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Giovanni Trapattoni
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Football Coach
Desc The most successful Italian manager of all time. That says it all really. Trapattoni isn’t fondly remembered by Republic of Ireland fans, but Juventus fans do remember him rather fondly, for winning well, everything in the most golden of eras for La Vecchia Signora.


Club as Coach Ireland National Team [Head Coach]

2009 11 19 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry admits to handball that defeated Ireland in World Cup play-off] All European people saw the situation. I am sure that, if the referee had asked Henry, he would have admitted to the handball. I would prefer to go out on penalties than this. I am sad because the referee had the time to ask the linesman and Henry. I am upset for fair play because we are told many times about fair play. We didn’t change the rules three months ago. I go into schools to talk about fair play and tell the young kids that it’s important for their life

2010 05 22 Retrieve

[Trapattoni, who made an early exit from the game between St. Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians at Richmond Park after hearing of Duffy’s accident, offered his thanks to Prof McEntee and his specialised crash team as well as the national side’s medical staff] I would like to thank Dr. Alan Byrne and Prof. John O’Byrne for their quick reaction to Shane’s serious injury. As time was critical, had they not acted as they did, Shane’s life could have been in more danger than it already was. On behalf of the FAI, I would also like to praise Prof. Gerry McEntee for conducting the emergency operation and ensuring that Shane was given the best possible attention. Shane is very lucky and we wish him a speedy recovery

2011 12 28 Retrieve

[In response to Cristiano Doni’s admission to charges of match-fixing, the 72-year-old says he had always believed his former national team protege was an intelligent man but confessed that his view of him has taken a turn for the worse] I thought he was intelligent, I’ve changed my mind because he wasn’t to end up where he is. There is [a certain] bitterness. I’m referring to us, the coaches who work abroad. Certainly there is a feeling of bitterness because we end up a little tainted as Italian cheats. The first word they say is ‘Italian mafia’ and that is really displeasing. A system exists, not only an Italian one, that whomever bets is part of the game but those who don’t have a part in that rule are the footballers. If a system exists in which the matches are manipulated and rigged, it’s a slap which damages our football

2013 01 21 Retrieve

[FAI announces the death of the sister of Giovanni Trapattoni] The FAI offers its sincere condolences to Giovanni and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. Ar deis Dé go raibh a hanam.

2013 05 09 Retrieve

[Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has paid tribute to outgoing Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson] I would like to congratulate Alex Ferguson on a superb career. He should be recognised for the incredible results that he achieved, which were down to his expert knowledge and his capacity for planning that enabled him to rebuild and renew his Manchester United side countless times during his tenure as manager. Even bowing out, he leaves a great legacy for the future with his current title-winning side

2014 07 23 Retrieve

[BVB signed Immobile from Juventus and Torino after losing Robert Lewandowski to Bayern on a free transfer and Trapattoni has little doubt that his compatriot will succeed at Signal Iduna Park] Lewandowski is Lewandowski and Immobile is Immobile. Ciro is a very intelligent player, though. He can play in the middle, but on the left or right as well. Ciro is a godsend for [Jurgen] Klopp. He would have been good enough for Bayern as well. Ciro is only 24 years old and still has room for improvement. He is a clinical finisher. He scored 22 goals in Italy and will get plenty of goals in the Bundesliga as well.

But the transfer to Dortmund will also benefit Ciro. He now gets the chance to work with one of the best coaches in the world. I am very impressed with what Klopp has achieved with Dortmund and how he has helped young players develop. It’s good fun to see him at work

2015 04 18 Retrieve

[Giovanni Trapattoni on the AC Milan coach and his troops] You can’t expect Inzaghi to make fine wine out of turnips

2015 12 22 Retrieve

[Giovanni Trapattoni says compatriot Carlo Ancelotti can build on Pep Guardiola’s success at Bayern Munich and deliver another Champions League title in his time there] I would like to congratulate my old friends [and Bayern board members] Uli Hoeness, Franz Beckenbauer and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on this terrific decision. I am pleased that Carlo will soon take over Bayern. He is an extremely experienced coach. Just ask superstars like [Cristiano] Ronaldo.

You will find no-one who says a bad word about Carlo. On the contrary, he has incredible experience in dealing with players and he’s one of the best tacticians I know. His successes are no coincidence. Carlo has won the Champions League, twice with AC Milan and [once] with Real Madrid. Ancelotti will bring more titles for Bayern - I am firmly convinced. Munich has the best team in the Bundesliga and one of the strongest in Europe and there is still upward potential. Pep is a super coach who is now looking for a new challenge. Bayern are in a comfortable situation - they have an outstanding coach and will get another super coach next summer.

2016 02 24 Retrieve

[Giovanni Trapattoni praises Roy Keane impact with Ireland] Keane is doing well. He has experience and ideas. He’s putting the things that he learned as a player into practice as a coach.

He’s had a beautiful human and professional experience in Ireland, having the opportunity to work with cutting-edge facilities and the chance to enjoy a great relationship with the people; who are always passionate about the national team and above all else, always respectful towards the work of the coaches.

[in June 2012. the former Juventus and Bayern Munich coach promptly dismissed Keane’s comments, suggesting that the Cork native had not done much of note since moving into management] It is not my habit to be critical of other colleagues as coaches or managers, but what has he done after he finished playing? Roy Keane was a great player. He obtained very good results as a player. Now that he is a coach he should just stick to focusing on getting results as a coach.

[Ireland have been drawn in Group E along with Italy, Sweden and Belgium at the tournament and Trapattoni feels that, while other teams are technically stronger, Ireland’s physicality and tactical nous means that they can still achieve something] Ireland can have a good run at the Euros. With compactness and good tactics, they can think of doing well. It’s clear that from a technical point of view, there are stronger squads and therefore Ireland will have to fight a lot to try to do well

[Despite ending his time with Ireland on a low point, the Trapattoni insists that he is ‘happy’ to have managed the Boys in Green] We did something great through hard work and I’m very happy to have had that experience. When I trained Ireland, only the prowess of [Andrea] Pirlo managed to beat us. Ireland is a squad with great gifts in terms of character and never gives up. On an athletic and physical level, they’re leaders. Tactically, it’s a team that has grown a lot