Luca Fusi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈluːka ˈfuːzi; ˈfuːsi]; born 7 June 1963) is a retired Italian footballer turned manager, who played as a midfielder or defender. He is the current head coach of Lega Pro Seconda Divisione team Castel Rigone.
|Date of birth||7 June 1963|
|Place of birth||Lecco, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, Defender|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2008|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 December 2008
During his club career he played for Como, Sampdoria, Napoli, Torino and Juventus. He earned 8 caps for the Italy national football team and took part in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship. He was known as an intelligent, hardworking, tactically versatile, and correct player throughout his career, with good technique and determination, and could also play as a sweeper, a role in which he was frequently deployed in his later career, following his athletic decline, due to his playmaking ability.
In 1988, he left Sampdoria to join Napoli, winning a UEFA Cup in 1989 and a Serie A championship type in 1990. In June 1990 he successively left Napoli to become part of the Torino midfield. Ironically for him, he scored his only Serie A goal for Torino away to Napoli on 16 February 1992, a left-footed strike from outside the area. Having won another Coppa Italia title in 1993, also reaching the 1992 UEFA Cup final, he moved to crosstown rivals Juventus, where he won another Serie A title and a personal third Coppa Italia in 1995, although he began to be deployed less frequently when Lippi switched to a zonal marking defensive system, which did not feature a sweeper, and collected only 10 appearances in the league in total, and 18 in all competitions throughout the season. He ended his career with Swiss side AC Lugano, where he played from 1996 to 1997.
Fusi made his Italian national team debut on 31 March 1988 in Split, against Yugoslavia, as a substitute for Luigi De Agostini. He was also called up for Italy at UEFA Euro 1988 under manager Azeglio Vicini, but did not play in any of Italy's games during the tournament as the team reached the semi-finals. In total, Fusi made 8 appearances for Italy between 1988 and 1992.
On June 2008 he signed for Real Marcianise of Lega Pro Prima Divisione (third tier), guiding them to a mid-table finish. He is currently serving as head coach of Foligno, another Lega Pro Prima Divisione team, for the 2009–10 season. He was removed from his managerial duties on April 27, 2010 due to poor results, with Foligno in 15th place, and replaced by Salvatore Matrecano.
Since 23 October 2013 Fusi is the new coach of Castel Rigone.
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