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Gianluca Petrachi (born 14 January 1969 in Lecce) is a retired Italian footballer, and the current sporting director of Serie A club Roma.

Gianluca Petrachi
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Petrachi
Date of birth (1969-01-14) 14 January 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Lecce, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Roma (sporting director)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Lecce 5 (0)
1988–1989 Nola 29 (1)
1989–1990 Taranto 100 (15)
1990–1991 Arezzo 19 (1)
1991–1993 Fidelis Andria 65 (9)
1993–1994 Venezia 34 (6)
1994 Torino 1 (0)
1994–1995 Palermo 27 (2)
1995–1997 Cremonese 44 (1)
1997–1998 Ancona 28 (5)
1998–1999 Perugia 28 (5)
1999–2001 Nottingham Forest 13 (0)
2000–2001Perugia (loan) 5 (0)
2002–2003 Taranto 21 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

A central midfielder, he began his career at hometown club Lecce, and played in the Serie A with Torino, Cremonese and A.C. Perugia Calcio, and also played in England for Nottingham Forest. Other clubs he played for include Nola, Taranto, Arezzo, Fidelis Andria, Venezia, Palermo and Ancona.

Managerial careerEdit

After retiring as a footballer, he returned to Ancona as a team manager.

In 2006 he was named technical area manager of Pisa, being successively promoted to director of football in the summer of 2007. He was instrumental in choosing Piero Braglia as head coach and providing the playing squad that won promotion from Serie C to Serie B, and then narrowly missing on a second consecutive promotion to Serie A the following season under the tenure of Gian Piero Ventura; he left Pisa on September 2008.


On December 2009, he was hired at Torino as an assistant to director of football Rino Foschi, then replacing him for good only one month later. Among his successes with the Granata, he achieved a promotion to Serie A in 2011, a UEFA Europa League qualification in 2014 (both under head coach Gian Piero Ventura, who then went on to coach the Italy national football team), and yet another UEFA Europa League spot in 2019; during his nine years in charge of transfer duties, many Torino players also managed to successfully break into the Italian national team, including Danilo D'Ambrosio, Matteo Darmian, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti.


On 25 June 2019, Roma appointed Gianluca Petrachi as their new sporting director after reaching an agreement with Serie A rivals Torino. Petrachi signed a three-year deal to succeed Frederic Massara, who filled the role following Monchi's exit in March. The 50-year-old officially began his new role with Roma on 1 July 2019.[1]


  1. ^ "Roma appointed Petrachi as the new sporting director of the club". 25 June 2019..

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