Paolo Di Canio

Italian footballer Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio is an Italian former professional footballer. Di Canio made over 500 league appearances and scored over 100 league goals as a player. As a player, Di Canio played in Serie A for Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and Milan, before playing in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic and the English Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic.
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Birthday
09 July 1968
home town
Italy

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Soccer-Constant change of personnel hurting Sunderland - Cattermole
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Constant change of players and managers at Sunderland are affecting the club's team spirit, midfielder Lee Cattermole has said, as the serial strugglers remain winless in the Premier League this season. Sunderland, who have flirted with relegation for the past four seasons, replaced Sam Allardyce with former United and Everton boss David Moyes in the close season. It was the club's fourth-full time managerial appointment since sacking Paolo Di Canio in September 2013.
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Holloway is top choice for Pompey job
Hayling Islander - almost 3 years
THE Pompey public have had their say on who they would like to see elected – and it’s a landslide victory. If the battle to become the next Blues boss went to the polls, Ian Holloway would be the runaway winner to be handed the top job at Fratton Park. After voting finished, more than 1,500 responses came in on our News web poll at portsmouth.co.uk to guage fans’ thoughts on who the club should appoint to replace Andy Awford. As you might expect, the views were wide and varied. But the statistical data suggested there was a clear trend, with the former Millwall, Crystal Palace and Blackpool boss claiming more than a quarter of the voting share. With 27-per-cent share of the total vote, Holloway was clear favourite. The 52-year-old is renowned as a colourful character and many clearly believe he is the right sort of fit for Pompey. But he also has vast managerial experience with seven jobs behind him and has either played or managed throughout the English divisions during his lo...
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Soccer-Sunderland director of football leaves club
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Sunderland's director of football Roberto De Fanti has left the club following a difficult start to the season, the Premier League side said on Friday. "Sunderland AFC has announced that the club has parted company with director of football Roberto De Fanti," the club said in a statement. "The club would like to place on record its thanks to Roberto and wishes him well for the future." Sunderland, who face Southampton on Saturday, are second bottom of the Premier League. Sunderland, who sacked manager Paolo Di Canio in September and replaced him with Gus Poyet, have recruited 14 players since the end of last season with many only on the fringes of the first team.
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So what became of the January Pompey bomb squad from yesteryear?
Bognor Regis Observer - about 4 years
They dodged the deepening puddles while maintaining the equilibrium of the black bin liners perched over their shoulders. The goodbyes at under-water Fratton Park had already been said – now off into the big, wide world for new adventures. It was a year ago tomorrow when many of them departed Pompey, casualties of cost cutting by the administrators. For some, the game against Notts County was meant to be a swansong, the likes of Jon Harley, Mustapha Dumbuya and Paul Benson seeking a last hurrah. Going out with a bang was the stock phrase, except it was a damp squib as the weather dictated the match be scrapped barely an hour before kick-off. Bidding their farewells, the trio were among 10 players who exited Pompey during that January transfer window. It started with Izale McLeod marching away with 16 days still remaining on his contract at the turn of the year. A booking against Yeovil for dissent – his third in four matches – ensured he was banned for the New Year’s Day trip t...
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Soccer-Sunderland's Cabral seals loan move to Genoa
Yahoo News - about 4 years
LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Sunderland midfielder Cabral has joined Serie A side Genoa on loan until the end of the season after finding himself on the fringes at the Stadium of Light, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 25-year-old has made only two competitive appearances for Sunderland and has not featured since August. The Swiss joined the club under former manager Paolo Di Canio on a free transfer from Basel. (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Justin Palmer)
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Soccer-Di Canio hits back at O'Neill 'charlatan' criticism
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio hit back at Martin O'Neill's criticism of his time at the Premier League club by saying the new Ireland manager was 'not very big'. O'Neill, who was sacked by Sunderland in March as they faced the prospect of relegation and replaced by Di Canio, called the Italian a 'managerial charlatan' last week. "I don't know if he knows the meaning of this word charlatan," Di Canio said in an interview with Sky Sports News broadcast on Friday. "I respect the opinion of manager Martin O'Neill but the fact that he spoke after six months, not straight away, that proves what kind of level he is.
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Sunderland Tries to Steady Itself and Emerge From Premier League Cellar
NYTimes - over 4 years
Gus Poyet has replaced Paolo di Canio, who alienated fans and players, at a widely supported English Premier League soccer club that is facing relegation.
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Soccer-Poyet hoping to emulate old friend Laudrup
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Oct 17 (Reuters) - Gus Poyet takes charge of Sunderland for the first time on Saturday when his side visit Swansea City, a progressive team the Uruguayan said had flourished under the guidance of his old friend Michael Laudrup. Poyet, appointed earlier this month by the struggling Wearsiders to replace the axed Paolo Di Canio, pointed to Swansea's progress under the former Danish international as a benchmark for his own foray into Premier League management. ...
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Sunderland must look forward, says new boss Poyet
Yahoo News - over 4 years
London (AFP) - Gustavo Poyet said it was time for Sunderland to move on from the troubled tenure of former manager Paolo Di Canio after being appointed as the Italian's successor on Tuesday.
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Soccer-Poyet named new Sunderland manager
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Oct 7 (Reuters) - Gus Poyet has been appointed Sunderland manager on a two-year-contract, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Poyet, 45, replaces controversial Italian Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked last month by bottom-of-the-table Sunderland. The former Uruguay international, who played for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, was sacked by Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in June for an undisclosed breach of club discipline. Sunderland have one point from seven matches. (Reporting by Josh Reich; Editing by John O'Brien)
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Di Canio Denies Sunderland Training-Ground Bust-Up
NYTimes - over 4 years
Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has denied reports of a bust-up with his players and believes he deserved more time in charge of the Premier League strugglers, the Italian said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Sunderland's Fletcher out for six weeks with shoulder injury
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, interim coach Kevin Ball said on Friday. The Scotland international dislocated his shoulder during Saturday's 3-0 Premier League defeat at West Bromwich Albion, a result that left them bottom of the table and prompted the sacking of manager Paolo Di Canio. It had been thought that Fletcher could be sidelined for several months, but Ball gave a more positive prognosis. "Hopefully, it will be four to six weeks which is great," Ball was quoted as saying on the BBC. ...
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League Cup strolls for Chelsea, City, Spurs
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur breezed into the League Cup fourth round on Tuesday, while Sunderland began life without Paolo Di Canio by beating Peterborough United.
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 44
    He was appointed as manager of Sunderland on 31 March 2013.
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    He was appointed as the Sunderland manager at the end of March 2013.
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    Di Canio was sacked on 22 September 2013, the day after the fifth game of the season, a 3–0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, and only his thirteenth game in charge.
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    For the 2013–14 season, Di Canio signed fourteen new players and sold experienced players such as Simon Mignolet, James McClean and Stéphane Sessègnon.
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    On 31 March 2013, Sunderland announced the appointment of Di Canio on a two-and-a-half-year contract, following the dismissal of Martin O'Neill the previous day.
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    On 18 January 2013, ahead of Swindon's Saturday clash with Shrewsbury Town, Di Canio worked into the night alongside approximately 200 volunteers to clear a snow-covered pitch at the County Ground, thus allowing the game to go ahead.
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    In January 2013, with Swindon under a transfer embargo and in financial difficulty, Di Canio offered to pay £30,000 of his own money to keep loan players John Bostock, Chris Martin, and Danny Hollands at the club.
  • 2012
    Age 43
    Under Di Canio, Swindon reached the 2012 Football League Trophy Final, where they were defeated 2–0 by Chesterfield
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    Di Canio stated that he believed his players deserved to have their names put on the stadium and dedicated the victory to his father, who died late in 2011.
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    On 30 August 2011, Di Canio was involved in a pitch-side altercation with Swindon striker Leon Clarke after their defeat in the League Cup to Southampton.
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    Di Canio began his career as a manager with an emphatic 3–0 win over Crewe Alexandra on 6 August 2011.
    On 20 May 2011, Di Canio was appointed manager of Swindon Town, following the club's relegation to League Two.
  • 2010
    Age 41
    In 2010, Di Canio attended the funeral of senior fascist Paolo Signorelli, where mourners were photographed making mass fascist salutes towards Signorelli's coffin.
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    In July 2010, in honour of Di Canio, West Ham announced the opening of the Paolo Di Canio Lounge, within the West Stand, at their Upton Park ground, which was formally launched by the unveiling of a plaque by Di Canio himself, on 11 September 2010.
    Di Canio played in Tony Carr's testimonial game at Upton Park on 5 May 2010, which featured a West Ham team against West Ham Academy old boys.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    In an interview he revealed that his dream would be to manage former club West Ham, and applied for the position after the resignation of Alan Curbishley in September 2008.
    On 10 March 2008, Di Canio announced his retirement from football, ending his 23-year playing career before the end of the season due to physical issues.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    As a result, Di Canio's contract was not renewed in the summer of 2006.
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  • 2004
    Age 35
    Even though he had already signed an extension to his Charlton contract, in August 2004 he returned to his home team of Lazio taking a massive paycut in order to return to the economically stretched Roman team.
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  • 2003
    Age 34
    Di Canio however continued to be a provider of goals as well, notably in October 2003 when he came on as second-half substitute with Charlton trailing 0–1 away at Portsmouth.
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    He was released on a free transfer and signed with Charlton Athletic for the start of 2003–04.
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    In 2003, with the Hammers struggling at the bottom of the league, Di Canio had a very public row with manager Glenn Roeder and was dropped from the first team.
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  • 2001
    Age 32
    Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign him for Manchester United halfway through the 2001–02 season, but his attempts were unsuccessful and Di Canio remained in East London for another season and a half.
  • 2000
    Age 31
    In December 2000, late in a game against Everton and with both sides vying for the winning goal, Di Canio shunned a goal-scoring opportunity and stopped play, grabbing the ball from a cross inside the box, as the Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard was laying injured on the ground after he twisted his knee attempting a clearance on the edge of the box.
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    He scored the BBC Goal of the Season in March 2000 with a flying volley against Wimbledon, which is still considered among the best goals in Premiership history and was named as the Premiership's goal of the decade in a December 2009 Sky Sports News viewers' poll, scoring 30% of votes.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    Di Canio said of his ban, "I made a mistake and I'm sorry, West Ham have given me a big chance and I'm very happy" He scored his first goal for West Ham on 27 February 1999 in his fourth game.
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    In January 1999, Di Canio signed for West Ham United for £1.5 million.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    In September 1998, Di Canio pushed referee Paul Alcock to the ground after being sent off while playing for Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal at Hillsborough, which resulted in an extended ban of 11 matches and him being fined £10,000.
    However, his career was at times characterised by controversy: he received an eleven-match ban in 1998 for pushing a referee and attracted negative publicity over his self allegiance to fascism.
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  • 1997
    Age 28
    Whilst in Sheffield, Di Canio was the club's leading goal scorer for the 1997–98 season with 14 goals and he became a favourite of the fans.
    On 6 August 1997, Di Canio moved to the English Premiership as he joined Sheffield Wednesday in a transfer deal valued at around £4.2 million.
    He then refused to join the Celtic squad in the Netherlands for their pre-season training during July 1997.
  • 1996
    Age 27
    His time in Glasgow was dogged by controversy though; sent-off during a 2–2 draw against Hearts in November 1996 and heavily involved in an acrimonious league match against Rangers in March 1997 where he behaved aggressively towards Ian Ferguson and gestured in the direction of Rangers’ bench as he was led from the field by team-mates.
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    In July 1996 he joined Celtic in Scotland, and enjoyed a successful season in Glasgow, scoring 15 goals in 37 appearances and winning the SPFA Player of the Year award.
    Two seasons followed at A.C. Milan, where, despite winning the Serie A title in 1996, he once again struggled to gain playing time due to heavy competition from his team-mates, culminating in another row, this time with Fabio Capello.
  • 1993
    Age 24
    He left Juventus after an "animated exchange" with then manager Giovanni Trapattoni and spent the 1993–94 season with Napoli.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    In 1990 he was sold to another of Italy's biggest clubs, Juventus; although he won the UEFA Cup with the Turin side in 1993, he struggled to gain playing time during his tenure with the club, due to the presence of other forwards and creative midfielders in the team, such as Roberto Baggio, Salvatore Schillaci, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Gianluca Vialli, and Andreas Möller.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    He finally made his first-team debut in October 1988 and went on to play 30 games during the 1988–89 season.
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  • 1985
    Age 16
    He signed for Lazio in 1985 and remained there until 1990.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born in 1968.
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