Giovanni Stroppa (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni ˈstrɔppa]; born 24 January 1968) is an Italian football coach and former midfielder, currently in charge as the head coach of Crotone.

Giovanni Stroppa
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-01-24) 24 January 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Mulazzano, Italy
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crotone (head coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Milan 0 (0)
1987–1989 Monza 71 (5)
1989–1991 Milan 35 (2)
1991–1993 Lazio 50 (5)
1993–1994 Foggia 30 (8)
1994–1995 Milan 19 (3)
1995–1997 Udinese 45 (3)
1997–2000 Piacenza 63 (3)
2000 Brescia 17 (4)
2000–2002 Genoa 59 (5)
2002–2003 Alzano Virescit 25 (5)
2003–2004 Avellino 33 (1)
2004–2005 Foggia 9 (1)
2005 Chiari ? (2)
National team
1989–1990 Italy U-21 7 (3)
1989 Italy B[1] 1 (1)
1993–1994 Italy 4 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Südtirol
2012 Pescara
2013 Spezia
2015–2016 Südtirol
2016–2018 Foggia
2018 Crotone
2018– Crotone
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Stroppa started his playing career in A.C. Milan's youth system, and was loaned for two seasons at Monza, a sort of Milan feeder club at the time. He returned to Milan in 1989, making his professional senior debut for the club in the Coppa Italia on 23 August, in a 0–0 away draw against Parma; Milan later reached the Coppa Italia final, only to be defeated by Juventus. He made his Serie A debut on 27 August 1989, in a 3–0 away win over Cesena, marking the occasion by scoring a long-range goal. Stroppa finished his first season with the team by winning a European Cup, a European Super Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup in 1990, under coach Arrigo Sacchi.[2]

In 1991, he signed for Lazio, and in 1993 he moved to Foggia, then an outsider Serie A team known for their spectacular, offensive style of play under coach Zdeněk Zeman. Stroppa's notable performances for the club even allowed him to make his debut for the Italy national football team on 13 October 1993, in a 3–1 home win over Scotland;[2] in total, he made 4 appearances for Italy between 1993 and 1994, under his former Milan manager Sacchi.[3] After an impressive season with Foggia, he returned to the Stadio San Siro to play with the Rossoneri for a single season, winning his third UEFA Super Cup with the club, as well as the Supercoppa Italiana. In total, Stroppa made 85 appearances for Milan, scoring 9 goals; he made his final appearance for the club in a 1–0 away defeat to Napoli, in Serie A, on 18 May 1995.[2]

After leaving Milan, Stroppa then played two seasons with Udinese, and two seasons and a half with Piacenza Calcio, before joining Brescia in the 2001 winter transfer market. After a few other experiences with Genoa in Serie B, Alzano Virescit of Serie C1 and Avellino of Serie B, he returned to Foggia, in Serie C1, in 2004.[2]

He retired in late 2005, after a short spell with Chiari of Serie D, where he was joined by his former Brescia teammate and striker Dario Hübner.[2]

Managerial careerEdit

Stroppa was coach of A.C. Milan's Primavera (under 21) youth team for the 2010–11 season but was relieved of his duties on 11 June 2011, with a year still to run on his contract, and just one week after losing 1–0 to Roma in the quarter-finals of the Campionato Primavera.[4]

On 13 July 2011 he was unveiled as new head coach of Südtirol.[5]

On 8 June 2012, he was named head coach of Serie A newcomers Pescara, replacing Zdeněk Zeman, his former boss during his first spell as a player at Foggia, who was signed by Roma a few days before his appointment.[6] He was assisted by Andrea Guerra, Francesco Sità, Andrea Tonelli and Massimo Marini. He resigned as coach of Pescara on 18 November 2012 after a series of bad results and the team has fallen in the middle of the relegation zone. He left the club along with Guerra (vice-coach) and two assistants Sità and Tonelli.

On June 2013, he was named new head coach of Serie B club Spezia.[7]

On 20 April 2015 on the back of the bench in Südtirol; ending the 2014-15 season in tenth place. The next season, remains at the helm of South Tyrolean training, peaking again in tenth place. On 12 May 2016, the red and white society communicates that the contract of the lombard mister will not be renewed at the natural expiry of 30 June, leaving him without a team.

On 14 August 2016 he was recruited from Foggia. He reached a promotion to Serie B with the Pugliese team.

In June 2018, Stroppa was appointed as coach of Crotone replacing Walter Zenga in the role.[8] Crotone announced the dismissal of Stroppa on 29 October 2018.[9] He was reinstated as head coach of Crotone on 28 December 2018 following the resignation of Massimo Oddo, who had previously replaced him in charge of the Calabrian club.[10]

Style of playEdit

A quick, energetic, and talented, yet injury-prone player, Stroppa was mainly known for his technical skills, and his ability to create chances for teammates, which enabled him to play in several creative midfield and attacking roles: he was initially deployed as an attacking midfielder, or as a supporting striker, but he was also used as a winger, and even as a central midfielder on occasion; he later played as a deep-lying playmaker during the final seasons of his career.[2][11][12]





  1. ^ Courtney, Barrie (22 May 2014). "England - International Results B-Team - Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Giovanni Stroppa" (in Italian). Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Stroppa, Giovanni" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  4. ^ "UFFICIALE: Stroppa esonerato da tecnico della Primavera". (in Italian). Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  5. ^ "CALCIO: LEGA PRO; STROPPA NUOVO ALLENATORE SUDTIROL" [FOOTBALL: LEGA PRO; STROPPA NEW SUDTIROL HEAD COACH] (in Italian). 13 July 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Ufficiale: Giovanni Stroppa nuovo allenatore" [Official: Giovanni Stroppa new head coach] (in Italian). Delfino Pescara 1936. 8 June 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Ufficiale: Giovanni Stroppa è il nuovo allenatore dello Spezia" [Official: Giovanni Stroppa is the new Spezia head coach] (in Italian). Spezia Calcio. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  9. ^ "MISTER STROPPA SOLLEVATO DALL'INCARICO" (in Italian). Crotone. 29 October 2018.
  10. ^ "ODDO SI DIMETTE. STROPPA È IL NUOVO ALLENATORE" (in Italian). FC Crotone. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  11. ^ CORRADO SANNUCCI (9 August 1991). "ANCORA UMILI MA PER POCO" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  12. ^ Germano Bovolenta (20 November 1998). "Stroppa e le storie di un calcio felice" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 6 March 2016.

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