Giuseppe Pancaro

Giuseppe Pancaro (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈpaŋkaro]; born 26 August 1971) is a former Italian football defender turned coach.

Giuseppe Pancaro
Giuseppe Pancaro, 2005.jpg
Personal information
Full name Giuseppe Pancaro
Date of birth (1971-08-26) 26 August 1971 (age 50)
Place of birth Cosenza, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Left back, Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Acri 29 (0)
1989–1992 Torino 0 (0)
1991–1992Avezzano (loan) 32 (2)
1992–1997 Cagliari 99 (5)
1997–2003 Lazio 152 (5)
2003–2005 Milan 39 (2)
2005–2006 Fiorentina 18 (0)
2006–2007 Torino 10 (0)
Total 379 (14)
National team
1999–2005 Italy 19 (0)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Juve Stabia
2015–2016 Catania
2018 Catanzaro
2019–2020 Pistoiese
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

A strong, reliable, and tenacious left-back, who was effective in the air, he was known for his stamina and work-rate, which allowed him to contribute both offensively and defensively. A versatile player, although he was usually deployed along the left flank, he was also capable of playing on the right. His discipline in training ensured that he was rarely injured throughout his career. In addition to his footballing abilities, he was also known for his consistency, correct behaviour, and leadership.[1][2]

Club careerEdit

Born in Cosenza, Calabria, Pancaro started his youth career with Acri. He later moved to the Torino F.C. Youth squad remaining with the club for two seasons, before being loaned to Serie C2 club Avezzano. Pancaro made his professional debut with Cagliari Calcio, after the club's owner Massimo Cellino acquired him in 1992; although he only made 10 appearances during his first two seasons, he soon established himself as a key member of the starting line-up. In the 1993–94 UEFA Cup, Pancaro made his European debut, scoring the match winning goal in the first leg of the semi-final, after coming on as a substitute, as Cagliari beat eventual champions Inter 3–2.[3][4]

After Cagliari were relegated in 1997, he transferred to S.S. Lazio, where he remained for six seasons, winning the 1999–2000 Serie A title, two Coppa Italia titles (1997–98 and 1999–2000), two Italian Supercups, the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and the 1999 UEFA Super Cup, also reaching the final of the UEFA Cup in 1998.[5]

In the summer of 2003, Pancaro transferred to A.C. Milan in exchange for Demetrio Albertini, where he played for two seasons. His consistency and work-rate made him an important part of Milan's squad, as he won his second Serie A title, as well as an Italian Supercup, also reaching the final of the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League, notably scoring a goal in an away victory over Brescia in 2003.[5][6] In 2004, he signed a one-year extension for the club.[1]

In 2005, Pancaro moved to ACF Fiorentina on a free transfer, for two seasons, making 18 appearances, as his former Lazio teammate Giuseppe Favalli was brought in to replace him at Milan.[1] He then moved onto Torino F.C. the following season, retiring at the end of the 2006–07 season, at the age of 36.[7]

International careerEdit

Pancaro was first capped for Italy in 1999, making his debut in a 0–0 draw against Croatia on 28 April. In total, he won 19 caps with the Azzurri between 1999 and 2005, but he never took part at a major tournament with Italy. Injury blocked him from playing in UEFA Euro 2004, and he was also in the provisional 26 man squad for UEFA Euro 2000 before missing the final cut.[8][9]

Coaching careerEdit

Pancaro took his first coaching role in July 2012, working as assistant to Dario Marcolin at Serie B outfit Modena and leaving the club together with the whole coaching staff after the latter's dismissal in March 2013.

In June 2014, he was named new head coach of recently relegated Lega Pro club Juve Stabia.[5][10]

On 16 July 2015, Pancaro was assigned new head coach of Catania.[11]

On 6 March 2018, he was hired as the head coach of Serie C side Catanzaro.[12] He left Catanzaro at the end of the 2017–18 season.[13]

On 28 June 2019, he was hired by Serie C club Pistoiese.[14] He left the club at the end of the season.

Personal lifeEdit

On 27 June 2007, Pancaro married the Italian former show-girl Vincenza Cacace, with whom he has two children: a son Riccardo, born in December 2005, and a daughter Virginia, born in January 2009.[5]




  1. ^ a b c "Io mi fido di Pippo Pancaro!". (in Italian). 24 November 2014. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Italy squad at a glance". BBC. 14 November 2000. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  3. ^ Giancarlo Padovan; Fabio Monti (31 March 1994). "le sconfitte dell' Inter non finiscono mai". (in Italian). Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Giuseppe Pancaro". (in Italian). Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Giorgio Dell'Arti (2 July 2014). "Giuseppe Pancaro". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Albertini finds new home in Rome". UEFA. 22 July 2003. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Giuseppe Pancaro". ESPN. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Euro 2000 provisional squads". 22 May 2000. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Nazionale in Cifre: Giuseppe Pancaro". (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Mister Pancaro sollevato dall'incarico". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Catania, Pancaro sarà il nuovo allenatore".
  12. ^ "Pasquale Logiudice Nuovo Ds. In Panchina Arriva Pancaro (video)" (in Italian). U.S. Catanzaro 1929. 6 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Mister Pancaro saluta il Catanzaro" (Press release) (in Italian). Catanzaro. 22 May 2018. Archived from the original on 22 October 2020. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Giuseppe Pancaro è il nuovo allenatore della Pistoiese" (Press release) (in Italian). Pistoiese. 28 June 2019.

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