Euro 2020

Euro 2020 – Focus on Roberto Mancini, Italian team holder – Euro 2020

by: Adam Smith


With the 2020 European Football Championship starting on 12 June, the European football community is on the lookout for information. Between the waltz of the players and the changes of coaches, the news of Euro 2020 is full of twists and turns. If you want to discover more in-depth analysis of football news, you can listen to one of the top ten football podcasts. Here, we invite you to get to know Roberto Mancini, the Italian coach of Gli Azzurri for Euro 2020:

A good track record as a player

Mancini has already participated in Euro 88 as a player and was also part of the Italian team at the 1990 World Cup , which took place in his country.

He is best known for his 15 years at Sampdoria Genoa. There he formed a shock duo with striker Gianluca Vialli, and helped to secure the club’s only Serie A title in 1990/91.

In addition, Mancini won four Coppa Italia trophies with Sampdoria, as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1989/90. A year after the Title of Sampdoria, he also participated in the final of the European Cup in 1992.

Finally, Mancini played for four years at Lazio in Rome. He also played five games for Leicester in 2001 for the Premier League.

End of his playing career

When his playing career ended in 2001, Mancini received a special waiver to take charge of Fiorentina before getting his coaching badges.

Since then, Roberto Mancini has managed several teams in different countries:

  • AC Fiorentina: 2001-2002
  • Lazio Rome: 2002-2004
  • Inter: 2004- 2008
  • Manchester City: 2009- 2013
  • Galatasaray SK: 2013- 2014
  • Inter: 2014- 2016
  • Zenith St. Petersburg: 2017-2018
  • Italy: 2018 to present

Mancini’s first two appointments to the management of Fiorentina and Lazio were marked by financial difficulties. Despite this, he still landed the position at Inter Milan in 2004. He oversaw a period of national domination, but was dismissed at the end of the 2007/08 season.

He was then hired by Manchester City in 2009 to achieve the club’s goals of success. He then helped him win historic trophies during his first two seasons at the helm of the team.

After leaving Manchester in 2013, Mancini spent most of the following season in Turkey with Galatasaray. Then he made a disappointing return to Inter Milan and made a brief stay in Russia, at the club Zenit St. Petersburg.

Coach of the Italian team

Finally, Mancini was appointed head of Italy in May 2018. He is the first permanent coach of the national team since his predecessor Gian Piero Ventura, who oversaw the failure of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

During Euro 2020, Roberto Mancini will lead the Italian team – perhaps to victory. This will be his first major tournament in the role of international manager.