Ranieri ends his 38-year coaching career, leaves Cagliari and football

2024-05-21 23:24:03 / SPORT ALFA PRESS

Ranieri ends his 38-year coaching career, leaves Cagliari and football
One of the greatest Italian coaches of recent decades, Claudio Ranieri announced on Tuesday his "retirement" from the bench, after a 38-year career with many teams.

The 72-year-old coach led Cagliari to stay in Serie A, completing a "mission" that until a few weeks ago seemed impossible, and announced that on Thursday he will sit on the bench for the last time, leading the Sardinian side in the last match against Fiorentina.

Ranieri had an unsuccessful spell in 2014 in charge of the Greek national team and left as a failure, having also lost to the Faroe Islands.

But two years later, in 2016, he won the Premier League with Leicester, the biggest surprise of recent years in world football. This title has been described as "the miracle of Leicester".

"I always thought I would win a title sooner or later. Everyone deifies me, but I want to remind you that I am the same person who was fired from Greece. I will stay at Leicester even if the president and I know there will be no repeat of this season. The only thing I can say is that we will all continue to believe and try, not only in football, but in every aspect of life", said the Italian about his experience at Leicester

He has also managed Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Parma, Juventus, Inter, Monaco, Roma, Sampdoria, where among others he has a Cup and a Supercup of Italy in 1996 with Fiorentina, but also a Cup of Spain in 1999 and a European Super Cup in 2004 with Valencia.

Claudio Ranieri's genesis as a coach
Football almost lost Claudio Ranieri before he started his coaching career. When he was part of amateur football in the south of Italy he was 38 years old, and almost gave up tired of the politics, dismissals and cynicism of this profession.

In fact, he didn't even want to become a coach. He had played in Serie A at Catanzaro, after failing to shine with his club of the heart, Roma.

"When I was at Catanzaro, all my friends, the oldest, went to attend the first training course and they asked me to go with them. I told them no, as I did not want to become a coach. However, after 2-3 years I thought and said: 'Why not?'.

I wanted to find out if I understood football. Everyone who watches football remembers that they understand this game. But this is a completely different profession. I told myself that if I don't reach Serie A within 5 years, I will give up," says Ranieri.

And he started from the bottom, in the geographical sense. Lamecia is a town with an amateur club in the south of Italy, near the bootlaces. Ranieri had an immediate impact.

The team was ranked first and there he faced the first dose of cynicism: "I was in the lead without losing a single game, but there was something strange that I didn't like. I don't want to tell you what, so I decided to leave."

The following year he went to Serie C at Puteolana, on the outskirts of Naples.

"The second year started more or less the same. I got a small team without players. In one match I didn't even have 11 players and we started with 10. But something strange happened and I was fired. There I thought that this profession is not for me.

I love coaching but there is a lot of politics in football and politics is not for me. But they fired two more coaches after me, changed owners and they called me to end the season.

The team had fallen, but the players had demanded: 'We want Ranieri again'. And from that moment Cagliari called from Serie C, to B and to A. What happened happened and I'm here today". declared Ranieri in an interview about his career a few years ago.