It is no exaggeration that the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni to the position of Irish team manager was greeted as one of the most ambitious and indeed surprising decisions in Irish sport. Following the hugely disappointing campaign under the totally inexperienced former player Steve Staunton, the Irish public waited impatiently and sceptically for the FAI to get their man. The announcement of Giovanni Trapattoni as the new manager has been greeted with almost unanimous approval, the world class manager that John Delaney promised was finally appointed, even if it is two years late.
But who is Giovanni Trapattoni? This new biography charts the spectacular career of the man who played for AC Milan and was capped for Italy, who then went on to manage Inter and AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Benfica amongst others, winning seven Serie A titles, European and UEFA cups before managing an Italian national team that were robbed at the 2002 World Cup in Korea.
From his upbringing in the war years to his signing to AC Milan, including all the highs and lows of international football, and ultimately club and international management, the book is a comprehensive overview of this modern footballing titan. The level of interest in this appointment and his team of Tardelli and Brady guarantees a huge curiosity and enthusiasm for this well-timed release.
Egon Theiner and Elisabeth Schlammerl have carried out extensive research on the career of Trapattoni for the Austrian-published Trapattoni: An Homage, which was a very popular title given the coach’s success with Red Bull Salzburg. Indeed Trapattoni himself took some copies of the book, and gave them to friends and family.