San Siro welcomes new boss.
– Born in October 1951 in Rome, he began his football career as a defender with AS Roma, Catanzaro and Catania (five years in Serie A).
– His first coaching job was with amateur side Vigor Lamezia in 1985.
– The Italian began his managerial career with Campania before guiding Cagliari from the third division into Serie A between 1989 and 1991.
– His next move was to Napoli where he was unable to bring success.
– Ranieri was then appointed Fiorentina manager and led the club into Serie A in 1994, tasting Italian Cup and Super Cup glory in 1996.
– Ranieri moved to Spain with Valencia, adding the 1999 Spanish Cup to his honours list.
– He left to take on the onerous task of managing Atletico Madrid in mid-1999. His tenure at the troubled club was short.
– Ranieri replaced Gianluca Vialli at Chelsea in Sept. 2000. Despite his sometimes comical English, Ranieri guided Chelsea into sixth place in the league in his first season, helping them to qualify for the UEFA Cup.
– After Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich took over in July 2003, Ranieri endured constant speculation over his future. He managed Chelsea to second in the league and to the Champions League semi-finals where they were beaten by Monaco. He was sacked in May 2004.
– He replaced Didier Deschamps in June 2007 after Juve had returned to Serie A following their demotion for match-fixing.
– A third-placed finish in their first season back was widely praised and the second campaign started well with home and away wins over Real Madrid in the Champions League. Performances dropped late in the campaign and he was replaced by Ciro Ferrara in May with a Champions League place at risk.
– He took over from Luciano Spalletti early in the 2009/10 season with the club struggling and he led them on a stunning run which culminated with a runners-up spot in Serie A and the Italian Cup. They almost pipped Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan to the Scudetto but for one home loss to Sampdoria.
– Last season was always going to be tough in comparison, with the indebted club in the process of being sold, and a series of poor results led to his resignation in February.
– Ranieri’s training sessions are known to be tough, while his style of play demands fitness and a strong work ethic.
– His public persona is that of the classic Italian “Mister”, the strict tactician who demands total respect, but off duty he is charming and gregarious and is widely respected within the Italian game.