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Luigi "Gigi" Simoni (born January 22, 1939) is an Italianmarker football manager, currently in office with Gubbio of Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, and a former player.

Biography

Luigi Simoni was born at Crevalcoremarker (Emilia-Romagna).

A good footballer, who played for Mantova, SSC Napoli, Torino, Juventus, Brescia and Genoa, Simoni started his successful managing career with Genoa itself, in season 1974/1975. The next year, he was able to bring the rossoblu back to Serie A.

After a long series of promotions, with Pisa, Brescia and Cremonese among them, and good results with outsider teams (Cremonese again, and Napoli), Simoni was called by Massimo Moratti to coach Internazionale of Milanmarker in 1997. With a good-shape Ronaldo on his side, Simoni won a UEFA Cup and gained a controversial second place in the Serie A division when Internazionale lost against Juventus.

Simoni was fired by Internazionale on November 30, 1998, even though being still appreciated and well-remember by the team fans.

After a few other experiences, included a brief disappointing one in Bulgariamarker with CSKA Sofia, Gigi Simoni has led Ancona Calcio to Serie A in 2003, but has surprisingly been fired before the start of the new season. His Serie A comeback, in 2004, with Siena, was not particularly good, as he was again fired during the season. In late 2005, Simoni took the head coaching role of Serie C1 team Lucchese with little success.

On February 2009, at the age of 70, Simoni accepted a job at Lega Pro Seconda Divisione's Gubbio, where he will serve as technical director until the end of the season.

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