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Roberto Mancini: Teams coached and titles won over the years as manager

Roberto Mancini teams coached include Manchester City, Inter Milan, and the Italy national team.

A more than decent striker during his playing career, Roberto Mancini has left an even greater impression as a football manager. The Italian began his career in Fiorentina and Lazio before becoming a household name with Inter Milan. It was with Inter Milan that his reputation grew and soared to become a domestic powerhouse.

That earned him a move to Manchester City under their ambitious new Emirati owners. Mancini delivered by leading them to the Premier League title in incredible fashion and paving the way for further success to follow.

After several years in the wilderness, he took over as the head coach of Italy and the ride has been full of ups and downs since then. While the Azzurri became the continental champions after winning Euro 2020 and setting the longest streak for undefeated matches, they also failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and lost the Finalissima against Argentina.

Without further ado, let’s find out about Roberto Mancini, teams coached, trophies won, and more details about his coaching career:

Roberto Mancini: Teams coached over the years

PeriodClub
2001-2002Fiorentina
2002-2004Lazio
2004-2008Inter Milan
2009-2013Manchester City
2013-2014Galatasaray
2014-2016Inter Milan
2017-2018Zenit Saint Petersburg
2018-presentItaly

Beginnings in Italy as a coach

After finishing his career as a player for Sampdoria, Lazio, Leicester and the Italy national team, Roberto Mancini began his journey as a coach. He was appointed as the coach of Fiorentina in 2001. Fiorentina, back then, was plagued by a series of financial problems and there were several occasions when Mancini himself had to take to the field. The Italian manager even received death threats from fans for the sales of popular players like Rui Costa and Francesco Toldo due to economic issues. Despite these problems, Mancini won the Coppa Italia before resigning after just 10 months in charge in 2002.

That year, he was appointed as the manager of Lazio where he, once again, had to work around several financial restrictions as players like Hernan Crespo and Alessandro Nesta got sold. However, Mancini worked his magic once again and led the club to fourth place in the Serie A, thus qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. He managed to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and Lazio also won the Coppa Italia under him in 2003-04.

Inter Milan

Roberto Mancini was announced as the manager of Inter Milan in 2004. He led them to their first domestic trophy since 1989 and under his guidance as a coach, Inter Milan became a dominant force in Italy. Mancini won the Coppa Italia once again in his first season with Inter and they also reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League that season before getting knocked out by city rivals AC Milan.

In 2005, Inter Milan won the Supercoppa Italiana title for only the second time in the club’s illustrious history while in 2006, they lifted the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup trophies. Meanwhile, Inter Milan were also handed the Serie A title as Juventus were demoted to Serie B after the Calciopoli scandal.

Mancini then became the third coach in the history of Inter Milan to win back-to-back Scudettos after Alfredo Foni and Helenio Herrera. Inter were unstoppable that season and won the league title with five games in hand and also finished with a record-breaking 97 points.

His stature and reputation continued to grow as Mancini added a third Serie A title to his collection. However, Inter Milan’s inability to perform in Europe led to growing displeasure for owner Massimo Moratti who eventually ended up replacing him with Jose Mourinho.

Premier League win with Manchester City

Halfway through the season in 2009, Mark Hughes was sacked and Roberto Mancini was publicly announced as the new manager of Manchester City. City had just been subjected to an UAE-state backed takeover involving Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and they had showed plenty of monetary and sporting ambition. As such, they wanted to back Mancini and his project even though City failed to qualify for the Champions League in his first season, they still finished fifth in the Premier League, which was their highest ever league finish until then.

City spent heavily the next summer, signing players like David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and Aleksandar Kolarov. They finished third that season, just short of Chelsea in second place on the basis of goal difference. They would win silverware though, as Mancini led City to defeat Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final before a 1-0 victory over Stoke City ensured they lifted their first major trophy in 47 years.

However, Roberto Mancini will always be remembered as the man who ended Manchester City’s long-awaited drought for a league title. Ahead of the season, they had spent £35 million on Argentine striker Sergio Aguero as well as the acquisitions of Samuel Nasri and Gael Clichy from Arsenal.

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Manchester City made a major statement that season with a 6-1 triumph over neighbours Manchester United in the Manchester derby. They were also going neck-to-neck with United for the Premier League trophy that season.

As far as league wins go, it couldn’t have been more dramatic for City. Sergio Aguero scored the league-winning goal in the added time of the final day of the season against Queen’s Park Rangers to break the hearts of Man United fans and propel City to glory. It was City’s first league title in 44 years.

That kind of success was always going to be a hard act to follow and a repetition of a similar stature, unfortunately, didn’t take place. Manchester United took revenge by winning the Premier League title off City that season with multiple games to spare. They also lost the FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic and Mancini was sacked as the manager after the public criticism of his backroom staff, as well as his distant relationships which alienated the players and the club hierarchy during the last few months of his spell at City.

Spells elsewhere in Europe

After his spell with Manchester City ended, Roberto Mancini took over the job at Galatasaray in Turkey. He would soon leave the club after winning the Turkish Cup final in 2014 due to mutual consent. It is believed that the club’s ambitions had changed and it no longer aligned with Mancini’s vision.

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Mancini would then agree to a surprise return to his former club Inter Milan in 2014. He did not win any further titles with Inter Milan during his second spell in charge of the club and left in 2016.

The 58-year-old then coached Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia for a year before parting ways.

Winning Euro 2020 with Italy

He took over as the head coach of the Italy national team in 2018 and Roberto Mancini is still the manager for the Azzurri. Just six months before his appointment, Italy had failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 after a playoff defeat to Sweden. It was the first time that they missed the World Cup finals since the 1958 World Cup and also the first major tournament since UEFA Euro 1992.

Italy had their crowning moment in UEFA Euro 2020 under Mancini. They were the best team during the group stages and were the only team to go through all three games without conceding a goal. Over the course of the tournament, led Italy to a record 31-match unbeaten streak, surpassing the 30-match streak set by Vittorio Pozzo to break the national record.

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Italy defeated Spain on penalties before beating England on penalties at the Wembley Stadium in London to win only their second European championship after 1968. Following the tournament, Mancini has led the side to a record-breaking 37-game unbeaten run which is the most for any international football team.

Italy has also gone on to win the bronze medal at the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League. However, much to everyone’s surprise, the European champions failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 after suffering a shock upset at the hands of North Macedonia in the World Cup qualification playoffs. Thus, they had failed to make it to the World Cup in back-to-back tournaments. In 2022, Italy also suffered a 3-0 defeat to Copa America Argentina in the Finalissima at the Wembley Stadium.

FAQs

What are the biggest trophies that Roberto Mancini has won in his career?

The UEFA European Championship, the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Serie A are some of the biggest trophies that Roberto Mancini has won in his career.

What is the net worth of Roberto Mancini?

The net worth of Roberto Mancini is estimated to be $45 million.

When did Roberto Mancini become the manager of Italy?

Roberto Mancini was appointed as the manager of Italy on 14 May 2018 and succeeded caretaker Luigi Di Bagio.

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