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Who is Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi?
Born in Piacenza in 1976, Simone Inzaghi has been the manager of Lazio since 2016, making him one of the longest serving managers in Serie A this season.
Before he was a manager, Inzaghi enjoyed a 15-year playing career which he spent entirely in his native Italy, as so many Italians do. A striker by trade, Inzaghi was employed as a target-man who used his height and strength to be a nuisance for defenders. He started his career with his local club, Piacenza in 1994. He would stay at the club for five years, during which he would make four loan moves to other lower-league clubs in Italy. For Piacenza themselves, Inzaghi's goal return was impressive, he netted 15 times in 30 league appearances giving him a very healthy goals-to-games ratio of exactly one in two. On his loan spells, he was not quite as impressive, although not poor. For Capri, he was unable to score in nine loan appearances, although this was his first season as a professional player. For second division Novara he was better, scoring four times in 23 appearances. His goal returns the following season was almost identical, although this time for Lumezzane. Finally, he scored 10 times in 21 appearances for Brescello, showing clear development throughout his formative years as a striker.
After this, Inzaghi left Piacenza in favour of Lazio, the club where he would become something of an icon in his many years there. In his first season he enjoyed a remarkably good Champions League campaign in which he scored nine times in only 11 appearances, he also scored seven times in the league - not a bad return at all for a player still in the younger years of his career. The same season he made the first of his three caps for the Italian national team. All-round it was a magnificent season for both Lazio and Inzaghi: they won both the Serie A trophy and the Coppa Italia, the first two of his seven honours as a player with the Rome side.
He would continue to provide a steady, yet not incredible, goal return for Lazio throughout the rest of his career there. Injuries hampered him however and he was unable to reach the same heights as he did in his early career again, both in terms of silverware and individual performances. He did win the Coppa Italia twice more, however, once in the 2003/2004 season and again in the 2008/2009 one.
In addition to this, he also won a number of supercups with side, the Italian version in both 2000 and nearly a decade later in 2009, and the UEFA Super Cup in 1999.
Before the end of his playing career, he would go on two more loan spells: one with Sampdoria in 2005 and another with Atalanta in the 2007/2008 season. With Sampdoria, Inzaghi was unable to make an impact; he made just seven appearances in total and was unable to return a goal in any of them and thus concluded a disappointing spell with the fallen Italian giants. With Atalanta he was even more disappointing, this time playing nearly 20 times in the league and again finding himself unable to put one in the back of the net.
Perhaps this is in some way a representation of his loyalty to Lazio. Indeed, even after he retired as a player he would stay on at the club as a coach. He held various positions within the club, including the manager of the youth team for six years, before eventually being appointed as interim manager in 2016, and then, following an impressive start, permanent manager later the same year. He took the team to fifth place in the league, qualifying them for the Europa League the following season. In the same campaign, he took the team to the final of the Coppa Italia which they lost to an impressive Juventus side.
The following season, Lazio won the Supercoppa against Juventus and again finished in fifth place, losing out a Champions League spot on the final day of the season. Last season, 2018/19, saw Lazio slide to 8th place but the season was salvaged by a remarkable cup victory, Lazio defeating Atalanta in the final and securing Inzaghi's first major honour as a manager.
A legend at the club, Inzaghi has the change to add to his legacy by pushing them towards a Champions League spot in the forthcoming 2019/20 season.