Stefano Colantuono

Stefano Colantuono
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-10-23) 23 October 1962
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 Velletri 46 (2)
1983–1984 Ternana 16 (3)
1984–1985 Arezzo 36 (1)
1985–1986 Pisa 24 (0)
1986–1988 Avellino 53 (2)
1988–1989 Como 23 (1)
1989–1991 Ascoli 38 (0)
1991–1992 BNL Roma (futsal) ? (?)
1992–1993 Frosinone 27 (1)
1993–1994 Fermana 28 (5)
1994–1995 Sambenedettese 25 (2)
1995–1999 Maceratese 112 (6)
1999–2000 Sestrese 34 (2)
2000–2001 Sambenedettese 31 (5)
Teams managed
2001–2003 Sambenedettese
2003–2004 Catania
2004–2005 Perugia
2005–2007 Atalanta
2007 Palermo
2008 Palermo
2009 Torino
2010 Torino
2010–2015 Atalanta
2015–2016 Udinese
2016– Bari

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stefano Colantuono (born 23 October 1962 in Rome) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a defender.

Playing career

Colantuono, a centre back, started his playing career for Serie D side Velletri in 1981. In 1983 he moved to Ternana of Serie C1, then Arezzo of Serie B, and finally made his Serie A debut for Pisa. He played Serie A until 1990 for several teams. In 1991 he accepted to play in the national futsal league for BNL Roma, winning a scudetto. Following this experience, Colantuono played mostly at lower levels, especially Serie C2 and Serie D, and even Eccellenza for Sambenedettese in 1994–95. After a long list of experiences in different Italian regions, Colantuono returned to play for Sambenedettese in November 2000, leading his team to an immediate promotion to Serie C2.

Managing career

The 2001–02 Serie C2 season for Sambenedettese was going to be very hard, with two coaches fired throughout the season. After the sack of third coach Enrico Nicolini, Colantuono, a player for the team, was appointed to manage Sambenedettese together with Gabriele Matricciani for the last nine matches. Surprisingly, Colantuono managed to win all these nine matches, leading his team to a fifth place, qualifying and successively even winning the promotion playoffs.

Colantuono's Serie C1 coaching debut, in 2002–03, ended in another fifth place, securing a place in the promotion playoff, then lost to Pescara. In the meanwhile, Luciano Gaucci, owner of Sambenedettese, Serie B team Catania and Serie A team Perugia at the time, appointed Colantuono at the helm of the Sicilian side. Colantuono, again supported by Matricciani because of his lack of a regular coaching license, led Catania to a fairly good season in ninth place. In 2004–05, after Catania was sold by the Gaucci family, Colantuono, finally authorized to act as first team coach, signed for Perugia, just relegated to Serie B. He led the team to a spot in the promotion playoff, then lost to Torino. After the cancellation of Perugia, in 2005–06 Colantuono accepted the offer of Atalanta, leading the nerazzurri to a clear Serie B win. In the season 2006–07 he led Atalanta to an impressive seventh place in the Serie A table.

On 31 May 2007, he was announced as new Palermo head coach to replace Francesco Guidolin.[1] However, after a number of unimpressive performances ended by a crushing 5–0 loss to Juventus persuaded club chairman Maurizio Zamparini to sack him on 26 November 2007.[2] He was once again recalled on 24 March 2008 to replace Guidolin as head coach of Palermo.[3] However, Colantuono was sacked again after just one game of the 2008–09 season, and was replaced by Davide Ballardini on 4 September.

On 15 June 2009 he was appointed as new head coach of Torino, replacing Giancarlo Camolese. He guided the granata through their 2009–10 Serie B campaign, with the aim to promptly lead the historical Turin club back into the top flight.[4] He was however fired on 29 November due to poor results and replaced by Mario Beretta.[5] On 10 January 2010 he was then reappointed as head coach to replace Beretta himself.[6] He announced his resignation after losing the promotion playoff finals to Brescia, contemporaneously confirming he was in talks for the vacant coaching post at his previous club Atalanta.[7] Colantuono's comeback at Atalanta was officially announced the next day.[8] Under his tenure, Atalanta promptly won the "Cadetti" and promotion back to Serie A in his first season in charge during the 2010–11 Serie B season.

Colantuono led Atalanta's successful return to the top flight during the 2011–12 Serie A season, resulting in a comfortable 12th-place finish. An impressive outcome considering the club began the season with a six-point deduction for its involvement in the 2011–12 Italian football scandal. An additional deduction of 2 points followed before the 2012–13 Serie A season, however, Colantuono still managed to guide Atalanta to safety with a 15th-place finish. Keeping with their manager for the 2013–14 Serie A campaign, Coulantuono secured 11th place and some impressive performance including victories of local rivals Internazionale and A.C. Milan. Before the start of the 2014–15 Serie A season, Coulantuono committed his future to Atalanta, however, the season did not go well and after a poor run of form he was dismissed on 4 June 2015 and replaced by Edy Reja, leaving Atalanta only 3 points above the relegation zone. He took up the head coach position soon after at Udinese.[9]


  1. Palermo confirm Colantuono deal (Football Italia) Archived 3 June 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Palermo, via Colantuono. Guidolin pronto al ritorno" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2007.
  3. "Zamparini spiega l'ennesimo esonero" (in Italian). Yahoo! Eurosport Italia. 25 March 2008. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2008.
  4. "STEFANO COLANTUONO È IL NUOVO TECNICO DEL TORINO" (in Italian). Torino FC. 15 June 2009. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  5. "Beretta è il nuovo allenatore del Torino" (in Italian). Torino FC. 29 November 2009. Archived from the original on 2 December 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  6. Esonerato Mario Beretta Archived 27 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. "Vado via, l'avevo già comunicato" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  8. "COMUNICATO STAMPA" (in Italian). Atalanta BC. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
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