Antonio Conte Profile
|Born||Jul 31, 1969|
Inter Milan's manager had a decorated playing career, primarily with Juventus. Now a successful coach, Conte's challenge is to bring silverware back to Inter - who happen to be Juve's biggest rivals.
Antonio Conte is an Italian former soccer player and current manager. As a player, he is most famous for his spell at Juventus, the most successful club in the history of Serie A and one which he captained. He also enjoyed huge success with Juventus as a coach, but moved on to the Italy national team, then Chelsea and now Inter Milan - Juve's fierce rivals.
Conte played as a midfielder and moved to Juve after a short spell with hometown team Lecce. He also played for the Italy national team.
Prior to his stint as Juve manager, which was the first to see him recognised as one of football's best coaches worldwide, Conte managed Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena.
Conte and Juventus
Conte joined Juventus from Lecce as a player in 1991, having been signed by Giovanni Trapattoni. After winning the UEFA Cup in 1993, Conte and Juve enjoyed a tremendously successful 1994/95, winning both Serie A and the Coppa Italia.
In 1996, Marcello Lippi made Conte the new Juve captain. Alessandro Del Piero was later promoted to the role, but Conte won the captaincy back due to Del Piero's injury in 1998/99 and went on to keep it.
Conte won the 1996 UEFA Champions League title with Juventus as they beat defending champions AFC Ajax on penalties after a 1-1 draw. He went on to win more Serie A titles in 1996/97, 1997/98, 2001/02 and 2002/03. He remained with Juventus until retiring in 2004, after making 418 appearances, and scoring 43 goals, in all competitions.
Conte returned to Juventus as head coach in 2011 and guided the club back to the summit of Italian soccer. He won Serie A titles in 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14. Prior to his arrival, Juventus were still in a rebuilding process after having been forced into Serie B as a result of the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal. After he left Juventus in 2014, the club's success continued under future head coaches.
During this time, he served a four-month touchline ban for alleged failure to report match-fixing attempts during his time as head coach of Siena.
Conte stepped down from his role at Juve on the second day of pre-season amid rumours of discontent over a perceived lack of transfer funds. A month later, he was appointed head coach of the Italy national team.
During his first season at Inter, in 2019/20, he lost the Serie A title race to his former employers.
Taking a bold move to Inter
After Conte's time at Chelsea concluded, he will have endangered his legendary status at Juventus by being unveiled as manager of perhaps their bitterest rivals, Inter Milan.
Conte's job since has been to try and overhaul his former club in the Serie A standings alongside trying to bring European success back to San Siro.
His first season saw Conte and Inter unable to close down Juventus in the title race as Juve claimed their ninth consecutive Serie A title.
Inter did make it all the way to the Europa League final in 2020, however, but lost out to a Sevilla side that claimed their sixth Europa League title in just 15 years.
Conte at Chelsea
In 2016, Conte was announced as the new head coach of Chelsea. In the 2015/16 season, the Blues had struggled, finishing 10th despite being defending champions. Conte was brought in to restore the glory days which the West London club had experienced under Jose Mourinho.
The 2016/17 season got off to a mixed start. Chelsea enjoyed some positive results but then lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool and 3-0 to Arsenal. Conte reverted to a 3-4-3 formation and it proved a masterstroke.
Chelsea set a then-record of 13 straight Premier League victories and steamrolled to the title with 93 points. Along the way, Conte was criticised for over-celebrating the Blues' 4-0 win over Manchester United by former Chelsea boss and then-Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho.
The 2017/18 season was not as successful for Chelsea. Going into the new campaign, the Blues replaced Diego Costa, who had fallen out with Conte, with Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard struggled to settle in. Much to the annoyance of Conte, Nemanja Matic was allowed to leave for Manchester United.
Chelsea finished in a disappointing fifth place in the Premier League. However, they won the FA Cup beating Manchester United in the final.
Conte was sacked ahead of the 2018/19 season and replaced him with compatriot Maurizio Sarri. A legal battle ensued, which saw Conte succeed in his efforts to pursue a case of unfair dismissal against Chelsea.
It cost a reported £26.6million for Chelsea to pay off Conte and his staff.
Coaching his country
Following a disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign under Cesare Prandelli, which saw the Azzurri eliminated in the group stage, Conte led them to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, beating Belgium 2-0 along the way.
Italy were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Germany on penalties, but by then, Conte had already agreed to join Chelsea by the end of the tournament.
Antonio Conte married his long-term girlfriend, Elisabetta, in 2013 after 15 years together. The pair have a daughter - Vittoria. Conte is a Catholic.
Conte was reportedly mocked in the 2020 UEFA Europa League final by Sevilla's Ever Banega for his hair transplant, which appeared to deeply anger him. Sevilla beat Conte's Inter Milan 3-2 in the match.
Reported net worth
After earning a reported £6.5million per season during his time at Chelsea, Conte was worth an estimated £10million after his sacking, according to the Daily Express.