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Football: Veteran Italian Coach Giovanni Trapattoni Shows Interest In Hungary Job

Former AC Milan, Juventus and Bayern Munich head coach Giovanni Trapattoni is rumored to be interested in the vacant managerial position at the Hungarian national football team, Hungarian sports daily Nemzeti Sport reported.

Giovanni Trapattoni as head coach of Juventus (photo: goal.com)

“I was really surprised when I received a letter from the agent of Giovanni Trapattoni, in which he informed us that the Italian master is free and would be ready to talk to us about the job”, the sports daily quoted Erik Bánki, member of the board of the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ), as saying.

The Hungarians still have that great tradition and the current team is part of that. Their football school is very beautiful; very technical and creative

Ahead of a Hungary-Ireland friendly game back in 2012, the now 78-year-old Giovanni Trapattoni took the opportunity to express his admiration for the Hungarian football culture and history, comparing them to Europe’s modern elite. “Honvéd and Hungary were great teams with so many great players. They were a fantastic side, like Barcelona now.” “I played against them, also Flórian Albert, who was a member of the second great Hungary team. I knew them later too because many defected to Spain after the Russians invaded”, he told in an interview with Irish Times.

Having won won 10 league titles in Italy, Germany, Portugal and Austria, Giovanni Trapattoni is one of only five coaches ever to have won league titles in four different European countries. Alongside Udo Lattek, he is the only coach to have won all three major European club competitions (European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup) and the only one to make it with the same club (Juventus).

Trapattoni was most recently the manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, leading them to their first European Championships in 24 years in 2012. This followed narrowly missing out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after his team were controversially knocked out by France. Trapattoni also coached his native Italian national team to the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004, but could not replicate his club successes with Italy.

Hungary’s interim head coach Zoltán Szélesi (photo: mlsz.hu)

Meanwhile, MLSZ has appointed Zoltán Szélesi as interim national team head coach for the final two matches of the year in November. Szélesi has been part of the national team coaching staff for the last two years, and will act as interim national team head coach for the friendly matches away to Luxembourg on 10 November and at home to Costa Rica on 14 November. Szélesi is rumored to be one of the top candidates for the permanent job, alongside Imre Szabics, Csaba László, Zsolt Lőw and Italian coach Marco Rossi.

via nso.hu, goal.com and mlsz.hu; featured photo: goal.com