Happy Birthday to Luigi Di Biagio who turns 47 today!

Happy Birthday to Luigi Di Biagio who turns 47 today!

Luigi Di Biagio was born in Rome on 3rd June 1971. He spent his youth with Lazio’s academy. Overall, he played 391 times in Serie A for Lazio, Foggia, Roma, Inter, Brescia and Ascoli.

He made his international debut against Slovakia on 28th January 1998. He was part of the squad that played at the 1998 World Cup, where he scored a goal in the second group stage match. He played in all five games for Italy at the World Cup, missing a penalty against France in the quarter-final where Italy were eliminated. He also played at 2000 European Championship where Italy reached the final. After being part of the squad for the 2002 World Cup, he played his last match with Azzurri on 20th November 2002. He won 31 caps and scored twice for Italy.

He started his coaching career with Polisportiva La Storta and Cisco Roma. He was made coach of the Italy Under-20 National Team on 25th July 2011 and he would go on to take charge of the Under-21s two years later. With Di Biagio at the helm, Italy qualified for the 2015 European Championship in the Czech Republic where they were unfortunate not to get out of the group.

Gigi Di Biagio led the side at the Under-21 European Championship in Poland where the Azzurrini reached the semi-finals before losing 3-1 to a strong Spain side. 

After the Senior National Team failed to qualify for the World Cup, Di Biagio took charge of the Azzurri for the two friendlies in March against Argentina and England before Roberto Mancini came in and he returned to the Under-21 side. 

 

 

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