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Claudio Ranieri
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Football Coach
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Org Italy National Team
Club as Coach xxxx
  Leicester City
  Fiorentina FC
2004 05 31
Chelsea dismissed manager Claudio Ranieri despite the Italian having guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals and second place in the Premiership.

2013 11 02 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri on italian coach] Being a coach in Italy is like being a skydiver who doesn’t know if his parachute is going to open

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri perfectly conveys the perilous nature of working in Serie A] In Italy, the coach is a paratrooper who jumps out of the plane but doesn’t know if the parachute will open or not.

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri on Thierry Henry] Henry is an artist and players like him are the reasons people get involved in football

2015 08 21 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri on Thierry Henry] I watched him a long time ago when i was manager of Fiorentina and he was playing for the French Under-21 team, I said to my chairman he is the Muhammad Ali of the football pitch because he has such elegance, such speed. He does everything with such style

2015 09 26 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri on Leicester City] My team is like the RAF - beep, beep, beep! I love it. When you want to build something, it’s about the club. The head of the fish. That’s the secret. Now I want a clean sheet. If we get one I’ll pay for pizza … and maybe even a hotdog

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[On Gianfranco Zola after back-heeled volley against Norwich] Gianfranco tries everything because he is a wizard and the wizard must try

2016 03 05 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri gives some insight into one of his motivational techniques] I tell them, ‘Dilly ding, dilly dong!’ From the beginning when something was wrong, I said, ‘Hey, dilly ding, dilly dong! Wake up!’ And during all the training sessions sometimes I say, ‘Dilly ding, dilly dong’ and then for Christmas day, I brought all the players and staff, everybody, a little bell just to joke. It was a funny thing

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] […] he is the best player with whom I have ever worked. I have also worked with Lampard and Del Piero, but Francesco is the better player. [. . .] He could have won several Balon d’Ors had he left Roma for Barcelona or Manchester United

2016 03 26 Retrieve

When I went back to Italy recently, everyone was talking about Leicester. Now all the world knows where the city of Leicester is. I was watching something on CNN and it was asking where Leicester was. Then they showed a little map and pointed it out saying, ‘Here it is’. If CNN are speaking about this football club and in places like Australia and everywhere else it is a talking point then it is fantastic

2016 04 09 Retrieve

[Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri on N’Golo Kante] This player Kante, he was running so hard that I thought he must have a pack full of batteries hidden in his shorts. He never stopped running in training. I had to tell him, ‘Hey, N’Golo, slow down. Slow down. Don’t run after the ball every time, okay?’ He says to me, ‘Yes, boss. Yes. Okay.’ Ten seconds later, I look over and he’s running again. I tell him, ‘One day, I’m going to see you cross the ball, and then finish the cross with a header yourself’. He’s unbelievable, but he is not the only key. There are too many keys to name in this incredible season

2016 04 16 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri reveals what he told Foxes forward Jamie Vardy after a goalless first half against Sunderland. Leicester went on to win 2-0] Come on Jamie, we need you! I need you!

2016 05 07 Retrieve

[Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri ​already played down expectations for next season after helping the Foxes become champions of England] We know very well next season we have to fight for tenth position and higher. We want to do our very best and we want to fight. [We want to] make a good campaign in Europe, in the Cup and also to be sure that we are safe next season

2016 08 10 Retrieve

[Ranieri pens extended Leicester deal] From the moment I talked to the owners about their vision for Leicester City, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of for a long time. The energy that exists at this club - from the owners and the staff, to the players and supporters - is something very special. I am very happy and proud that I will be part of it for years to come. Last season, that spirit and our hard work helped us to achieve something magical. If we can continue to work hard, maintain our passion and continue to fight with all our hearts, I am sure we can continue to be successful together

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri is unsurprisingly playing down the chances of a repeat fairytale for the English Premier League champions] It’s easier for ET to come to Piccadilly Circus. It is more difficult than last season. It is normal that we can’t win the league. For this reason, I say the bookmakers must do 6,000-1. I am very curious, all the world is curious, what will happen with Leicester. I am very curious to see where we finish

2016 11 05 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri praises his goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel] I love my players and it’s difficult for me to say no. I always say yes, yes, yes. My players are the best. Kasper is fantastic, I have coached a lot of big champions in goal, Kasper is one of these. He has had two perfect seasons. Kasper, this is my second year, has always made good performances. I am very calm when Kasper is in goal. He is strong, assured and commands the defensive line. He is a very good goalkeeper

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 Claudio Ranieri speaks about what excited him most about bringing Leicester City an historical Premier League trophy] What pleased me most of all was seeing the fans so happy and reading the letters people sent to us from all over the world. That showed me that it wasn’t just about sport and that we could touch people from other walks of life. People said: ‘If Leicester can win the Premier League, everyone can fight for good things in life, even when the chances of success are slim’

2017 02 11 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri speaks about the Foxes’ change of fortunes from being English Premier League champions to being in a relegation fight] Now there are a lot of sharks, and I am on the windsurfer. I accept this. This is our life. Last season was a fairytale, this season is not a fairytale. But it is okay. Now it is important to be positive without bad, bad words

2017 02 23 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri sacked by Leicester City] Leicester City Football Club has tonight [Thursday] parted company with its first team Manager, Claudio Ranieri. Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question. However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the club’s Premier League status under threat and the board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest.

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri releases a statement after being sacked by Leicester City] Yesterday my dream died. After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always. Sadly this was not to be

2018 03 05 Retrieve

[Nantes head coach Claudio Ranieri had earlier sent his well wishes to Davide Astori’s family] I’m dismayed by the tragic news. I wish to send my condolences to Davide’s family

2019 05 13 Retrieve

[Ranieri took Aboubakar Kamara’s penalty miss against Huddersfield well] I wanted to kill him

2019 05 25 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri said he is happy to pay a fine if departing captain Daniele De Rossi wears a special armband in his farewell match] De Rossi will play from the first minute with his armband. He deserves a standing ovation from the entire Olimpico. It must be a party, he has to have a great game.

I hope there’s an atmosphere that Daniele deserves. I want to see the stadium filled with love for Daniele. It must be a party for him, for what he did for Roma and how he did it. For me, what makes Daniele special is how he manages to convey the passion he has for his shirt through his game. I believe that leaving was a bolt from the blue for him. I don’t know if he’ll wear a special armband, but I’m happy to pay the fine. I’m glad there’s a party for Daniele. I’ll leave Roma with an open heart, hoping to always see them be great in the future

I feel like a European coach, so I’ll go wherever there’s a project that interests me. I think this is a good group of players, with a nice mix of young and old. Certainly we expected more from some of the young players, but it’s okay. The core of the squad is solid and healthy, and everyone wants to do well. We won’t start from scratch. We’ll start from a deficit because before we were always in the Champions League, but it won’t restart from zero. Instead, we’ll start from scratch with a new coach, with his own game and ideas.

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea and Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has returned to management at Serie A side Sampdoria] President Massimo Ferrero and UC Sampdoria welcome Claudio Ranieri, who has joined the club as manager responsible for the first team until 30 June 2021. The president is looking for the technician, his staff and the team to do a good job based on commitment and passion

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri does not fear history will repeat itself after comparisons were drawn between Sampdoria’s predicament and the one he faced at Fulham] Sampdoria are not Fulham. Don’t forget, Fulham were a newly promoted club with players who had never been in the Premier League. In the January transfer window, they followed the advice of algorithms. This is totally different. Sampdoria have played good football and are struggling, so now need the desire to fight hard. The quality towards the lower half of the table has improved significantly, which adds difficulties to us, but is also a sign that Italian football is returning to the top level.

I’ll be honest, it was a surprise when I got the call from Sampdoria. I’d had surgery on my knee and wasn’t expecting this to be my medication. I am convinced this squad does not belong at the foot of the Serie A table. When a team is rock bottom, naturally there is a lack of self-esteem, but I want my players not to give up. I am a sportsman, so I know how to accept defeat if the opponent proves he is stronger, but he has to prove it. I am not picking the team, it is the lads who must show me who really wants to save Sampdoria. We need the team, the fans and myself to be as one

I am a Roma supporter, but have always appreciated Samp. I was happy when they won the Scudetto [in 1991] and disappointed during the European Cup final defeat at Wembley [in 1992]. I respect Di Francesco and hope he finds a new role as soon as possible. As for facing Roma on my debut - and my birthday - it’s all wonderful. Naturally, when we step on to that pitch, there is no love, but only professionalism. May the best team win, we will try to give our best

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Ranieri’s Sampdoria side lack firepower and sit 16th in a table that is topped by Juventus] I’m very satisfied with the performance of the boys. When [Juventus] scored goals like this, we just have to admire them as two masterpieces. Ronaldo scored in NBA style - he was up there for an hour and a half

I hope we get to score more often. Little by little there is more serenity

[It was a night where Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon matched Paolo Maldini’s record of 647 Serie A appearances, and Ranieri, a former Juve boss, praised the achievement] We spent two years working together. I congratulated him on the Serie A record and wished him happy holidays

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Sampdoria manager Claudio Ranieri on Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in Juventus’ 2-1 win over his side] Ronaldo did something that you see in the NBA, he was up in the air for an hour and a half

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri] I once said Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is like a shark and Carlton Cole like a lion. Well, Adrian Mutu is another born predator. In fact, Mutu is like a snake

When I was coach at Valencia, it was me who nicknamed another great Romanian player ‘The Cobra’. That was Adrian Ilie - and the nickname stuck. Like Ilie, Mutu is so clever, so cunning and stays hidden until it is necessary to apply the killer finish. No matter the size of our squad, I bought Mutu to play in the first team. The position of left-sided striker is made for him

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Ranieri backs Serie A resumption despite ‘falsified championship’] I believe that after a month and more of inactivity it will always be a falsified championship, because there has not been the usual regularity. I think it is right that the teams play for the titles and for salvation, but it would still be a distorted championship for me. I don’t know if the resumption of the championship will be possible or not, but one thing is certain: the players are like Formula 1 cars, they must be pushed to the maximum. Will it be possible to do it in this situation? On that, the Sports Medical Federation has the last word. I say that this championship must be concluded, but the doctors must tell us if and how to do it

[Ranieri suggested teams should be allowed to make additional substitutions if the season resumes, in order to ease the strain on players] I had a player declared positive first, then he turned negative and then he was declared positive again after he had started training again. I have also read that this evil can also attack an important apparatus such as the heart. If we resume, I propose five changes per game. Because we would bring maximum stress to all players, especially those affected by the virus

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[When the Foxes clinched the title following Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea on May 3, Ranieri reflected in a fatherly manner on the club’s extraordinary achievement and indicated even he was not targeting the trophy] I’m so proud. The players have been fantastic. Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible. I’m a pragmatic man - I just wanted to win match after match. Never did I think too much about where it would take us

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Claudio Ranieri on Community Shield] Why do you say this question, a friendly? [Since] when is the Community Shield a friendly? Of course we will be at the maximum and Manchester United will be at their maximum. The two teams want to win. I am very excited