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Roberto Donadoni

Roberto Donadoni
Personal information
Date of birthSeptember 9, 1963(age 53)
Place of birthCisano Bergamasco, Italy
Height1.73 m
Playing positionMidfielder

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Roberto Donadoni (-itroˈbɛrto donaˈdoni; born 9 September 1963) is an Italian football manager and former player, last in charge of Serie A club Cagliari.

An attacking midfielder or winger known for pace and technique, he was a pillar of the powerhouse AC Milan teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s and one of the pioneers of Major League Soccer, where he played two seasons for the NY/NJ MetroStars.

This was followed by a spell as head coach of the Italian national team, succeeding Marcello Lippi, who resigned after having won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the Euro 2008 campaign, with Donadoni as coach, Italy reached the quarter-finals of the tournament, losing against Spain. On 26 June 2008, Donadoni was subsequently dismissed despite having signed a contract extension prior to the beginning of Euro 2008, using a clause in the contract which allowed termination if Italy does not reach the semi-final. He was replaced by Marcello Lippi who returned as national team manager.

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