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SPAL – Luigi Di Biagio
Luigi Di Biagio is the new manager of SPAL having been appointed following the sacking of Leonardo Semplici on the 10th of February. SPAL sit rock bottom of the Serie A standings after 23 games having won just four times all season. In truth, they may have reached the critical point of no return already as they are currently seven points from safety.
They have taken a relatively big risk by pinning their hopes on Di Biagio, a manager who has never held a permanent senior management role in the game. He began his career as a youth product of Lazio's academy. He would make one professional appearance for the Rome-based side before moving down a level to play for Monza in the hope of getting more game time. It was a successful endeavour and by 1992 when Di Biagio left the club, he had played 62 times in the league. During this time, he won promotion from Serie C1 and into the Italian second-tier, Serie B.
He later moved on to Foggia where again he would enjoy experiencing the thrill of promotion. This time it was out of Serie B and into Serie A, the league where the defensive-midfielder was destined to play. By this time, he was drawing interest from many of the biggest clubs in Italy and indeed in Europe at large. He decided to stay on the books with Foggia for the time being, however, and would flourish in a more advanced position while in his later years with the club. He was part of the Foggia side who reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia in 1995. He left the club having scored 12 goals in 87 appearances.
He moved back to Rome in 1995 when he joined Roma. During his time with the club he would play 114 times and score 16 goals. He would also begin to play for the Italy national team during this stint, earning the first of his 31 caps in 1998.
He then made a high-profile move to Inter Milan in 1999. He would stay for four seasons, keeping up his steady scoring rate by netting 13 times in 117 appearances for the Italian giants. Overall, Di Biagio will have been disappointed to have not won a competition with Inter who finished as runners-up in three separate tournaments in Di Biagio's time with the club.
He moved on to Brescia in 2003 where he played 93 times in three years, scoring 16 goals in a productive twilight period of his career. He saw out the rest of his days with Ascoli where he moved in 2007.
As a manager, Di Biagio has spent his career taking charge of Italy's youth teams, with whom he has had tremendous success. He had a brief spell as caretaker manager of the first-team in 2018 but SPAL will be his first full-time role at senior level.