Sergio Brighenti

Sergio Brighenti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsɛrdʒo briˈɡɛnti]; born 23 September 1932) is an Italian former football player and coach. As a professional player, Brighenti played as a forward at both club and international level, before beginning his coaching career. Brighenti was a quick, hardworking, and dynamic centre-forward, with good technical ability, and a powerful, accurate shot, who was known for his team–play as well as his eye for goal; as such, his role was more akin to that of a "centravanti di manovra," in Italian football jargon (literally translating to "manoeuvring centre-forward"), which was similar to that of a second striker, and a precursor to the modern false-9 role.[1]

Sergio Brighenti
Personal information
Date of birth (1932-09-23) 23 September 1932 (age 89)
Place of birth Modena, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1952 Modena 52 (19)
1952–1955 Internazionale 40 (20)
1955–1957 Triestina 54 (13)
1957–1960 Padova 91 (50)
1960–1963 Sampdoria 95 (43)
1963–1964 Modena 30 (10)
1964–1965 Torino 1 (0)
Total 363 (155)
National team
1959–1961 Italy 9 (2)
Teams managed
1968–1969 Varese
1971–1972 Varese
1972–1973 Seregno
1973–1974 Lecco
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Making his professional debut in 1949, Brighenti played for Modena, Internazionale, Triestina, Padova, Sampdoria and Torino, winning two consecutive Serie A titles with Inter in 1953 and 1954. Brighenti scored a total of 155 goals in 363 career league games. He was also top-scorer in Serie A once throughout his career, during the 1960–61 season, scoring 27 goals.[1][2][3]

Brighenti also earned nine caps for Italy between 1959 and 1961, scoring two goals.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Brighenti retired as a player in 1965, and began his first football management job with Varese in 1968. Brighenti was manager at Varese twice, and also managed Seregno and Lecco.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Sergio Brighenti was born in Modena on 23 September 1932. His older brother is fellow player Renato Brighenti.[2]






  1. ^ a b "BRIGHENTI, Sergio" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport (2002). Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Brighenti, il giro del calcio in 80 anni "Ho avuto tutto e non è finita qui"" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ "La nascita del calcio a Modena" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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