Conte with Juventus in 2012
|Full name||Antonio Conte|
|Date of birth||31 July 1969|
|Place of birth||Lecce, Italy|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Current club||Juventus (Manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Conte began to play football in his city, within the U.S. Lecce youth team, before making his Serie A debut with the first squad in 1985. He was signed by Juventus in 1991 (debuting 17 November 1991 vs. Torino), being later made captain before the promotion of Alessandro Del Piero to this role. During the 1998–1999 season when Del Piero suffered a horrendous leg injury, Conte returned to the captaincy and led Juventus to the UEFA Champions League semifinals. He maintained the captaincy till the 2001–02 season.
In the 2002–2003 season, Conte was part of the Juventus team that reached the UEFA Champions League final only to lose on penalties to AC Milan, with Conte himself coming closest to winning the game for Juventus in normal time when he crashed a header off the crossbar early in the second half. Conte became one of the most decorated and influential players of Juventus history. He played for the Italian national team and was a participant at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 UEFA European Championship. He has won all possible top tier titles at club level but has only managed a runners-up medal for the World Cup and Euro Cup.
After having retired as a footballer, Conte worked as an assistant manager for Siena alongside 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 he was reinstated to the Arezzo head coaching position, as his predecessor failed to gain any significant improvement. In his second time at Arezzo he led the team to five consecutive wins in a row, and 19 points in 7 matches, which allowed the Tuscan side to fill the gap from the last safe spot; his team however did not manage to avoid relegation, and Arezzo dropped into Serie C1 on the final matchday, only one point behind Spezia.
On 27 December 2007 he was appointed by Bari to replace Giuseppe Materazzi for the second half of their Serie B 2007–08 campaign. He did very well, turning Bari's 2007–08 season around from relegation-threatened to a comfortable midtable position. In the following season, 2008–09, Bari were crowned Serie B champions, being promoted to Serie A for the 2009–10 season.
On 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 to have rescinded the contract with Antonio Conte by mutual consent.
After Claudio Ranieri was sacked of Juventus, Conte was named as one of the candidates to become the new coach. However, the "bianconeri" hired Ciro Ferrara as the first team manager, instead. Conte had stated shortly prior that he would like to be the Juventus coach in the future, because he thought he was ready to assume the work.
On 21 September 2009 Atalanta appointed him to replace Angelo Gregucci. After a good start at the helm of the orobici, Atalanta under Conte's reign began struggling in result from November, leading to protest from local supporters and troubles between Conte himself and the organized ultras of the club.
On 6 January 2010, Conte was repeatedly contested by Atalanta fans during a home game against Napoli, ended in a 0–2 loss for the nerazzurri; the matchday ended with a police intervention to avoid confrontation between Conte and the Atalanta ultras. The next day, Conte tended his resignations to the club, leaving them in 19th place.
On 9 May 2010 he was announced as new head coach of Siena, with the aim to bring the Tuscan side back to the top flight after relegation to the 2010–11 Serie B. Conte successfully led Siena to promotion for the 2011–12 Serie A season.
On 22 May 2011 Juventus sporting director, Giuseppe Marotta, announced that Juventus has appointed Conte as their new head coach replacing Luigi Delneri. It was expected that Conte will lead Juventus to their return on top of the Italian and European football scene.
On 6 May 2012, Conte led Juventus to its 28th scudetto with one round to spare 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. Juventus lost the Coppa Italia final to Napoli 2–0 therefore failing to finish an entire Italian season unbeaten.
In spite of the numerous draws conceded by the Bianconeri, Antonio Conte has already won critical acclaim as Juventus manager and earned comparisons with José Mourinho. Like the latter, Conte has developed a reputation because of his obsession with tactics and his ability to win and to bond together his players. However, unlike the cautious Portuguese, Conte favours an attacking brand of football with 4–3–3 and 3–5–2 being his most frequently used formations in Turin.
In his first 10 months on the Juventus bench, Conte, a former fan favourite as a midfielder for the club, had already reached a number of landmarks. On 17 March 2012, following a 5–0 win over rivals Fiorentina, he equalled Fabio Capello's run of 28 unbeaten games between November 2005 and May 2006. On 20 March 2012, he 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 success at the Juventus Stadium he became the first coach to win both legs of the Derby d'Italia against rivals Internazionale since Fabio Capello in 2005–06. In November 2012, Conte was awarded the Trofeo Maestrelli, which is awarded to the three best Italian coaches in the professional league, the youth levels and outside Italy respectively.
Conte's Juventus won the 2012/13 Serie A with relative ease. They accumulated 87 points, three more than the previous season where they also won the title, nine more than second placed Napoli and 15 more than third placed Milan. Despite their dominance, Juventus' top goalscorers in the league where Vidal and Vucinic, both with just ten goals, meaning they were the equal 23rd in the goalscorers charts. This showed both the lack of a quality front line but also Conte's ability to make all players on the park potential goalscorers. In his first Champions League campaign, Juventus were knocked out by Bayern in the quarter finals, losing 4-0 on aggregate. Bayern went on to win the competition.
Italian football scandal
Prior to Euro 2012, Conte was accused of misprision of felony by Filippo Carobbio, a former player of Siena, in the recent match-fixing scandal. His lawyer and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli denied his role in the scandal.
On 1 August 2012, Conte's plea bargain of three months ban was rejected. However, when Conte made the plea bargain he had already agreed that he would later be given the chance to prove his innocence.
On 10 August 2012 the Italian football federation (FIGC) announced that Juventus coach Antonio Conte is suspended for the next 10 months for failing to report match-fixing in Novara-Siena and AlbinoLeffe-Siena. Proclaiming his innocence of such knowledge his case was appealed.
On 22 August 2012, the Federal Court of Justice dropped the accusation about Novara-Siena but confirmed the 10 months ban for AlbinoLeffe-Siena. The Albinoleffe-related part of the verdict is motivated by Christian Stellini's acceptance of a plea bargain and because it was unlikely that Conte could not have known about Stellini's moves; Federal Court member Pietro Sandulli commented that "...it 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".
On 23 August 2012, Juventus announced an appeal to Italy's sports arbitration panel against this new ban.
On 13 September 2012, FIFA extended to all international competitions a ten month ban to the Juventus coach for failure to report as part of the match-fixing. On 5 October the National Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the disqualification in the second degree at four months, allowing the manager to return to the bench starting from 8 December 2012.
||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||1–2||Win||UEFA EURO 2000 Qual.|
||GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands||Turkey||1–2||Win||UEFA Euro 2000|
- As of 2 March 2014.
|Arezzo||July 2006||31 October 2006||12||3||5||4||25.00|
|Arezzo||13 March 2007||June 2007||14||6||4||4||42.86|
|Bari||27 December 2007||23 June 2009||67||32||20||15||47.76|
|Atalanta||21 September 2009||7 January 2010||14||3||4||7||21.43|
|Siena||1 July 2010||21 May 2011||44||22||14||8||50.00|
|Juventus||22 May 2011||Present||133||88||32||13||66.17|
- UEFA Cup (1): 1992–93
- Serie A (5): 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03
- Coppa Italia (1): 1994–95
- Supercoppa Italiana (4): 1995, 1997,2002, 2003
- UEFA Champions League (1): 1995–96
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1996
- Intercontinental Cup (1): 1996
- UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 1999
- Albo Panchina d'Argento (1): 2008–09
- Albo Panchina d'Oro (1): 2011–12
- Serie A Manager of the Year (2): 2011–12, 2012–13
- Trofeo Tommaso Maestrelli for the Best Italian Manager (1): 2011–12
- Premio Nicola Ceravolo (1): 2013
- Premio Viareggio Sport Gherardo Gioè (1): 2013
- Globe Soccer Award for the Best Coach of the Year (1): 2013
Conte and his wife Elisabetta have a daughter named Vittoria. Juventus coach Antonio Conte finally married his partner, Elisabetta, at a lavish ceremony in Italy on Sunday.[when?] The couple have a daughter named Victoria together and in an interview with Italian newspapers last year, Conte, 43, revealed that he was lucky to have Elisabetta's support throughout Siena' match-fixing investigations.
"I have yet to marry Elizabeth," he said last year. "We've been together for eight years and our wedding is coming soon. 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)".
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- Conte handed 10-month ban in Scommessopoli scandal|http://sports.yahoo.com/news/conte-handed-10-month-ban-073700100--sow.html
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- Il Messaggero – Calcioscommesse, le motivazioni della sentenza-Conte|http://www.ilmessaggero.it/sport/calcio/calcioscommesse_conte_motivazioni_sentenza/notizie/215597.shtml
- Italian judge: Conte lucky ban was not longer|http://sports.yahoo.com/news/italian-judge-conte-lucky-ban-225000143--sow.html
- Juventus to appeal again after Conte's 10-month ban upheld|http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/19079604
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|Juventus F.C. captains
Alessandro Del Piero