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Giovanni Trapattoni - Irish Soccer Manager

Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni

In February 2008, in a move that was akin to going from the ridiculous to the sublime, the FAI replaced Stephen Staunton as the manager of the Republic of Ireland with Giovanni Trapattoni.

The appointment took the football world by surprise. It underscored the absolute folly of appointing the least experienced Irish manager ever by replacing him with one of the most experienced and successful managers in the World.

Trapattoni had also been also been a successful player spending almost all of his career with AC Milan from 1959 to 1971. He was also capped 17 times by the Italian national team.

Trapattoni - Football Background

Giovanni Trapattoni was born in Cusano Milanino, Italy on 17th March (St Patrick's Day) 1939. He began his football career playing for Serie A club AC Milan. Trapattoni spent most of his career playing as a defender or in midfield in a holding role.

With Milan he won two Serie A titles, one Italian Cup, two European cups, one UEFA cup and the Intercontinental cup once.

Trapattoni played for his native country Italy on 17 occasions including playing five times in the 1960 Men's Olympic Football Tournament where Italy came fourth after being beaten 2-1 by Hungary in the bronze medal play-off match.

Trapattoni ended his career with AC Milan in 1971

following 274 appearances and scoring just three goals. He transferred to AS Varese 1910 which was a mid-table Serie A club at the time. He made just ten appearances for Varese before he finally retired from playing football

Giovanni Trapattoni - Football Manager

Two years after retiring from playing football Giovanni Trapattoni embarked upon his football management career as youth team coach at AC Milan. Within the year he had been appointed as first team coach. During his Italian management career he also managed Juventus (twice), Inter Milan, Cagliari Calcio and Fiorentina.

He also managed other European clubs Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart in Germany, Benfica in Portugal, and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria. Trapattoni has an amazing record of success with the clubs that he has managed. He has won the league in every country that he has managed a club. He has won league titles on ten occasions with five different clubs in four separate countries.

Giovanni Trapattoni's Managerial Roll of Honour

Honour
Juventus
Inter Milan
Bayern Munich
Benfica
Salzburg
Total
League Titles
6
1
1
1
1
10
National Cup
2
 
1
   
3
League Cup    
1
   
1
European Cup
1
       
1
Cup Winners Cup
1
       
1
UEFA Cup
2
1
     
3
European Super Cup
1
       
1
Intercontinental Cup
1
       
1

Giovanni Trapattoni as Manager of Italy

Prior to his appointment as the Irish Manager Giovanni Trapattoni had managed the Italian national team from 2000 to 2004. He took charge for the 2002 World Cup qualification campaign in a group that included Romania, Hungary, Georgia, and Lithuania.

Trapattoni guided Italy through group 8 winning six matches and drawing two. Italy's main challenger in the group was Romania but Italy won the home and away ties by an aggregate score of 5-0.

Trapattoni at 2002 World Cup

Following a 2-0 opening group victory over Ecuador Trapattoni's World Cup team lost the next match 2-1 against Croatia. In the third group match Italy could only manage a draw with Mexico but four points was enough to to qualify for the knockout stages.

Disaster struck for Trapattoni in the next round when co-host South Korea eliminated Italy from the World Cup following a 2-1 win after extra time.

Euro 2004

Once again Giovanni Trapattoni got a rub of the green with the group draw for Euro 2004. Italy were drawn with Wales, Serbia & Montenegro, Finland, and Azerbaijan. Following a lacklustre campaign, that included a home draw with Serbia & Montenegro and an away loss to Wales, Italy qualified by a four point margin. At the Euro 2004 finals Italy failed to impress and the qualification from the group came down to goal difference amongst Italy, Sweden and Denmark. All three teams ended on five points but Italy's lack of goals meant that Trapattoni's team went home early. Following Euro 2004 Giovanni Trapattoni was replaced by Marcello Lippi as the Italian manager.

Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland Manager

Following a 113 day search for a replacement for Stephen Staunton the FAI announced the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni as the Republic of Ireland manager on the 12th February 2008. The contrast in terms of managerial experience and success between Staunton and Trapattoni couldn't have been more stark. There was general amazement that Ireland could lure such a successful manager. It emerged that Irish businessman Denis O'Brien had agreed to pay half of Trapattoni's salary. Trapattoni appointed former Italian international Marco Tardelli and Irish football great Liam Brady as his assistants. Liam Brady had won two Serie A titles with Juventus when Trapattoni was the manager and was a fluent Italian speaker.

Trapattoni's First Match as Irish Manager

In his first match in charge Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland team met Serbia in friendly encounter at Croke Park in Dublin. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Trapattoni's first win with the Republic of Ireland came in his next match in a 1-0 win over Columbia at Craven Cottage in London

Giovanni Trapattoni and Ireland's 2010 Word Cup Qualifiers

Trapattoni's first competitive mach in charge of the Irish football team was a 2010 World Cup qualifiers away to Georgia. Ireland won the match 2-1. Ireland finished the campaign without losing a match but finished up a full six points behind group winners Italy. By drawing six out of ten qualification matches the Trapattoni's Ireland missed some good opportunities to amass more points. Ireland conceded very late equalisers against Bulgaria and Italy in particular and failed to beat Montenegro in Dublin.

World Cup Play-off Matches against France

Finishing second in the group ahead of the disappointing Bulgarians Ireland qualified for a two match play-off with France. Ireland lost the first match to a 73rd minute goal from Nicolas Anelka. With nothing to lose in the return match in Paris the Irish played with more adventure and authority than at any other time during the qualification campaign. After 33 minutes Ireland's captain Robbie Keane scored to level the score over the two legs. Ireland continued to dominate in the match but couldn't find a winning goal.

Thierry Henry Handball Incident

With just seven minutes of extra time remaining, and a penalty shoot-out looming, one of the most infamous incidents in Irish football history occurred. Thierry Henry reached the dead ball line near the Irish goal as a cross dropped into the box. Henry blatantly used his hand twice to control the ball and prevent it going wide. He then crossed for William Gallas to stoop and head home. Giovanni Trapattoni's first qualification campaign had ended in the cruellest fashion as France, and not Ireland, qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Ireland's Performance at Euro 2012

Ireland's participation at the the Euro 2012 finals proved to be a huge anticlimax and disappointment. Three bad defeats, nine goals conceded and just one scored. Poor form by many of the players, sterile tactics by Irish football manager Giovanni Trapattoni, and three high quality opponents ensured Ireland's worst ever performance at a major championship. Ireland began the campaign with a 3-1 loss to Croatia and this was followed by a football lesson from World champions Spain, who ran out 4-0 winners. In the final dead rubber the Irish succumbed to Italy by two goals to nil.

Giovanni Trapattoni - Resigns as Irish Manager

Following two consecutive defeats at the hands of nearest rivals, Sweden and Austria, in Group C of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Giovanni Trapattoni resigned from his position as manager of the Republic of Ireland on 11th September 2013.

Notable Features of Trapattoni's Reign as Irish Manager

Giovanni Trapattoni's time as manager of Ireland was controversial - particularly after the Euro 2012 championships. Right throughout his reign, even at the end, he maintained that he had improved the fortunes of the Republic. He was appointed immediately after the diastrous Stephen Staunton reign but he did lead Ireland to a first major championship in a decade. However there are some facts that cannot be disputed:

  • Aside from Staunton's tenure Trapattoni's win ratio was the worst since the Eoin Hand era.
  • His Irish teams conceded an average of one goal per match
  • His Irish team never beat a team that was ranked higher in the FIFA world rankings
  • His Irish team never lost to a team that was ranked lower in the FIFA world rankings
  • When he took control of the Irish team it was ranked at 41
  • When he relinquished control of the Irish team it was ranked at 59 - Ireland's lowest ranking ever
  • Of the 60 goals that Robbie Keane had scored up to the time Trapattoni departed, 28 (47%) were scored while the Italian was in charge.

Giovanni Trapattoni - Record as Irish Football Manager

This is Giovanni Trapattoni's record as Republic of Ireland manager.

Played
Won
Drew
Lost
Goals For
Goals Against
Win Ratio
64
26
22
16
86
64
40.6%

Home
Result
Away Date & Venue Competition
Ireland
1:1 (0:0)
Serbia 24/05/2008 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
1:0 (1:0)
Colombia 29/05/2008 London Friendly Match
Norway
1:1 (0:1)
Ireland 20/08/2008 Oslo Friendly Match
Georgia
1:2 (0:1)
Ireland 06/09/2008 Mainz 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Montenegro
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 10/09/2008 Podgorica 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
1:0 (1:0)
Cyprus 15/10/2008 Dublin 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
2:3 (0:1)
Poland 19/11/2008 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
2:1 (0:1)
Georgia 11/02/2009 Dublin 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
1:1 (1:0)
Bulgaria 28/03/2009 Dublin 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
1:1 (1:0)
Italy 01/04/2009 Bari 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
1:1 (1:1)
Nigeria 29/05/2009 London Friendly Match
Bulgaria
1:1 (1:1)
Ireland 06/06/2009 Sofia 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
0:3 (0:2)
Australia 12/08/2009 Limerick Friendly Match
Cyprus
1:2 (1-1)
Ireland 05/09/2009 Nicosia 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
1:0 (1:0)
South Africa 08/09/2009 Limerick Friendly Match
Ireland
1:1 (2:2)
Italy 10/10/2009 Dublin 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
0-0 (0-0)
Montenegro 14/10/2009 Dublin 2010 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
0-1 (0-0)
France 14/11/2009 Dublin 2010 World Cup Play-off
France
1-1 (0-1)
Ireland 18/10/2009 Paris 2010 World Cup Play-off
Brazil
2:0 (1:0)
Ireland 02/03/2010 - London Friendly Match
Ireland
2:1 (2:0)
Paraguay 25/05/2010 - Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
3:0 (1:0)
Algeria 28/05/2010 - Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
0:1 (0:1)
Argentina 18/08/2010 - Dublin Friendly Match
Armenia
0:1 (0:1)
Ireland 03/09/2010 - Yervan Euro 2012 Qualifier
Ireland
3:1 (2:1)
Andorra 07/09/2010 - Dublin Euro 2012 Qualifier
Ireland
2:3 (0:2)
Russia 08/10/2010 - Dublin Euro 2012 Qualifier
Slovakia
1:1 (1:1)
Ireland 12/10/2010 - Zilina Euro 2012 Qualifier
Ireland
1:2 (1:1)
Norway 17/11/2010 - Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
3:0 (0:0)
Wales 08/02/2011 - Dublin Carling Nations Cup
Ireland
2:1 (2:1)
Macedonia 26/03/2011 - Dublin Euro 2012 Qualifier
Ireland
1:3 (2:3)
Uruguay 29/03/2011 - Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
5:0 (2:0)
Northern Ireland 24/05/2011 - Dublin Carling Nations Cup
Ireland
1:0 (1:0)
Scotland 29/05/2011 - Dublin Carling Nations Cup
Macedonia
0:2 (0:2)
Ireland 04/06/2011 - Skopje Euro 2012 Qualifier
Ireland
0:1 (0:2)
Italy 07/06/2011 - Liege Friendly Match
Ireland
0:0 (0:0)
Croatia 10/08/2011 - Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
0:0 (0:0)
Slovakia 02/09/2011 - Dublin Euro 2012 Qualifier
Russia
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 06/09/2011 - Moscow Euro 2012 Qualifier
Andorra
0:2 (0:2)
Ireland 07/10/2011 - Andorra La Vella Euro 2012 Qualifier
Ireland
0:1 (1:2)
Armenia 11/10/2011 - Dublin Euro 2012 Qualifier
Estonia
0:4 (0:1)
Ireland 11/11/2011 - Tallin Euro 2012 Qualifier P-O
Ireland
1:1 (1:0)
Estonia 15/11/2011 - Dublin Euro 2012 Qualifier P-O
Ireland
1:1 (0:0)
Czech Republic 29/02/2012 - Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
1:0 (0:0)
Bosnia & Herz 26/05/2012 - Dublin Friendly Match
Hungary
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 04/06/2012 - Budapest Friendly Match
Ireland
1:1 (1:3)
Croatia 10/06/2012 - Poznan EURO 2012 Finals
Spain
1:0 (4:0)
Ireland 14/06/2012 - Gdansk EURO 2012 Finals
Italy
2:0 (1:0)
Ireland 18/06/2012 - Poznan EURO 2012 Finals
Serbia
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 15/08/2012 - Belgrade Friendly Match
Kazakhstan
1:0 (1:2)
Ireland 07/09/2012 - Astana 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
4:1 (3:0)
Oman 11/09/2012 - London Friendly Match
Ireland
1:6 (0:2)
Germany 12/10/2012 - Dublin 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Faroe Is
1:4 (0:0)
Ireland 16/10/2012 - Torshavn 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
0:1 (0:1)
Greece 14/11/2012 - Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
2:0 (1:0)
Poland 06/02/2013 - Dublin Friendly Match
Sweden
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 22/03/2013 - Stockholm 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
2:2 (2:1)
Austria 22/03/2013 - Dublin 2014 World Cup Qualifier
England
1:1 (1:1)
Ireland 29/05/2013 - London Friendly Match
Ireland
4:0 (1:0)
Georgia 02/06/2013 - Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
3:0 (1:0)
Faroe Islands 07/06/2013 - Dublin 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
0:2 (0:0)
Spain 11/06/2013 - New York Friendly Match
Wales
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 14/08/2013 - Cardiff Friendly Match
Ireland
1:2 (1:1)
Sweden 06/09/2013 - Dublin 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Austria
1:0 (0:0)
Ireland 10/09/2013 - Dublin 2014 World Cup Qualifier

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