St. George appoints Giuseppe Dossena as Coach

Addis Ababa – Ethiopian league champions Saint George have announced the appointment of Italian FIFA World Cupâ„¢ winner Giuseppe Dossena as coach on a two-year contract.

Dossena, who has coached Ghana and served as assistant to Cesare Maldini during Paraguay’s 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign, signed the agreement with club president Abennet Gebremeskel on Saturday, team manager Daniel Kassa told AFP.

Saint George, the country’s oldest and most successful football club, are reigning champions of Ethiopia’s 18-team Premier League and have been crowned champions seven times this decade.

The 52-year-old Dossena will be tasked with turning around the team’s fortunes at continental level, where they have failed to sparkle despite their dominance in the domestic league.

Dossena is Saint George’s fourth foreign coach in recent years, a period during which the club have invested heavily on players and infrastructure, including a new stadium earlier this year.

A veteran of spells with Sampdoria, Udinese and Bologna in Italy’s Serie A, Dossena won 38 caps for Italy, and was a member of the 1982 FIFA World Cup winning squad.

  Giuseppe Dossena
Personal information
Date of birth May 2, 1958 (1958-05-02) (age 52)
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
1976–1977 Torino 0 (0)
1977–1978 Pistoiese 28 (1)
1978–1979 Cesena 28 (0)
1979–1981 Bologna 57 (7)
1981–1987 Torino 177 (20)
1987–1988 Udinese 28 (6)
1988–1991 Sampdoria 102 (9)
1991–1992 Perugia 26 (3)
 National team‡
1981–1987 Italy 38 (1)
 Teams managed
1998 Triestina (assistant coach)
1998–2000 Ghana
2002 Paraguay (assistant coach)
2002 Albania
2002–2003 Al-Ittihad (Jeddah)
2003–2004 Lodigiani

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 29, 2006.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 29, 2006

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