Happy 40th birthday Gennaro Gattuso!

Happy 40th birthday Gennaro Gattuso!

Gennaro Gattuso was born on 9th January 1978 in Corigliano Calabro in the province of Cosenza and he would go on to win the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

He developed as a player at Perugia where he won two Italian Primavera (Under-20 league) titles and he made his Serie A debut for the club. At just 19-years-old, ‘Rino’ moved to Glasgow and Rangers where he would later make his debut in European competitions with the Scottish side.

Gattuso returned to Italy with Salernitana and it took him just one season to receive interest from AC Milan who took a chance on him to give them strength in midfield. He spent 13 seasons with the Rossoneri, winning virtually everything in that time: One Coppa Italia, two Serie A titles, two Italian Supercoppa Italiana titles, two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

He was also a winner at international level. He was a runner-up at the Under-18 European Championship but then stepped up to win his first trophy in an Azzurri shirt at the 2000 Under-21 European Championship. Gattuso made his debut for the senior side in the same year after being brought on as a 22-year-old by Dino Zoff in a friendly against Sweden in Palermo. He made his first start in a friendly versus England, a game in which he scored his first and only Italy goal as the Azzurri won 1-0.

He featured in the 2002 World Cup and at the 2004 European Championship, but it was in Germany during the 2006 World Cup when he made history along with the rest of Marcello Lippi’s Azzurri as Italy became world champions.

Gattuso was part of the 2008 European Championship squad and he played in both the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before ending his international career with 73 caps to his name.

He began his coaching career back in 2013, with his first role coming with Palermo, soon followed by stints at OFI Crete and Palermo. In both cases, Gattuso had to deal with turbulent club hierarchies. He returned to the Rossoneri in July 2017, taking charge of Milan’s Primavera side. As of last November, Gattuso replaced Montella as first team coach. 

 

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