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Who is Torino manager Walter Mazzarri?

The Torino manager Walter Mazzarri was born in San Vincenzo in 1961. He is a manager with a distinguished CV having taken charge of some of the highest-profile clubs in Italy. Before he moved into management, Mazzarri was a midfielder who played for a number of clubs throughout his 15-year playing career.

He started his footballing education in Fiorentina's youth team and after a number of years developing as a player, he left for Pescara, who played in Serie B at the time. His first and only season with the club was a success as he appeared 26 times in his debut season in the second-highest division in Italy, scoring four goals in the same period.

He did enough in his first campaign as a professional to persuade Serie A side Cagliari to take a chance on the midfielder. However, the move was something of a disappointment for 21-year-old Mazzarri who could only manage four senior appearances in his time with the club. He subsequently decided it would best to take a step back down to Serie B where he joined Reggiana for whom he made 12 appearances and scored one goal.

Following this rather stagnant period in the Italian's career, Fiorentina, the club at which Mazzarri had begun his career, moved to re-sign him at the start of the 1983/1984 season. Again, however, Mazzarri was left frustrated with a Serie A club, this time he was not picked a single time as part of the team's starting 11. From there, therefore, he decided to make the switch to Empoli, it was a move which would prove to be one of the wisest of Mazzarri's playing career.

Empoli were in Serie B at the time of Mazzarri's arrival but with Mazzarri pulling the strings in their midfield they achieved promotion to Serie A at the first time of asking. He would go on to make just shy of a century of appearances for the club. His goal return would dry up somewhat - he scored four in this period - but this was mainly due to the deeper-lying role which Mazzarri performed for the team. Empoli would prove to be the club for which Mazzarri would spend the most amount of time with, both in terms of years he was there and the number of appearances he accumulated.

This time with Empoli was definitely the peak of Mazzarri's playing career. Afterwards, he would spend the majority of his career in the lower divisions of Italian football and would not stay with a club for longer than two seasons.

His managerial career has been definitely more glittering than his playing years. Mazzarri started life in the coaching side of the game by taking charge of Acireale ni 2001. He managed the club for a season before moving tp Pistoiese where again he would spend a solitary season. He was picked up by Serie B side Livorno at the start of the 2003/2004 season and this would prove to be his most successful management venture thus far. Astoundingly, under his stewardship, the team was promoted from Serie A at the end of the campaign. It was a promotion which was against all the odds.

After this, he joined Reggina where he creditably managed to keep the club in the top-flight for three seasons running. This achievement got him recognised by Sampdoria, this was his first really significant role in management and one which he took full advantage of. Sampdoria qualified for the UEFA Cup under his leadership and, although their form dipped towards the end of his reign, Mazzzarri's achievements at the club were impressive.

After this, he joined Napoli where he got his first taste of silverware as either a manager or a player. As well as finishing as runners-up in Serie A in the 2012/2013 season, Mazzarri's Napoli won the Coppa Italia in 2011/2012.

Following his successes, he joined another Italian giant, Inter Milan. His time here was poor however and he was dismissed after less than a year in charge. He then moved to England to take charge of Watford. He had a creditable season with the club but was sacked at the end of the campaign, many say prematurely.

Now Mazzarri has returned to Italy. His first season back in his homeland was very good; his Torino side finished 7th. He will take charge of the club for a second campaign in the 2019/20 season.