Coach Stefano Pioli

A defensive stalwart for Fiorentina, Stefano Pioli immediately entered the coaching game following his 1998 retirement. After an unsuccessful and brief stint at Palermo in 2011, Pioli steadied the Bologna ship despite difficult circumstances off the field. His first two seasons in charge saw fine mid-table finishes, but he was unable to repeat the magic in 2013-14 and was sacked in January before taking the Lazio job last summer. The Coach was a sensation in his first season in the capital, leading the Biancoceleste to a third place League finish and the final of the Coppa Italia.