Roberto Mancini, the Italian coach and former player, is one of the few great coaches with a top playing career. Mancini won the league title in Sampdoria and Lazio as a player and with Inter and Manchester City as the manager.
It is common that the football coach profession is called the "Italian Job", because of the rich history of brilliant football managers in Italy. Roberto Mancini is the current coach ofItaly national team
. After the failure of Azzurri in the 2018 World Cup Qualification, Mancini was appointed as the new manager. Since he is in charge of Azzurri, they've become a powerful, winning team again. It was not the first time that Mancini accepted a challenge of revival from a nearly broken team.
He is the specialist for building trophy-worthy teams and, of course, winning cups. He won his first cup as manager when he was only 35 years old inFiorentina
. He did it again withLazio
. This is a very heart-warming fact for Azzurri fans. They are in the lead of the World Cup Qualification and Nations League without a single defeat.
In his tenure in Inter, it was the first time Mancini was considered a world-class manager. He won three back-to-back Scudetti that was a record for Inter. Mancini was the manager that made Manchester City a title-winning team from a mid-table team. Almost every team that had Mancini as a manager won silverware at the end. Zenit Saint Petersburg is the only team without any trophy while Mancini was their manager.
Mancini won a bronze medal in the 1990 World Cup as a player for the Azzurri side. He's now the manager of the national team, leading them towards the 2022 World Cup.
Roberto Mancini's career
is full of interesting challenges and glory. Mancini spent most of his playing career inSampdoria
and he holds the record for the most appearances for the club. He is also Sampdoria's all-time goalscorer. No one is even near his records in Sampdoria history.
Since Mancini was a striker in his playing time, teams under his management often perform an offensive style of football. He won the Premier League's title with a goal difference thanks to his lethal forwards likeSergio Aguero
, andMario Balotelli
. Mancini's legacy for the Citizens was a strong squad ready to fight for any titles.
Mancini was a technically gifted striker with the capability of playing as a shadow striker or a play-making attacking midfielder. Despite all his offensive attributes, he was a helpful player for the defense times. His leadership and vocal presence on the pitch helped the cohesion of the team. Read on to find out more about
Roberto Mancini's biography
Full name: Roberto Mancini
Profession: Professional Football Player and Manager
Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight: 78 kg
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Dark Gray
Playing Position: Second Striker, Attacking Midfielder
Jersey Number: 10
Professional Debut: the 1981-82 season
Date of birth: November 27, 1964 (1964-11-27)
Place of birth: Iesi, Italy
Wives: Federica Mancini (m.1990–2016), Silvia Fortini (m.2018)
Father: Aldo Mancini
Mother: Marianna Mancini
Sibling: Stephanie Mancini
Children: Andrea Mancini, Filippo Mancini, Camilla Mancini
Religion: Roman Catholic
Talking about Roberto Mancini's bio, it should be mentioned that he was born on November 27, 1964, in the small town of Iesi, Marche. Mancini is one of the most notable people born in Iesi. Iesi is on the east side of Italy. The next station of
Roberto Mancini's childhood
Roberto Mancini's parents
decided to move to south-western Italy. Mancini lived there with his parents and his sister, Stephanie. He was raised in a religious environment and he served as an altar boy for a while in his early years. For his first professional football contract, Mancini had to move again across Italy. Bologna was the first step of Roberto Mancini's career.
In 1981, 17 years old Roberto Mancini joined Serie A club,Bologna
. In his very first season, soon, he was a crucial player of the squad. He appeared in 30 league fixtures and scored nine goals in his debut season. Only three players scored more goals than him. Despite his promisingly good performances, Bologna was relegated alongsideMilan
. For the next season, Mancini joined the recently promoted Sampdoria.
Newly promoted Sampdoria signed the young Roberto Mancini. Marcello Lippi, one of Mancini's idols, was the club's primavera coach. The youth team is called Primavera in Italy. In the first match of Serie A, Sampdoria faced title-defending Juventus, which ended with a precious home victory for Sampdoria. In the next fixture, they faced Inter in San Siro stadium. Mancini scored a match-winning goal against Nerazzurri and Sampdoria collected three points in the away match. The next opponent was also a very strong one. In the third match, Sampdoria defeatedRoma
with a single goal from Mancini.
It was the best start possible for Mancini and Sampdoria. Mancini extended his scoring streak for another match againstPisa
, but they lost, 3-2. Mancini scored another goal for Sampdoria that season and it was inGenoa
's local derby called the "Derby della Lanterna" (Derby of the Lantern). Despite an early goal from Mancini, the match ended in a 1-1 tie. In the end, Sampdoria stood in the 7th position, which was great for the first season after promotion.
In the second season, Sampdoria repeated the seventh position on the Serie A table while Mancini was the best scorer of the team. He scored 10 goals overall, 8 goals in Serie A, and two goals in Coppa Italia. In 1984-85, Sampdoria's new manager Eugenio Bersellini signed Gianluca Vialli, another Italian young talent. Vialli and Mancini started to form a legendary duo in the front line. The first sparkle of their fire was in Coppa Italia's final and the second leg against Milan. Mancini and Vialli each scored a goal that granted the victory and Coppa Italia's title handed to Sampdoria. In the league, they finished in the great rank of four. They were qualified for the UEFA's Cup Winners' Cup.
The 1985-86 season was not as good as the previous season. Mancini and Vialli both scored six goals in Serie A and Mancini scored six goals in Coppa Italia, too, which made him the top scorer of the club. Vujadin Boškov was the new manager next season and they finished sixth on the table. Gianluca Pagliuca was the most notable sign in that season. 1987-1988 was the season of the second Coppa Italia for Sampdoria. In the semi-finals Sampdoria faced Inter for 180 minutes, and a single goal from Mancini reached Sampdoria to the final againstTorino
In Serie A, the Samp finished in fourth place, just like the last time they won Coppa Italia. The dynamic partnership of Mancini and Vialli was a big help for Samp. Italian press named the duo "I Gemelli del Gol" meant the Goal Twins. In 1988-89, Sampdoria defended the Coppa Italia title. In the final stage's second leg, Mancini and Vialli both scored a goal and made a big difference, which led to a 4-0 win for Sampdoria and they won the title for the third time. In the Cup Winners' Cup, they reached the final, butBarcelona
defeated them in the final. They made up for that loss next season with a win overAnderlecht
and winning the Cup Winners' Cup title.
In 1990-91, it was time for a new trophy to win. Sampdoria lost Coppa Italia and UEFA Super Cup to Roma and Arrigo Sacchi's Milan but Scudetto was in their hands. It was the only Serie A title in Sampdoria's history. The next season, Mancini scored the only goal in Supercoppa Italiana to win over Roma. On May 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium, Sampdoria had a chance to avenge Cup Winners' defeat against Barcelona. In 90 minutes, no goals were scored and Johan Cruyff's side couldn't score until a free kick by Ronald Koeman in the extra time indicated the winners.
In the 1992-93 season, Sven-Göran Eriksson joined Sampdoria staff as technical director. The Swedish man had a big influence on Mancini and soon he became Roberto's mentor. Gianluca Vialli left and joined Juventus and Mancini once again became the club's top scorer.Juventus
paid £12.5million for Vialli's transfer, which was a world record at the time. Eriksson promoted to manager role after a season in Samp. He made Mancini the captain and transferred Ruud Gullit to fill Vialli's absence.
Changes paid off and Sampdoria finished third in Serie A. Coppa Italia was the trophy Mancini lifted as the captain. Despite the wonderful results, Eriksson appointed for his previous job, the technical director. Sampdoria stuck in the mid-table for a couple of seasons. Ruud Gullit went back to Milan, but several future stars joined Mancini's team. Stars like Clarence Seedorf, Vincenzo Montella, Siniša Mihajlović, Juan Sebastián Verón. In 1997 Mancini transferred to Lazio after fifteen seasons with Sampdoria.
In 1997, Sven-Göran Eriksson took the manager job in Lazio and he brought Roberto Mancini with himself to Rome. The results in Lazio were pretty much like Sampdoria, 7th on the league table, and Coppa Italia championship. In the UEFA Cup, they reached the final, but Ronaldo's magic handed the trophy to Inter. Mancini scored in his debut match for Lazio in a 2-0 home victory againstNapoli
Eriksson strengend the squad by sign in his former player Siniša Mihajlović from Sampdoria and Christian Vieri fromAtletico Madrid
. They formed one of the best team Lazio ever had and one of the most memorable squads of Serie A. Lazio lost the Serie A title in a close race with Milan by only one point, but instead they won the Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Mancini scored ten goals, which was a big help to the team. 1999-2000 was the dream season for Lazio's side.
The 100th season since the club's foundation started while they add some top players to their already powerful squad. Diego Simeone was signed from Inter and instead, Christian Vieri joined Nerazzurri. Simone Inzaghi, the current manager of Lazio, Juan Sebastián Verón, and Fabrizio Ravanelli were other big arrivals for the Roman Eagles. The squad was crowded, yet Mancini caped in 20 league matches.
In Serie A, Mancini won a historic Scudetto with Biancoceleste. They were one point above Juventus. In the UEFA Super Cup their opponents were treble winnersManchester United
. They won the prestigious title, but it wasn't the end. They won Coppa Italia over Inter to make this season amazing. Mancini was the unofficial assistant for Eriksson. Before retirement, Mancini had a small journey in Premier League's team Leicester City. He made his debut in England againstArsenal
while he was 36 years old. He had only five caps for Leicester City and before the mid-season, he left the Foxes to fulfill his dream of being a manager.
Mancini had the passion of being a manager even when he was playing. Soon, he received his first offers.
Mancio left Leicester to get the manager job in Fiorentina. Fan favorite star Gabriel Batistuta was moved to Roma but Mancini still hadRui Costa
, Enrico Chiesa, Francesco Toldo, and Nuno Gomes in his squad. Mancio was the replacement for Fatih Terim, who took the job in Milan in the mid-season. Mancini could not do much in Serie A for Fiorentina, but in Coppa Italia things were different. They defeated Milan in the semi-finals andParma
in the final to earn the Coppa Italia trophy.
Fiorentina was facing a serious economic crisis. In the 2001 summer Fiorentina sold their captain Rui Costa to Milan and Francesco Toldo to Inter. For completing the nightmare season, Enrico Chiesa was injured in the fifth week of Serie A and left Mancio empty-handed. Fiorentina was a sinking ship and Mancini took off in the mid-season after 40 matches with the Viola.
After a two-years gap, Mancini returned to Lazio, but this time as the manager. Lazio was facing financial problems, too. Many of the Scudetto winners were still in the squad, but he had to sell Alessandro Nesta and Hernan Crespo. Under Mancini, Lazio finished fourth on the table at first season and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. In Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup, they didn't go further than semi-finals.
In 2003-04, Lazio continued to sell key players like Dejan Stankovic, but Mancini's team reached 6th place and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Coppa Italia once again was by it's expert Roberto Mancini this time with Lazio. Mancini defeated Marcello Lippi's Juventus in the two legged final. At the end of the season, an irresistible offer came for Mancini.
In the summer of 2004, Inter chose Roberto Mancini as the new coach. In Inter Mancini saw many familiar players like Francesco Toldo, Siniša Mihajlović, Juan Sebastián Verón, Dejan Stanković and Christian Vieri. Now Mancini had all the tools he needed. Serie A didn't start well. In the first 13 matches, Inter only won two games and 11 draws. After that, Inter's victories came and they remained undefeated until the 26th fixture.
Inter was defeated one more time till the end and finished in third place. Mancini traditionally won Coppa Italia another time. In the Champions League, they reached the semi-finals and they faced cross city rival Milan. In one of the most infamous Champions League games, Inter was defeated. The second-leg match was abandoned in the 72nd minute due to flares thrown onto the pitch by Nerazzurri fans.
Controversy picked in the 2005-06 Serie A season, but it was hidden until the next summer. Mancio signed Walter Samuel, Luis Figo, and Santiago Solari fromReal Madrid
and young talent Leonardo Bonucci from Viterbese. Season started with the Supercoppa Italiana victory for Inter over Juventus. In Serie A, start wasn't good, but from the week 12 to the 23, Inter gained 11 victories. The Coppa Italia was obviously for Inter.
At the beginning of the 2006 summer, before the World Cup, Serie A ended with Juventus' championship and Inter in third place. But after the World Cup, the table was rearranged because some clubs were caught in the Calciopoli scandal. Juventus' titles in 2004-05 and 2005-06 were stripped and banished to the Serie B. Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio were docked 30 points and that meant Inter was the rightful champion of the league.
The next season, without Juventus and with Milan deducted eight points, was a perfect place for Inter to win the Scudetto again. Juventus stars Patrick Vieira andZlatan Ibrahimovic
joined Inter. This led to Inter breaking many records. Mancini's team had a 17 weeks of winning streak, which is still unbeaten. They crowned with 97 points and only one defeat. The one defeat was from Roma who defeated Inter in Coppa Italia final too. Inter defended the league title in the next season, but Mancini was sacked because of weak performances in the Champions League.
Mancini took a season off despite the many offers, mainly from Premier League clubs. In December 2009 Mancini replaced Mark Hughes in Manchester City who was the replacement for Sven-Göran Eriksson. In the first season of Mancini in the Premier League, his side showed signs of challenging the traditional top four clubs.
At the end, they finished in 5th place, slightly behindTottenham Hotspurs
. 2010–11 was Mancio's first full season in Manchester City. Mancini spent £126 million on players, includingJérôme Boateng
from Hamburger SV, Yaya Touré from Barcelona,David Silva
, Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio, Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan and James Milner fromAston Villa
. Man City won the FA Cup and Mancini won the manager of the month in December. In the league, they finished third behindChelsea
by goal difference.
Eventually Mancini won the Premier League's title in the Manchester City Football Club's 110th season. Mancio had some problems with Carlos Tévez and Sergio Aguero's arrival solved this problem. The league's last fixture was breath-taking. Both Manchester teams were fighting for the title with the same points. Manchester City was in the first spot by goal difference.
In the last match Manchester United won Sunderland. While the final whistle for United's match was blown, City was losing 2-1 to QPR, but two stoppage-time goals handed the league title to Man City for the first time after 1968. It was the first time that Premier League's champion was decided by goal difference. The next season, City finished runner-up in the league. After the FA Cup final defeat against Wigan Mancini was sacked.
On September 30, 2013, Mancini once again replaced Fatih Terim. Mancio led Galatasaray to the knockout phase of Champions League by eliminating Juventus in the group stage. The 2013–14 Süper Lig was affected by match-fixing scandal and Galatasaray received the UCL qualification despite being runner-up on the table. The only title Mancini won with Gala was the Turkish Cup. On 11 June, Mancini left the club by mutual consent.
In 2014, Mancini had a surprise return to Inter. Inter was nothing like the team he left. They were struggling in the mid-table and away from European competitions. In the 2015–16 season, Mancio's side finished in fourth place, but at the time only three teams were qualified from Serie A for Champions League. Just before the next season started, Mancini left Inter by mutual consent. He somehow made the year zero happen to Inter.
Mancio was the manager of Zenit Saint Petersburg for a short while between June 2017 and May 2018. He left the Russian team without any notable achievements. Right after that, he took the manager job for the Italy national team. Azzurri failed to qualify to the World Cup for the first time after World War II. Mancini raised a good team from the ashes and now his side is one of the best national teams in the world.
Roberto Mancini first married Federica in 1990 and has a daughter named Camilla, and two sons, Filippo and Andrea. Their marriage didn’t stand and the couple was separated in 2016 after 26 years.
Filippo and Andrea both have played for Inter Milan youth ranks, especially Filippo played 10 minutes in a Coppa Italia match. Also, both of them have been in Manchester City’s under 21 youth team. Andrea, who was born in 1996, was signed by Roberto Mancini in 2010 after leaving bologna and at the end of the 2011-12 season he was released. Filippo, on the other hand, joined Manchester City before his father during the 2007-08 season just for several months. Roberto Mancini married again in 2018 Silvia Fortini.
The last part of
Roberto Mancini's biography
includes all his awards and honors, both as a player and manager. As a payer, Mancini was in Sampdoria for fifteen seasons and with the team they managed to win the 1990-91 Serie A, four Coppa Italia, the 1991 Supercoppa Italiana, and a European cup winners’ cup in the 1989-90 season. He got the 1987 and 1990 Guerin d’Oro, which was an annual award for the best Serie A footballer by the Guerin Sportivo magazine. In his last season in Sampdoria, he won the awards for the Serie A footballer of the year and the Serie A Italian footballer of the year.
After that, he played three seasons in Lazio, winning a Serie A title in the 1999-2000 season, two Coppa Italia titles in 1997 and 99, the 1998 Supercoppa Italiana and UEFA cup winners’ cup, and the UEFA super cup in the following year. As a football legend, Mancini got the Golden Foot award in 2017.
Mancini started his management career in Fiorentina and they won the Coppa Italia in the 2000-01 season. In Lazio again, they managed to win a Coppa Italia title back in the 2003-04 season. But Mancini’s best management years was in Inter. In four seasons, they won three consecutive Serie A titles from 2005-06 to 2007-08. They were dominating the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana too, winning two consecutive titles in 2004 and 2005 seasons and 2005 and 2006 seasons, respectively. He won the Panchina d’Oro award in the 2007-08 season, which is a yearly award for the best Italian association football coaches of the Serie A.
In four seasons in Manchester City, he managed to win a premier league title in the 2011-12 season, the 2010-11 FA Cup, and the 2012 FA Community Shield. He got the premier league manager of the month award two times, in 2010 and 2011. As a member of the Italian football hall of fame from 2015, he managed to win his first Turkish cup in Galatasaray. In 2019, he was named the Italian sportsman of the year and was given the Enzo Bearzot award for his outstanding performance in Italy national team.