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Attilio Tesser (born 10 June 1958) is an Italian association football manager and former defender who is the current head coach of Pordenone Calcio.

Attilio Tesser
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-06-10) 10 June 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Montebelluna, Italy
Height 176
Playing position Full Back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1976 Montebelluna 43 (0)
1976–1978 Treviso 63 (6)
1978–1980 Napoli 37 (2)
1980–1985 Udinese 100 (6)
1985–1986 Perugia 34 (0)
1986–1989 Catania 85 (4)
1989–1991 Trento 34 (2)
Total 396 (20)
National team
1979–1980 Italy U-21 5 (0)
Teams managed
1992–1994 Sevegliano
1994–1996 Udinese (youth team)
1996–2001 Venezia (youth team)
2001–2003 Südtirol
2003–2005 Triestina
2005 Cagliari
2006 Ascoli
2007–2008 Mantova
2009 Padova
2009–2012 Novara
2012 Novara
2013–2015 Ternana
2015–2016 Avellino
2016 Avellino
2016–2018 Cremonese
2018– Pordenone
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Tesser, a defender, started his playing career with Treviso. He moved to Napoli in 1978, where he played two seasons. He then played for Udinese from 1980 to 1985, and then for some lower league teams, including Perugia and Catania. He was also capped for the Italian U-21 side.

Managing careerEdit

After his retirement, Tesser began a coaching career in 1992 for Serie D side Sevegliano, and successively became a coach at the youth level for Udinese and Venezia. His first professional coaching job came in 2001, for Serie C2 side F.C. Südtirol. In 2003, he replaced Ezio Rossi at the helm of U.S. Triestina Calcio of Serie B. After a very good season, followed by a poorer one, Tesser moved to Cagliari Calcio of Serie A in 2006, but was fired just after the first league match by team chairman Massimo Cellino. In July 2006 he was named coach of Ascoli, replacing Marco Giampaolo. However, after a serie of struggling results ended in a 1–0 home defeat to Empoli F.C. in the 11th matchday, Tesser was fired and replaced by Nedo Sonetti.

Tesser started the 2007–08 season at the helm of Serie B side Mantova, with the aim to fight for a promotion spot; however, results did not confirm the initial goals, and he was sacked on 24 February 2008, leaving Mantova in seventh place, seven points far from the fourth playoff spot.[1]

On January 2009 he accepted a coaching offer from Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Padova;[2] however, his stint with the patavini lasted only one month, as he was sacked later on February.[3]

On June 2009 he was named Novara manager. His tenure proved to be highly successful, as he led his club to become Lega Pro Prima Divisione champions in his first season in charge. In the 2010–11 season, Tesser repeated himself as he guided Novara to third place in the final table, then winning a second consecutive promotion to Serie A after defeating Reggina and Padova in the playoffs. The Serie A comeback however proved to be particularly difficult for Novara, who only won 12 points after the first 20 games: this cost Tesser the job, as he was removed from his managerial duties on 30 January 2012 following a 2–0 away loss against Palermo; he was replaced by veteran coach Emiliano Mondonico.[4] On 6 March 2012 he was recalled by Novara as head coach,[5] but on 31 October 2012 he was again sacked.[6]

On 13 June 2015 Tesser was appointed as the head coach of Avellino, replacing Massimo Rastelli.[7]

In the summer of 2016 he was hired by the Cremonese. He was dismissed from Cremonese on 23 April 2018.[8]

On 4 July 2018 Tesser has been appointed as the new head coach of Pordenone Calcio.[9] On his first season as Pordenone bass, he guided the small Friuli club to direct promotion to Serie B (the first in club history) as Serie C/B champions.


  1. ^ "ESONERATO ATTILIO TESSER" (in Italian). AC Mantova. 2008-02-24. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
  2. ^ "ATTILIO TESSER NUOVO ALLENATORE DEL PADOVA" (in Italian). Calcio Padova. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-02-22.[dead link]
  3. ^ "CARLO SABATINI TORNA A SEDERE SULLA PANCHINA DEL PADOVA" (in Italian). Calcio Padova. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2009-02-22.[dead link]
  4. ^ "TESSER LASCIA IL NOVARA, IN ARRIVO MONDONICO". Novara Calcio (in Italian). 30 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Caos Novara, Tesser torna in panchina Mondonico esonerato dopo 6 partite". Novara Calcio (in Italian). 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Tesser esonerato dal Novara Promosso Gattuso dalla Primavera" (in Italian). Gazzetta dello Sport. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Attilio Tesser è il nuovo allenatore dell'Avellino" (in Italian). A.S. Avellino 1912. 13 June 2015. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  9. ^ "ATTILIO TESSER È IL NUOVO ALLENATORE DEL PORDENONE CALCIO | Pordenone Calcio". (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-07-04.

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