Giovanni Trapattoni played with teams such as AC Milan and Italy and when he moved into the field of club management he enjoyed remarkable success with four of the world's top teams like AC Milan, Juventus, Inter-Milan, and Bayern Munich.
He was a defender and with AC Milan he won two Italian Championship titles, one Italian Cup, two European Cups, one Cup-Winners' Cup, and one Intercontinental Super Cup. He played for Italy in 17 top-flight international matches and scored his only goal when he claimed the winner in a 1-0 success over Austria in Vienna in 1963.
He began his management career with AC Milan's youth squad and then he took over as manager of the Series A team for six matches in 1973/74. Between the seasons 1976-'77 to 1985-'86 he led Juventus to six Italian Championships, two Italian Cups, one European Cup, one Cup-Winners' Cup, one UEFA Cup, one European Super Cup, and one Intercontinental Super Cup.
Trapattoni moved on to Inter-Milan from 1986-'87 to 1990-'91 and he led them to one Championship title and a win in the UEFA Cup. Back with Juventus for the next three seasons, he helped them win the UEFA Cup in 1993. In 1994 he was recruited by Bayern Munich. He spent three seasons with the biggest club in Germany which saw him win one German Championship, one German Cup title, and one German Super Cup.
His unbroken run of victories was momentarily interrupted when he took charge of Cagliari for 21 games in the 1995-'96 season. After a short break from football, he returned in 1988 and took charge of Fiorentina for the next two seasons, leading them into the Champions League competition.
He was then appointed national coach to Italy's international team on the 6th of July 2000, and he helped them qualify for the World Cup finals in South Korea/Japan in 2002 and for the finals of the 2004 European Championship in Portugal.
He was then recruited by SL Benfica and immediately he stepped down as national coach to Italy and he led them to their first Portugal Championship title in eleven years.
He would manage VFB Stuttgart and Salzburg before taking over Ireland in 2008 and he would lead the boys in green to their first major tournament in 10 years when they qualified for UEFA Euro 2012.
He hasn’t managed since leaving that role in 2013 but he is often described as the most successful coach in world football.