Alberto "Albertino" Bigon (born 31 October 1947) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a midfielder or forward.

Alberto Bigon
Alberto Bigon.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-10-31) 31 October 1947 (age 72)
Place of birth Padua, Italy
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1966 Padova 64 (14)
1966–1967 Napoli 0 (0)
1967–1969 SPAL 49 (10)
1969–1971 Foggia 65 (18)
1971–1980 A.C. Milan 218 (56)
1980–1982 Lazio 57 (12)
1982–1984 Vicenza[1] 57 (14)
Total 510 (124)
Teams managed
1986–1987 Reggina
1987–1989 Cesena
1989–1991 Napoli
1991–1992 Lecce
1992–1993 Udinese
1994–1995 Ascoli
1996–1997 Sion
1997–1998 Perugia
1999–2000 Olympiacos
2007–2008 Sion
2008 Interblock Ljubljana
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

 
Bigon playing for A.C. Milan at San Siro in the 1974–75 season.

Born in Padua, Bigon started his playing career for his native city team Padova. He made his Serie A debut with SPAL in 1967, but obtained most of his playing triumphs with A.C. Milan, where he played from 1971 to 1980. He appeared in 218 league matches with A.C. Milan, scoring 56 goals and winning a Serie A championship in 1979, as well as three Coppa Italia tournaments (1972, 1973, 1977) and a Cup Winners' Cup (1973). He also served as Milan's captain. Bigon retired from playing football in 1984, after two two-year spells with Lazio and Vicenza.[2]

Style of playEdit

Bigon was a tactically intelligent attacking midfielder, with a slender physique and an eye for goal, who was also capable of playing as a forward.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Bigon coached his first team, Reggina, in 1986–1987, then Cesena, in 1987. He coached Cesena until 1989, when he left to coach Napoli, then led by Diego Maradona. He immediately won a Serie A championship, the second in Napoli's history. He then won the Italian Super Cup the same year. He left the club in 1991, after a poor eighth place followed by Maradona's forced farewell to Napoli. He then coached minor clubs such as Lecce (Serie B), Udinese (Serie A, saved from relegation after playoffs) and Ascoli (Serie B). In 1996, he was appointed coach of Swiss team FC Sion, which he led to win Swiss Super League for its second time in history. Bigon then tried an unsuccessful return to Serie A with Perugia. In November 1999 he was appointed coach of Greek club Olympiacos,[4] but was dismissed on 10 April 2000 despite the first place in the championship table.

After seven years without a job, Bigon made a comeback to football in February 2007, when he was appointed coach of FC Sion, a team he already managed years before.

In August 2008, he became head coach of Slovenian football team Interblock Ljubljana. However, this experience lasted only a very short time, as Bigon left the club on September 2008 by mutual consent with the club due to personal health issues.[5]

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Milan

CoachEdit

Napoli

Sion

IndividualEdit

  • Special Panchina d'oro: 1997
  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-03-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Il pallone racconta: Albertino Bigon". assocalciatori.it (in Italian). 23 October 2014. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "A.C. Hall of Fame: ALBERTO BIGON". A.C. Milan. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Olympiacos appoint new coach". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 11 November 1999. Archived from the original on 29 January 2000. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Capodistriani colpiti e affondanti a Nova Gorica" (in Italian). 2008-09-29. Archived from the original on 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gianni Rivera
Milan captain
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Aldo Maldera