Roberto Donadoni, who has been involved with the Azzurri as both a player and head coach, was born in Cisano Bergamasco on 9th September 1963.
He spent his youth at the Atalanta academy before moving to AC Milan, where he won almost all available major honours, including six Serie A titles, three European Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, three UEFA Super Cups and four Italian Super Cups.
He was a star of the Italian Under-21 side and became part of the senior team after the 1986 World Cup under manager Azeglio Vicini.
Donadoni became irreplaceable in Italy’s midfield and took part in two European Championships and two World Cups. His dreams of glory were crushed by penalty shootouts in both the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 1994 World Cup in the USA.
He retired from the Azzurri after the 1996 EUROs in England. He made his last appearance in the third group stage match against Germany. Donadoni has won a total of 63 caps and scored five goals for the Azzurri.
Donadoni was destined to return to Italian set-up sooner rather than later. Eventually, Donadoni was appointed as Azzurri head coach in July 2006, following on from Lippi after the World Cup triumph.
He led the Azzurri to qualification for the 2008 European Championship. His road to success was once again blocked by a penalty shootout, as Italy lost out to Spain in the tournament’s quarter-finals.
This was Donadoni’s last match as Italy’s manager, recording 13 victories, five draws and five defeats along the way.