Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri
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Personal information
Date of birth 20 October 1951 (1951-10-20) (age 60)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Internazionale (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Roma 6 (0)
1974–1982 Catanzaro 225 (8)
1982–1984 Catania 92 (1)
1984–1986 Palermo 40 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Campania Puteolana
1988–1991 Cagliari
1991–1993 Napoli
1993–1997 Fiorentina
1997–1999 Valencia
1999–2000 Atlético Madrid
2000–2004 Chelsea
2004–2005 Valencia
2007 Parma
2007–2009 Juventus
2009–2011 Roma
2011– Internazionale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Claudio Ranieri, (born 20 October 1951 in Rome) is an Italian football manager, currently in charge as head coach of Internazionale.

He has also managed many other well-known clubs in Europe, including Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Juventus and Roma.


Early life

Ranieri attended St Catherine's secondary school in Wexford, Ireland while on a year long exchange program to learn English. During this time he excelled at hurling and was selected to represent Wexford at under-16 level. A pacy attacking wing back, he scored a total of 1-6 for Wexford during this period while helping them to a Leinster title at this grade. He has frequently spoken publicly of his fond memories of this victory and his desire to return at some stage to Ireland to manage a hurling team. Despite attempts by the Wexford county board to encourage him to continue his playing career in Ireland, Ranieri returned to his native Italy to pursue his career as a footballer at the age of 17.

Club career

Ranieri first signed as a professional football player with Roma, though in his two seasons with the club he only made six appearances; he also had a one-month loan spell with Siracusa. As a player, Ranieri played most of his career as a defender for Catanzaro (1974–1982), Catania (1982–1984), and Palermo (1984–1986). He was involved in four successful promotion campaigns (two with Catanzaro and one each with Catania and Palermo).

Managerial career

Campania, Cagliari

After amateur side Vigor Lamezia, his first managerial position was at Campania Puteolana, a small team in Pozzuoli. He took charge there in 1987. However, it was at Cagliari that he made his name, getting them promoted to Serie A from the third division Serie C1 in successive seasons.


He moved to coach at Napoli for two seasons. Despite finishing in fourth place in Serie A, he won no silverware. He did, however, introduce Gianfranco Zola to the first team to replace Diego Maradona.


He joined Fiorentina in 1993, gaining promotion from Serie B in his first season. He subsequently had success in Serie A, winning the Coppa Italia and SuperCoppa Italiana in 1996.

Valencia – First spell

In 1997, Ranieri moved to Spain to take over at Valencia.[1] He was the coach from 1997 to 1999 and guided Valencia to UEFA Champions League qualification and the Copa del Rey in 1999. After his first spell, Ranieri left a popular man and has been credited for putting Valencia on the track to subsequent success in the Champions League and La Liga.

He was responsible for the development of several youth players at the club, among them Gaizka Mendieta, Miguel Ángel Angulo, and Javier Farinós. Ranieri also signed some players who would become highly successful at the Mestalla, among them goalkeeper Santiago Cañizares.

Ranieri's first spell at Valencia is widely regarded[by whom?] as a precursor of what would later happen at Chelsea, since both clubs achieved success which was in part attributable to the input of Ranieri.

Atlético Madrid

Ranieri joined the club in 1999. During his time as manager at Atlético Madrid, the club went into administration and the team struggled on the pitch. Nearing the brink of relegation, Ranieri resigned before he could be sacked by the Atlético chairman Jesús Gil, who was well known for sacking managers.[2] Atlético would indeed go on to be relegated.


As head coach of Chelsea from 18 September 2000 to 31 May 2004, Ranieri worked hard to overcome the language barrier. When he arrived at the London club, he could speak only limited English; fortunately, the club had a few players who could speak Italian and Spanish and could help translate for him on the training pitch. Ranieri's first season consisted of inconsistent results, with Chelsea reaching sixth place and a UEFA Cup spot.

Ranieri had been instructed to reduce the average age of the squad, and worked to rebuild Chelsea in the summer of 2001, essentially creating a brand new midfield by signing Frank Lampard from West Ham United, Emmanuel Petit and Boudewijn Zenden from Barcelona, and Jesper Grønkjær from Ajax. He also signed defender William Gallas from Olympique Marseille, spending in total over £30 million. He was criticised, however, for both selling fan favourite Dennis Wise and the fact that Chelsea's league performance did not improve much on the previous season. They finished 6th once again but did reach the FA Cup Final, losing 2–0 to Arsenal.

During the 2002–03 season and throughout his Chelsea days Ranieri was accused of over-rotating his squad, picking up the nickname of "the Tinkerman" from the British media. Chelsea finished the season on a high, qualifying for the Champions League after beating Liverpool 2–1 on the last day of the season. Ranieri's achievement, coming after a close season where the club were in a difficult financial situation and the only arrival was Enrique de Lucas from Espanyol on a free transfer, was greatly appreciated by fans and the media alike. In addition, Ranieri succeeded in getting the best out of players like Samuele Dalla Bona and Mario Stanić and nurtured emerging talents in John Terry, Robert Huth, and Carlton Cole.

When Chelsea were taken over by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003, Ranieri was given a large transfer fund but also found his job under threat. Days after the takeover, Abramovich was spotted meeting with England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. Although the club denied Eriksson would be taking over at the time, these rumours would haunt Ranieri's season. Ranieri spent £120 million on players in the summer of 2003. These signings included Irish winger Damien Duff for a then club record £17 million, English youngsters Wayne Bridge, Joe Cole, and Glen Johnson, Argentine pair Juan Sebastián Verón and Hernán Crespo, Frenchman Claude Makélélé and Romanian star Adrian Mutu.

The heavy investment brought the best league placing for the club in 49 years, finishing runners-up in the Premier League to Arsenal, the first side in over a century to go an entire league season unbeaten. This position automatically qualified Chelsea for the Champions League. The club also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League; Chelsea knocked out Arsenal en route, although Ranieri's position was weakened by the semi-final loss to AS Monaco, a reverse the manager himself was blamed for due to several bizarre substitutions and tactical changes.[3] That season saw Chelsea break club records for the least number of goals conceded and highest number of points in a season.

Former English footballer and pundit David Platt used the example of Ranieri to illustrate his observation that "building a team that can win the title and actually steering this team to the title are two different matters entirely." On 31 May 2004, after almost a year of speculation, which included the club's well-publicized courting of Eriksson, he was finally relieved of his coaching duties at Chelsea, and his job went to José Mourinho, who had led Porto to successive European triumphs. In Ranieri's four seasons Chelsea improved their points total season on season. The core of the Chelsea team which won two Premier League titles under Mourinho, including John Terry, Petr Čech, Arjen Robben, William Gallas, Claude Makélélé, and Frank Lampard were all brought to Chelsea or nurtured by Ranieri.

Ranieri published in September 2004 a book named Proud Man Walking chronicling his last year at Chelsea. All proceeds went to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.[4]

Return to Valencia

On 8 June 2004, he returned for a second stint as coach of Valencia on a three-year contract.[5]

Ranieri took over after Rafael Benítez, the manager who had led Valencia to the UEFA Cup and La Liga double the previous season, resigned and then promptly joined Liverpool. Ranieri made a series of signings from Serie A, including Marco Di Vaio, Stefano Fiore, Bernardo Corradi, and Emiliano Moretti. After a bright start, in which the Mestalla outfit picked up 14 out of a possible 18 points and beat Porto to lift the UEFA Super Cup, Valencia went into a slump starting in October. They won only once in 7 games and were knocked out of the Champions League, partly thanks to a 5–1 defeat to Internazionale in which midfielder Miguel Angulo was sent off for spitting. After a brief revival, Valencia went another 6 games without a win beginning mid-January. Apart from the unpopularity of his four Italian signings Ranieri was criticised for not playing Argentine playmaker Pablo Aimar and for persistent changes to formations and tactics, something resembling his Chelsea days.

He was sacked on 25 February 2005 after Valencia were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Steaua Bucureşti.[6] Valencia were sixth in La Liga at the time of Ranieri's sacking.[7]

Quique Sánchez Flores was announced by Valencia in June 2005 to be Ranieri's long term successor. Prior to that Ranieri had picked up £3million from Valencia for the premature termination of his contract.


On 12 February 2007, one day after the 23rd Serie A matchday, Ranieri was announced as the new Parma head coach following the sacking of Stefano Pioli.[8] He lost his first game in charge against U.C. Sampdoria 1–0, but subsequently managed to make several impressive results to help Parma in the relegation battle, obtaining 17 points in 10 matches (to be compared to his predecessor's 15 points in 23 matches), including a 4–3 unexpected away win at Palermo which caused the rosanero to sack their coach Francesco Guidolin. The impressive results continued in the run up to the end of the season and Parma avoided relegation, ending the season with a 3–1 win over Empoli to finish at 12th position in the Serie A. The team started to hit some impressive goal-scoring form as well, seen in the 4–1 thrashing of Messina in early May.

After helping Parma escape from relegation, Ranieri was linked with several managing jobs, including Fulham,[9] Manchester City,[10] and Palermo.[11] On 16 May 2007, William Hill suspended betting on him becoming Manchester City manager following a flurry of betting activity.[12] On 31 May, Parma announced Ranieri would not be the club's head coach for the following season.[13]


On 4 June 2007, it was announced Ranieri would be taking over at Juventus. He signed a 3 year contract with the club.[14] The deal took effect on 1 July 2007.[15] Ranieri signed big names such as Vincenzo Iaquinta from Udinese and Zdeněk Grygera from Ajax. His first season as manager of Juventus was fairly successful, as he guided the team to a 3rd place finish just one season after they had been competing in the Serie B following the match-fixing scandal which rocked Italian football.[16]

In August 2008, Ranieri engaged in a war of words with new Internazionale manager José Mourinho, who had replaced him four years earlier at Chelsea.[17] He highlighted Inter as the strongest threat to Juventus in Serie A. After Juventus failed to register a win in seven matches during a two month period,[18] he was said to have been under real pressure to maintain his job as head coach with many supporters of the club publicly criticising the team and in particular Ranieri. Speculation ended when, after having an emergency board meeting on the 18 May 2009, the board sacked Ranieri after Inter were confirmed Champions. He was replaced by youth system chief Ciro Ferrara.[19] Juventus finished the season 2nd, one place better than the previous season.


On 1 September 2009, Ranieri was signed as the new manager of Roma on a two year contract, succeeding Luciano Spalletti, who had resigned that day after opening the 2009–10 season with two defeats.[20] Thus, Rome-born Ranieri became head coach of the football club which he had supported since childhood.

Under his guidance, Roma dramatically improved their performances and thrust themselves into the championship battle, reducing the gap between themselves and leaders Inter to only one point after Ranieri's team defeated Mourinho's Nerazzurri in Week 31. Roma then went on to win two more games consecutively and overtook Inter by Week 33, thanks to a 2–1 home win against Atalanta and Inter's 2–2 draw against Fiorentina. This left the Giallorossi on the top of the table with five games remaining. Roma then extended its unbeaten run to 23 games and also maintained first place in the league table by winning a heated derby against crosstown rivals Lazio. Ranieri was hailed by the press for substituting local heroes Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi during half-time, while Roma was losing 1–0; the Giallorossi then won the game 2–1 thanks to two second-half goals from Mirko Vučinić. However Roma would surrender their lead in Serie A and also lose the Coppa Italia final, in both cases to treble-winning Inter.

Ranieri resigned as manager on 20 February 2011 after a poor run of results. His final game in charge was a 4-3 defeat to Genoa, in which Roma surrendered a 3-0 lead.[21]


On 22 September 2011, Ranieri was named as the new manager of Internazionale taking the place of Gian Piero Gasperini who was dismissed for poor performances after just a couple of matches.[22] He signed a contract that will keep him with the club until 30 June 2013.[23]. The Nerazzurri managed to win 3-1 in Ranieri's debut against Bologna on 24 September; this was the first competitive win for the team in all tournaments since the beginning of the season, and was followed by a 3-2 Champions League win away to CSKA.

Managerial statistics

As of 19 November 2011

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Campania  Italy 1987 1988
Cagliari  Italy 1988 1991 72 23 30 19 31.94
Napoli  Italy 1991 1993 68 25 24 19 36.76
Fiorentina  Italy 1993 1997 140 56 50 34 40
Valencia  Spain 1997 1999 76 35 15 26 46.05
Atlético Madrid  Spain 1999 2000 38 9 11 18 23.68
Chelsea  England 18 September 2000 31 May 2004 199 107 46 46 53.76
Valencia  Spain 16 June 2004 25 February 2005 36 15 9 12 41.66
Parma  Italy 12 February 2007 31 May 2007 16 7 3 6 43.75
Juventus  Italy 1 July 2007 18 May 2009 92 45 30 17 48.91
Roma  Italy 1 September 2009 21 February 2011 56 32 13 11 57.14
Internazionale  Italy 22 September 2011 Present 10 6 1 3 60



Calcio Catania
U.S. Città di Palermo
  • Serie C1: 1984–85


Cagliari Calcio
  • Serie B: Promotion 1989–90
  • Serie C1: Promotion 1988–89
ACF Fiorentina
Valencia CF


  1. ^ "Valencia appoint Ranieri". BBC News. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Moore, Glenn (2004-04-21). "Ranieri's tinkering backfires as Chelsea bow to Monaco's 10 men". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Ranieri returns to popular acclaim but sidesteps Chelsea's Machiavellian world". The Independent (London). 12 October 2004. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  5. ^ CNN. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Coach Ranieri sacked by Valencia". BBC News. 25 February 2005. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Talbot, Simon (26 February 2005). "Ranieri sacked by Valencia". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Ranieri appointed coach of Parma
  9. ^ Ranieri lined up after Sven, KK snubs
  10. ^ Ranieri linked with City after quitting Parma
  11. ^ (Italian) Palermo, per il futuro spunta Ranieri: "Prima salvo il Parma, poi si vedrà"
  12. ^ Ranieri set for City role
  13. ^ "Parma announce Ranieri exit". Football Italia. 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  14. ^ "Ranieri appointed Juventus coach". London: BBC News. 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  15. ^ "Ranieri is the new Juventus coach". 2007-06-04. Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Ranieri raps Mourinhos style". The Sun (London). 7 August 2008. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Juventus dismiss manager Ranieri". BBC Sport (London). 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  20. ^ "Ranieri appointed new Roma coach". BBC Sport (London). 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  21. ^ "Claudio Ranieri resigns as coach of Serie A side Roma". BBC Sport. 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  22. ^ "Inter Milan's new manager Claudio Ranieri vows to bring success back to the club". Daily Telegraph. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  23. ^ "Claudio Ranieri confirmed as new Internazionale coach". Guardian. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 

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