|Born: 17 March 1939 Place of Birth: Cusanio, Milan, Italy|
Giovanni Trapattoni was born in Cusanio in the province of Milan on 17th March, 1939. He has led teams to national championship successes in Italy, Germany, Portugal and Austria in the course of distinguished career. He has been described as the most successful coach in world football. He is also the only manager to have won all UEFA club competitions.
He has played with teams such as AC Milan and Italy and when he moved into the field of club management he enjoyed remarkable success with four of the world's top teams like AC Milan, Juventus, Inter-Milan and Bayern Munich.
He was a defender and with AC Milan he won two Italian Championship titles, one Italian Cup, two European Cups, one Cup-Winners' Cup and one Intercontinental Super Cup. He played for Italy in 17 top-flight international matches and scored his only goal when he claimed the winner in a 1-0 success over Austria in Vienna in 1963.
He began his management career with AC Milan's youth squad and then he took over as manager of the Series A team for six matches in 1973/74. Between the seasons 1976-'77 to 1985-'86 he led Juventus to six Italian Championships, two Italian Cups, one European Cup, one Cup-Winners' Cup, one UEFA Cup, one European Super Cup and one Intercontinental Super Cup.
Trapattoni moved on to Inter-Milan from 1986-'87 to 1990-'91 and he led them to one Championship title and a win in the UEFA Cup. Back with Juventus for the next three seasons, he helped them win the UEFA Cup in 1993. In 1994 he was recruited by Bayern Munich. He spent three seasons with the biggest club in Germany which saw him win one German Championship, one German Cup title and one German Super Cup.
His unbroken run of victories was momentarily interrupted when he took charge of Cagliari for 21 games in the 1995-'96 season. After a short break from football, he returned in 1988 and took charge of Fiorentina for the next two seasons, leading them into the Champions League competition.
He was then appointed national coach to Italy's international team on 6th July, 2000, and he helped them qualify for the World Cup finals in South Korea/Japan in 2002 and for the finals of the 2004 European Championship in Portugal. He was then recruited by SL Benfica and immediately he stepped down as national coach to Italy and he led them to their first Portugal Championship title in eleven years.
VFB Stuttgart then brought him back to German football but in twenty matches as coach/manager the team never performed to satisfaction. They drew twelve of those matches and when relations with the club deteriorated as a couple of their more famous players openly criticised his tactics, he resigned on 9th February, 2006. Meantime, in Austria, the Salzburg club signed Giovanni Trapattoni to lead the club for the 2006-'07 season.
A review of such a crowded career illustrates just why Trapattoni has been described as the 'Most Successful Coach' in World football and now, at 68 years of age; he is hoping to lead the Republic of Ireland to the finals of the 2008-2010 World Cup in South Africa.
|Teams Played With:|
AC Milan-1959 to 1971
|National Team Played with:||Italy- 1960 to 1964|
|Teams Managed:||AC Milan- 1974 to 1976|
Juventus- 1976 to 1986
Inter-Milan-1986 to 1991
Juventus-1991 to 1994
Bayern Munich-1994 to 1995
Cagliari-1995 to 1996
Bayern Munich-1996 to 1998
Fiorentina-1998 to 2000
Italy-2000 to 2004
Benfica-2004 to 2005
VFB Stuttgart-2005 to 2006
Red Bull Salzburg-2006 to 2008
Republic of Ireland- 2008