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Leonardo Acori (born January 16, 1955 in Bastia Umbra, Province of Perugia)[1] is an Italian football manager.

Leonardo Acori
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-01-16) January 16, 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth Bastia Umbra, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1974 Napoli
1974–1983 Banco di Roma
Teams managed
1990–1991 Rieti
1991–1992 L'Aquila
1992–1994 Viterbese
1994–1995 Ternana
1995–1996 Ladispoli
1997–1999 Gubbio
1999–2002 Sangiovannese
2002–2008 Rimini
2008–2009 Livorno
2009 Benevento
2010 Benevento
2010–2011 Cremonese
2012–2013 San Marino
2014 Grosseto
2014–2015 Gubbio
2016 Rimini
2016 Prato
2018–2019 Rimini
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Acori played since 1974 to 1983 in the football team of G.S. Banco di Roma.

Coaching careerEdit

Acori's first coaching experience came in 1990, at the helm of Interregionale team Rieti, which he led to a fourth place, then winning the division the next year with L'Aquila. After two seasons with Viterbese (a fourth and a third place), he served as mid-season replacement at Ternana with little fortune, and then trying unsuccessfully to escape relegation with Lazio-based team Ladispoli the following year. In 1997–98 he became head coach of Gubbio, leading them to an immediate Serie D title and a seventh place in the Serie C2 the following season. In 1999, he joined Tuscan side Sangiovannese, leading them to a Serie D title in 1999–2000 and narrowly missing promotion to Serie C1 in 2001–2002 after losing the playoff finals to Pro Patria.[2]

In 2002–2003 he was appointed as new Rimini boss, leading the biancorossi to a second place in the Serie C2/B, and then winning the promotion playoffs. The next season, he then led Rimini to a fourth place in the Serie C1 round, missing a second consecutive promotion after losing the subsequent promotion playoffs. The promotion however proved just to be delayed as Rimini managed to win the Serie C1/A round the following season, thus ensuring a historical Serie B comeback. He was confirmed at the helm of Rimini with notable fortune, leading also his side to a fifth place in the 2006–2007 Serie B.[1]

On June 4, 2008 he was announced as new Livorno boss, with the aim to lead the amaranto back to Serie A in their 2008–09 Serie B campaign.[3] He was sacked on May 23, 2009 after a 0–1 home loss to AlbinoLeffe in Serie B's Week 41 (with only one weekday remaining), despite having already achieved a spot in the upcoming promotion playoffs, with assistant coach Gennaro Ruotolo replacing him for the remaining league and playoff games.[4]

On June 2009 he was named new head coach of ambitious Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Benevento,[5] but was removed from his head management post later in December due to poor results. He was appointed back at the helm of Benevento later in April 2010 to replace Andrea Camplone, with the aim to qualify his side to a promotion playoff spot with only four games remaining to the end of the regular season.[6]

Since 26 October 2010 to the sacking of 11 April 2011 he was the coach of U.S. Cremonese.

On 2 October 2012 he was named new coach of San Marino, taking the place of the sacked Mario Petrone.


  1. ^ a b "Leonardo ACORI" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
  2. ^ "Diamo i numeri" (PDF) (in Italian). Azzurro. 2006-05-07. p. 9. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
  3. ^ "Leonardo Acori nuovo tecnico dell´A.S. Livorno Calcio" (in Italian). AS Livorno Calcio. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
  4. ^ "Cambia la guida tecnica del Livorno Calcio" (in Italian). AS Livorno Calcio. 2009-05-23. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  5. ^ "Benevento, Acori è il nuovo tecnico" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport - Stadio. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  6. ^ "Benevento, via Camplone In panchina torna Acori" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport - Stadio. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-04-14.

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