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Bruno Giordano

Bruno Giordano (born August 13, 1956) is an Italian former football player, and currently a coach.

Playing career

Born in Rome, Giordano played for most of his career with Lazio, debuting in Serie A on October 5, 1975. He made his debut on the Italian national team in 1978, and soon revealed himself to be one of the most effective Italian strikers.

In 1980 he was arrested for participating in a betting scandal and banned from the Italian championship until 1982. In 1985, after Lazio had been demoted to the Serie B, he was ceded to Napoli for 5 billion lire.

Together with Careca and Diego Maradona, with whom he formed the "Ma-Gi-Ca" line, Giordano was instrumental in SSC Napoli's first scudetto of 1987. He later played for Bologna and Ascoli, before turning to a coaching career.

Managing career

Giordano's managing career before coaching Messina was somewhat modest, starting in 1993/1994 with Monterotondo of Serie D, where he obtained his first (and only) promotion in 1996/1997 to coach Crotone (from Serie D to Serie C2). Sacked six times in his career, he remained unemployed. After a good season with Reggiana in 2004/2005, he ended in fifth place despite his club's serious financial troubles, which then led to its cancellation. On January 2006, he was called to coach the last-place Serie B team Catanzaro, in a situation widely similar to Reggiana's. Notably, Catanzaro was relegated to Serie C in that season, and declared bankruptcy soon after.

In the summer of 2006, Bruno Giordano was announced as the new coach of Messina, just relegated to Serie B. However, following the 2006 Serie A scandal, Messina was readmitted to Serie A, therefore allowing Giordano to finally coach a Serie A side. On 30 January 2007, following a series of poor results including a home loss to last-place Ascoli, Giordano was sacked, but then reappointed by Messina chairman Pietro Franza on April 2, following the firing of Giordano's replacement Alberto Cavasin. In his second tenure at Messina, Giordano lost all four matches before being sacked again on April 23, only 21 days after his reappointment. He was replaced by Bruno Bolchi.

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