Happy Birthday to Azeglio Vicini, who turns 84 today!

Happy Birthday to Azeglio Vicini, who turns 84 today!

Azeglio Vicini was born on 20 March 1933 in Cesena and is mainly remembered for coaching Italy during the 1990 World Cup, where the Azzurri came third.

He started working for the Italian national team in 1968 when he joined the Italy technical team. He soon began coaching and took charge of the Under-23s, taking part in the European Championships in 1975 and 1976. After that he became the Under-21 coach and remained in this position until 1986. He guided the Azzurrini to six European Championships, finishing as runners-up in 1986 after losing out on penalties to Spain.

Later that year he became coach of the senior side, replacing Enzo Bearzot. He reached the semi-finals at 1988 European Championship in West Germany, where Italy lost 2-0 against the Soviet Union. He was also on the touchline when Italy hosted the 1990 World Cup, where the Azzurri reached the semi-finals, losing to Argentina on penalties in Naples. However, Italy did go on to beat England at San Nicola stadium in Bari to take third place. He finished his coaching career with the national team in October 1991. After that he became president of the AIAC (Italian association football coaches), as well as technical sector president of the FIGC.

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