The Italian National Team

Antonio Conte joined the Italian National Team on 19 August 2014. The newly elected FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio assigned him a dual role – management of the Italian National Team and Coordination of the Junior Section.

On 4 September he made his pitch-side debut, with a 2-0 victory in a friendly match against the Netherlands.

I am convinced I have some good players and if we manage to turn them into a team, I think we can compete on the same level as teams with more individual talent. I like tough challenges.
Italy needs a leader and I think Conte is our man. I think he is the most important manager on the field. His great professionalism requires no assistance, we have given Conte free rein and so he is the one calling the shots now.

 Carlo Tavecchio, President of the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio

Conte is a maestro. For me he is the best manager of recent years. Those who don't know him very well think he is moody, but he is a good guy and an exemplary pro who lives and breathes football.
Arrigo Sacchi
Successes with Juventus F.C.
Conte came to the Italian National Team after three seasons with Juventus. Three seasons that finally saw Juve back in the competition. On 31 May 2011, he signed a two-year contract that bound him to this Turin club until 30 June 2013.

He was back in an official bianconero role, after having played for them for thirteen years, wearing the captain’s armband for five.

Results were quick to come: the first season saw them actually win the Scudetto one match before the end of the championship.

Juventus remained unbeaten for 38 consecutive games, breaking the previous record from the 1949/1950 season. It was their season of invincibility.
In August, they won the first Supercoppa Italiana against Naples in Beijing.

The 2012-2013 seasons saw Juve win both the Scudetto and the Supercoppa.
The third season... broke all the records.

Juve won not only the championship, but also achieved two historic milestones:
• a European record with 102 championship points;
• an unbeaten home record, gaining all the available 57 points.
Prizes and awards
• Panchina d'argento, 2008-2009 season
• Tommaso Maestrelli Award, 2011-2012 season
• Gran Galà del calcio AIC, Best Manager in 2012, 2013, 2014
Panchina d'oro, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 seasons
• L'Allenatore dei sogni award in 2012
• Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in July 2000
• Globe Soccer Awards to the best Manager of the year 2013
• Nereo Rocco Award for Sport 2015
Early victories
Before coming to Juve, Conte was Manager at Bari and Siena, taking both teams back into Serie A.

He came to Bari at the end of 2007, after Materazzi resigned.
That first year saw him save the "Galletti", as the Bari players are called, keeping them halfway up the league table. While the following year brought the first successes: on 8 May 2009, Bari earned itself promotion into Serie A, four matches before the end of the season on the feast day of patron Saint Nicholas.

The capital city of Puglia had been waiting eight years for this moment.

During his time at Bari, in October 2008, Conte graduated with full honours in Motor Sciences with an emblematic thesis entitled "Manager psychology", in which he studied the characteristics of all his managers... from Fascetti onwards.

After a short interlude at Atalanta for the 2010/2011 season, Antonio Conte returned to Siena, which had just been relegated to Serie B.
He was so in sync with the team that they played an excellent championship and were promoted back into Serie A three games early.

Debut as Manager
At the end of the 2003/2004 season, aged thirty-five, he left Juventus, hung up his boots, and decided to become a manager.
I'm giving myself a few years’ time to join a big club. If I don't succeed, I will spend much more time with my family.
While Conte was on the manager training course in Coverciano, he was asked to work as assistant to De Canio, manager of Siena, an offer that was hard to refuse.

Again in Tuscany, in 2006, came his first role as manager for Arezzo, a Serie B team.

His aptitude and qualities as Manager combined with his experience as a player.