Christian Manfredini, Ivorian naturalised Italian born in 1975, has a long career as a professional footballer.
He grew up in the Juventus youth academy, and cut his teeth in Serie C1 and Serie C2, in Serie B with Cosenza and Genoa, until his consecration with Delneri’s Chievo. With Chievo he was promoted to Serie A and made his debut in the top division: in 28 games he scored 2 goals.
At the end of the season he was signed by Lazio, where he didn’t have much game, but scored important goals against Werder Brema in the Champions League. He collected loans with Osasuna in Spain, Fiorentina and Perugia. Never called up for the Italian national team, he made 2 appearances and scored 1 goal (against Spain) for the Ivory Coast.
He opened a football school in Battipaglia that bears his name and is now on the FIGC technical staff.
Fabrizio Capodici really knows who is number one. He grew up in the Juventus youth academy and made it as far as Serie B with the Piacenza shirt, but a bad injury put a premature end to his career. But the gloves have never left Capodici’s life. As a goalkeeper trainer, he is having the luck that he lacked as a player: he has been a goalkeeper trainer in the Juventus youth sector, has worked with the Chinese Federation and collaborates with many other sports clubs.
Founder of the Keeplay Professional Soccer School, he has studied the methodology for preparing the ‘modern goalkeeper’, which he applies every day together with his staff.
Nello Santin (Eraclea, 3rd July 1946), a defender with grit, running and heart, made 274 appearances and scored 5 goals in Serie A with AC Milan, Sampdoria, Torino and Vicenza, plus 6 tokens and one goal in Serie B. AC Milan discovered him at the age of 13 at the San Giovanni oratory, and he made his Serie A debut in September 1963.
Gianfranco Perla is a pillar of the Talent Academy: every now and then he puts on his tracksuit and goes to the bench, usually he is sitting behind his desk with his mobile phone in his hand, “even if when I go back on the pitch to train I always enjoy it, the smell of the grass gives me strong, beautiful sensations that I had almost forgotten”.
He is a football instructor and school tutor, meaning he knows the kids on and off the pitch: “We are also educators, because we deal with teenage kids, who add the distance from home to the typical problems of that age. There can be no growth in football without personal and human growth”.
Gianluca Petruzzelli is now an institution in the world of women’s football: from two years he is the coach of Torino Women, previously he also coached the girls of Cuneo. He also has a lot of experience in men’s football, including first teams and the youth sector, most recently with the Under 19 team of Fossano, with whom he won the regional title.
Born in 1968, with a degree in physical education from Isef in Turin and a Uefa A certified coach, Massimo Gardano is one of the most respected and successful coaches on the football scene in Piedmont and beyond. A true football teacher for the Talent Academy boys.
Vincenzo Manzo, born in 1976, after his youth in Juventus (culminating in the victory of the Viareggio Tournament in 1994 together with Alessandro Del Piero) began to coach when he was only 22 years old. The stages of his career on the bench: Filadelfia, Rivoli Collegno, Novara and Como in the youth teams, Borgosesia, Chieri and Legnano in Serie D and, last season, Piacenza in Serie C.