Nicola Guillermo Ferrara (born August 28, 1910 in Chiaromonte, Italy) was an Argentine professional football player. He also held Italian citizenship.

The Italian was not very popular in Italy as his spell with the Bianconeri was dire.

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Former Juventus Coach Ciro Ferrara has been officially recruited by Chinese club Wuhan Zall.

"He is a young coach, who has gained managerial experience in recent years within the club and has an international outlook thanks to his work with the world champions," the statement added.

"He is ready for this great job."

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Rivals AC Milan appointed rookie Brazilian Leonardo, 39, as manager on Monday while this season Barcelona won the Champions League and a Spanish double with 38-year-old former midfielder Pep Guardiola in charge.

Writing only two decades after the unification of Italy, Artusi was the first person to include recipes from all the different regions of Italy in a single cookbook. In so doing, he helped establish a truly national Italian cuisine and with it a national Italian identity.

Ferrara is one of Emilia Romagna's great walled towns, a superbly preserved example of Renaissance architecture. And it is in Ferrara that the Osteria al Brindisi offers the ‘Pasticcio di Maccheroni’, (‘pasta pie’) featured in Artusi's great book. 

Set against the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Alps, Turin is the capital of Piemonte. Once the centrepiece of the Savoy Kingdom, it has strong links with central Europe yet is home to the quintessential Italian institutions of La Stampa newspaper, Juventus football team, and FIAT. In fact Turin played a key role in Italy's unification, housing the country's first national parliament.

It will be a first management role for the ex-Italy international who won seven Italian titles and one Champions League as a player with the Bianconeri.

An intriguing bit of gondola trivia is that they have a slight leftward curve to the prow, which counteracts the force of the right sided oar - hence preventing the gondola from going round in circles.

His younger brother Antonio Ferrara also played football professionally (including 3 seasons in the Serie A on the same teams as Nicola). To distinguish them, Nicola was known as Ferrara I and Antonio as Ferrara II.

"I think Ferrara can be the Italian equivalent of Guardiola," said Italy and Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie.

Ciro Ferrara (born 11 February 1967) is a former Italian footballer and manager. His most recent position was as manager of Sampdoria, although he also previously coached Juventus and the Italy national under-21 football team. As an assistant coach to Marcello Lippi, he won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy.

Keep up to date with the latest news and action from Spain's Primera Division with Football Espana - from the team behind Football Italia.

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Turin lies off the beaten tourist track, yet its baroque and art nouveaux architecture, historic cafes, excellent food and modern outlook make it a city awaiting discovery. 

The design was innovative. Built on five floors, cars were built on a line that went up through the building. Finished cars emerged on the rooftop, and were tested on the rooftop test track. Le Corbusier called it 'one of the most impressive sights in industry'. 

With his fellow Neapolitan friend and former defensive team-mate Fabio Cannavaro, Ferrara has helped establish a charity foundation, Fondazione Cannavaro Ferrara, specialising in the procurement of cancer research equipment and surgery for special cases of cancer for a hospital in their native Naples; the foundation also aims to help at risk youth in Naples.[23]

Ferrara won his two games in charge as Juve finished second in Serie A to land an automatic Champions League place.

Six days later, Juventus were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Internazionale 2–1 at Stadio San Siro, leading the board of directors to ultimately sack Ferrara after weeks of speculation regarding his position, replacing him with Alberto Zaccheroni until the end of the season.[11]

An elegant yet powerful defender, throughout his playing career, he was known for his composure, technical skills, ball playing ability and class, which enabled him to play anywhere along the back-line.[1][2] Regarded as one of the best Italian centre-backs of his generation, Ferrara was a complete, experienced, consistent, cautious, and successful defender, who was quick, strong in the air, and excelled at reading the game, tackling, and man-marking.[1][2][3]

"He is a man linked to Juventus and to our story of success," said a club statement.

The scenic route from Faenza to Florence is route 302. It's a great biking road, rising into the hills separating Emilia Romagna from Tuscany, and descending to Florence (with spectacular views of the city en route). Run in the opposite direction is a punishing road running race called '100km del Passatore'. Started in 1973 this endurance run has become a national event and is known affectionately as 'the Olympics of the foolish'.

Read more about the Bikers' trip to Italy.Biker and cameraman bonding in Italy.


Cannaregio (where the bikers cooked their focaccia) is the 2nd largest of Venice's six districts. It is located to the north and east of the Grand Canal. Traditionally a working class area of the city, it offers a peaceful, largely tourist free way to experience this one-off city.

Full of the author's wry reflections and anecdotes L'Artusi, as the book is called in Italy, remains a household icon, a source of inspiration for generations of cooks, and a family heirloom passed from mother to daughter.

He spent his playing career as a defender initially at Napoli and later on at Juventus, winning seven Serie A titles, as well as other domestic and international trophies. At international level, he represented Italy at the 1988 Summer Olympics, at two UEFA European Championships in 1988 and 2000, and at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

In the south of the city, in the Lingotto district, is the extraordinary Lingotto building. Originally one of FIAT's car factories, it was designed by the architect Giacomo Matte Trucco. Building work started in 1917 and when it opened in 1923 it was the largest car factory in the world.

The gondola has been part of Venice since the 11th century. Even today a gondola ride down the Grand Canal is the classic introduction to Venice - but it isn't a cheap option. Ironic then that it was a decree of 1562 that ensured all gondolas would be black - to stop people making an ostentatious show of their wealth! A more affordable tip is to take advantage of the traghetti, gondola ferries that offer a cheap and convenient way of crossing the Grand Canal.

The 42-year-old took caretaker charge of Juve after former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri was sacked in May.

Ferrara has already signed and the move to the Far East is now official.

Ferrara, a former Juventus youth team manager, will step down from his role as an assistant to Italy coach Marcello Lippi.

Emilia Romagna lies in central Italy. Cobbled together from separate papal states in 1860, modern Emilia Romagna was given its present borders in 1947. Its capital is Bologna. Rich agricultural land, historical cities and thriving industry make it one of Italy's most prosperous regions.

Venice receives more than 14 million tourists a year. Built on a series of low mud banks amid the tidal waters of the Adriatic, Venice became the gateway to the Orient, and its exclusive trading links brought immense wealth and power. This wealth and success is in evidence all over the city, with stunning works of art and architecture at every turn. After falling to Napoleon in 1797, Venice finally became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.

And the Bianconeri hope Ferrara can lead the Turin club to success next season.

Pellegrino Artusi was born in the small Emilia Romagnan town of Forlimpopoli in 1820, the son of a wealthy businessman. His working life as a silk merchant allowed him to acquire considerable wealth, which was used to fund his passions: literature and food. He self-published the now famous Italian cookbook 'La Scienza in Cucina e L'arte di Mangiare Bene' (The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well) in 1891 which sold over 200,000 copies before his death.

But Wuhan is a much more modest club, as it plays in the second division of the Chinese football leagues and is attempting to escape relegation.