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Roberto Mancini
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Personal information
Full name Roberto Mancini
Date of birth 27 November 1964 (1964-11-27) (age 45)
Place of birth Jesi, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Manchester City (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Bologna 30 (9)
1982–1997 Sampdoria 563 (173)
1997–2000 Lazio 126 (24)
2001 Leicester City 4 (0)
National team
1982–1986 Italy U21 26 (9)
1984–1994 Italy 36 (4)
Teams managed
2000 Lazio (assistant)
2001–2002 Fiorentina
2002–2004 Lazio
2004–2008 Internazionale
2009– Manchester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roberto Mancini (born 27 November 1964 in Jesi, Ancona) is an Italian football manager and former player and current manager of English Premier League team Manchester City.

As a player he was best known for his time at Sampdoria, where he played more than 550 league matches, and helped them win the Serie A league title and the Cup Winners Cup. Following the end of his accomplished playing career he moved into management with a cash stricken Fiorentina and managed to win a Coppa Italia trophy with them. When he moved to manage Lazio he again experienced financial constraints but still won another Coppa Italia. However, his best management spell came at Internazionale where he won 3 consecutive Serie A titles and 7 trophies in 4 years becoming Inter's most successful manager in 30 years[1], in the process transforming them into the dominant team in Italy. He is also known for his tactical nous and frequently wears a scarf of his club's colours, a tradition he has maintained at Manchester City.


Early Life

Mancini was born in the small town of Jesi, Italy in 1964 and was raised by Aldo and Marianna Mancini. Raised a Roman Catholic, his young life in Jesi revolved around religion and football. He was an altar boy and played for the local Aurora Calcio football team in his youth. On one occasion a fixture clashed with his first Holy Communion. Halfway through the ceremony the young eight year old Mancini was nowhere to be seen. His local priest who was administering his first communion frequently coached Calcio, he heard they were losing 2-0 at half-time and so he asked a young Mancini quietly after receiving his communion if he had his football kit and boots with him. Roberto said they were in the changing rooms and so he told him to sneak out of the side door and put them on because his team needed him unbeknownst to his father.[2]

Playing career


Mancini debuted in Italian Serie A for Bologna on 12 September 1981. The following year he was bought by Sampdoria, for which he played until 1997. Later he played for Lazio (1997–2000) and Leicester City (2001).

In Italy

With Sampdoria, he formed a dynamic strike partnership with Gianluca Vialli, and led the club to its only league title in 1991, four Coppa Italias (1985, 1988, 1989 and 1994) and a Cup Winners' Cup in 1990. He also appeared in the final of the 1991–1992 European Cup against Barcelona. With Lazio he won his second scudetto (2000) and Cup Winners' Cup titles (1999) as well as two more Coppa Italias (1998 and 2000). In 1999-2000 season he failed to score in 20 matches however Lazio did win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia but he announced his playing retirement. After this he joined Lazio’s coaching staff as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s number two.

Out of Retirement - Leicester

Joining Leicester in January 2001 with a contract until the end of the season,[3] Mancini is currently the club's last ever high-profile signing to date.[4][5] He made his Premier League debut against Arsenal at the age of 36 that same month, playing his part as 10-man City gained a 0–0 draw. Better was to follow with a 2–1 FA Cup win over Aston Villa at Villa Park and, after a 1–0 defeat at Southampton, Mancini produced his best display in a 2–1 win over Chelsea. He played his final match as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat at Everton. Mancini failed to complete 90 minutes in his five appearances.[4]

He was given a leave of absence in early February, citing personal reasons. However, the club received a phone call from him on 14 February, informing them he would not be returning (he had been offered the manager's job at Fiorentina). Mancini left Leicester City on 15 February 2001.[6] Despite this, he cites his time at Leicester as the period during which he fell in love with the English game, prompting him to accept the challenge at Manchester City.[7]


Despite his success at club level, Mancini never became a regular for Italy. He made his international debut in 1984 and he only won 36 caps and scored four goals for his country (including a goal against West Germany at Euro 88). He was also a non-playing member of the Italian squad at 1990 World Cup, being kept out of the side by the likes of Andrea Carnevale and Roberto Baggio. At U-21 level, Mancini finished runner-up in UEFA U-21 Championship 1986, and reached the semi-finals in UEFA U-21 Championship 1984. His international career came to an end after a dispute with national team coach Arrigo Sacchi when Mancini found he would not be guaranteed a first team place at the 1994 World Cup.

Managerial career


In 2001 he made an impromptu exit from Leicester City after only four games to enter management.[8] Mancini coached Fiorentina who at the time were plagued by financial worries. Despite this he managed to win the Coppa Italia on his first occasion as manager. During his tenure with Fiorentina, Mancini was occasionally willing to come out and play for the team due to the club having financial problems with its players as key players such as Rui Costa and Francesco Toldo left the club. According to various sources[9] Mancini worked unpaid and received death threats as Fiorentina were in financial meltdown, before quitting after 10 months in the job.[9] In January 2002 he resigned with Fiorentina second-bottom of Serie A.


In May 2002, five months after leaving Fiorentina, Mancini was appointed manager of Lazio in 2002. Again however he was restricted by financial worries with key players such as Hernan Crespo, Alessandro Nesta being sold. In his first season though he took Lazio to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup before being knocked out by his successor at Inter, Jose Mourinho's Porto. Success came however when he led his Lazio side to win the Coppa Italia in the 2003-2004 campaign, a victory which marked his second time winning the Cup as a manager having previously won it in 2001 with Fiorentina.[10]

Despite the financial constraints and concerns he admirably kept Lazio stable whilst he provided some success and ultimately finished fourth and sixth in 2003 and 2004 which helped him earn the managerial position at Internazionale.


Before the start of the 2004–05 season, rumours circulated in the Italian Press that Inter Milan had approached Mancini to fill the recently vacanted managerial position at the club. Shortly after, Mancini quit Lazio and announced that he would be joining Inter.


In his debut season (2004-2005) he won the club's first trophy in seven years - a 3-0 Coppa Italia final victory over Roma thanks to a brace from Adriano at the Stadio Olimpico and a Sinisa Mihajlovic free kick at the San Siro. Mancini guided Inter to third in the Serie A and reached the Champions League quarter-finals only to be knocked out by city rivals AC Milan 3-0 on aggregate. In August Inter won the Italian Super Cup for the second time in their history with a 1-0 victory over Juventus.


In 2005-2006 Mancini again won the Italian Cups and an Italian Super Cup and won the Scudetto, the first for Inter in 16 years. Though, the Scudetto title was handed to Inter following the Calciopoli scandal, that saw Juventus stripped of the title and relegated to Serie B.


In 2006-2007, Mancini guided Inter to a second successive league title with five games to spare, with 26 wins, 6 draws and just 1 defeat from 33 games. Mancini became the third coach in Inter history to win back-to-back league titles after Alfredo Foni (1952-53 and 1953-54) and Helenio Herrera (1964-65 and 1965-66). Inter also progressed to the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup for the third consecutive season but were beaten in both finals.

2007-2008 - Final Season

2007-2008 proved to be Mancini's final season in charge of the Nerazzurri, however his reputation was not tainted but it grew further as he added a third consecutive Serie A title to his honours. Again he guided Inter to the Coppa Italia final but lost for a second consecutive season to Roma, 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Despite his successes, the inability to win the Champions League displeased Inter owner Massimo Moratti. Earlier in the season in March 2008, Mancini announced his intention to step down at the end of the 2007–08 season after his side were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after a 3–0 aggregate loss to Liverpool in the Second Round. Mancini rescinded this decision a day later on 12 March after meeting with Inter president Massimo Moratti. The reason for the announcement of his planned departure was that Mancini was unhappy and had been tipped off about José Mourinho replacing him at the end of the season and had planned to announce his own resignation rather than sacking in advance to avoid embarassment.[11]

On 29 May 2008, Inter officially announced the sacking of Mancini, following an encounter with club chairman Massimo Moratti, justifying the move by pointing to Mancini's negative comments made immediately after the Liverpool defeat.[12][13] He was eventually replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Out of football

Continual failures on the European stage blighted his managerial career at Inter appeared to have cost Mancini his job at Inter. A best of the quarter final stage was achieved in 2006 however a mass brawl against Valencia in 2007 and a easy 3-0 aggregate defeat by Liverpool prompted speculation about his future despite his domestic success since arriving at Inter. Ironically was named Serie A’s top coach for the previous season in September 2008. Whilst he was out he was linked to the vacant Chelsea job in May 2008[14] Notts County job[15] On 30 October 2009 Mancini agreed to a mutual termination of his contract with Internazionale.[16] The termination was in response to Mancini getting compensation for his sacking at Inter. The contract however meant Mancini was actually unemployable by any other club from May 2008 to October 2009. It was believed Mancini was entitled to a €16m wrangle, in the end though Mancini reportedly settling for a "measly" €5m payoff.[17]

Manchester City

On 19 December 2009, Mancini was publicly revealed to be taking over as manager of Manchester City following the controversial sacking of Mark Hughes. He accepted the offer of a club now expectant of success with its wealth and his appointment came eleven months after he was first linked with the club.[18] This news came only hours after Manchester City's 4–3 home victory over Sunderland.

Mancini's arrival had an immediate impact on City's form. His first game in charge was a 2–0 home win against Stoke City, in which Martin Petrov and Carlos Tévez scored, which was then followed by a 3-0 win away from home against Wolves, that was City's first away win for two months. He continued his good managerial start with a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough F.C. in the FA Cup Third Round[19] and made it four wins in a row with a 4-1 win at home against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League.[20]. His first defeat came in a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park. Mancini then won his first ever Manchester Derby 2-1 in a Carling Cup semi-final first leg.[21]

In February 2010, under Mancini, Manchester City completed a season double against top-of-the-table Chelsea for the first time since 1957, with a resounding 4-2 win. This was also his first clash in the Premier League with Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was at the helm of AC Milan during Mancini's days at Inter.

Personal life

Mancini has two sons, Filippo and Andrea who both played in the Internazionale youth ranks where Filippo managed to play 10 minutes in a single Coppa Italia match for Inter and has previously been on loan at Manchester City where Mancini is currently managing.


Player stats

As of 27 November 2009
Season Club Championship Coppa Italia Europe Supercoppa Italiana Total
Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Apps Goals
1981–1982 Italy Bologna A 30 9 CI 1 0 - - - - 31 9
1982–1983 Italy Sampdoria A 22 4 CI 5 1 - - - - 27 5
1983–1984 A 30 8 CI 8 2 - - - - 38 10
1984–1985 A 24 3 CI 11 3 - - - - 35 6
1985–1986 A 23 6 CI 11 4 EWC 4 2 - - 38 12
1986–1987 A 26 6 CI 5 0 - - - - 31 6
1987–1988 A 30 5 CI 13 3 - - - - 43 8
1988–1989 A 29 9 CI 11 5 EWC 8 0 SI 0 0 48 14
1989–1990 A 31 11 CI 3 2 EWC 9 2 SI 1 0 44 15
1990–1991 A 30 12 CI 10 2 EWC 5 2 SE 2 0 47 16
1991–1992 A 29 6 CI 6 2 EC 9 4 SI 1 1 45 13
1992–1993 A 30 15 CI 2 0 - - - - 32 15
1993–1994 A 30 12 CI 7 0 - - - - 37 12
1994–1995 A 31 9 CI 2 1 EWC 4 2 SI 1 0 38 12
1995–1996 A 26 11 CI 2 1 - - - - 28 12
1996–1997 A 33 15 CI 2 0 - - - - 35 15
Total - Sampdoria 424 132 98 26 39 12 5 1 566 171
1997–1998 Italy Lazio A 34 5 CI 8 1 UC 10 3 - - 52 9
1998–1999 A 33 10 CI 6 2 EWC 7 0 SI 1 0 47 12
1999–2000 A 20 0 CI 7 3 UCL 9 0 SE 1 0 37 3
Total - Lazio 87 15 21 6 26 3 2 0 136 24
2001 England Leicester City PL 4 0
Total - Career 541 156 120 32 65 15 7 1 733 204

Managerial Stats

As of 14 March 2010
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Fiorentina Italy February 2001 11 January 2002 &0000000000000027.00000027 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000022.22000022.22
Lazio Italy 2002 2004 &0000000000000102.000000102 &0000000000000049.00000049 &0000000000000032.00000032 &0000000000000021.00000021 &0000000000000048.04000048.04
Internazionale Italy 1 July 2004 29 May 2008 &0000000000000227.000000227 &0000000000000140.000000140 &0000000000000061.00000061 &0000000000000026.00000026 &0000000000000061.67000061.67
Manchester City England 19 December 2009 Present &0000000000000017.00000017 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000052.94000052.94
Total &0000000000000594.000000594 &0000000000000330.000000330 &0000000000000145.000000145 &0000000000000119.000000119 &0000000000000055.56000055.56


As player


UEFA Champions League

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1

S.S. Lazio



As manager

ACF Fiorentina
S.S. Lazio
F.C. Internazionale Milano


  1. ^ Independant Online Football managers who never get the job
  2. ^ The untold story of Roberto Mancini, Family Interview -
  3. ^ "Mancini's move to Leicester will benefit England". 2001-01-18. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Just how close were Leicester City to signing Dutch master Johan Cruyff?". 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  5. ^ Leicester land Mancini -
  6. ^ "Mancini leaves Leicester". 2001-02-15. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  7. ^ "Roberto Mancini Is Inter A Good Thing". News of the World/ 19-12-2009. 
  8. ^ Mancini leaves Leicester -
  9. ^ a b Hot 100 on Mancini - Manchester Evening News
  10. ^ Temper and talent help Roberto Mancini stand out from the rest - Times Online
  11. ^ Roberto Mancini arrives at Manchester City, kissed by fortune -
  12. ^ "F.C. Internazionale statement". FC Internazionale Milano. 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  13. ^ Mourinho set to replace ousted Mancini at Inter
  14. ^ Hughes & Mancini on Chelsea list - BBC Sport
  15. ^ Mancini Notts County link denied - BBC Sport
  16. ^ "Statement: Roberto Mancini contract terminated". FC Internazionale Milano. 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  17. ^ Roberto Mancini arrives at Manchester City, kissed by fortune - Kevin Buckley,
  18. ^ Burt, Jason (10 January 2009). "Mancini linked to City after dinner-table negotiations". The Independent. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^ Man City 2-1 Man Utd

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Roberto Mancini
Personal information
Full name Roberto Mancini
Date of birth 27 November 1964 (1964-11-27) (age 46)
Place of birth    Jesi, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Leicester City
National team
1984-1994 Italy
Teams managed
Internazionale Milano
Manchester City

Roberto Mancini (born 27 November 1964) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1981/82BolognaSerie A30910-319
1982/83SampdoriaSerie A22451-275
1997/98LazioSerie A34581103529
EnglandLeague FA Cup EuropeTotal
2000/01Leicester CityPremier League4040
CountryItaly 541156120326515726203
England 4040
Total 545156120326515730203

International career statistics


Italy national team


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