Legendary football manager, Claudio Ranieri is an Italian-born former football player turned manager. ‘The Tinkerman,’ as he is notoriously known as famously managed Leicester City to the pinnacle of English football historically winning the Premier League.
After a playing career that consisted of 363 games, 225 of which were for Catanzaro. After retiring from playing in 1986 Ranieri turned to management. He began managing lower league teams in Italy in the late 1980’s. Developing his reputation at Cagliari, bringing them up from Serie C1 up to Serie A, the highest league in the Italian football. Claudio then proceeded to manage Napoli, developing the team to qualify for the UEFA cup, despite this success, he was mysteriously sacked the following season.
Ranieri joined Fiorentina in 1993 and instantly led them to Serie A promotion, winning the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana in 1996, before moving to Spain in 1997. More opportunities awaited Claudio, a hugely sought-after manager, he managed Valencia winning a Copa del Rey and a UEFA Intertoto Cup as well as helping the club qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Moving to England in 2000 after a short spell managing Athletico Madrid, Claudio became head coach at Chelsea. During his four seasons at the club, he assisted the team to progress their points total each season, eventually finishing as runners- up in 2004 and reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-final in the same season.
Upon his return back to Spanish football, Claudio had run out of luck, an unsuccessful second attempt with Valencia meant moving his managing career back to Italy in 2007, again varying results followed as he managed teams such as Parma, Juventus, Roma and Inter Milan.
After receiving an offer in 2012, Claudio Ranieri was hired to manage French team Monaco, they had just finished mid-table in Ligue 2, whilst under Claudio’s management they earned a promotion as champions in his first season and finished as Ligue 1 runners-up in his second. A tremendous turn around in fortunes at the club which as result drew interest from various teams. He ventured into managing international teams, a challenge he had experienced until to accepted the chance to manage the Greek National Team.
Seeking a return to domestic football and currently out of employment, England became his port of call as in 2015 he was announced at the manager of Leicester City, to the surprise of many pundits, an appointment that resulted in huge criticism and scientism.
The team went on to win the 2015/16 Premier League and gain automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League, the first time in the club’s history and just a season after the club had narrowly evaded relegation the season before.
Leicester began the 2015–16 Premier League campaign as 5,000–1 outsiders to win the title, in a campaign and achievement referred to as a fairy-tale and said by many to be the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport.” A host of accolades and awards followed for Ranieri as he was named the 2016 Premier League Manager of the Season and titled, LMA’s Manager of the Year. He was awarded the Grand Officer of the Italian Order of Merit and the Enzo Bearzot Award as best Italian Manager of the year if that wasn’t enough he was also awarded Coach of the Year award at the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
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