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A Look at Antonio Conte's Managerial Career

A Look at Antonio Conte's Managerial Career

Article by: Mitchell Grimes

Mon, Nov 08.21

A Look at Antonio Conte's Managerial Career

Following an extremely decorated playing career with Juventus, Conte retired in 2004 with 5 Serie A titles, a Champions League trophy and numerous domestic cups Antonio Conte went straight into management. 




Conte He signed on as assistant manager at Siena for the 2005/06 season, helping keep the club in the Serie A. After one season as an assistant at Siena, Conte was signed as head coach for Serie B Arezzo but had been sacked by October, replaced by Maurizio Sarri. 


In March 2007, Conte was brought back to Arezzo after Sarri had been sacked and led the club to 5 wins in a row to try and keep them in Serie B. Arezzo were relegated to Serie C on the final day of the season, missing out on safety by a point. 


Conte left Arezzo after their relegation and was appointed by Bari in December during their 07/08 Serie B campaign. Conte turned the club around, leading them out of the relegation battle and finishing comfortably in mid-table. In 2008/09 Conte won his first honours as a manager, Arezzo were crowned Serie B Champions and promoted to Serie A. 




Following Arezzo’s promotion, Conte was heavily linked to Juventus and left Arezzo by mutual consent. Juventus overlooked Conte, who publically declared he was ready for the job as the manager signed with Atalanta for the 2009/10 campaign. 

Conte was struggling at Atalanta by November 2009, causing tension between himself and the fans which came to aheads by January with Conte needing police protection after a loss to Napoli. Conte handed in his resignation the next day with Atalanta sitting in 19th place and later relegated. 




After the disaster at Atalanta, Conte was straight back into a job, signing with Siena where he started his managerial career as an assistant. Conte led the club back to the Serie A in 10/11 after they were relegated the previous season. 


Conte eventually got his move to Juventus at the start of the 10/11 season, joining the club he played at for over 10 years. Conte equalled broke Fabio Capellos record unbeaten run as he went on to secure the league title with Juventus, going undefeated in the Serie A in his first season as manager. The loss to Napoli in the Coppa Italia final was their only loss in Italy that season. 

Conte went on to win 3 Serie A titles in a row in his 3 seasons at the Italian Giants, breaking the points record in Serie A in 13/14, finishing with 102. Conte was also named Serie A coach of the season for each of his three-season at Juventus before resigning in 2014. 




Conte was brought in as the new Italy national team manager in 2014, signing a contract to keep him in charge until the 2016 Euros. Conte’s Italy went 10 games unbeaten and comfortably sealed Euro 2016 qualification. 

Italy started Euro 2016 by beating the number 1 ranked team Belgium 2-0, with Conte winning over the remaining doubters over his position as national team coach. Conte finished top of the group with Italy, which had not been achieved at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup. Italy went on to beat reigning champions Spain with goals from Giorgio Chiellini & Graziano Pelle. 

Italy would go on to play the world champions Germany in the quarter-final, with the match ending 1-1 after extra time. Germany would go on to win the penalty shoot-out and Conte resigned, wanting to return to club football. 




Immediately following Italy’s Euro 2016 exit, Conte signed with Chelsea on a 3-year deal, replacing Guus Hiddink. In December, Chelsea broke a club record with 13 league wins in a row, equalling Arsenal’s record set in 2002. 

Conte was also the first manager in premier league history to win 3 manager of the month awards in a row. Conte’s Chelsea clinched the title with 2 games to go and set a new record for most wins in a single season, with 30 wins out of 38. 

Conte also won the FA Cup at Chelsea the following season, beating Manchester United 1-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty. Chelsea finished 5th in the league in Conte’s second season, leading to his sacking in 2018. 



Inter Milan 

Conte had a season off before taking his next job, Inter Milan in May 2019, the club chasing a league title which they hadn’t won in over 10 years. Conte brought in Lukaku who scored 34 goals in the league firing the club to within touching distance of the league, finishing 2nd by a point behind Juventus. The club made it to the Semi-Finals of the Coppa Italia, the furthest they had made it in 5 seasons.

The next season saw Antonio Conte break an 11-year title drought, wrapping up the league with 4 games to play. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez combined for 49 goals in all competitions and the side contained the likes of Ashley Young, Eriksen, Hakimi, Vidal & Alexis Sanchez, going on a 20 match unbeaten run.

Conte left Inter Milan after the title win, with the club having to sell many of its key players. 



Tottenham Hotspur

After sacking Nuno Espírito Santo with a poor start to the season, Antonio Conte signed with Spurs in November 2021. Will Conte win another piece of silverware in England? 



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