Giovanni Trapattoni was born in Cusano Milanino on 17th March 1939. He is one of the most important Italian head coaches ever and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Italian Football in 2012.
As a player, he was a centrepiece of Nereo Rocco’s AC Milan side: Trapattoni played for the Rossoneri for 14 years and can boast of two Serie A titles, two European Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and an Italian Cup.
Trapattoni played for the Italian Senior National Team since the 1960 Olympics. He won 17 caps and scored one goal. Nevertheless, he is most known for having brilliantly contained Pelé during a match between Italy and Brazil held in 1963.
Trapattoni started his coaching career in 1974 at AC Milan, as Nereo Rocco’s successor. He stayed there for two years before joining Juventus. Trapattoni led the Bianconeri to six Serie A titles, two Italian Cups, a European Cup, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, a UEFA Cup, a UEFA Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a Mundialito de Clubs.
Trapattoni moved to Inter in 1986-1987 and won the 1988-1989 Serie A title (setting a record points tally in the 18-team Serie A), an Italian Super Cup and a UEFA Cup.
He came back to Juventus in 1991, where he added another UEFA Cup to his honours. Trapattoni then started his venture in Germany at Bayern Munich in 1994-1995: He won a German Cup and a League Cup. After a brief spell at Cagliari, Trapattoni went back to Bayern. He then became Fiorentina’s manager in 1998 before starting his job as Italy Head Coach in 2000.
Trapattoni had two unlucky major tournaments (2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan and the 2004 European Championship in Portugal) and left the Azzurri with 25 wins and 12 draws from 44 matches.
Trapattoni then coached Benfica, Stuttgart and Salzburg; winning a Portuguese League title, a Zweite Bundesliga title and an Austrian League title in the process. He then became head coach of the Republic of Ireland national team in 2008 and stayed there until September 2013.