Stefano Vecchi

Stefano Vecchi (born 20 July 1971) is a retired Italian professional footballer turned coach. He is the current manager of Südtirol.

Stefano Vecchi
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-07-20) 20 July 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Bergamo, Italy
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Südtirol (manager)
Youth career
1983–1986 Ponte San Pietro
1986–1990 Inter Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Inter Milan 0 (0)
1990–1991Oltrepò (loan) 33 (0)
1991–1992Spezia (loan) 33 (1)
1992–1993Arezzo (loan) 0 (0)
1993–1997 Fiorenzuola 132 (1)
1997–1999 Brescello 59 (1)
1999–2003 SPAL 122 (0)
2003–2004 Pavia 10 (0)
2004–2005 Pergocrema 13 (2)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Mapello
2006–2009 Colognese
2009–2011 Tritium
2011–2012 SPAL
2012–2013 Südtirol
2013–2014 Carpi
2014–2018 Inter Milan Primavera
2016 Inter Milan (caretaker)
2017 Inter Milan (caretaker)
2018 Venezia
2019– Südtirol
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

An Inter youth product, Vecchi had an unremarkable career as a central midfielder in the lower leagues of Italian football, not going any further than Serie C1 and narrowly missing an historical promotion to Serie B during his stint at Fiorenzuola. He retired in 2005.

Coaching careerEdit

After his retirement, Vecchi took a coaching career starting from the amateur leagues of Lombardy. He had a breakthrough during his two-year period at Tritium, leading the small club from Trezzo sull'Adda to two consecutive promotions from Serie D to Lega Pro Prima Divisione (ex-Serie C1) before accepting an offer from fallen giants SPAL, a former team of his as a player; however, this season, characterized by financial and off-field issues, ended with relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

He successively took another coaching role at Südtirol, reaching the promotion playoffs in his only season. The team lost to Carpi, Vecchi's future employer. The Serie B newcomers offered him their managerial spot despite his lack of valid coaching license[citation needed] to serve as head coach in the second tier of Italy. His stint at Carpi was however cut short in March 2014, when he was removed from managerial duties due to disappointing results.

In mid-2014, he joined former club Inter's non-playing staff as coach of the Primavera under-19 team , which he led to victory at the 2015 Torneo di Viareggio and the 2016 Coppa Italia Primavera.

In November 2016, he also served as caretaker manager for the first team, filling in after Frank de Boer's dismissal for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League game against Southampton (a 1–2 loss) and a Serie A league game against Crotone (ended in a 3–0 win). He was then once again appointed as caretaker on 9 May 2017, for the final three games of the season, in place of Stefano Pioli.[1] Vecchi also led the Primavera team to win the Campionato Nazionale Primavera on 11 June 2017,[2] after his caretaker spell with the first team had ended.

Vecchi left Inter in July 2018 to accept an offer as head coach of Venezia in the Serie B league; his experience was however short-lived, as he was dismissed on 11 October 2018 due to poor results.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Inter, Pioli esonerato, al suo posto Vecchi: in arrivo Walter Sabatini" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ Match Report (in Italian) Lega Serie A
  3. ^ "UFFICIALE: Venezia, esonerato Vecchi. Panchina affidata a Zenga" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.