Best Italian Managers of All Time (Part 3)


Not many football fans outside of Italy know about Fulvio Bernardini, but he was the manager who won the Scudetto with two unfancied clubs. After a playing career with over 210 appearances for Roma, he managed Fiorentina to their first-ever champion title in 1956 and led Bologna to their first champion title after over 20 years.

In a country with an established footballing hierarchy, Bernardini shines against expectations twice, creating two shocking Scudetto victories in the process.


Before his time as manager of the English national team, Fabio Capello had created a reputation as a winner of the highest calibre. He worked with Milan in the early 1990s and helped the club continued its dominance both domestically and throughout the continent, winning four Scudetti in five years.

Being a stern and pragmatic coach, Capello produced exciting football with functional football in Milan which is fun to watch. Capello  also succeeded abroad, achieving two La Liga titles with Real Madrid in 1996-97 and in 2006-07.


Sir Alex Ferguson was his competitor and rarely overwhelmed, but he couldn’t help but admit the talent of Marcello Lippi. He stated in his book once that Marcello Lippi is a impressive man being able to command of himself and his professional domain. You know it all just by looking into his eyes.

Lippi got those reputation after achieving an outstanding record as Juventus head coach in the 1990s. During five years, he guided the club to their first Scudetto after nine years and three successive Champions League finals as well as another two league titles. These achievements were thanks to Lippi’s ability to form a unit from a spectacular team of attacking talents — he created a cohesive front with Gianluca Vialli, Alessandro Del Piero,Zinedine Zidane and Fabrizio Ravanelli.

He had another successful time with Juventus between 2001 and 2003, in which he guided the club to win another two Scudetti, before leading Italy national team to World Cup winning title in 2006.