Antonio Conte

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This article is about the footballer. For the fencer, see Antonio Conte (fencer).


Antonio Conte
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Conte with Juventus in 2012
Personal information
Full nameAntonio Conte
Date of birth(1969-07-31) 31 July 1969 (age 44)
Place of birthLecce, Italy
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current team
Juventus (Manager)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps†(Gls)†
1985–1991Lecce89(1)
1991–2004Juventus419(44)
Total508(45)
National team
1993–2001Italy20(2)
Teams managed
2006Arezzo
2007Arezzo
2007–2009Bari
2009–2010Atalanta
2010–2011Siena
2011–Juventus
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).
Antonio Conte (born 31 July 1969) is an Italian football manager and former footballer. He is the current manager of the Italian team Juventus.

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        Playing career

        Conte began to play football in his hometown, within the U.S. Lecce youth team, before making his Serie A debut with the first squad in 1985. He was signed by Juventus in 1991 (debuting 17 November 1991 vs. Torino), being later made captain before the promotion of Alessandro Del Piero to this role. During the 1998–1999 season when Del Piero suffered a severe knee injury, Conte returned to the captaincy and led Juventus to the UEFA Champions League semifinals. He maintained the captaincy till the 2001–02 season.

        Conte became one of the most decorated and influential players of Juventus history. He played for the Italian national team and was a participant at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 UEFA European Championship. He has won all possible top tier titles at club level but has only managed a runners-up medal for the World Cup and Euro Cup. In the 2002–2003 season, Conte was part of the Juventus team that reached the UEFA Champions League final only to lose on penalties to AC Milan, with Conte himself coming closest to winning the game for Juventus in normal time when he smashed a header off the crossbar early in the second half.

        Coaching career

        Arezzo

        After having retired as a footballer, Conte worked as an assistant manager for Siena alongside Luigi De Canio in the 2005–06 season. In July 2006 he was appointed coach of Serie B side Arezzo; however, after a series of disappointing results, he was sacked on 31 October 2006.

        On 13 March 2007 he was reinstated to the Arezzo head coaching position, as his predecessor failed to gain any significant improvement. In his second time at Arezzo he led the team to five consecutive wins in a row, and 19 points in 7 matches, which allowed the Tuscan side to fill the gap from the last safe spot; his team however did not manage to avoid relegation, and Arezzo dropped into Serie C1 on the final matchday, only one point behind Spezia.

        Bari

        On 27 December 2007 he was appointed by Bari to replace Giuseppe Materazzi for the second half of their Serie B 2007–08 campaign. He did very well, turning Bari's 2007–08 season around from relegation-threatened to a comfortable midtable position. In the following season, 2008–09, Bari were crowned Serie B champions, being promoted to Serie A for the 2009–10 season.

        On June 2009, after weeks of rumours linking Conte to the vacant managerial role at Juventus, he agreed in principle for a contract extension to keep him at Bari for the new season; however, on 23 June Bari announced to have rescinded the contract with Antonio Conte by mutual consent.

        After Claudio Ranieri was sacked of Juventus, Conte was named as one of the candidates to become the new coach. However, the "bianconeri" hired Ciro Ferrara as the first team manager, instead. Conte had stated shortly prior that he would like to be the Juventus coach in the future, because he thought he was ready to assume the work.

        Atalanta

        On 21 September 2009 Atalanta appointed him to replace Angelo Gregucci. After a good start at the helm of the orobici, Atalanta under Conte's reign began struggling by November, leading to protests from local supporters and troubles between Conte himself and the organized ultras of the club.

        On 6 January 2010, Conte was repeatedly confronted by Atalanta fans during a home game against Napoli which ended in a 0–2 loss for the nerazzurri; the matchday ended with a police intervention to avoid altercation between Conte and the Atalanta ultras. The next day, Conte tended his resignations to the club, leaving them in 19th place.

        Siena

        On 9 May 2010 he was announced as new head coach of Siena, with the aim to bring the Tuscan side back to the top flight after relegation to the 2010–11 Serie B. Conte successfully led Siena to promotion for the 2011–12 Serie A season.

        Juventus

        On 22 May 2011 Juventus sporting director, Giuseppe Marotta, announced that Juventus had appointed Conte as their new head coach replacing Luigi Delneri. It was expected that Conte will lead Juventus to their return on top of the Italian and European football scene.

        On 6 May 2012, Conte led Juventus to its 30th scudetto with one round to spare by beating Cagliari 2–0. After beating Atalanta 3–1, Juventus finished the league unbeaten, the first team to do so since Serie A expanded to 20 teams and 38 rounds. Juventus lost the Coppa Italia final to Napoli 2–0 therefore failing to finish an entire Italian season unbeaten.

        In spite of the numerous draws conceded by the Bianconeri, Conte won critical acclaim as Juventus manager and earned comparisons with José Mourinho, primarily due to his obsession with tactics, his winning mentality and ability to bond together his players. However, unlike the cautious Portuguese, Conte favours an attacking, midfield-heavy brand of football, with a 3–5–2 and to a lesser extent 4-3-3 being his most frequently used formations.

        In his first 10 months on the Juventus bench, Conte, a former fan favourite as a midfielder for the club, had already reached a number of landmarks. On 17 March 2012, following a 5–0 win over rivals Fiorentina, he equalled Fabio Capello's run of 28 unbeaten games between November 2005 and May 2006. On 20 March 2012, he became the first coach to lead Juventus to a Coppa Italia final since Marcello Lippi in the 2004 Coppa Italia Final. On 25 March, following a 2–0 success at the Juventus Stadium he became the first coach to win both legs of the Derby d'Italia against rivals Internazionale since Fabio Capello in 2005–06. In November 2012, Conte was awarded the Trofeo Maestrelli, which is awarded to the three best Italian coaches in the professional league, the youth levels and outside Italy respectively.

        Conte's Juventus won the 2012/13 Serie A with relative ease. They accumulated 87 points, three more than the previous season where they also won the title, nine more than second placed Napoli and 15 more than third placed Milan. Despite their dominance, Juventus' top goalscorers in the league where Vidal and Vucinic, both with just ten goals, meaning they were the equal 23rd in the goalscorers charts. This showed both the lack of a quality front line but also Conte's ability to make all players on the park potential goalscorers. In his first Champions League campaign, Juventus were knocked out by Bayern in the quarter finals, losing 4-0 on aggregate. Bayern went on to win the competition.

        Accusation in 2011 betting scandal

        Prior to Euro 2012, Conte was accused of failure to report attempted match-fixing during his time as manager of Siena by ex-Siena player Filippo Carobbio, connected with the betting scandal of 2011-12. Carobbio, after himself being charged with extensive involvement in the scandal, claimed that at halftime of a match between Siena and Novara, the Siena owner, Massimo Mezzaroma, sent a messenger into his players' dressing room to request that they deliberately lose the match in order to help Mezzaroma turn a large profit on a bet he had made. Siena, including Carobbio, instead went on to win the match 5-0, but the later accusation entailed a failure on the part of Conte to report the attempted fraud to the appropriate authorities - a violation of the sporting code of justice.

        Conte's lawyers, along with Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, strenuously denied these accusations. Conte maintained that he had no knowledge of any attempts to fix the matches in which he was involved. The 23 other Siena players besides Carobbio from the season in question all supported Conte's declaration of innocence and stated that no such match-fixing attempt occurred with Conte's knowledge. No further evidence against Conte was ever produced aside from the word of Carobbio.

        Conte took the advice of his lawyers to take a plea bargain of three months ban, under Article 23 of Italian law without admission of guilt. On 1 August 2012, this plea bargain was rejected. On 10 August FIGC announced his sentence as a suspension from football for the next 10 months, for failing to report match-fixing in Novara-Siena and AlbinoLeffe-Siena. Conte again maintained his innocence and appealed the verdict.

        On 22 August 2012, the Federal Court of Justice dropped the accusation about Novara-Siena. Federal Court member Pietro Sandulli commented that "...it seemed illogical that such a senior and experienced coach would say in the locker room 'we're drawing this one' in front of 25 players". However, the court confirmed the 10 months ban for AlbinoLeffe-Siena.[citation needed] The verdict was motivated by Christian Stellini's acceptance of a plea bargain and because the court deemed it "unlikely" that Conte could not have known about Stellini's moves. On 23 August 2012, Juventus announced an appeal to Italy's sports arbitration panel against this new ban. Following this appeal, Conte's touchline ban was reduced to four months.

        Juventus' management and players dedicated their Supercoppa Italiana win to Conte.

        Career statistics

        International goals

        #DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
        1.

        27 March 1999
        Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark Denmark1–2WinUEFA EURO 2000 Qual.
        2.

        11 June 2000
        GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands Turkey1–2WinUEFA Euro 2000

        Managerial statistics

        As of 18 May 2014.

        TeamNatFromToRecord
        GWDLWin %
        ArezzoItalyJuly 200631 October 2006700112000000000000012700030000000000000037000500000000000000570004000000000000004700125000000000000025.00
        ArezzoItaly13 March 2007June 2007700114000000000000014700060000000000000067000400000000000000470004000000000000004700142860000000000042.86
        BariItaly27 December 200723 June 2009700167000000000000067700132000000000000032700120000000000000020700115000000000000015700147760000000000047.76
        AtalantaItaly21 September 20097 January 2010700114000000000000014700030000000000000037000400000000000000470007000000000000007700121430000000000021.43
        SienaItaly1 July 201021 May 201170014400000000000004470012200000000000002270011400000000000001470008000000000000008700150000000000000050.00
        JuventusItaly22 May 2011Present70021510000000000001517002102000000000000102700134000000000000034700115000000000000015700167550000000000067.55
        Total70023020000000000003027002168000000000000168700181000000000000081700153000000000000053700155630000000000055.63

        Honours

        Player

        Juventus

        • Serie A (5): 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03
        • Coppa Italia (1): 1994–95
        • Supercoppa Italiana (4): 1995, 1997,2002, 2003
        • UEFA Champions League (1): 1995–96
        • UEFA Cup (1): 1992–93
        • UEFA Super Cup (1): 1996
        • UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 1999
        • Intercontinental Cup (1): 1996



        Italy

        • UEFA European Championship: Euro 2000 (Runner-up)
        • FIFA World Cup: 1994 (Runner-up)

        Managerial

        Bari

        • Serie B (1): 2008–09



        Siena

        • Serie B: 2010–11 (Runner-up)



        Juventus

        • Serie A (3): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
        • Coppa Italia: 2011–12 (Runner-up)
        • Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2012, 2013

        Individual

        • Albo Panchina d'Argento (1): 2008–09
        • Albo Panchina d'Oro (2): 2011–12, 2012–13
        • Serie A Manager of the Year (2): 2011–12, 2012–13
        • Trofeo Tommaso Maestrelli for the Best Italian Manager (1): 2011–12
        • Premio Nicola Ceravolo (1): 2013
        • Premio Viareggio Sport Gherardo Gioè (1): 2013
        • Globe Soccer Award for the Best Coach of the Year (1): 2013

        Personal life

        Conte lives in Turin with his wife Elisabetta and daughter Vittoria. Conte has expressed his gratitude to his family for their support during the Siena match-fixing investigations: "I have a great woman by my side, one who always tries to understand me. As for my daughter, she is the other woman in my life. She is beginning to understand that her dad gets nervous when he does not win (a match)".

        Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Conte )
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