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Who is Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte?
Antonio Conte is the current manager of Inter Milan, it is his first role since being dismissed by Chelsea the end of the 2017/2018 campaign. Conte was born in Lecce, Italy in 1969 and spent twenty years as a player before making the move into management in 2006.
A central midfielder by trade, Conte began his footballing education at his hometown club of Lecce in 1985. He initially was part of the youth setup but his talents were quickly recognised and he made the transition into the first team almost immediately after turning professional. Despite struggling with a nasty tibia injury which had the potential to end his then young career, Conte persevered and continued to play almost 100 games for the club, scoring one goal in the process.
Had it not been for the tibia injury, pundits have speculated that Conte could have made it to the very top of the pantheon of Italian footballing greats. This is not to say that he did not have a prestigious career however; he won a total of 15 honours in his career, all of which came at his next club: Juventus. He signed for the old lady in 1991 after being spotted by then manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Trapattoni was a huge admirer of Conte's industrious and tenacity, along with his cool head and eye for a killer pass and ability to dictate the tempo of a match. Although his career with Juventus was stellar, it was a case of what-could-have-been for Conte - although they won the Champions League in the 1995/1996 season, they also lost on three occasions as well as losing in a UEFA Cup final also.
Given his monumental trophy haul, it might seem odd to suggest that Conte has a bit of a bad habit of finishing as runner-up in finals, but this is unfortunately the case. In his international career, in which he made 20 appearances for Italy between 1994 and 2000, Conte featured in the squads which lost the finals of both the 1994 World Cup and the 2000 European Championships. He also missed out on competing in Euro 1996 after sustaining an injury prior to the start of the tournament.
In total, Conte played for 13 seasons for Juventus before hanging up his boots in 2004. He played nearly 296 times in the league and scored 30 goals from midfield. He won the league five times including three titles in four years between 1994 and 1998, a period which also saw Juventus triumph in the Champions League. He is considered a legend at Juventus and in Italian football as a whole having coached both the Old Lady and the Italian national side in later life.
Upon retiring from the playing side of the game, Conte took a step back from football for two years before being offered a managerial position with Arezzo. His time with the club, during which he also worked with Maurizzio Sarri as assistant manager, was disappointing and they were relegated to Serie C at the end of it.
He then moved to Bari in Serie B once more. This time, Conte and his team's fortunes were considerably better - he saw them promoted at the end of the 2009/2010 season before he left for Atalanta in Serie A instead. At Atalanta, Conte was not well-liked, fans consistently called for his sacking and this pressure did not help his team's performances; he was sacked after less than a season with the team in the relegation places.
From here he moved to Siena, again in Serie B. He was highly successful with them, achieving his second promotion with the club before moving to Juventus to fulfil his dream role of managing his old club.
From here on out, Conte's career has been superb. He won the league three times with Juve and the Coppa Italia once before moving to Chelsea in 2016 where he won the league in his first season and the cup in his second. This success wasn't enough to keep him in the job however and he was sacked at the end of the campaign.
Now, Conte, who has also managed Italy at the European Championships in 2016 to a semifinal, has returned to his homeland to replace Luciano Spalletti at Inter Milan. Inter have spent well over the summer and are hopeful of challenging Conte's old club Juventus's dominance in Serie A this season.