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Monday 20 November 2017

The life and times of Giovanni Trapattoni

Born on St Patrick’s Day 1939, Giovanni Trapattoni had a successful career as a player with Milan in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Described as a no-nonsense defender who could also play as a defensive midfielder, he appeared at the 1962 World Cup in Chile for the Italian national team. As a player he won Serie A twice  (61-62, 67-68) and the Euoprean Cup twice with Milan  (1963, 1969)




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. He was appointed first team coach in 1975



Trapattoni was head coach for Juventus from 1 July 1976 to 30 June 1986. Over that period, he won all the major honours in European football.

Serie A (6): 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86

Coppa Italia (2): 1978–79, 1982–83

European Cup (1): 1984–85

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1984

UEFA Cup (2): 1977, 1993

European Super Cup (1): 1984

Intercontinental Cup (1): 1985



Trapattoni coached Internazionale from 1 July 1986 to 30 June 1991.


Serie A (1): 1988–89

Supercoppa Italiana (1): 1989

UEFA Cup (1): 1991


Bayern Munich and return

Bayern Munich in 1994. Trapattoni left at the end of the season. Trapattoni returned to the club in July 1996.



Bundesliga (1): 1996–97

DFB-Pokal (1): 1997–98

DFB-Ligapokal (1): 1996–97



Trapattoni coached Cagliari in the 1994–95 season.



Trapattoni coached Fiorentina from 1998 to 2000. He qualified leading them to a UEFA Champions League place.


Italian National Team

In July 2000, Trapattoni took charge of the Italian national team. He led the team to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The Italians controversially went out to the South Korea in the second round.

At the 2004 European Championship, Italy once again failed to impress. They drew with both Denmark and Sweden, leading to an unexpected early exit despite being undefeated in the group stage with two ties and a win.

Marcello Lippi replaced Trapattoni 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 11 years, and also to the Portuguese Cup final (which Benfica lost to Vitória de Setúbal).


Primeira Liga (1): 2004–05

VfB Stuttgart

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


Red Bull Salzburg

In May 2006, 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.

Austrian Bundesliga (1): 2006–07


Republic of Ireland

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.

Trapattoni's first game in charge, a friendly against Serbia on 24 May 2008, ended in a 1–1 draw.  His final game was a 1-0 loss to Austria. He took Ireland to the playoffs for the 2010 World Cup where we lost in a two-legged play-off to France 2-1 on aggregate.

In May 2011, he managed Ireland as they won the first ever Nations Cup, after a 1–0 win against Scotland. Later that year he managed the Irish national team to UEFA Euro 2012 qualification.

Ireland qualified for the 2012 European Championships but exited the competition at the group stage, after losing to eventual finalists Spain and Italy. 

He parted company with the FAI ‘by mutual consent’ following successive qualifier defeats against Sweden and Austria. His job had been under threat after a 6-1 defeat to Germany at the start of the 2014 Group C qualifying campaign.


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