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Who is Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella?
The current Fiorentina manager, Vincenzo Montella, is enjoying his second stint with the club. Montell, born in 1974, Pomigliano d'Arco, is one of the younger managers in the division aged 45.
During his playing days Montella was a striker who played at the highest level of European and international football. He has an incredibly impressive tally of 191 league goals in 383 games, giving him a goals-per-games ratio of nearly one in two. He also represented his native Italy on 20 occasions and was unlucky to miss out on making the squad which won the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
He began his career in Empoli aged 16 where he would make a name for himself as a competitive young striker. He scored 26 goals in 51 games during his five years as a professional at the club before deciding to pursue regular Serie B football with Genoa in 1995. He scored 21 goals in his singular season with the club and won the Anglo-Italian Cup with them in 1996. This was his first of three honours as a player.
His goalscoring talents in the second division were noticed and he was quickly snapped up by Serie A giants Sampdoria who were regularly competing at the top end of the table in the top-flight as well as in European competitions on a yearly basis. It was at Sampdoria that Montella really made a name for himself as one of the premier strikers in world football at the time. In his first top-flight season he scored 22 goals in 28 games. In the following campaign (1997/1998) he netted 20 times in 33. And, in his final season with the club, he scored 12 times in 22 as injury robbed him of a dozen or so appearances.
In terms of goals, his time at Sampdoria would be Montella's most successful of his career. But in terms of trophies won and, arguably, the quality of the football he played, his best days came at Roma. He stayed with the club for eight years and was adored by the crowds. In total, he scored 84 times in just shy of 200 league appearances. As a striker who was expected to fulfil the role of a playmaker as well, these were impressive figures.
The highlight of his career at Roma, or indeed with any club, came in the 2000/2001 season when Roma won Serie A and then the Suppercoppa Italiana at the start of the following season.
However, towards the end of his Roma career, his playing time became more limited; partly because of age, partly because of injury. In the 2006/2007 season, he made a loan move to Fulham which would be his only experience of playing abroad in his entire career - during this time he made 14 appearances, scoring five.
He returned to Sampdoria to play a bit-part role in the 2007/08 season but still managed a decent goal return before moving back to his spiritual home, Roma. He hung up his boots after a disappointing final season in which he was unable to find the net.
He made the move into the coaching side of the game soon after. He was youth coach at Roma before being appointed interim manager in 2011. His time at the club was mixed, he led them to a sixth-place finish but was released the following season. He then moved to Catania where he was able to guide the club to safety in Serie A before leaving of his own accord to seek pastures new.
He then joined Fiorentina for his first spell in charge. His arrival saw sweeping changes in the squad and in tactics, changes which turned out to be successful - he took them to fourth place in Serie A. He did the same the following season with the added bonus of reaching the Coppa Italia final where they were ultimately beaten by Napoli. In his third season he managed fourth place again. But, despite reaching the penultimate stages of the Europa League the same season, he was dismissed by the board at the end of the campaign.
He then had a very brief spell with Sampdoria before making a dream move to AC Milan. He won the SuperCup in his first season and took the club to sixth place before a busy summer saw Milan spend hundreds of millions on new players. Despite the investment however, Milan were poor at the start of the next season and Montella was sacked in November.
He joined Sevilla where he enjoyed fantastic success in the cup competitions (quarter-finals of Champions League, final of the Copa del Rey) but was sacked after poor league form. From here he returned to Fiorentina where he remains to this day. His start at life back of the club has not been good, he has won none of his eight games so far.