Silvio Baldini
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-09-11) 11 September 1958 (age 63)
Place of birth Massa, Italy
Club information
Current team
Palermo (head coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
1984–1988 Bagnone[1]
1988–1989 Massese (assistant coach)[1]
1989–1991 Forte dei Marmi[2]
1991–1992 Viareggio
1992–1993 Massese
1993–1995 Siena
1995–1997 Carrarese
1997–1998 Chievo Verona
1998–1999 Brescia
1999–2003 Empoli
2003–2004 Palermo
2004 Parma
2005–2006 Lecce
2007–2008 Catania
2008–2009 Empoli
2011 Vicenza
2017–2021 Carrarese
2021– Palermo

Silvio Baldini (born 11 September 1958 in Massa) is an Italian association football manager, currently in charge of Serie C club Palermo.

Career

Early years

Born in Massa but hailing from nearby Carrara, Baldini started his coaching career in 1984 at the age of 26 with Bagnone, an amateur Seconda Categoria team which he led to immediate promotion in his debut year. In 1988, he became assistant coach of Massese.

In 1989, he was then appointed at the helm of Promozione team Forte dei Marmi, which he led to promotion in 1991. After a single season with Viareggio, he finally obtained a professional coaching license and returned to Massese, this time as head coach, in 1992. Following that experience, he served as head coach for Serie C1 clubs Siena (1993-1995) and Carrarese (1995-1997).

Chievo and Brescia

In 1997 Baldini was chosen to fill the Chievo Verona head coaching position, on what was his first Serie B job, leading the gialloblu to a final seventh place in the league table. He then moved next year to Brescia in 1998.

Empoli

In 1999 he moved back to his native Tuscany as the new head coach of Serie B club Empoli. In 2002, Empoli ended in fourth place, being therefore promoted to Serie A.

On his Serie A debut year, Baldini led Empoli, widely tipped for relegation, to an impressive 12th place in the Italian top flight.

Palermo

Baldini's successes at Empoli led to interest from ambitious Serie B club Palermo, which was acquired by Maurizio Zamparini just one year earlier. Assigned with the goal to guide the Rosanero to immediate promotion to Serie A, Baldini was given a squad including star players such as Luca Toni or Gianluca Berti (which he brought with him from his past experience at Empoli).

In January 2004, following a 1–3 home defeat to Salernitana, Baldini criticized his chairman Zamparini for his words regarding the team's recent performances; he was subsequently fired, leaving Palermo in third place, and replaced by Francesco Guidolin who eventually guided the Sicilians to win the league title.[3]

Serie A years: Parma and Lecce

Baldini returned to coach in the 2004–05 season with Parma, being appointed at Renzo Ulivieri's place on September; he was however sacked himself in December 2004, leaving his side on second-last place in the Serie A table.

In September 2005, he was appointed as Lecce head coach, but was again fired in January 2006.

Catania

In June 2007, he returned to Sicily after being named new Catania head coach.[4]

On 26 August 2007, during the first league match, Baldini kicked the behind of Parma boss Domenico Di Carlo after being sent off and having engaged in a dispute with his opponent head coach.[5] He consequently received a one-month ban due to his unprofessional behaviour.[6] During his ban period, assistant coach Gianluca Atzori served at his place during games.

After a hard-fought match against Inter (nevertheless losing 2–0), Baldini decided to switch from his traditional 4-2-3-1 to a more practical 4-3-3 to better suit Catania's needs. In his first two successive matches since Inter, Catania played an honorable match against Fiorentina, despite losing 0–1 to the viola. In the next match, Catania achieved its first league victory, defeating relegation rival Empoli 1–0 thanks to a goal from Martinez. On September 30 his Catania side held Milan to an impressive 1–1 draw at the San Siro. He will return to the Catania bench against Livorno.

Despite criticism, Baldini initially managed to achieve a better league position than his predecessor Pasquale Marino, and also led his side to a historical qualification in the Coppa Italia 2007–08 semi-finals. However, a row of poor results quickly pushed Catania down to 18th place, being potentially relegated as of Week 31, and with only three points ahead of last-placed Empoli, persuading Baldini to resign from his post on 31 March 2008.[7]

Return to Empoli, Vicenza and retirement

In July 2008 he accepted to return at Empoli, accepting the managerial role for the freshly relegated Tuscan side in their 2008–09 Serie B campaign. He was however dismissed from his coaching post after failing to guide Empoli back to the top flight, following an unimpressive fifth place in the regular season and a successive defeat to Baldini's former club Brescia in the promotion playoff semi-finals.

After his farewell to Empoli, he left active football and worked as a pundit for sports channel Sportitalia.

On 13 June 2011 he was officially announced as new head coach of Serie B club Vicenza, signing a one-year contract with the Venetian club, but on October 4, 2011, he was sacked.[8] and replaced by Gigi Cagni.[9]

Return to Carrarese

After six years without a club, in June 2017 he accepted an offer to return at Carrarese; as part of the deal, he notably requested not to receive a salary.[10]

After almost four years in charge of Carrarese, during which he consistently led the club to reaching the promotion playoffs, most prominently being eliminated in the semifinals by Bari in the 2019–20 season, Baldini resigned on 10 April 2021, following a fifth consecutive defeat in the Serie C league at the hands of AlbinoLeffe.[11]

Return to Palermo

On 24 December 2021, Baldini signed a contract until the end of the season with Serie C club Palermo, returning in charge of the Rosanero after his short-lived experience in the 2003–04 season.[12]

Under his tenure, Baldini successfully turned the club's fortunes, also becoming a fan favourite due to his temper and his attitude toward the city, as well as changing the playing style into a more attacking one, making room for players such as Matteo Brunori (who eventually ended up becoming the top goalscorer in all Italian professional leagues with 29 goals) to shine.[13] Palermo completed the 2021–22 Serie C Group C regular season in third place, thus qualifying to the promotion playoffs, where they defeated Triestina, Virtus Entella and Feralpisalò in the process, with all home games being attended by about 35,000 people, a stark change with respect to the rest of the season.[13]

On 12 June 2022, following a 1–0 home win against Padova at a sold-out Stadio Renzo Barbera, Baldini's Palermo won the promotion playoffs and promotion to Serie B.[13]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 12 June 2022[14][15]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Forte dei Marmi Italy 1 July 1989 30 June 1991 64 27 27 10 74 42 +32 042.19
Viareggio Italy 1 July 1991 30 June 1992 42 12 18 12 44 36 +8 028.57
Massese Italy 1 July 1992 30 June 1993 40 13 14 13 41 45 −4 032.50
Siena Italy 1 July 1993 30 June 1995 76 22 29 25 80 69 +11 028.95
Carrarese Italy 1 July 1995 30 June 1997 78 26 30 22 73 67 +6 033.33
Chievo Verona Italy 17 July 1997 30 June 1998 40 12 15 13 44 48 −4 030.00
Brescia Italy 1 July 1998 30 June 1999 42 17 14 11 52 38 +14 040.48
Empoli Italy 30 November 1999 25 May 2003 150 62 43 45 209 179 +30 041.33
Palermo Italy 17 June 2003 26 January 2004 29 13 10 6 39 24 +15 044.83
Parma Italy 17 June 2004 13 December 2004 21 4 7 10 20 32 −12 019.05
Lecce Italy 27 September 2005 23 January 2006 16 3 3 10 13 27 −14 018.75
Catania Italy 4 June 2007 31 March 2008 36 8 13 15 32 44 −12 022.22
Empoli Italy 27 May 2008 16 June 2009 48 21 14 13 60 50 +10 043.75
Vicenza Italy 13 June 2011 6 October 2011 9 0 3 6 7 16 −9 000.00
Carrarese Italy 20 June 2017 11 April 2021 153 61 39 53 228 195 +33 039.87
Palermo Italy 24 December 2021 Present 25 15 8 2 52 24 +28 060.00
Total 869 316 287 266 1,068 936 +132 036.36

References

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  2. ^ (in Italian) CentoPerCento Forte[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Silvio Baldini e il Palermo, storia di un esonero da terzo in classifica" (in Italian). Tutto C. 24 December 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Baldini is new Catania Coach". Football Italia. 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  5. ^ "Pitchside brawl at Parma". Football Italia. 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2007-08-27.
  6. ^ "Baldini handed bench ban". Football Italia. 2007-08-28. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  7. ^ "Catania, Baldini se ne va. Zenga sempre più vicino" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  8. ^ "UFFICIALE: Vicenza, esonerato Baldini" (in Italian). TUTTOmercatoWEB. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  9. ^ "CALCIO, VICENZA; CAGNI: USCIREMO DALLA CRISI" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  10. ^ "LegaPro, Silvio Baldini torna a casa: "Allenerò gratis la mia Carrarese"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Carrarese, si è dimesso il tecnico Baldini, "Non posso che farmi da parte"" (in Italian). La Nazione. 10 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  12. ^ "SILVIO BALDINI NUOVO ALLENATORE DEL PALERMO" (in Italian). Palermo F.C. 24 December 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  13. ^ a b c "Palermo, Baldini l'uomo della svolta: così è entrato nella testa dei giocatori e nel cuore dei tifosi" (in Italian). Giornale di Sicilia. 13 June 2022. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Silvio Baldini". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  15. ^ Silvio Baldini coach profile at Soccerway