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Davide Nicola (born 5 March 1973) is an Italian football former player and last the manager of Udinese.

Davide Nicola
Davide Nicola - 2012 - AS Livorno Calcio.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-03-05) 5 March 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Luserna San Giovanni, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2001 Genoa 166 (4)
1993–1994Fidelis Andria (loan) 26 (0)
1994–1995Ancona (loan) 27 (0)
1998–1999Pescara (loan) 7 (0)
2002–2005 Ternana 94 (5)
2004–2005Siena (loan) 15 (0)
2005–2006 Torino 35 (1)
2006–2007 Spezia 28 (0)
2007–2008 Ravenna 14 (0)
2008–2011 Lumezzane 49 (1)
Total 461 (11)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Lumezzane
2012–2014 Livorno
2014–2015 Bari
2016–2017 Crotone
2018–2019 Udinese
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Club careerEdit

Nicola was born in Luserna San Giovanni.

During his time in Genoa C.F.C. he was noted for kissing a policewoman on the sideline after a goal.[1] He also helped the club to lift the 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup.

In the Serie B 2005–06 playoffs he scored a goal that gave his Torino F.C. a promotion to Serie A. In the 2006–07 season of Serie B his good play for Spezia Calcio in the last few games contributed to Spezia avoiding relegation.

He only played in the Serie A for one season in the 2004–05 season (15 games for A.C. Siena).

Managerial careerEdit

In July 2010 he retired from playing for Lumezzane in order to replace the outgoing head coach Leonardo Menichini at the helm of the club.[2] On 28 June 2011, his contract was renewed.[3]

During the 2012–13 season, he became the head coach of Livorno in Serie B. In January 2014, Livorno sacked Nicola with the club second-from-bottom in the Serie A table.[4]

On 21 April 2014, Nicola was appointed manager of Livorno again. [5]

On 17 November 2014, he became the new manager for F.C. Bari. [6]

On 23 June 2016, he was appointed manager of Serie A newcomers Crotone.[7] He promised to ride a bicycle from Crotone to his home town of Turin if they avoided relegation. They finished 17th, two points above the relegation zone, overturning Empoli on the final matchday of the season in what was hailed as a football miracle, as Crotone had collected only nine points in the whole first half of the season. In order to fulfill the promise, Nicola celebrated the result by riding 1300 km from Crotone to Turin on a bicycle.[8]

On 13 November 2018, he was appointed manager of Udinese.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Nicola was the father of Alessandro, who died in a road accident in 2014, aged only 14.[10]

Managerial statisticsEdit

All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.

As of 20 April 2019
Team Nat Year Record
G W D L Win %
Lumezzane   2010–2012 72 26 18 28 036.11
Livorno   2012–2014 73 29 18 26 039.73
Bari   2014–2015 50 20 13 17 040.00
Crotone   2016–2017 56 13 10 33 023.21
Udinese   2018–2019 21 6 6 9 028.57
Career Total 272 94 65 113 034.56

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ L' esultanza di Nicola: «Mi aveva detto: segnerai tu».
  2. ^ "UFFICIALE: Nicola nuovo tecnico del Lumezzane" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.aclumezzane.it/news.php?id=700
  4. ^ "Davide Nicola sollevato dall´incarico" (in Italian). A.S. Livorno Calcio. 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2014/4/21/5635462/livorno-davide-nicola-domenico-di-carlo
  6. ^ http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Serie-B/17-11-2014/bari-nicola-momento-firma-tensione-coi-tifosi-ceffone-sciaudone-901062482584.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.espnfc.us/crotone/story/2900568/serie-a-club-crotone-name-davide-nicola-as-new-head-coach
  8. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/18/italian-coach-davide-nicola-promise-bike-ride-crotone
  9. ^ "Udinese official: Velazquez out, Nicola in". Football-italia.net. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  10. ^ http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/14-07-2014/davide-nicola-livorno-tragedia-incidente-bici-muore-figlio-14enne-801236821554.shtml Gazzetta

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