Antonio Conte (Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔːnjo ˈkonte];
born 31 July 1969) is an Italian professional football manager and
former player. He is currently the head coach of
Premier League club
Playing as a midfielder, Conte began his career at local club Lecce
and later became one of the most decorated and influential players in
the history of Juventus. He captained the team and won the UEFA
Champions League, as well as five
Serie A titles, among other
honours. He also played for the
Italy national team and was a
participant at the 1994
FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup and
Euro 2000, where, on
Italy finished runners-up.
His managerial career started in 2006, leading Bari to the 2008–09
Serie B title, and Siena to promotion from the same division two years
later. He then took over at Juventus in 2011, where he implemented a
3–5–2 formation and won three consecutive
Serie A titles, before
taking charge of the Italian national team in 2014 until the
2016 campaign. He became the current manager of Chelsea in April 2016
and led them to the
Premier League title in his first season in
1 Club career
2 International career
3 Style of play
4 Coaching career
Italy national team
5 Style of management
7 Personal life
8 Career statistics
8.1.1 International goals
11 External links
Conte began his career with the youth team of his hometown club Lecce
and made his
Serie A debut with the first team on 6 April 1986, aged
16, in a 1–1 draw against Pisa. Under manager Carlo Mazzone, he
became a fundamental player for the squad. In 1987, he fractured his
tibia, running the risk of a career-ending injury. However, during the
1988–89 season, he was back in the pitch, and scored his first Serie
A goal on 11 November 1989 in 3–2 loss to Napoli. He amassed a total
of 99 appearances and 1 goal for Lecce.
Conte was signed by Juventus manager
Giovanni Trapattoni in 1991,
debuting on 17 November 1991 against cross-city rivals Torino. Due
to his consistent performances, work-rate, leadership and tenacious
playing style, he became an important figure with the club's fans, and
was later named the team's captain under
Marcello Lippi in 1996,
following the departure of the club's previous captain Gianluca
Vialli, and before the promotion of
Alessandro Del Piero
Alessandro Del Piero to the role.
During the 1998–99 season, when Del Piero suffered a severe knee
injury, Conte returned to the captaincy, a position which he
maintained until the 2001–02 season. Conte won five
Serie A titles
with Juventus, the 1994–95 Coppa Italia, the
1992–93 UEFA Cup and
UEFA Champions League, as well as four Supercoppa
Italiana titles, the 1996
UEFA Super Cup, the 1996 Intercontinental
Cup (which he missed due to injury) and the 1999
UEFA Intertoto Cup,
winning all possible top tier club titles, aside from the
Along with his team, Conte also finished as runner-up in the Champions
League on three other occasions, as Juventus lost the Champions League
finals of 1997, 1998 and 2003. In the latter final, against Milan, he
came on as a substitute in the second half and produced Juventus' best
chance of the match, hitting the crossbar with a header, although
Juventus eventually lost the match on penalties following a 0–0 draw
after extra time. Conte also finished runner-up in the 1995 UEFA
Cup Final with the club. He remained with the Turin-based club until
his retirement in 2004. During his 13 seasons with Juventus, he made a
total of 295 appearances and 29 goals in Serie A, and 418 appearances
and 43 goals in all competitions.
Conte's jersey from the 1994
FIFA World Cup, in which
Conte also played for the
Italy national team, making his debut on 27
May 1994, in a 2–0 friendly win over Finland at age 24, under Arrigo
Sacchi. He was a member of the Italian squads for both the 1994 FIFA
World Cup under Sacchi, and
UEFA Euro 2000
UEFA Euro 2000 under Dino Zoff, achieving
runners-up medals in both tournaments. However, he missed out on the
Euro 1996 squad after sustaining an injury in the 1996 Champions
League final. Conte scored a bicycle kick in Italy's opening
Euro 2000, which ended in a 2–1 win against Turkey,
although he later suffered an injury in a 2–0 win against Romania in
the quarter-finals of the competition, following a challenge from
Gheorghe Hagi, which ruled him out for the remainder of the
competition. In total, he made 20 international appearances for
Italy between 1994 and 2000, scoring twice.
Style of play
Considered to be one of the most important Italian midfielders of his
generation, Conte was regarded as a quick, combative, energetic, and
tactically versatile footballer throughout his career who could play
anywhere in midfield but was usually deployed as a central,
box-to-box, or defensive midfielder, and occasionally on the right
flank, due to his crossing ability. Although he was not the
most naturally talented or skilful footballer from a technical
standpoint (although he was able to improve in this area with time),
Conte was a hard-working, consistent and intelligent player, with an
innate ability to read the game, who was mainly known for his
leadership, strong mentality, accurate tackling, stamina, and vision;
these attributes, coupled with his solid first touch, work-rate,
tenacity, and a tendency to make offensive runs into the area, enabled
him to aid his team effectively both defensively and offensively, and
gave him the ability to distribute the ball and start attacking moves
after retrieving possession, as well as the capacity to turn defence
into an attack. Due to his ball-striking from distance and
ability to get forward, he also scored some spectacular and decisive
goals, often from volleys and strikes from outside the area. He was
also considered to be physically strong, good in the air and accurate
with his head, despite not being particularly tall. Despite his
ability as a footballer, his career was often affected by
Conte in 2005
After retiring from playing, Conte worked as an assistant manager for
Luigi De Canio
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, Conte was reinstated as Arezzo head coach as his
predecessor failed to gain any significant improvement with the club
mired in a relegation struggle. He subsequently led the team to five
consecutive wins, securing 19 points from 7 matches, which allowed the
Tuscan side to close the points gap between them and safety. In spite
of this turnaround in form, Arezzo was relegated to
Serie C1 on the
final day of the league season, finishing one point behind Spezia.
On 27 December 2007, Conte was appointed by Bari to replace Giuseppe
Materazzi for the second half of their 2007–08
Serie B campaign.
He oversaw a considerable upturn in form, leading the team out of the
relegation battle and placing them comfortably mid-table. The
following season, 2008–09, Bari were crowned
Serie B champions,
being promoted to
Serie A for the 2009–10 season, Conte's first
major honour as a manager.
In 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 they had rescinded the contract with Conte by mutual
Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Juventus, Conte was again reported
to be a potential replacement. Shortly prior to Ranieri's
termination, Conte had made public his ambition to be Juventus coach
at some stage and was confident he was ready for the demands of the
role. Again, Juventus declined to hire their former midfielder and
Ciro Ferrara instead.
Conte managing Atalanta in a
Serie A match
On 21 September 2009, Conte replaced
Angelo Gregucci as manager of
Atalanta. Despite a good start at the helm of the Orobici, the
club found itself struggling by November, leading to protests from
local supporters and friction between Conte and the club's ultra
On 6 January 2010, Conte was repeatedly confronted by Atalanta fans
during a home game against Napoli which ended in a 0–2 defeat for
the Nerazzurri. The match ended with Conte receiving police protection
to avoid an altercation with the Atalanta ultras. The next day,
Conte tended his resignation to the club, leaving them in 19th
On 9 May 2010, Conte was announced as new head coach of Siena, with
the aim of leading the Tuscan side back to the top flight after
relegation to the 2010–11 Serie B. Conte successfully secured
promotion for Siena, which would be competing in the 2011–12 Serie A
Conte with Juventus in 2012
On 22 May 2011, Juventus sporting director
Giuseppe Marotta announced
Juventus had appointed Conte as its new head coach, replacing Luigi
Delneri. Conte arrived amid high expectations that he, a former fan
favourite as a midfielder for the club, would lead them back to the
summit of the Italian and European game.
His first ten months as manager saw the club reach a number of
landmarks such as, following a 5–0 win over rivals Fiorentina,
equalling Fabio Capello's run of 28 unbeaten matches between November
2005 and May 2006. On 20 March 2012, Conte 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 victory at the
Juventus Stadium, he became the first coach to complete the league
double in the
Derby d'Italia against rivals Internazionale since
Capello in 2005–06. In November 2012, Conte was awarded the Trofeo
Maestrelli, an award honouring the three best Italian coaches working
in the professional league, the country's youth coaching system and
outside Italy, respectively. Despite drawing a large number of
matches during the season, on 6 May 2012 Conte led Juventus to their
28th league title with one match remaining 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.
Conte's innovative 3–5–2 formation, which featured wingbacks and
two box-to-box midfielders in a three-man midfield, gave more creative
freedom to the newly acquired deep-lying playmaker Andrea Pirlo, who
was key to the club's success that season. The club's
strong and highly organised three-man back-line, which was
predominantly composed of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, and
Andrea Barzagli, was regarded to have played a large part in the title
triumph, and only conceded 20 goals, finishing the league with the
best defence in Italy. However, Juventus lost the 2012 Coppa
Italia final to Napoli 2–0, their only defeat in domestic
competitions that season.
Conte's Juventus won the 2012–13
Serie A title as they accumulated
87 points, three more than the previous season, nine more than
second-placed Napoli and 15 more than third-placed Milan. Despite
their dominance, Juventus' top goalscorers in the league were
Arturo Vidal and forward Mirko Vučinić, both with just
ten goals, making them joint 23rd in the goal-scoring chart. In his
first Champions League campaign, Juventus was eliminated by eventual
winners Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, losing 4–0 on
aggregate. After winning a second consecutive
Supercoppa Italiana in
2013, Juventus won their third consecutive
Serie A title under Conte
during the 2013–14 season, winning the league with a
Serie A record
of 102 points. This was also the club's 30th league title.
However, Juventus continued to disappoint in Europe and were
eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League that season,
although they subsequently managed to reach the semi-finals of the
UEFA Europa League. On 15 July 2014, Conte resigned as manager.
During his three seasons as Juventus manager, he won the Panchina
d'Oro for each one, for best
Serie A coach of the season.
Italy national team
Conte in his technical area managing
Italy against Azerbaijan, the
match in which
UEFA Euro 2016
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification was achieved
On 14 August 2014, following
Italy national team manager Cesare
Prandelli's resignation, the
Italian Football Federation
Italian Football Federation (FIGC)
announced to have agreed a two-year deal with Conte as new head coach
of the national team until
Euro 2016. With the national side,
Conte continued to field formations which he had employed during his
successful spell with Juventus, varying between the 3–5–2,
4–3–3, 4–2–4 and 3–3–4, the choice that ultimately
replaced Prandelli's 4–3–1–2 midfield diamond formation.
His first match as
Italy manager was a 2–0 win over Netherlands,
Ciro Immobile and
Daniele De Rossi
Daniele De Rossi scored the goals for
Gli Azzurri. Conte won his first competitive match on 9 September
2014, defeating Norway 2–0 in their opening
Euro 2016 qualifying
match in Oslo, with goals by
Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci. This
was the first time
Italy had managed to defeat the Norwegians in
Norway since 1937.
After ten matches as
Italy manager, Conte suffered his first defeat on
16 June 2015, in a 1–0 international friendly loss against
Portugal. He sealed
Euro 2016 qualification for
Italy on 10
October 2015, as
Italy defeated Azerbaijan 3–1 in Baku. The result
Italy had managed to go 50 matches unbeaten in European
On 15 March 2016, the FIGC confirmed Conte would step down as manager
Euro 2016. Although many fans and members of the media were
initially critical of Conte's tactics and the level of the Italian
squad chosen for the competition,
Italy opened the tournament with
a promising 2–0 victory over the number-one ranked European team
Belgium on 13 June. Following the win, Conte drew praise from the
media for the team's unity, defensive strength, and for his tactical
approach to the match, which impeded Belgium from creating many
goalscoring opportunities. Conte led
Italy out of the group to
the Round of 16 with one match to spare on 17 June after a 1–0
victory against Sweden.
Italy had not won the second group match in a
major international tournament since
Euro 2000, in which Conte had
coincidentally appeared as a player. Conte also led
Italy to the
top of the group, the first time in a major tournament since the 2006
World Cup. After the 2–0 round of 16 win over Spain, Conte's
Italy then faced off against rivals Germany in the quarter-final,
which ended 1–1 after extra time and 6–5 in favour of Germany
after the resulting penalty shoot-out, ending his time as Italy
manager. Speaking after the match, Conte said, "[T]he decision to
leave the national team after two years was taken early," and that the
reason for leaving was because he "wanted to return to the cut and
thrust of club football".
Conte (arms raised) at an open Chelsea training session, five days
before his first
Premier League match
On 4 April 2016, it was confirmed Conte had signed a three-year
contract and would officially become the new first-team head coach of
English side Chelsea from the 2016–17 season.
On 15 August, Chelsea started off the season with a 2–1 win over
West Ham United. On 17 December, Conte set a new club record with
11 consecutive league victories in a single season, following a 1–0
away triumph over Crystal Palace. After securing a 4–2 home win
over Stoke City on 31 December, Chelsea recorded a 13th consecutive
league victory, equalling Arsenal's 2002 record for most consecutive
league wins in a single season. The team's league winning streak
came to an end in the following match, on 4 January 2017, in a 2–0
away loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
On 13 January 2017, Conte became the first manager in history to win
three consecutive Manager of the Month awards (October, November and
On 12 May 2017, Conte's Chelsea side defeated West Bromwich Albion
1–0 away, with a late goal from substitute Michy Batshuayi, and
secured the points required to win the 2016–17
Premier League title
with two matches to spare. Following a 5–1 home win over
Sunderland on 21 May, Chelsea also set a new
Premier League record for
the most wins in a single season, with 30 league victories out of 38
On 18 July 2017, Conte signed a new two-year contract with Chelsea,
keeping him at the club until 2019.
Conte was sent to the stands for the first time in his Chelsea career
during the first half of a home match against
Swansea City on 29
November 2017. He argued with fourth official
Lee Mason over referee
Neil Swarbrick’s decision to award a goal kick rather than a corner
for Chelsea, after which the ref dismissed him. Conte apologised
afterwards but was nonetheless charged with misconduct by the FA.
Style of management
“The word 'coach' has to encompass everything. You can't only be
good at tactics, just as you can't only be good at motivation, just as
you can't only be good from a psychological point of view, just as you
can't only be good in how you manage the club and the media. You have
got to be good at everything. You have got to try and excel at
everything. To do this you have got to study and since I became a
coach, for me, it has been continuous study.”
— Conte on his coaching philosophy.
"I did not have
Zinedine Zidane or Roberto Baggio's talent as a
player, and I have played with both, that even when they were circled
they could try to break through or create interesting situations with
the ball. When I was a player, my efforts and work-rate, my
willingness to sacrifice fitness and humility made up for my lack of
pure talent but sometimes, if I didn't find a teammate next to me, I
might lose the ball. As a manager, my first thought from day one was
that I wanted to find solutions for my players when the ball reached
them, as I could not. If my players don't understand something, I
force the player to ask me why we are doing such movement or working
on certain tactics in training both offensively or defensively. I
always want my players to be fully understanding of the problem. I
want them to understand why we are doing certain things and why those
things are useful."
— Conte on his use of tactical systems.
As a manager, Conte is known for using the 3–5–2 formation (or
in certain cases, its more defensive variant, 5–3–2), fielding two
wingbacks in lieu of wingers, with two out-and-out strikers backed by
an attacking box-to-box midfielder in a three-man midfield, in front
of a three-man defensive line. During his time as head coach of
Juventus, he won three consecutive
Serie A titles using the 3–5–2
formation, which also soon began to be employed by several other Serie
A clubs. In his time at Bari he was noted for his unorthodox
4–2–4 formation, a modification of the classic 4–4–2, in which
the outside midfielders act as attacking wingers.
Some commentators have also observed that, although Conte's teams are
capable of playing a short passing possession game, in which the ball
is played out from the back on the ground, they are mainly known for
their direct style of attacking play, as well as their ability to
utilise long balls and score from counter-attacks with few touches;
however, Conte has rejected claims that his teams prefer to sit back
and play on the counter-attack. Defensive solidity has been
highlighted as a hallmark of his sides, as well as the effective use
of high and aggressive pressing in order to put pressure on opponents
and win back the ball quickly. Conte's teams have also been described
as possessing notable virtues such as pace, athleticism, high
work-rates, versatility and tactical
Conte's work in restoring Juventus to the top of Italian football won
critical acclaim and earned him comparisons with José Mourinho,
Marcello Lippi and Arrigo Sacchi, primarily due to his
obsession with tactics, his winning mentality and ability to foster
great team spirit among his players. He also demonstrated a notable
tactical versatility and meticulousness as a coach, adopting several
different formations in an attempt to find the most suitable system to
match his players' skills. The formations he adopted included
4–2–4, 4–1–4–1, 3–3–4, and 4–3–3, before he finally
settled on his now trademark 3–5–2 or 5–3–2 formation while
also using a 3–5–1–1 formation on occasion, as a variation upon
this system. The resulting system was key to the club's
success as the three-man midfield line-up, flanked by wingbacks,
allowed veteran star
Andrea Pirlo to function creatively as a
deep-lying playmaker, with the younger and more dynamic Arturo Vidal
Claudio Marchisio either supporting him defensively or
contributing offensively by making attacking runs into the area.
Conte's use of heavy pressing high up on the pitch allowed his players
to win back the ball quickly after losing it, and enabled Juventus to
dominate possession during matches, which gave Pirlo more time to
orchestrate the team's attacking moves.
The organised back-line at Juventus formed by Chiellini, Bonucci, and
Andrea Barzagli proved to be a strong defensive line-up, as Juventus
finished the 2011–12
Serie A season with the best defence in the
league; the three-man defence also allowed the central defender,
Bonucci, to operate in a free role, and advance into midfield as a
ball-playing centre-back, providing an additional creative outlet
whenever Pirlo was heavily marked.
Luca Marrone commented on
Conte's demanding and meticulous approach as a coach, stating, "It
takes time to accept the sheer amount of work he is asking of you.
Everything he does, in preparation or tactical organisation, is done
with maniacal precision and attention to detail. It can be
overwhelming at first. But when you realise by buying into it you can
win things, you follow."
Conte's teams are also known for their versatility and ability to
adopt different formations during a match, depending on whether his
team are in possession or playing off the ball. At
Euro 2016, Italy
adopted a fluid 3–5–2 formation under Conte, in which the wide
midfielders or wingbacks effectively functioned as wingers in a
3–3–4 formation when attacking, and as fullbacks in a 5–3–2
formation when defending behind the ball. Although the level of
talent in the Italian squad was initially criticised in the media,
Conte's tactics and Italy's solidity and organisation, from both a
defensive and offensive standpoint, drew praise from pundits.
In his first season as Chelsea manager, Conte started with a
4–1–4–1 formation, but after two comprehensive defeats to
Arsenal and Liverpool early in the season, he changed the system to a
fluid 3–4–2–1, with his trademark three-man defence consisting
of David Luiz,
César Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill, two
defensive-minded midfielders in
N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matić, two
wing-backs equally capable at also playing as wingers (Victor Moses
and Marcos Alonso), and a three-man attack spearheaded by striker
Diego Costa and crucially assisted by outside forwards
Eden Hazard and
Pedro or Willian. This system depends on the constant positional
movement of attacking players, with the two wide forwards moving
inside when the full-backs make overlapping forward runs, thus
effectively forming a 3–4–3 and at times a 3–4–1–2. When
losing the ball, players' quick defensive transitions make the system
easily transform into a compact 5–4–1. Chelsea's performances
improved dramatically after the tactical change, with 13 consecutive
wins in the Premier League, and the club eventually went on to win the
league title that season. Conte drew praise for his role in
revitalising the team in the media, with
BBC pundit John Motson
describing Chelsea's 5–0 home win against Everton on 5 November 2016
as the best 90-minute performance he had ever seen in the Premier
Although Conte's decision to reacquire
David Luiz was initially met
with criticism in the media, due to some poor defensive performances
for Chelsea in the past, Conte's switch to a three-man back-line saw
the Brazilian excel in a new role as a ball playing centre-back, due
to his technique and range of passing. Conte described
David Luiz as
being "crucial" to the team's success, and praised him for working to
improve his composure and concentration. In addition to
their tactical discipline and organisation, Chelsea also drew praise
for their fitness, effective use of high pressing, and their ability
to win the ball back quickly, as well as their work-rate under Conte,
which was attributed to the team's highly rigorous preseason training,
which Cahill described as one of the "hardest" he's ever
Diego Costa during the 2017 FA Cup Semi final against
Leonardo Bonucci singled out Conte for his role in
motivating the players and creating a unified team environment at Euro
2016, commenting that the players had given their coach the nickname
The Godfather, for the way he made them want to listen when he
spoke. Pirlo has also remarked approvingly of Conte's
man-management and motivational skills. In his autobiography he
recalled how Conte's introductory speech to the Juventus squad left a
significant impression on him: "He needed only one speech, with many
simple words, to conquer both me and Juventus. He had fire running
through his veins and he moved like a viper. 'This squad, dear boys,
is coming off two consecutive seventh-place finishes. It's crazy. It's
shocking. I am not here for this, so it's time to stop being so
crap.'... When Conte speaks, his words assault you. They crash through
the doors of your mind. I've lost count of the number of times I've
said: 'Hell, Conte said something really spot-on again today.'"
In addition to his comparisons to José Mourinho, some commentators
have also remarked on his managerial similarities to Sir Alex
Ferguson, using an anecdote from his final season as Juventus
manager to illustrate his formidable temper. Prior to the team talk
ahead of the final game of the 2013–14 season, Juventus goalkeeper
Gianluigi Buffon arrived with the club's chief executive who Buffon
claimed wanted to speak to the players over how much they were due in
win bonuses having won the title. "The suggestion sent Conte into a
fury. He chased every player out of the room as he tore into Buffon.
'I don’t want to hear another word,' Conte is said to have screamed.
'From you, of all people, I would never have expected such a thing.
Bonuses … You’re a disappointment, a defeat from the moment you
open your mouth. Just like all the rest of these half-wits.'"
Juventus won the game 3–0 and set a new record for the most points
and wins in a single
Serie A season.
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 during the technical meeting
prior to a match between Siena and Novara, Siena owner Massimo
Mezzaroma indirectly sent a message to the players asking them to
ensure the match finished in a draw in order to help Mezzaroma turn a
large profit on a bet he had made. The match finished 2–2 and
Carobbio testified Conte was present when the message was relayed to
the players in advance of the match. Carrobio also asserted the
result of the final match of the season, in which Siena lost 1–0 to
AlbinoLeffe, was prearranged after Siena's assistant manager asked he
and another player "contact someone at AlbinoLeffe to reach an
agreement over the return match". Further accusations were also
leveled at Conte over Siena's 5–0 victory over Varese that season,
specifically that he knew they had been asked to lose the game and did
not report it.
Conte's lawyer, Antonio De Rencis, reported his client strenuously
denied the accusations and maintained he had no knowledge of any
attempts to fix the matches in which he was involved. To date, none of
the 23 other Siena players have supported Carobbio's accusations.
Conte took the advice of his lawyers and attempted to strike a plea
bargain which would have seen him served with a three-month ban and
fine of €200,000, under Article 23 of Italian law without admission
of guilt. On 1 August 2012, this plea bargain was rejected. On 10
August, the FIGC suspended him from football for the following ten
months for failing to report match-fixing in the Novara–Siena and
AlbinoLeffe–Siena fixtures. Conte again maintained his innocence and
appealed the verdict.
On 22 August 2012, the Federal Court of Justice dropped the accusation
about the Novara–Siena fixture. Federal Court member Pietro Sandulli
commented, "[I]t 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 ten-month ban
for the AlbinoLeffe match would be upheld as there was no way he could
not have known of the actions of his assistant manager Cristian
Stellini, with the presiding judge adding that Conte was "lucky"
not to have been handed a longer sentence. On 23 August
2012, Juventus announced an appeal to Italy's sports arbitration panel
against the ban. Following the appeal, Conte's touchline ban was
reduced to four months.
Juventus' management and players dedicated their Supercoppa Italiana
win to Conte. In May 2016, the preliminary hearing judge of the
court of Cremona acquitted Conte of all charges in regard to his
alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal from the 2010–11
season, during his time with Siena in Serie B.
Despite Conte's success at Juventus, there were indications that his
departure from the club in May 2014 was not as amicable as had been
portrayed, with observers pointing to a comment he made in the
immediate aftermath of the club's 2014 title success. When asked what
plans were in place for the following season Conte responded, "Well,
you cannot go to eat at a €100 restaurant with just €10 in your
pocket, can you?", which was interpreted as a veiled criticism of the
lack of funds made available for transfers by the Juventus executive.
In addition to this remark, Conte had chosen to resign on the second
day of pre-season training, something that took fans by surprise.
There was much controversy surrounding Italy's
Euro 2016 qualifying
match on 28 March 2015 against Bulgaria, as Conte called up
Brazilian-born Éder and Argentine-born Franco Vázquez. Both players
hold an Italian citizenship as they have relatives that are Italian,
allowing them to be eligible to play for Italy. Speaking at a Serie A
meeting on 23 March 2015,
Roberto Mancini said, "The Italian national
team should be Italian. An Italian player deserves to play for the
national team while someone who wasn't born in Italy, even if they
have relatives, I don't think they deserve to." Conte's response to
the use of foreign-born players was, "If
Mauro Camoranesi [who was
born in Argentina] was allowed to help
Italy win the 2006 World Cup,
then why can't Éder and
Franco Vázquez lead the Azzurri to glory in
next year's European Championship?"
In late May 2016, Conte was criticised in the North American media for
his omission of
Andrea Pirlo and
Sebastian Giovinco from Italy's
30-player shortlist for its
Euro 2016 squad, and for his comments
regarding the quality of their league, Major League Soccer. Conte
had stated in a press conference, "When you make a certain choice and
go to play in certain leagues, you do so taking it into account that
they could pay the consequences from a footballing viewpoint."
On 23 October 2016, while his team were leading 4–0 against José
Mourinho's Manchester United, Conte waved up the home crowd, asking
them to make more noise to support Chelsea. However, media reports
claimed his actions were meant to antagonise Mourinho and humiliate
the visiting team. Conte refuted these claims, saying, "I've been a
player too and I know how to behave. I always show great respect for
everyone, including Manchester United. There was no incident, it was
just a normal thing to do. I wasn't mocking anyone, I wouldn't do
that. Today it was right to call our fans in a moment when I was
listening to only the supporters of Manchester United at 4–0. The
players, after a 4–0 win, deserved a great clap. It's very normal.
If we want to cut the emotion we can go home and change our job."
Although Conte was criticised for his behaviour by Mourinho, Chelsea
winger Pedro supported Conte's actions.
Conte and his wife Elisabetta have a daughter, Vittoria. The
couple had been together for 15 years before marrying in June
2013. Conte has expressed his gratitude to his family for their
support during the Scommessopoli match-fixing scandal investigations
in 2011–12: "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]."
In addition to his native Italian, Conte can also speak English.
Conte is Catholic.
Appearances and goals by national team and year
Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
27 March 1999
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
UEFA Euro 2000
UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
11 June 2000
GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands
As of match played 1 April 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
27 December 2007
23 June 2009
21 September 2009
7 January 2010
1 July 2010
21 May 2011
22 May 2011
15 July 2014
14 August 2014
2 July 2016
3 July 2016
Conte collecting the
Globe Soccer Awards
Globe Soccer Awards Best Coach of the Year award
Serie A: 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03
Coppa Italia: 1994–95
Supercoppa Italiana: 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003
UEFA Champions League: 1995–96
UEFA Cup: 1992–93
UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999
Serie B: 2008–09
Serie A: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
Supercoppa Italiana: 2012, 2013
Premier League: 2016–17
Panchina d'Argento: 2008–09
Panchina d'Oro: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
Serie A Coach of the Year: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
Tommaso Maestrelli for the Best Italian Manager: 2011–12
Globe Soccer Award for the Best Coach of the Year: 2013
IFFHS Best Club Coach of the Year Nominee: 2013 (7th)
Gazzetta Sports Awards
Gazzetta Sports Awards Coach of the Year: 2015
Premier League Manager of the Month: October 2016, November 2016,
London Football Awards for Manager of the Year: 2017
Premier League Manager of the Season: 2016–17
LMA Manager of the Year: 2016–17
Special Achievement GQ Men of the Year Award: 2017
FIFA Men's Coach (2nd Place): 2017
5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica
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