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Claudio Ranieri was born on October 20, 1951 in the town of San Saba located in Italy. He started his playing career as an Italian football player but most of his popularity came from his time as the manager of football club Leicester City. He was also the coach of popular and famous clubs Chelsea, Juventus and Roma. Those strong teams show how talented Claudio was a coach. Football is extremely popular in major parts of Europe. If a player or coach does not perform well, they will get released or traded from the team without much leeway. Claudio was respected enough by high profile teams that he never found himself out of a job for a lengthy period of time. The owners of top clubs trusted him to lead their teams to victory.
Claudio spent most of the early days of his life in the town of Formello. Like many young boys growing up in Italy, Claudio’s focus quickly shifted to football. Italy has always been a top country when it comes to producing excellent football players. The country regular qualifies for the World Cup which is limited to only a selected number of teams. They have even won the whole World Cup tournament, a feat that not many countries can claim. It was natural for Claudio to fall in love with the sport that was beloved by his country.
Claudio started his football career by playing for the football club, Roma. After his stint with Roma, he played for a club called Siracusa. In 1974, he decided to leave Siracusa and join the club called Cantazaro. His time with Cantazaro would be his first long tenure as he played for them for eight years before departing in 1982. Those eight years were very valuable to Claudio on two fronts. The first benefit was gaining experience as a player and teammate. He was able to learn the tendencies of his teammates which led to greater team chemistry on and off the field. Another benefit of the long tenure was being able to observe the operations of a football club. Claudio was able to analyze how the top player was treated in comparison to the lower level players. Claudio was able to see how the general manager dealt with finances and transactions. Everything Claudio learned during those eight years with Cantazaro would come in handy when he transitioned from being a football player to a football coach.
Cantazaro loved having Claudio as a member of their club because he was considered to be an excellent player among his peers. There wasn’t a bitter divorce when he left the team, it was just time for Claudio to move on. Claudio joined Catania after leaving Cantazaro. He only had a short stint there compared to his previous time with Cantazaro. After two years, Claudio moved again to another club. He linked up with the club, Palermo in 1984. His time with them only lasted two years, ending with his retirement as a player in 1986. After a decade of playing football, Claudio decided it was time to retire from the field. He may have not earned any top individual accolades but he was fulfilled enough as a player to walk away from the sport.
Claudio’s absence from the sport of football did not last long. Although he no longer was competing as a player, Claudio still had an itch for the sport he loved. He decided to become the manager of the club, Campania Puteolana in 1987. His first coaching job did not last long as he left after only one year. He went on to manage another club called Cagliari in 1988. His time with his second team was marked with success. He started to get recognized for his coaching abilities. His tactics and coaching strategies helped his club win many games. He enjoyed three good years with Cagliari before leaving for Napoli in 1991. His tenure with his third team was uneventful. After not being able to lead the club to success, Claudio was fired in 1993.
Claudio did not take long to get back on his feet. He would reinvent himself as a manager when he joined the club, Fiorentina. It took Claudio only three years to turn the club into a winning team. He led his club to a huge accomplishment when the won the Supercoppa Italiana in 1996. It was Claudio’s first major championship and the beginning of a period where he would start to receive praise for being an elite coach. The championship run did not stop there as the club also won the Coppa Italia title in the same year. After his successful run with Fiorentina, he went on to join the club, Valencia in 1997. He would continue his championship ways with Valencia by winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1998. After only one year with Valencia, Claudio went on to join Atletico Madrid in 1999. It would be another short stint as he left Atletico Madrid to join Chelsea in 2000.
Chelsea was the first major elite club that Claudio would coach. His four years with Chelsea was considered to be average as the team did not accomplish any major goals. Claudio said he mainly tried to focus on team building. He decided to return to his former club Valencia in 2004. His second stint with Valencia would last longer than the first time around. After three years, he went on to join Parma in 2007. His time with Parma was one of his shortest coaching jobs as he left only after a few months to join Juventus. After Juventus, he managed a number of small teams before finally landing with his current club, Leicester City.
Claudio is married to a woman named Rosanna Ranieri. The two like to keep the details of their home life very private. There is not much public information available on their children or finances. Claudio prefers that the only things published about his life are his accomplishments in the sport of football.
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