European Football - Factbox: Roberto Mancini

Factbox on Roberto Mancini, who has been named manager of Turkish champions Galatasaray.

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European Football - Factbox: Roberto Mancini
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Roberto Mancini

Born: Nov. 27, 1964 in Jesi, Italy

YOUNGEST PLAYER

Makes Bologna debut aged 16 in 1981, becoming the youngest player to compete in Italy's top flight

In 1982, moves to Sampdoria to begin a 15-year career at the Genoa-based club, during which he wins four Italian Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and one Serie A title

Makes Italy debut in 1984 in a friendly against Canada. Goes on to play 36 internationals, scoring four goals

In 1997 joins Lazio, where he is reunited with his former Sampdoria coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson.

In 2000, Lazio win their second Serie A title. A year later Mancini begins coaching career as Eriksson's assistant

In January 2001, leaves Lazio to join English Premier League side Leicester City on loan but returns after four games to coach Fiorentina who he leads to an Italian Cup triumph.

COACHING DAYS

Resigns from Fiorentina in 2002 as club head towards bankruptcy

In August 2002, returns to coach Lazio. Despite close season sales of key players Alessandro Nesta and Hernan Crespo and threat of bankruptcy, steers club to fourth in Serie A

In 2004, Lazio win Italian Cup, beating Juventus in the final, and finish sixth in the league for a UEFA Cup berth

In July 2004, is released from his contract by Lazio and shortly afterwards is named coach of Inter Milan

Mancini leads Inter to the Italian Cup in 2005 and 2006 and consecutive Serie A titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008

In March 2008, says he wants to quit at end of season following Inter's Champions League last-16 elimination by Liverpool, only to change his mind the next day

Is sacked at the end of the campaign

MANCHESTER MOVE

In December, 2009, appointed manager of Manchester City, the world's richest club, after Mark Hughes is sacked

Brings an end to City's 35-year trophy drought when his side lift the FA Cup at Wembley in 2011 and delivers the Premier League title the following season after they pip local rivals Manchester United on a dramatic final day of the season

Although popular with the City fans, Mancini's tendency to publicly criticise his players was widely reported in the British media to have caused dressing room unrest

Dismissed by City in May 2013, with the club having lost their league crown and having suffered a shock FA Cup final defeat by Wigan Athletic

ISTANBUL BECKONS

Named Galatasaray manager on a three-year deal to replace the sacked Fatih Terim and turn around the fortunes of a team who are 10th in the Turkish league, having also been thrashed 6-1 at home by Real Madrid in their Champions League group opener

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