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Giovanni Trapattoni (born March 17, 1939) is an Italianmarker football coach, considered the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A, and a former player. He is currently the manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, also having coached Italy and throughout Europe. He is also the only manager to have won all UEFA club competitions and the Intercontinental Cup. He achieved this with Juventus over his two spells with the club.

Playing career

Born in Cusano Milaninomarker near Milanmarker, Trapattoni had a successful career as a player with city giants A.C. Milan in the 1960s and early 1970s. Playing primarily as a defender and defensive midfielder, with the main task of passing the ball to more creative players such as Giovanni Lodetti and Gianni Rivera, he also played for the Italian national team, mostly as centre back with notable marking skills, appearing at the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chilemarker.

After taking a break from the Italian giants, Trapattoni thought he could settle with a mid-table team for one last season instead of being at one club all his life, subsequently moving to A.S. Varese 1910 and, after a successful season with them, retired from professional football and took a job as a manager two years later.

Coaching career

Trapattoni began coaching at Milan as a youth team coach, before becoming caretaker coach. He was appointed first team coach in 1975. In 1976, he moved on to Italian giants Juventus, where he won all UEFA club competitions (European record) and, ten years later, went to Internazionale, being very successful with both sides. He returned to Juventus in 1991 before taking his first job outside Italy, as coach of FC Bayern Munich in 1994, and then from 1996 to 1998. He is well remembered by German fans for an emotional outburst in broken German during a press conference on 10 March 1998 ("Was erlauben Strunz?"..."Ich habe fertig!" − roughly How dare Strunz? … I have got finished) where he criticized the team's attitude ("Diese Spieler waren schwach wie eine Flasche leer!" − roughly Those players were weak like a bottle empty). He also coached Cagliari Calcio (1994-95) and Fiorentina (1998 to 2000, leading them to a UEFA Champions League place).

In July 2000 Trapattoni took charge of the Italian national team after the resignation of Dino Zoff. He led the team to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In that tournament, after winning its first match against Ecuador, Italy's form dropped and they controversially lost to Croatia. They drew with Mexico, with Alessandro Del Piero scoring a late equalizer. In the second round, Italy lost to South Korea.

At the 2004 European Championship, Italy once again failed to impress. They drew with both Denmark and Sweden, leading to an unexpected early exit. On 25 June 2004, Marcello Lippi was named as Trapattoni's replacement, as his contract ran out on 15 July 2004.

On 5 July 2004, Trapattoni was named as new coach of Portuguese League club Sport Lisboa e Benfica, which he led to win the 2005 league, the first in eleven years, and also to the cup final (which Benfica lost to Vitória de Setúbal). He resigned after the 2005 season, saying he wanted to be closer to his family (in the north of Italy) but returned to management in the German Bundesliga in the summer of 2005, by signing at VfB Stuttgart, with much hype about his appointment. However, during his 20 games at the helm, VfB produced poor results. Denmark internationals Jon Dahl Tomasson and Jesper Grønkjær openly criticized their coach, claiming he was afraid to attack. Trapattoni responded by dropping both players to the bench. With the atmosphere in the team worsening, he was sacked after just seven months, on 9 February 2006, reportedly for "not fulfilling the ambitions of the club". He was replaced as manager by Armin Veh.

In May 2006, FC Red Bull Salzburg announced it had signed Trapattoni as its new director of football, along with one of his former players, Lothar Matthäus, as coach. Trapattoni initially cast doubt on this report, claiming he had not signed any contract. But three days later, both he and Matthäus signed and made their hirings official. After their successful season of 2006–07, the club's board of directors unanimously decided to dismiss Matthäus, making Thorsten Fink Trapattoni's new assistant.

On 11 February 2008, Trapattoni "agreed in principle" to take over the Irish manager's job,but finished the season with Red Bull before taking up the Irish position on 1 May. Former Ireland midfielder Liam Brady was expected to be part of the Italian's backroom staff,while Marco Tardelli was confirmed as Trapattoni's assistant manager. Trapattoni signed Brady back in 1980 for Juventus from Arsenal for just over £500,000.

Red Bull Salzburg confirmed, on 13 February 2008, that at the end of the 2007-08 season, Trapattoni would be leaving the club to take over as the Republic of Ireland manager.

Trapattoni's first game in charge, a friendly against Serbia on 24 May 2008, ended in a 1–1 draw. His second, another friendly, against Colombia five days later, meant his first victory with the national side, 1-0. This was followed by a 1–1 draw with Norway, his first competitive win against Georgia and a draw with Montengro in the 2010 World Cup qualifying stage.

Trapattoni's first defeat came in a friendly against Poland on 19 November 2008, a 2–3 loss at Croke Parkmarker. He also managed to claim a 1–1 away draw against 2006 FIFA World Cup champions Italy, that he had managed himself from 2000 to 2004, thanks to a late equaliser from Robbie Keane. He finished the qualifying campaign unbeaten, becoming only the third Irish manager to do so, qualifying for a playoff place for the 2010 World Cup.

In September 2009, he signed a new contract with Ireland that will see him continue as manager until the 2012 European Championships. In the first leg of the World Cup playoff in Croke Parkmarker on 14 November 2009, France won by 1-0 with a goal by Nicolas Anelka. In the second leg in Parismarker on 18 November 2009, a goal from Robbie Keane levelled the aggregate scores at 1-1 in the first half. However in extra time a William Gallas equaliser put France through 2-1 on aggregate. Replays of the French goal showed that Thierry Henry had used his hand twice to control the ball before crossing for William Gallas to head home.

Personal life

Trapattoni is a cooperator of Opus Dei.

Honours

One of the most celebrated managers in football history, Trapattoni is one of only two coaches, alongside the Austrian Ernst Happel, to have won the league title (10) in four different countries (Italymarker,Germanymarker, Portugalmarker and Austriamarker) and the fourth coach with the most international competitions for clubs won in the world -second in Europe- with 7 titles in 8 finals, including the Intercontinental Cup final (mainly with Juventus). Alongside the German Udo Lattek he is the only coach to have won all three major European club titles. Also, he is the only one to have won all UEFA club competitions and the World Club title, also having the record of UEFA Cup wins (3).

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Managerial statistics

Team Nation From To Record
G W D L Win %
Milan 1974 1974
Milan 1976 1976
Juventus 1976 1986 300 163 97 40
Internazionale 1986 1991 230 126 59 45
Juventus 1991 1994
Bayern Munich 1994 1995 34 15 13 6
Cagliari 1995 1996
Bayern Munich 1996 1998 68 29 20 9
Fiorentina 1998 2000
Italy 6 July 2000 15 July 2004 44 25 12 7
Benfica 2004 2005 48 28 10 12
Stuttgart 2005 2006
Red Bull Salzburg May 2006 April 2008
Republic of Ireland May 2008 Present 15 6 7 2


See also



References

  1. Short version of press conference (English subtitles)
  2. Long version (in German)
  3. Trapattoni set to get Ireland job
  4. Trapattoni named Republic manager
  5. Tardelli to be Republic assistant
  6. Red Bull Salzburg announcement; Trapattoni leaving club at end of 2007/08
  7. Irish Independent: The true cost of landing Trapattoni -- February 17 2008
  8. Only Carlos Bianchi, Alex Ferguson and Manuel José de Jesus (all with 8 titles) have won more official international titles for clubs in the world. Giovanni Trapattoni is, alongside Ferguson, the most successful club in Europe for UEFA club competitions titles won with 6 titles. See also: European Cups - performances by coach - www.rsssf.com.


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