Leonardo Semplici might be an unknown coach for those not following Italian football closely. That could change soon. Semplici has had a stunning rise away from the limelight and is currently impressing at SPAL. This tactical analysis will look at his attacking ideas and his defensive setup.


Leonardo Semplici was born in Florence and impressed in his first coaching stints at Sangimignano and Figline in the lower Italian leagues. The 51-year-old then had short stints at Arezzo and Pisa before working in Fiorentina’s academy. In December 2014, Semplici was appointed at SPAL, then in Lega Pro.

Semplici led them to promotion to Serie B in his first full season in 2015/16 and followed that up by securing back-to-back promotions as SPAL returned to Serie A for the first time in 49 years. Semplici then kept them up last season and is about to repeat the trick again this season. This success makes him an intriguing potential for some of the mid-table Serie A clubs.

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