Roberto Mancini: The Professor of Italian football
An Italian football manager andformer player, who is currently the manager of Zenit Saint Petersburg. As a player, played as a deep-lying forward, and was best known for his time at Sampdoria, where he played more than 550 matches, and helped the team win the Serie A league title, four Coppa Italia titles, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He was capped 36 times for Italy. He has won a total of 25 trophies, 13 as a player and 12 as a manager. Roberto Mancini, he is 53 today,
Early Life :
Mancini was born in the small town of Jesi, Marche on 27 November 1964, but then moved onto the mountain town of Roccadaspide and was raised by Aldo and Marianna Mancini along with his younger sister Stephanie. Raised a Roman Catholic, his young life in the town of Jesi revolved around religion and football.
He was an altar boy and played for the local Aurora Calcio football team in his youth.
As a player :
Mancini debuted in the Italian Serie A for Bologna on 1981. The following year, he was bought by Sampdoria, for £2.2 million, whom he played for until 1997. With Sampdoria, he formed a dynamic strike partnership with Gianluca Vialli, which earned the pair the nickname “The Goal Twins”. Together, they helped the club to its only league title in 1991, four Coppa Italias and a Cup Winners’ Cup in 1990.
With Lazio, Mancini won his second Scudetto and Cup Winners’ Cup titles, as well as two more Coppa Italias. In the 1999–00 season, Lazio won the Scudetto and Coppa Italia, but Mancini failed to score in 20 matches and later announced his playing retirement. He joined Lazio’s coaching staff as Sven-Göran Eriksson’s number two. In 2011, when asked about Mancini, Eriksson said, “I took him to Lazio with me and he wanted to be a manager even while he was a player. He was the coach, he was the kit man, he was the bus driver, everything. At Sampdoria he wanted to check that everything was in place before training. Sometimes I would have to tell him: ‘Mancio, you have a game to play on Sunday, you will be exhausted if you have to control everything.’ But he was like that.
Joining Leicester City on loan in January 2001, Mancini made his Premier League debut against Arsenal at the age of 36, but failed to complete a full 90 minutes in his five appearances for the club. In early February, he was given leave of absence, citing personal reasons. He telephoned the club on 14 February, however, and informed them he would not be returning to England; he had been offered the manager’s job at Fiorentina. Despite this, he cites his time at Leicester City as the period during which he fell in love with the English game, and which later prompted him to accept the job at Manchester City.
Despite success at club level, Mancini never became a regular for Italy. At the under-21 level, Mancini was part of the team which reached the semi-finals in the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and finished runners-up in 1986. He made his international senior squad debut at the age of 19, under Enzo Bearzot, on 26 May 1984, in a 2–0 away win against Canada in Toronto, he later won 36 caps, and scored four goals for his country.
As Manager :
Mancini took over Intermilan on 7 July 2004. Under Mancini, Inter soon won the club’s first domestic trophy since 1989. Inter became the dominant team in Italy. In Mancini’s first season, Inter won the Coppa Italia with a 3–0 victory over Roma at the San Siro. Inter finished third in 2003–04 Serie A and reached the Champions League quarter-finals only to be knocked out by city rivals A.C. Milan 3–0 on aggregate.
On 19 December 2009, Mancini was publicly revealed to be taking over as manager of Manchester City on a three-and-a-half-year deal following the sacking of Mark Hughes. With wealthy Emirati owners who were willing to invest heavily in the team, Manchester City had become a club expectant of success. Having been appointed halfway through the season, Mancini’s arrival had an immediate impact on City’s form, with four consecutive wins.
On 30 September 2013, Mancini signed a three-year contract with Turkish side Galatasaray, taking over from the previous coach Fatih Terim, who had left to take over as coach of the Turkish national team.
On 1 June 2017, Mancini was appointed as a manager of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Management style :
Despite having been a support striker during his playing career, Mancini places great emphasis on building from the back, stressing the importance of not conceding a goal means the team will always have an opportunity to win, going as far to say, “I like 1–0 wins. When you don’t concede a goal and you have players like Edin Džeko, Carlos Tevez or David Silva, you win 90%. I prefer we are boring for two to three matches and we win 1–0. If you watch teams that won titles, they conceded very few goals.” Despite this, some argue Mancini is more of a “defence first” manager rather than a “win first” manager, a style that has been criticised by some in the British media. Others accepted that his pragmatic and cautious approach was what the team lacked, and that Mancini’s style would ensure City could challenge for trophies regularly.
Personal Life :
Mancini has been married for nearly 28 years to Federica. Although recent reports have Roberto and Federica separting in 2016. He is a Catholic, was an altar boy as a child in Ancona and still attends mass regularly with his family.The couple have a daughter and two sons, Filippo and Andrea, who have both played in the Inter youth ranks, where Filippo has played ten minutes in a Coppa Italia match. Both of his sons have at one point been a part of Manchester City’s under-21 youth team. Filippo trained with the club’s youth/reserve team for several months during the 2007–08 season before Roberto was appointed as City’s manager, while Andrea was signed by his father for the Elite Development Squad in November 2010 after being released from Bologna. Andrea was released at the end of the 2011–12 season.
As Manager :
Coppa Italia: 2000–01
Coppa Italia: 2003–04
Serie A: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08
Copa Italia: 2004–05, 2005–06
Supercopa Italia: 2005, 2006
Premier League: 2011–12
FA Cup: 2010–11
FA Community Shield: 2012
Turkish Cup: 2013–14
Panchina d’Oro: 2007–08
Premier League Manager of the Month: December 2010, October 2011
Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2015
A prolific manager a tons of success in his bag, wishing Mr. Professor A Happy Birthday !