–1984 Sampdoria
1984–1986 Cagliari
1989–1991 Modena
1991–1994 Vicenza
1994–1998 Bologna
1998–1999 Napoli
1999–2000 Cagliari
2001 Parma
2002–2003 Torino
2004–2005 Padova
2005 Bologna
2006–2007 Bologna
2007–2008 Reggina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Renzo Ulivieri (born 2 February 1941) is an Italian association football manager. He is the current chairman of the Associazione Italiana Allenatori Calcio (Italian Football Managers' Association).


After a very short playing career as a midfielder for the Fiorentina youth team and Serie C team Cuoiopelli, Ulivieri became coach for Cuoiopelli in 1966, after the team were relegated to Serie D. He then coached several other amateur teams in Tuscany, such as San Miniato, Fucecchio, and the Prato youth squad.

In 1972, he joined Serie C side Empoli, where he served as head coach for three seasons. He then spent two years as Fiorentina youth coach before Ulivieri signing for Ternana of Serie B in 1978. He made his Serie A debut in 1980 for Perugia. Since then, Ulivieri served as head coach for numerous clubs all around the country. His best results were a double consecutive promotion from Serie C1 to Serie A with Bologna, a Torneo di Viareggio with Fiorentina in 1978, and a promotion to Serie A with Sampdoria in 1981–82. He returned to coach Bologna in 2005, but was fired soon after following a series of poor results. He was however recalled in March 2006, after his replacement Andrea Mandorlini did not manage to improve the team's results. Ulivieri also coached Bologna during the 2006–07 season, but was fired on 14 April 2007 after a 3–0 away loss to Genoa, and following weeks of disputes with club chairman Alfredo Cazzola.

In November 2007 he was appointed at the helm of relegation-battling Serie A side Reggina to replace Massimo Ficcadenti.[1] On 3 March 2008, Ulivieri was sacked by Reggina after a string of results where they picked up only four points from seven league games.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ulivieri is also well known for his left-wing political stance (he is a former Democrats of the Left and Italian Communist Party member). In a 2013 interview with the Italian edition of Vanity Fair, he discussed his left-wing political views, and also spoke out against homophobia in football.[3]






  1. ^ "Reggina call on Ulivieri". Football Italia. 1 November 2007. Archived from the original on 3 November 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Soccer-Struggling Reggina sack Ulivieri". Reuters. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
  3. ^ Gabriella Greison (29 January 2013). ""Gay nel calcio: è l'ora di cambiare"" (in Italian). Vanity Fair. Retrieved 23 November 2016.