Dino Zoff (born February 28, 1942 in Mariano del Friuli) is an Italian former football goalkeeper and is the oldest winner ever of the World Cup, which he earned as captain of the Italian team in the 1982 tournament in Spain, at the age of 40. Zoff was a goalkeeper of outstanding ability and has a place in the history of the sport among the very best in this role, being named the 3rd greatest goalkeeper of the 20th century by the IFFHS behind Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks.
Gianfranco Zola, OBE, Ufficiale OMRI is a retired Italian footballer and, since 11 September 2008, manager of English Premier League side West Ham United, having been assistant coach of the Italy national under-21 football team under Pierluigi Casiraghi.
Giuseppe "Peppino" Meazza (23 August 1910 – 21 August 1979) also known as il "Balilla", Peppin in the Milanese dialect, and sometimes just Pepp, was an Italian footballer playing mainly for Inter in the 1930s, scoring 243 goals in 361 games for the club. He is still considered by many to be one of the greatest - if not the greatest - Italian players of all-time, as well as the greatest Italian forward of all time.
Fabio Capello (born 18 June 1946) is an Italian football manager and former professional player. He is the current manager of the English national team, having started the role in January 2008 after the dismissal of Steve McClaren, who was sacked after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008. He is the second foreigner to have managed the England side, the other being McClaren's predecessor, the Swede Sven-Göran Eriksson.
Giovanni Trapattoni (born March 17, 1939) is an Italian football coach, considered the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A, and a former player. He is currently the manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, also having coached Italy and throughout Europe. He is also the only manager to have won all UEFA club competitions and the Intercontinental Cup. He achieved this with Juventus over his two spells with the club.
Gianluca Vialli (born 9 July 1964 in Cremona) is a retired Italian football striker and manager. Vialli started his career at Cremonese in 1980 in his native Italy where he made 105 league appearances scoring 23 goals. His performances impressed Sampdoria who signed him in 1984. During which time he scored 85 league goals, won 3 Italian cups, the Seria A and the European Cup Winners Cup. Vialli transferred to Juventus for a World record £12.5 million in 1992.
Roberto Donadoni (born 9 September 1963) is a former Italian international footballer and currently a manager, last in charge of Serie A club Napoli. An attacking midfielder or winger known for pace and technique, he was a pillar of the powerhouse AC Milan teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s and one of the pioneers of Major League Soccer, where he played two seasons for the NY/NJ MetroStars.
Silvio Piola (29 September 1913 – 4 October 1996) was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final. Piola is third in the all-time goalscoring records of the Italian national team. He is also the highest goalscorer in Serie A history, with 274 goals, 49 ahead of anyone else.
Carlo Ancelotti is an Italian football manager and former player. He is the current manager of the English Premier League football club Chelsea F.C. A midfielder, Ancelotti enjoyed a successful playing career, most notably with AC Milan, with whom he won two Scudettos and two European Cups in a five year period. He was capped 26 times for the Italian national team and played at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.
Alessandro Costacurta (born 24 April 1966) is an Italian former professional football defender turned manager. Costacurta spent some twenty years at Milan, with a brief period spent in AC Monza on loan. He is best known for his role alongside Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Mauro Tassotti, forming one of the meanest defences in the Serie A and European football during the 90's.
Walter Zenga (born 28 April 1960 in Milan) is an Italian football manager and former player, a long-time goalkeeper for the Italian national team and Internazionale, who last served as head coach of Serie A team Palermo. During his playing career, Zenga was part of the Italian squad that finished fourth at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, USA and the World Cup squad that finished third in the 1990 FIFA World Cup tournament held in Italy, in which Zenga started every game for the Azzurri.
Antonio Valentín Angelillo (born 5 September 1937) is an Argentine former football forward who played the majority of his professional career in the Italian Serie A, and was a member of both the Argentine and the Italian national teams.
Tarcisio Burgnich is a former Italian football defender. After short spells at Udinese, Juventus and Palermo, it was with Internazionale that he found his spiritual home in the 1960s. Burgnich, a sweeper/right-back, played 467 times for the Nerazzurri, scoring 6 goals, and his aggressive, determined style was ideally suited to the catenaccio system operated by Helenio Herrera throughout Inter's glory years.
Giovanni Ferrari (December 6, 1907 – December 2, 1982) was an Italian football (soccer) player. He played 125 times for Juventus F. C and scored 35 goals for the club. He also managed Inter from 1942 to 1943. Ferrari was born in Alessandria. He won 5 Championships with Juventus, 2 with Inter and 1 with Bologna. Along with Giuseppe Furino, he is one of two players to have won eight Serie A titles.
Virgilio Fossati (born on September 12, 1889 in Milan; died 1918) is a former Italian footballer. He played 97 times for Internazionale and scored 4 goals for the club. Fossati was the first Captain of Inter and also the first Inter player to play with Italian national team. Fossati's career was ended by World War I. He died in 1918 during a battle of World War I between the Italian and Austrian armies. His brother Giuseppe (born in Milan, 1894) played 43 matches in 3 years with Internazionale.
Annibale Frossi (August 6, 1911—February 26, 1999) was a footballer from Muzzana del Turgnano, Italy. He made 147 appearances for Internazionale scoring 50 goals. In 1956 Frossi became Team Coach of Inter, but this was only a short-term job, which ended soon after.
Roberto Mancini is an Italian football manager and former player and current manager of English Premier League team Manchester City. As a player he was best known for his time at Sampdoria, where he played more than 550 league matches, and helped them win the Serie A league title and the Cup Winners Cup. Following the end of his accomplished playing career he moved into management with a cash stricken Fiorentina and managed to win a Coppa Italia trophy with them.
Alfredo Foni (January 20, 1911 – January 28, 1985) was an Italian footballer in the 1930s and later on a coach. He was born in Udine. Along with teammate Pietro Rava at Juventus, they were the best defensive partnership in the 1936 Summer Olympics and 1938 FIFA World Cup. He played for Udinese, Lazio, Padova and Juventus. He coached in Italy and Switzerland. He won two consecutive scudettoes with FC Internazionale in 1953 and 1954. He later coached Switzerland in the 1966 FIFA World Cup.
Roberto "Robbie" di Matteo is a Swiss-born Italian former professional footballer and current manager of West Bromwich Albion having been unveiled on 30 June 2009. As a midfielder, he enjoyed spells at FC Schaffhausen, FC Zürich, FC Aarau, Lazio, and Chelsea. He was capped by Italy 34 times, scoring two goals for the Italian national team, and played for them in the UEFA Euro 1996 and 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Marcello Lippi,, (born 12 April 1948) is an Italian World Cup-winning football manager and former player. Born in Viareggio, in northern Tuscany, he served as Italian national team head coach from 16 July 2004 to 12 July 2006 and led Italy to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was re-appointed as Italian head coach in the summer of 2008 after the disappointing performance in UEFA Euro 2008 under manager Roberto Donadoni.
Cesare Maldini (born 5 February 1932 in Trieste) is an Italian football coach and former centre half. He played the majority of his career with AC Milan and also represented Italy at international level in the 1962 and 1966 World Cups. His son Paolo, also a defender, co-holds the record for the most caps for the Italian national team. The younger Maldini captained Milan to the Champions League title in 2003, 40 years after Cesare had achieved the same feat.
Vittorio Pozzo was an Italian football (soccer) coach who was most famous for leading the Italian national team to victory in the 1934 FIFA World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cups; managed the side that won the 1930 and 1935 editions of the Central European International Cup, as well as the 1936 Olympic football gold medal and the 1928 Olympic football bronze medal.