Did coaching Italy to victory at Germany 2006 make up for that disappointment of having missed out on Germany 1974 as a player?
The truth is that too many years have gone by between those two tournaments. Back then I was generally considered to be in the running for the role of sweeper in the national team. The first-choice at that time was Pierluigi Cera. My name was mentioned but so was that of Santarini, Turone and many more. To be honest, I’ve no idea how close I came to being called up. That said, just being in the frame was a great experience. What do you feel is the main difference between the FIFA World Cup and other football competitions you have been involved in as a player and coach? The main difference lies in the fact that it was the first time I’d coached my country’s national team. All the other competitions I’ve coached at, even at the very highest level, were with club teams. Representing your country is the best thing that can happen to a player or coach. It’s the first time I’ve experienced emotions that I simply can’t describe. Moreover, we were fortunate enough to win the Trophy, an experie
- Did coaching Italy to victory at Germany 2006 make up for that disappointment of having missed out on Germany 1974 as a player?
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