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Who is Sampdoria manager Eusebio Di Francesco?
Eusebio Di Francesco is a name that will be familiar to football fans across Italy, the former midfielder having played there for the entirety of his playing career and also having managed several clubs in his homeland too.
As a player, Di Francesco began life at Empoli where he would be a first-team regular for four years, even at a precociously young age. He would make a century of appearances for the side, scoring three times in the process. This would be the start of a trend in Di Francesco's career where he would spend several years at a single club before deciding to move on to seek a new challenge.
Similarly, he would join Lucchese in 1991 at the age of 22 and would go on to play 139 times in the second division for the club. This time his goal return would be more impressive as he scored 12 times in total. He stayed until 1995 when he would be brought to the attention of a number of scouts from Italy's top division. After several teams came calling for his services, Di Francesco would ultimately put pen to paper on a contract with Serie A side Piacenza where he got his first taste of top-flight football. In Serie A with the team, he played 67 times, netting five times along the way before making an even more impressive move to Roma.
It was at Roma where Di Francesco would enjoy the best years of his career. He scored 14 times for the club in 101 league appearances from 1997 to 2001, a period in which he would also be capped 12 times by Italy, scoring once. He also got his first and only taste of silverware with Roma, although he would go on to win another competition in his time as a manger almost a decade later. Roma triumphed in the 200/2001 edition of Serie A, a campaign in which Di Francesco was hugely influential in midfield.
After his time with the club was over he returned to Piacenza, the club which had become very close to his heart. In this second, two year stint, Di Francesco played 61 times and scored 12 goals taking his overall tally over both spells with the club to 128 appearances and 17 goals.
After this, he was beginning to lose some of his physical attributes and made a step down to second division Anconain 2003. He played ten times in a disappointing season before moving on to Perugia for his final season in which he appeared 30 times and scored one final career goal.
Three years later, in 2008, Di Francesco returned to football as manager of Virtus Lanciano. It was a poor start to life as a manager however and he was dismissed following a dire run of form at the midpoint of the season. After this, he was given a shot at redemption as he was offered the managerial seat at Pescara in the Italian second division. He had a relatively successful season with the club, they were not promoted but won many plaudits for the quality of football which they displayed.
This earned him his first chance to experience life at the top of the Italian footballing pyramid as a manger. His destination was Lecce. Sadly however this first experience was not a positive one and he was sacked after less than half a season in charge having only won a handful of games and looking like he was leading the team towards relegation.
He returned to Serie B with Sassuolo in 2012 where he enjoyed a magnificent campaign with the club, getting them promoted as champions. In his first season in the top-flight with the club they looked in danger of relegation and thus he was dismissed. But after a new manager was unable to deliver anything better, Di Francesco was re-appointed and eventually guided the team towards safety. In the 2015/206 season, Di Francesco's side were magnificent, finishing in a Europa League place.
He then joined Roma where he guided them to 3rd place in his first season. The following season Roma reached the semifinals of the Champions League, producing a memorable comeback against Barcelona prior to the penultimate round of fixtures which they ultimately lost to Liverpool. He was eventually removed from his position after finishing in 5th place with the club last season.
Di Francesco will take charge of Sampdoria in the coming 2019/20 season.