Although he is of dual nationality, Marco Giampaolo is one of only three managers in Serie not to be of purely Italian abstraction. The current manager of Torino, Giampaolo was born in Bellinzona, Switzerland 1967.
He had a career as a player but not to a particularly high level. He played for a number of clubs both in Switzerland and Italy. He began in 1986 when as a youth player he joined Giuianova, a Swiss club in the lower divisions of the country's league system. Here he would stay for four years, making it his longest spell with a single club - he played for six clubs in total over an eleven-year career.
He then moved to Gubbio where he would play his first professional football in Italy. He stayed for two years before having a brief spell with Licata, a Sicilian club for whom Giampaolo would appear a number of times in the 1992/1993 season. Then he moved to Siracusa, another Italian club, where he would spend a slightly longer period of two years. Giampaolo then made the biggest leap of his career so far, joining Fidelis Andria who played in Serie B and were hopeful of gaining promotion at the time - although they were unable to achieve these lofty aspirations, this was the highest level Giampolo played during the entirety of his career.
Fidelis Andria would also prove to be Giampaolo's penultimate club as he would move to Gualdo at the start of the 1996/1997 season. At this stage, Giampaolo suffered from an ankle injury which would prove to spell the end of his career in football, in the playing side at least.
Despite his early retirement, Giampaolo would prove to be far from done with the sport he loved. Despite being only 52, he has gone on to hold 12 positions in a managerial career which spans 19 years in total. Initially, after his ankle injury, Giampaolo was recruited as a scout for second division time Pescara Calcio. At Calcio, he made a name for himself as having a tremendous football brain and eye for talent, attributes that have served him well over the course of his career and those that have ultimately earned him one of the top jobs in Italian football, at any level. He rose through the ranks at Pescara until he was eventually appointed as assistant manager at the start of the new millennium.
He would hold this position for just over a year before seeking pastures new when the team's playoff aspirations were dashed towards the end of the 2001/2002 season. His preferred destination was with Italian third division side Giulanova Calcio. Again, Ciampaolo oversaw a team which fought for promotion but were ultimately unsuccessful. Like his time Pescara, Giampaolo left the club after just one season as second in command.
He would hold one position with Trevisio as assistant before making the move into the senior side of coaching. He spent two unremarkable seasons with the club before being offered a position with Ascoli in Serie B. He had an excellent first campaign, guiding Ascoli to the playoff places where they eventually lost in the semifinals. However, this was at the time of the Italian football corruption debacle and subsequently, Ascoli were awarded a place in Serie A after several teams were denied a place for their involvement in the controversy. In his first season in Serie A, he managed to save Ascoli from relegation despite the hiccup of being disqualified from coaching for a number of weeks for not holding the relevant qualifications.
In his first top-flight season, Giampaoli clearly impressed and he was rewarded with being offered a position as manager of fellow Serie A club Cagliari. Despite the two occupying the same division, the Cagliari job was a big step up for Giampaoli, in terms of the prestige of the club. He was ultimately sacked after just a season in charge but Giampaooli's management level has been in Serie A ever since.
He has gone on to coach seven more clubs in the first and second divisions, a journey which took him to Brescia, Empoli, Sampdoria and Milan. His appointment as manager of AC Milan, seven-time European champions and one of the biggest clubs in Italy, came as something of a surprise. He had been with Sampdoria for three years prior to this and had had a steady, but not incredible, reign with the team.
On 7 August 2020 Marco Giampaolo signed a two-year contract to become the Head Coach at Torino.