Jesi (Ancona), June 20, 2021 – “Roberto Mancini he was always the first to show up for training sessions during the week, he was always the first to start the run on the pitch, he was always the first to score, both during the week and at the weekend ”. So the mister from Jesi, Alfredo Zepponi, coach of Mancio when he was a child. “Roberto – continued his coach – showed himself from the first years of football activity a undisputed leader on and off the pitch, a formidable captain and an added coach on the pitch ”. “I remember well though – was Mancio’s reply – that I was also the first to take the first bite of the sandwich. Prosciutto and mortadella are my specialties “.
When he returns to his You are the national team coach meets the young talents of the Junior Jesina named after him, at Campo Boario. He who was born and raised, sporting and not, in the popular district of Meadow: “Here it is always good – he declared on a recent occasion – there is a calm atmosphere and I am happy to be comfortable at home to taste my mother’s cappelletti”.
The family, the first kicks and the career of Roberto Mancini
Born of a humble family, father a carpenter and mother a nurse, Mancio left the field below the house, the San Sebastian, and immediately attracted the interest of some big teams.
It was his father Aldo, a carpenter esteemed in the city to enroll his son Roberto in the football team “Aurora», That of the parish under the house. And he did it lying: he said that Robertino was 6 years old, the minimum age to play and instead he was five.
The Jersey number 10, worn ever since, she will wear it for 541 games played in Serie A, plus 36 in the national team. He could have done many more with the blue shirt, but even the prophets sometimes make mistakes. In the national team, however, he returned as technical commissioner, lining up an astonishing series of useful results. Which led Italy, fresh from the flop of the Ventura management, first to qualify for Euro 2020 and then to earn the round of 16 of the continental competition.
Not bad for someone who already as a footballer had amazed everyone with class, technique and goals wearing the shirts of Bologna, Sampdoria, Lazio e Leicester. To then confirm himself as coach at the helm, among others, of Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter, Mancherster City and Galatasaray: four Italian Cups, two Italian Super Cups, three Italian championships, one English championship, one FA Cup, one FA finished on the bulletin board. Community Shield and a Turkish Cup.
The link with Jesi
Rather reserved like many inhabitants of Jesi, he adores his city and every time he returns he does his ‘tubs’ (walks) along the street with the inevitable aperitif with friends in Piazza della Repubblica. It is not uncommon, international commitments permitting, not even to see him pedaling on a bike on the hills of the Vallesina. Thanks, especially at the beginning, to his father Aldo, former athlete and manager of the Aurora sports association in Jesi.
Private life: the wife and the first marriage
A divorce six years ago, after 25 of marriage with his Neapolitan wife Federica Morelli with whom he had three children, lived without much fanfare. And two years after the divorce, the azurro coach said yes to his second wife, Silvia Fortini, first his legal assistant, then his better half. But Il Mancio continues to manage his private life with his proverbial confidentiality.
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