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Monday, June 4, 2007

Claudio Ranieri to coach Juventus

Today, Claudio Ranieri was named the new head coach, or "Mister," of Juventus FC. He was given a 3 year contract to bring Juventus back to the big time of European football. He led Parma this year to Serie A survival, and has also coached other famous clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Cagliari, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Napoli, and Valencia. He won the UEFA Cup with Valencia in 1997. At Cagliari, he took them from the Italian third division (Serie C) to the Serie A in only two years.

He was born and raised in Rome, and remains a supporter of AS Roma. His first professional contract as a player was with his hometown club. During his playing career, he was a defender. He was never capped for the Italian National team.

Many credit Mr. Ranieri for laying the foundation for the present success of Chelsea FC. He is a very intriguing man with a wonderful sense of humor. Although sometimes, he uses strange metaphors and analogies. ;-) "I'm just a dead man walking." Which was his mantra during a very difficult period during 2003-2004 in his last season at Chelsea. Before he arrived in London, he only spoke very limited English. But in true Ranieri fashion about his London experience, he published a book called "Proud Man Walking," and donated the proceeds to charity.

Here are the details about his deal from the Guardian Limited. He will earn about US $1.1 million a year for three years with bonus incentives.

Auguri, Mister Ranieri. In bocca al lupo.

1 comment:

Merengue said...

I was surprised by Juventus signing Ranieri as their coach. He has had a good track record in both Spain and England and did well this year to save Parma but to be honest I am not familiar with his coaching record in Italy. It definitely is an unexpected move but you know as I think about it perhaps it is an astute move as Juventus needs to try something different in their return next season to Serie A and employing a coach who has succeeded in both Spain and England and may use some of the coaching strategies prevalent in those countries might be good for Juve.

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