Name Emiliano Mondonico
Role Football player
|Date of birth (1947-03-09) 9 March 1947 (age 68)|
Similar People Gianluigi Lentini, Luigi Simoni, Renzo Ulivieri, Alessio Tacchinardi, Daniele Arrigoni
Place of birth Rivolta d'Adda, Italy
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Emiliano Mondonico (born 9 March 1947) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a winger.
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- Club career
- Albinoleffe and Cremonese
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Mondonico grew up playing in the youth ranks of Rivoltana, an amateur team of his region; in 1966 he was signed by Cremonese, with whom he played one season in Serie D and one in Serie C. In 1968–69 he debuted in Serie A with Torino. After two seasons, he dropped to the second division to play with Monza (23 appearances and 7 goals) before he returned to the top flight in 1971–72 with Atalanta.
He ended his career after returning to Cremonese, with whom he played for seven seasons in Serie B and Serie C.
After two years as youth coach with Cremonese, he became the team's head coach in 1981, guiding the club to a top flight promotion in 1984.
Another promotion followed in 1988 with Atalanta, another team he had previously represented as a player, which he then successfully guided to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1988–89.
In 1990, he joined Torino, immediately guiding them to a Mitropa Cup title and fifth-place finish in the league during his first season with team, followed by a historic UEFA Cup final during the 1991–92 season, which was lost to AFC Ajax in a controversial game that became famous for Mondonico clearly lifting up a chair into the air in a sign of protest against the referee. In 1993, he led Torino to victory in the Coppa Italia, in which they defeated Roma on the away goals rule after the two teams were tied at 5–5 on aggregate in the two-legged final.
In the first leg, Torino won 3–0 at home, thanks to an own goal by Silvano Benedetti, and a goal apiece by defenders Sandro Cois and Daniele Fortunato. In the second leg, Roma won 5–2 thanks to a hat-trick from Giuseppe Giannini, and goals from Ruggiero Rizzitelli and Siniša Mihajlović. However, two goals by Andrea Silenzi were enough to give Torino their fifth Coppa Italia title.
On 2004, he replaced Alberto Cavasin as the head coach of ACF Fiorentina, which had just been admitted to play Serie B directly from Serie C2 by the federation. Despite all of this, Mondonico managed to qualify in a two-legged promotion playoff, winning it against Perugia. Mondonico also led Fiorentina to Serie A, but was subsequently fired and replaced by Sergio Buso.
Albinoleffe and Cremonese
In January 2006, he accepted an offer from U.C. AlbinoLeffe, a minor Serie B team which was involved in a relegation battle, and second-last placed in the league at the time of his signing. Mondonico was able to lead AlbinoLeffe to qualify to a relegation playoff, winning it over Avellino. Mondonico was confirmed at the helm of AlbinoLeffe also for the 2006–07, leading the small club to a record 10th place in the Serie B. In June 2007 he left AlbinoLeffe to join Cremonese of Serie C1 in a somewhat surprise move, but was unable to guide his side back to Serie B after losing the promotion playoff finals to Cittadella. He then left the club by mutual consent, only to return to Cremonese in December 2008 to replace Ivo Iaconi; he subsequently resigned in March 2009 after a string of poor results.
On September 2009 he was appointed back at AlbinoLeffe to replace Armando Madonna. He stepped down as head coach of AlbinoLeffe on 29 January 2011 due to "serious health issues", with his assistant Daniele Fortunato taking over on an interim basis. Two days later, his club confirmed he had undergone abdominal surgery, expecting him to recover in a few weeks time. On 15 February, after a full recovery, Mondonico officially returned to his coaching duties at AlbinoLeffe. He guided AlbinoLeffe to narrowly escape relegation after defeating Piacenza in the playoffs, but on 13 June he held an emotional press conference to announce that the illness had returned during the final period of the season and that he was seriously considering stepping down as a consequence. On 17 June 2011 Mondonico was confirmed to have resigned from AlbinoLeffe in order to focus solely on cancer treatment; he was replaced by his assistant Daniele Fortunato, who had already undertaken the first team coaching duties during his previous sick leave. A few months later he announced to have overcome the cancer, and also stated to be ready to get back into work.
On 30 January 2012, Mondonico marked his Serie A comeback, replacing Attilio Tesser as head coach of Novara, who were last-placed in the Italian top flight and seven points shy of relegation safety after the first half of the season. On 6 March 2012 he was sacked.