|Date of birth||16 April 1972|
|Place of birth||Arzignano, Italy|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Cragnotti FC (youth coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Paolo Negro (Italian pronunciation: ['pa:olo 'ne:?ro]; born 16 April 1972) is an Italian former professional footballer and manager who played as a centre back or as a right back. He is currently the youth coach of Cragnotti FC.
In an eighteen year professional career, Negro amassed Serie A totals of 362 games and 24 goals, mainly for Lazio, winning eight major titles with the club, including one national championship and the 1999 Cup Winners' Cup. He also appeared with Italy at Euro 2000, where they finished in second place.
Negro was born in Arzignano, Province of Vicenza. A youth player at Brescia Calcio, he joined Bologna in 1990, and made his Serie A debut against Genoa, on 28 October 1990, amassing over 50 overall appearances in his first two professional seasons, the latter spent in Serie B.
Negro won the Coppa Italia during the 1997-98 season, also reaching the UEFA Cup final that year with Lazio, losing out to Inter. The following season, Lazio won the Supercoppa Italiana, and placed second in Serie A behind A.C. Milan, but won the 1998-99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, although he was an unused substitute in the club's 2-1 defeat of RCD Mallorca in the final. These successes were immediately followed by the UEFA Super Cup in 1999, defeating UEFA Champions League winners Manchester United in the final.During the 1999-2000 season, he helped Lazio win the Serie A title, with two goals in 26 appearances, also helping Lazio to capture the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana over Inter, winning the first edition of the Pallone d'Argento in 2000. The prize is awarded to a player who has stood out during the course of a season, both for their discipline as well as for their footballing performances. Lazio also reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League that season.
The following season, however, on 17 December 2000, Negro scored an own goal in a derby match against A.S. Roma, who eventually lifted the scudetto, while Lazio finished the season in third place. During the 2003-04 season, Negro was able to capture his third Coppa Italia title with Lazio, beating Juventus in the final.
Having joined A.C. Siena in 2005, Negro scored a dramatic 85th-minute goal to defeat former side Lazio 2-1 on the final day of the 2006-07 season. Without it, Siena would have been relegated to the second division, instead of Chievo. He appeared a further 50 times in the league in two campaigns, for a total of 363 official games.
In August 2008, almost one year after retiring, 36-year-old Negro underwent a trial at Serie B club Modena FC, but nothing came of it.
On 16 November 1994, Negro made his debut for Italy, in a 2-1 home loss against Croatia in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier. He received a total of eight caps with the Azzurri between 1994 and 2000, and he was selected by manager Dino Zoff to be a member of the Italian squad that took part at Euro 2000 tournament, where the national team reached the final, finishing the tournament in second place behind France.
Negro was a strong, aggressive, hard-tackling, physical player, who excelled in the air, and who possessed a powerful shot from distance. He was also a tactically intelligent, reliable, and versatile player, and disciplined defender, who excelled at zonal-marking. He was also an attentive man-marker, with reliable technique and distribution, as well as good pace and stamina, which allowed him to be effective when moving forward along the right flank after winning back possession.
On 30 December 2010, Negro took his first coaching job, becoming the boss of Promozione amateurs Cerveteri, a team from Lazio with former experiences in the professional tiers of Italian football. He left the club after only three months, resigning on 23 March 2011 due to poor results. On 26 January 2012, Negro accepted a job offer as head coach of Serie D amateurs Zagarolo.