Giuseppe Dossena
Dossena with Torino during the 1980s
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-05-02) 2 May 1958 (age 63)
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Alcione Milano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Torino 0 (0)
1977–1978 Pistoiese 28 (1)
1978–1979 Cesena 28 (0)
1979–1981 Bologna 57 (7)
1981–1987 Torino 187 (20)
1987–1988 Udinese 28 (6)
1988–1991 Sampdoria 102 (9)
1991–1992 Perugia 26 (3)
Total 456 (46)
National team
1983–1984 Italy U21 4 (0)
1981–1987 Italy 38 (1)
Teams managed
1998 Triestina (assistant coach)
1998–1999 Ghana U20
1998–2000 Ghana
2000–2001 Ittihad Jeddah
2001–2002 Paraguay (assistant coach)
2002 Albania
2002–2003 Al-Ittihad
2003–2004 Lodigiani
2010–2012 Saint George FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 June 2006
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 April 2015

Giuseppe Dossena (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe dosˈseːna]; born 2 May 1958) is an Italian football manager and former football player, who played as a midfielder.[1] He played for several Italian clubs throughout his career, in particular Torino and Sampdoria, where he won several titles. At international level, he represented the Italy national football team, and was a member of the Italian squad that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Dossena began his playing career for Torino in 1976, and moved to Pistoiese the following season. He subsequently played for Cesena and Bologna, before returning to Torino in 1981, where he remained until 1987; it was during this second spell with the club that he was a member of the Italian national team, even earning a call-up for the Italy squad at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.[2] He then played for Udinese, Sampdoria and Perugia, where he retired in 1992.[3] Dossena is mostly remembered for his time with Sampdoria, where he achieved notable domestic and international success, winning the 1988–89 Coppa Italia, the 1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup, the 1990–91 Serie A title, and the 1991 Supercoppa Italiana, also losing out on the 1990 European Super Cup final to European Cup winners and Serie A rivals Milan.[4]

International career

With the Italian national side, Dossena received 38 caps between 1981 and 1987, scoring 1 goal. After making 4 appearances in Italy's 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, he was selected as a member of Italy's 1982 FIFA World Cup winning squad, although he was an unused substitute throughout the tournament, despite being given the number 10 shirt.[1][5][6][7]

Style of play

Primarily a playmaker, Dossena was a hard-working, creative team player, renowned for his stamina, vision, technique, and passing ability in midfield, although he was also known for his ability to make attacking runs and strike from distance.[4]

Managerial career

Later, he started a managing career at international level, coaching Ghana for two years (1998–2000),[8] and then being assistant of Cesare Maldini in Paraguay's appearance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Between 2000 and 2001, he coached Ittihad Jeddah of Saudi Arabia.[9] He later worked as an analyst for Italian public broadcasting company RAI.

In July 2002, Dossena was appointed the new manager of Albania national team,[10] becoming the first foreigner manager of the team since Hungarian Miklós Vadas in 1953.[11] His spell at The Red and Blacks lasted for only three months, during which he led the national team in only two matches: the first was a 1–1 draw against Switzerland and the second was the 4–1 loss to Russia.[11] He also won an unofficial friendly match against Kosovo 1–0 in September.[10] In November 2002, he asked for his resign via a letter directed to Albanian Football Association, citing the pressure from the local media as the main reason of his decision.[10]

On 30 August 2010 it was revealed that Dossena had agreed a two-year contract with Ethiopian champions Saint George FC. He later worked as a sporting director. Now, he is an adviser for the Italy national football team.[12]

Career statistics



Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 1981 6 1
1982 5 0
1983 6 0
1984 9 0
1985 3 0
1986 3 0
1987 6 0
Total 38 1







  1. ^ a b "Nazionale in cifre: Dossena, Giuseppe". (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  2. ^ "1982 FIFA World Cup: Italy Squad". FIFA. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Giuseppe Dossena". Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Giuseppe Dossena: geometrie e fosforo al servizio della squadra". Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Giuseppe DOSSENA". Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  6. ^ "1982 Italia" (in Italian). Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  7. ^ Kevin Pogorzelski (2 June 2016). "Italy's No.10 tasked with proving skeptics wrong". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  8. ^ Marie-Claire Diop (28 June 2000). "Football : le Ghana risque de perdre son entraîneur italien". (in French). Archived from the original on September 28, 2003.
  9. ^ "Al Ittihad snatches runner-up soccer spot". 15 January 2001. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  10. ^ a b c "Nga Dosena te De Biazi, Kombëtarja pa trajner shqiptar për 15 vite" [From Dossena to De Biasi, the national team without Albanian manager for 15 years] (in Albanian). Gazeta Panorama. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  11. ^ a b "SPECIALE/ Giussepe DOSSENA, rrugëtimi i dhimbshëm te SHQIPËRIA, që nuk rezultoi kurrë i kotë" [Special/ Giussepe Dossena, the painful journey at Albania, that never resulted useless] (in Albanian). 16 November 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Ethiopia's Saint George appoint Dossena". 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  13. ^ "Giuseppe Dossena". European Football. Retrieved 21 February 2019.