Roberto Mancini: A Footballing LIfe: The Full Story
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From the author of the best-selling Messi and Ronaldo, a revealing biography of the premiership-winning manager. When Roberto Mancini was appointed to Manchester City in late 2009, he came from his native Italy with an almost peerless cup-winning pedigree at both Lazio and Inter Milan. In his first full season at City, Mancini guided the club to Champions League soccer and the FA Cup, shaping the squad into one of the most successful teams in the Premier League. Luca Caioli gives Mancini's inside story—from his days as an international player to his emergence as a charismatic, if controversial, leader.
the Mancini version. And it doesn’t sound like they’ll be stopping anytime soon, either. ‘Amazing, absolutely amazing’ is the sentiment expressed most often, together with ‘Brilliant’, ‘Fantastic’, ‘Lovely’, while one person, on realising there is an Italian in their midst, tries to resort to Dante’s noble language: ‘Bellissimo, Bravissimo.’ ‘He looks good, he is competitive, calm, and has a great CV both as a player and as a manager. Wherever he went, he won, and he did the same with City. In
landing at Nice Côte d’Azur airport. A limousine drove Francis to Monte Carlo, where the Sampdoria president was staying. It took Mantovani just under three hours to persuade him to leave Manchester City, where Francis had had an undoubtedly good season (26 appearances, 12 goals), and move to Genoa. The rumours talk about a �580,000 fee, on top of a salary of 300 billion liras per year. The Englishman will join his teammates at their training camp in Arcidosso, Tuscany. In Via XX Settembre,
little ones train, moving the goalposts so that they can play across the pitch. There are neatly traced white lines, a lot of earth, and not much grass. Doriano Giuliani is filling the holes in the ground, and explains that this is where Mancini grew up. ‘He lived just over there,’ he says, pointing towards a big yellow building with long balconies, beyond the fence, in Via del Prato. The Mancinis have since built themselves a villa, but when Roberto was young they lived only a few yards from
Ade Akinbiyi, Trevor Benjamin, Richard Cresswell – all were still a bit green. The former Samp and Lazio player, who ended his playing career the previous summer, sounded like Taylor’s best bet. For the Filbert Street boss, the fact that Mancio was 36 was not a problem. ‘I am looking for his football knowledge, not his legs,’ said Taylor. ‘There will be enough young legs around him to do the running, so that should be all right.’ More important would be the impression Mancini made, and there were
that, having had a break, he is once more ready to take on the responsibilities of club management. And he says that, after 30 years in Italy, he would rather manage abroad next, ideally in the Premier League. In England, he has been mentioned as a successor to Guus Hiddink at Chelsea, as a replacement for Rafa Benítez at Liverpool, and as a candidate to manage Portsmouth and Sunderland. Sven-Göran Eriksson also enquired whether he would be available to coach Notts County. But most insistent of