Giovanni Trapattoni
Association footballer and manager
Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni, sometimes known as "Trap" or "Il Trap", is an Italian football manager and former footballer, considered the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A. As a player he was part of Italy's squad at the 1962 FIFA World Cup. Trapattoni is currently the manager of the Republic of Ireland national team.
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Soccer-O'Neill named Ireland manager, Keane assistant
Yahoo News - over 3 years
* Former Northern Ireland player O'Neill takes Ireland job * Chooses fiery former Ireland captain Keane as number two * Pair aiming to secure qualification for Euro 2016 in France (Adds confirmation of appointments) By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Martin O'Neill was named Ireland manager on Tuesday, with Roy Keane as his assistant more than a decade after the former captain walked out on the team at the 2002 World Cup. "Roy's coming with me," O'Neill told ITV television. "Personally speaking I think he will be great for me but more importantly it will be great for Ireland." Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney announced that the appointment was imminent earlier on Tuesday before confirming, after O'Neill and Keane had appeared together as TV pundits, that the former Aston Villa and Celtic boss had taken over from Italian Giovanni Trapattoni.
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Ireland set to appoint O'Neill, Keane - media
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(Reuters) - The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is set to announce Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane as their new management team following the departure of Giovanni Trapattoni, local media reported. The Irish Times newspaper said the appointment was approved at an informal board meeting that was held after the FAI cup final in Dublin on Sunday. It comes following an unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign that saw Italian Trapattoni depart as his side finished in fourth place in Group C behind Germany, Sweden and Austria. After a dismal performance at the Euro 2012 finals in Poland when they lost all three group games, Trapattoni was widely criticized for his negative tactics and his communications skills with players and the media were often questioned during his five-year tenure.
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Ireland name King as caretaker manager
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(Reuters) - Ireland have named Under-21 coach Noel King as caretaker manager of the senior national team following the departure of Giovanni Trapattoni, the Football Association of Ireland said on Monday. Italian Trapattoni left the job two weeks ago after World Cup qualifying defeats by Sweden and Austria effectively ended the team's chances of reaching next year's tournament in Brazil. Trapattoni, 74, took charge of Ireland in 2008 after successful spells as manager of clubs including Juventus, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich and the Italian national team. ...
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Leeds United: I would love to boss Ireland, but not yet - Mac
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
Brian McDermott has international ambitions with Eire but for now his focus is solely on managing United. Phil Hay reports. Behind the buzz of Brian McDermott’s press conference yesterday was the noise of Celtic blood flowing. He sounds like an Englishman but talks like the Irish, deeply emotional about the privilege of managing the Republic of Ireland’s national team. That particular job has McDermott on a hook but it is not for him. Not at the moment. Leeds United are fortunate that five months in their company has given him something else to treasure. He will coach the Republic one day if circumstances permit but for the time being all bets on him are off. McDermott sat in his flat in Harrogate on Wednesday and watched the odds on him succeeding Giovanni Trapattoni bob and weave. “Martin O’Neill was top and I was second,” he said. “If you consider that I’ve been a manager at this level for what, four years, that gives me nothing but immense pride.” Earlier that day he spoke to L ...
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Ireland Coach Fired After Defeat
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Coach Giovanni Trapattoni was fired by Ireland after a five-year run. A 1-0 defeat at Austria on Tuesday, which left Ireland all but eliminated from the World Cup, sealed his fate.
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Ireland boss Trapattoni quits 'by mutual consent'
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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has left his post by mutual consent, the Football Association of Ireland confirmed Wednesday.
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Ireland ends contract with coach Giovanni Trapattoni after disappointing World Cup campaign
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The Football Association of Ireland has terminated coach Giovanni Trapattoni's contract after the Italian veteran struggled to keep the team in contention for next year's World Cup.
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Soccer-Injured Irish trio out of World Cup qualifiers
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Aug 30 (Reuters) - Ireland's Aiden McGeady, Sean St Ledger and Joey O'Brien have withdrawn from the squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers because of knee injuries, the country's football association (FAI) said on Friday. Giovanni Trapattoni's side host Sweden on Sept. 6 before travelling to Vienna to take on Austria four days later in Group C. Ireland are fourth in the group but level on 11 points with third-placed Sweden and second-placed Austria. Germany top the standings with 16 points from six matches. ...
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Soccer is Alive in the Bronx!
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Spain Beats Ireland, at Yankee Stadium By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 12- Soccer fans at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night had the rare opportunity to see the world’s #1 ranked national team, Spain, on the pitch of the iconic sports venue in the Bronx. “La Roja” faced off against the Republic of Ireland. Spain has dominated its opponents on the soccer pitch in recent years. It has been undefeated in its last 21 matches. Spain has also shown its superiority in the most important tournaments in the recent past. It was the World Cup winner in 2010 and it was also victorious in the two most recent European championships, in 2008 and 2012. Although the match on Tuesday was friendly and the teams were widely separated in reputation and talent, those factors did not mean that the play would not be spirited and the result unimportant to those on the pitch. Neither side scored in the first 68 minutes, but Spain had control of the ball throughout most of that time. ...
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Giovanni Trapattoni insists he is going nowhere
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is preparing to dig his heels in to stay on as Irish boss, despite moves within the FAI to end his contract.
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Soccer-Ireland refreshes midfield for World Cup opener
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DUBLIN, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni
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Trap slams Long over injury claims - over 4 years
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has branded Shane Long as idiotic after reacting furiously to the striker's claim that he was fit to play in last night's friendly against Serbia.
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  • 2014
    Age 74
    Early in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Ireland suffered a 6–1 defeat to Germany at home with a severely depleted team available.
    More Details Hide Details On 29 May 2013, Trapattoni's Ireland side faced off against England for the first time in eighteen years at the Wembley Stadium in a match which ended 1–1. Trapattoni parted ways with the Republic of Ireland national team on 11 September 2013 by mutual consent, after a defeat by Austria effectively ended their chances of qualification for the 2014 World Cup. Trapattoni has managed the Vatican City national football team which is a member of neither FIFA nor UEFA. His first match as manager was played on 23 October 2010 when Vatican City faced a team composed of Italian financial police. Previously, at the age of 71 Trapattoni was quoted as saying, "When I retire, I would like to become coach of the Vatican." Trapattoni comes from a working-class background and lost his father as a child. A devout Roman Catholic, he regularly attends Regina Pacis Church in his hometown of Cusano Milanino whenever he is home and is a cooperator of Opus Dei. He and his wife Paola have a son and a daughter and are grandparents.
  • 2012
    Age 72
    Later that year he managed the Irish national team to UEFA Euro 2012 qualification, following a 5–1 aggregate play-off win against Estonia.
    More Details Hide Details Trapattoni was rewarded with a new two-year contract by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). His success was praised by, among others, Dietmar Hamann. Ireland exited UEFA Euro 2012 at the group stage, after losing to eventual finalists Spain and Italy.
    He led them to their first European Championships in 24 years, enjoying a successful UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
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  • 2011
    Age 71
    In May 2011, he managed Ireland as they won the Nations Cup, after a 1–0 win against Scotland.
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  • 2010
    Age 70
    This followed narrowly missing out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after his team were controversially knocked out by France.
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  • 2009
    Age 69
    In the first leg of the World Cup playoff in Croke Park on 14 November 2009, France won 1–0 with a goal by Nicolas Anelka.
    More Details Hide Details In the second leg in Paris, on 18 November 2009, a goal from Robbie Keane levelled the aggregate scores at 1–1 in the first half. In extra time, however, a William Gallas equaliser put France through 2–1 on aggregate. Replays of the French goal showed that Thierry Henry had twice used his hand to control the ball and was in an offside position before crossing for Gallas to head home.
    In September 2009, he signed a new contract with Ireland that would have seen him continue as manager until UEFA Euro 2012.
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  • 2006
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 May 2006, Red Bull Salzburg announced it had signed Trapattoni as its new manager and director of football, along with one of his former players, Lothar Matthäus, who was to serve initially as Trapattoni's co-manager.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Trapattoni secured the 2006–07 Austrian Bundesliga for the club. At the end of the season, the club's board of directors unanimously decided to dismiss Matthäus, and Thorsten Fink became Trapattoni's assistant manager. On 11 February 2008, Trapattoni "agreed in principle" to take over the Republic of Ireland 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. Manuela Spinelli became Trapattoni's interpreter. Because of her ability to speak both Italian and English, she became a familiar sight alongside him during most interviews. She has also appeared on The Late Late Show without Trapattoni.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced as manager by Armin Veh.
  • 2004
    Age 64
    Trapattoni resigned after the end of the 2004–05 season, saying he wanted to be closer to his family (in the north of Italy).
    More Details Hide Details Trapattoni returned to management in the German Bundesliga in June 2005, by signing at VfB Stuttgart. However, during his 20 games at the helm, Stuttgart produced poor results. Denmark internationals Jon Dahl Tomasson and Jesper Grønkjær openly criticised their coach, claiming he was afraid to attack. Trapattoni immediately responded by dropping both players to the bench.
    He led them to the 2004–05 Portuguese league title, which was the club's first in 11 years.
    More Details Hide Details Benfica also reached the Portuguese Cup final that season, but lost to Vitória de Setúbal.
  • 2002
    Age 62
    He led the team to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, qualifying undefeated to that tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Italy were drawn in Group G of the tournament with Ecuador, Croatia and Mexico. The won their first match, beating Ecuador 2–0, but then suffered a surprise 2–1 defeat at the hands of Croatia. In their final group game, Italy drew 1–1 with Mexico, securing qualification to the Round of 16, where they faced tournament co-hosts South Korea. In a controversial match that has since acquired legendary status, full of decisions in favor of South Korea by Ecuadorian referee Byron Moreno, Italy lost 2–1 and were eliminated from the World Cup, conceding an equaliser two minutes from full-time and losing in extra time with Ahn Jung-Hwan scoring the golden goal after Francesco Totti was wrongly sent off for diving. Their exit sparked Trapattoni to openly accuse FIFA of fixing the tournament so that the host nation would advance as far as possible. Italian public opinion stood by Trapattoni, especially when South Korea went on to beat Spain in the quarter-finals, in a match again full of controversial decisions in favor of them by Egyptian referee Gamal Al-Ghandour. Thus Trapattoni remained in his place.
  • 2000
    Age 60
    In July 2000, Trapattoni took charge of the Italy national team after the resignation of Dino Zoff.
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  • 1997
    Age 57
    He left Bayern at the end of the 1997–98 season and was replaced by Ottmar Hitzfeld.
    More Details Hide Details Trapattoni coached Fiorentina from 1998 to 2000. With Trapattoni's expert guidance, Fiorentina made a serious challenge for the title in 1998–99, finishing the season in 3rd place, which earned them qualification to the Champions League. The following season was rather disappointing in Serie A, with Fiorentina finishing in 7th place, but Trapattoni led them to some historic results in the Champions League, beating Arsenal 1–0 at the old Wembley Stadium and Manchester United 2–0 in Florence.
  • 1996
    Age 56
    As Bayern manager Trapattoni won the German Bundesliga in 1996–97, the German Cup (DFB-Pokal) in 1997–98 and the German League Cup (DFB-Ligapokal) in 1997.
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  • 1995
    Age 55
    His first match was a 1–0 loss to Udinese on 26 August 1995.
    More Details Hide Details The club's board of directors decided to dismiss him in February 1996, after a string of bad results; Trapattoni was thus fired for the first time in his career. His final match was a 4–1 loss to Juventus. Cagliari were in 13th place at the time of his sacking. Trapattoni returned to manage Bayern again in July 1996. 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! uses the verb sein(am) and not habe(have) to express "I have finished"" − How dare Strunz?... I have finished) where he criticised the attitude of Mehmet Scholl and Mario Basler ("Diese Spieler waren schwach wie eine Flasche leer!" − These players were weak like a bottle empty). In a 2011 interview, Trapattoni himself explained his famous outburst thus:
  • 1994
    Age 54
    However, he left at the end of the 1994–95 season.
    More Details Hide Details Trapattoni coached Cagliari in the 1995–96 season.
    Trapattoni became coach of Bayern Munich in the summer of 1994, after the end of his second spell with Juventus.
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  • 1991
    Age 51
    He then managed Juventus for a second time between 1991 and 1994, winning the UEFA Cup in 1992–93.
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  • 1988
    Age 48
    While in charge of the nerazzurri, he won the Serie A in 1988–89, the Supercoppa Italiana in 1989 and the UEFA Cup in 1990–91.
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  • 1984
    Age 44
    Apart from winning the European Cup in 1984–85, Trapattoni came close to conquering the trophy on another occasion, in 1982–83, but Juventus suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of Hamburg in the Athens final, finishing as runners-up.
    More Details Hide Details During his years managing Juventus, Trapattoni established himself as one of the best managers in football history, well-known and respected among fans and journalists throughout Europe. He was renowned for combining expert man-management with almost unmatched tactical knowledge. Trapattoni coached Inter Milan from 1 July 1986 to 30 June 1991.
    He won the Serie A league title six times (1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86), the Coppa Italia twice (1978–79 and 1982–83), the European Cup in 1984–85 (in a final against then-reigning champions Liverpool marked by the Heysel disaster), the Intercontinental Cup in 1985, the Cup Winners' Cup in 1983–84, the European Super Cup in 1984, and the UEFA Cup in 1976–77.
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  • 1975
    Age 35
    Milan finished seventh in Serie A. He was appointed first team coach in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Trapattoni was head coach for Juventus for ten consecutive years, from 1 July 1976 to 30 June 1986. Trapattoni won all UEFA club competitions (a European record).
  • 1962
    Age 22
    Most notably, he played at the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile.
    More Details Hide Details Trapattoni began coaching at Milan as a youth team coach, before becoming caretaker coach. Trapattoni was caretaker coach from 9 April 1974 to 30 June 1974. His first match was the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi–final first leg against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Milan won the match 2–0. They got to the final after only losing the second leg 1–0. Milan lost the final 2–0 to East German club 1. FC Magdeburg.
    Internationally, he played for Italy, earning 17 caps and participating in the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile.
    More Details Hide Details One of the most celebrated managers in football history, Trapattoni is one of only four coaches, alongside Ernst Happel, José Mourinho and Tomislav Ivić to have won league titles in four different European countries; in total, Trapattoni has won 10 league titles in Italy, Germany, Portugal and Austria. Alongside Udo Lattek, he is the only coach to have won all three major European club competitions (European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup) and the only one to make it with the same club (Juventus). Also, he is the only one to have won all official continental club competitions and the world title, achieving this with Juventus during his first spell with the club. He is one of the rare few to have won the European Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup and Intercontinental Cup as both a player and manager.
    A former defensive midfielder, as a player he spent almost his entire club career with A.C. Milan, where he won two Serie A league titles (1961–62 and 1967–68), and two European Cups, in 1962–63 and 1968–69.
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  • 1939
    Born on March 17, 1939.
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