Davide Ballardini Biography

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He is known as a coach with the ability to save teams battling for relegation in Serie A. In this article, we will take a look at Davide Ballardini Biography.

Davide Ballardini, born 6 January 1964 in Ravenna, is a former Italian football player and current football coach. Ballardini started his football career in the youth ranks of Cesena and also made his professional debut there. He played 7 seasons for the club, before retiring from football.

Not long after his retirement, and after getting his coaching qualifications, Ballardini began his coaching career as the coach of the Bologna youth team, where he managed to win his first trophy there. Later he coached the youth team of Cesena and also proved successful there, before moving to Ravenna as a youth coach.

After spending three years in the youth ranks of AC Milan and followed by two years of coaching Parma youth teams, he started his professional coaching career as head coach of Sambenedettese in 2004. He then signed for Cagliari and was head coach of Pescara in 2006.

For the 2007-08 season, he made a return to


and then he was appointed as head coach of Palermo. For the 2009-10 season, he was the head coach of


, where he managed to win the Italian Super Cup as the only trophy of his career.

All You Need to Know About Davide Ballardini Biography

After a season at Lazio, he signed for Genoa in 2010, a team that he would later manage a few times. Between 2011 and 2015, he worked as head coach of Cagliari, Genoa, Bologna and Palermo. At the moment, he is working as the head coach of Genoa for the fourth time during his career.

Davide Ballardini Information

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Davide Ballardini Bio

  • Full Name: Davide Ballardini

  • Nickname: N/A

  • Profession: Professional Football Coach

Davide Ballardini Physical Stats

  • Weight: 75 Kg

  • Height: 1.8 m

  • Eye Color: Dark Brown

  • Hair Color: Grey

Davide Ballardini Football Information

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Jersey Number: 8

  • Professional Debut:

Davide Ballardini Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 6 January 1964

  • Birth Place: Ravenna, Italy

  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

  • Nationality: Italian

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Davide Ballardini Early Life

After joining the youth academy of Cesena in 1981, where he trained for one year, Davide Ballardini went on to make his debut in the first team during the 1982-83 season. He was playing as a central midfielder at Cesena for 7 years, where Arrigo Sacchi was the youth coach and Osvaldo Bagnoli the head coach, both of whom, according to Davide himself, would influence his future coaching career.

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His coaching career began with the youth teams of Bologna, where he won the Giovanissimi Nazionali title, and then he worked with


, both in the Allievi Nazionali and Primavera, between 1993 and 1996. He switched to the youth team of Ravenna (1996-1999) and then started coaching at the AC Milan youth team (1999-2002). He was in charge of the youth team of Parma from 2002 to 2004 and won the Allievi Nazionali Championship.


He began his professional coaching adventure on 1 September 2004 at


, in Serie C1, and took his team to the playoffs to get promotion to Serie B, where he was knocked out in the semifinals by Edoardo Reja's Naples losing 3-1.


On the 3rd matchday of the 2005-2006 Serie A, he was appointed as head coach of Cagliari; but he was fired from his post after 9 matches, with 5 points and the second to last place in the table, a point away from the last, not having won a match.

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The first July 2006 he became manager of Pescara, which played in Serie B, but already in October, he was sacked after the beginning of the league in which he got 2 draws and 4 defeats. On the bench of Pescara, he got a victory in the first round of the Coppa Italia against Pavia, and then was knocked out of the competition in the 2nd round losing at home 0-3 with Atalanta.

Return to Cagliari

He was hired again by Cagliari in the 2007-2008 season, replacing the dismissed Nedo Sonetti on 27 December 2007 in order to save the team in the league table. He lost at the debut at home with


0-1 before losing again against Reggina 2-0 and finished the first half of the season with only 10 points in the last place.

Thanks to their victories against, Lazio,


, Torino, Atalanta, Livorno, Empoli, Fiorentina, Udinese, and the draws with Juventus, Parma, Roma and some others, they were able to collect 32 points and to save themselves in 14th place. Davide left the bench of Cagliari at the end of the season.


Maurizio Zamparini appointed him to the


bench on 4 September 2008 to substitute the sacked Stefano Colantuono in the 2nd game of the season. He made his debut 9 days later, on 13 September in the 3-1 win Palermo-Roma match. He won in Turin on 5 October against Juventus 1-2, a match that persuaded president Zamparini to extend his contract until 2011.

His season continued in Palermo with mixed results (positive results and good play at home with 43 points scored, less positive away, with little away wins and only 14 points); the team scored a record 17 league wins and ended in 8th place with 57 points. Among the positive results were the 3-1 victory over

AC Milan

and the 0-2 away win over Fiorentina and a 2-2 draw against Inter Milan at the Meazza, having come back from a 2 goal deficit.

Nevertheless, the home defeat in the Sicilian derby 0-4 against Catania was also recorded. It was the first defeat at home for Palermo in 40 years and the first with 4 goals to spare.


Reports of his possible departure from Palermo came out in May 2009, a rumour confirmed by president Zamparini in a press conference on 30 May. He was officially replaced by

Walter Zenga

on 5 June 2009; he declared his contract terminated on 12 June.

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Lazio, who won the previous year's Cup and were Europa League participants, recruited him for the 2009/10 season. At the beginning of his tenure, the team managed to win the 2009 Italian Super Cup against Inter Milan and managed to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.

The club's management kept Ballardini for the time being in spite of an otherwise poor first half of the season - with 16 points from 17 league games and an exit from the Europa League in the group stage. However, after being knocked out of the

Coppa Italia

against AC Florence, Ballardini was fired after matchday 23 with a 1-0 defeat to Catania Calcio that saw the team drop to a relegation spot.


For the 2010/11 season, Ballardini was again without a club. Only when CFC Genoa decided to part ways with their long-time coach Gian Piero Gasperini in November 2010 that Ballardini was offered a job in

Serie A


As a result, he guided the team to the upper mid-table and brought them to the last 16 of the Coppa Italia. In June 2011, Ballardini was dismissed from his position at the club despite his current contract and was once again without a club.

Third Spell with Cagliari Calcio

Having again experienced the start of the 2011/12 season as free agent coach, Ballardini was again signed by Cagliari Calcio. He replaced the previously sacked Massimo Ficcadenti in November 2011. In March 2012, Ballardini was again fired when the team dropped to the last non-relegation place. As a result, Cagliari brought Ficcadenti back in as head coach and succeeded in keeping the team out of the relegation zone.

Return to Genoa

Ballardini was hired by CFC Genoa for the second time in January 2013 after almost a year away from coaching. In the second half of the 2012/13 season, he managed to keep the club three points behind their rivals in the relegation zone. The team secured the last non-relegation place with only four defeats from 19 games, finishing six points clear. At the end of the season, Ballardini's contract expired and it was not extended.

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Bologna FC

At the beginning of the 2013/14 season, he was again without a club, but in January 2014 he was recruited by Bologna FC, who found themselves in the midst of a relegation battle following the dismissal of

Stefano Pioli

. The club only won two matches in the second half of the season, losing to rivals Catania Calcio on the second to last matchday and thus being relegated. Consequently, Ballardini's contract was not renewed.

Return to Palermo

Ballardini was without a job for most of the 2014/15 season. It was not until November 2015 that he went back into daily business as a coach. Despite a mid-table finish, Giuseppe Iachini was fired on matchday 12 and Ballardini became his replacement at Palermo.

However, Ballardini was also dismissed after seven points from seven league games and the exit in the Coppa Italia against the third-division team US Alessandria Calcio. Moreover, Palermo captain Stefano Sorrentino made public accusations of lack of professionalism, and club president Maurizio Zamparini also openly denounced his methods.

There were subsequently numerous coaching changes at US Palermo. Following the dismissal of Novellino, Ballardini was again named coach of the team despite many incidents during his previous spells.

By this time, Palermo was in the relegation zone and had to compete with promoted FC Carpi and


Calcio for the last remaining non-relegation spot. Under Ballardini, the team won three of their remaining five games, having lost earlier to eventual champions


Torino. With one point ahead of the relegation places, they managed to stay in the league. In June 2016, Ballardini's contract was extended.

Return to Genoa

It was announced by CFC Genoa on 6 November 2017 that Ballardini would replace the previously fired Ivan Jurić. On 19 November, on his third Genoa debut, he defeated Crotone 1-0. Following a draw at home against Roma, he won again against Crotone in the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia (1-0) and in Verona against Hellas, taking the team out of the black days of Jurić's management.

Their first defeat was on 12 December at home against Atalanta (1-2). In spite of that defeat, the Genoese team was able to get back on its feet by defeating direct rivals for salvation (after Hellas) like Benevento, Sassuolo and Chievo and defeating all of them 1-0, Chievo away and the others at home, besides beating such great opponents as Lazio 2-1 away and Inter 2-0 at Marassi.

After a decline in March with 4 games without a win, the team went up in April winning against Cagliari (2-1), drawing the Derby against Sampdoria (0-0) and beating 1-0 Crotone and 3-1 Hellas Verona; with this latest victory the team reached 41 points, 12 points ahead of the third-last place (occupied by SPAL with 29 points) and saved the team with four days to go; they picked up 31 points in 26 matches (average 1.34).

He was relieved of his duties on 9 October 2018, after the home defeat against Parma (1-3), and Ivan Jurić was called back despite the team being three points from the Champions League zone and with one less game still to be played.

The fourth spell at Genoa

After Rolando Maran's dismissal, on 21 December 2020, he came back to Genoa for the fourth time in a decade, as Genoa's coach, who was in the second-last place in the table with 7 points. In the following 15 games, he collected 15 points, bringing Genoa to the early salvation.

He ended Serie A in eleventh place with 42 points, after collecting 35 points in 25 games. President Enrico Preziosi renewed his appointment on the team's bench on 5th June.

Style of Play

Davide Ballardini is famous to always play with three defenders in almost all of the teams he has managed during his career and as such, his favourite playing system is 3-5-2 flat. During his time at Genoa, he has also played with 3-4-1-2 at times.


Although he is not considered to be amongst the best Italian coaches in terms of awards and trophies, Ballardini has proved himself as a good technical coach during his career.

Davide Ballardini outside Football

Davide Ballardini's love of animals has led him to embrace dogs, cats and birds, and even two horses to which he dedicates a great deal of attention in his home in Ravenna. Ballardini says he finds the stability and certainty that humans cannot give him in his furry friends, whom he cares for every day with love and to whom he reserves all his free time.

He has created a space in his home where many animals live together in harmony and in which the coach can relax and feel totally at ease, miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and nagging worries.

Davide Ballardini Personal Life

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Family, Children and Relationships

Davide Ballardini has been married to his Swedish wife Anna for a long time. The couple has three sons together, all of them being footballers. Their first son Leo Natale, who is 30 years old now, last played for the Igea 1946 in 2011. Elia Ballardini, their second son, is now playing for the Forlì FC in Italian Serie D. Erik Amedeo Ballardini, who is Davide and Anna’s last son, is a central midfielder currently playing for Aglianese Calcio 1923 in Serie D.


At the time of writing this article, there are no reports of any charitable activities to Davide Ballardini’s name.

Legal Issues

There aren’t any reports of legal issues or disputes regarding the Italian football coach in the Italian or English media at the moment.

Davide Ballardini Career Statistics

In this section of Davide Ballardini biography, we will take a look at his career stats on the international and club level.


As of 29 August 2021, Davide Ballardini has managed his teams in a total of 317 matches and with 104 wins, 88 draws and 125 defeats, he has an average win ratio of 32.81 percent. His most successful spell was with Palermo in the 2008-09 season when he had a win ratio of 45.95 percent.

Davide Ballardini Honors

During his entire coaching career, he has only managed to win one trophy, namely the Italian Super Cup which he won while he was coaching Lazio.

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