Coach Claudio Ranieri is hanging up his boots

After touching the hearts of countless soccer fans, coach Claudio Ranieri (73) is hanging up his boots.

Cagliari Calcio announced the retirement of Claudio Ranieri on the club’s official website on Wednesday, saying, “We would like to express our eternal gratitude to Claudio Ranieri.”

Ranieri began his coaching career at Vigor Lamezia in 1986. He went on to manage Cagliari, SSC Napoli, ACF Fiorentina, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus, AS Roma, Inter Milan, Leicester City, Fulham, and Watford, among others.

Ranieri arrived at Chelsea in 2000, and his shrewd signings of Frank Lampard, Emmanuel Petit, Jesper Cronkar, and William Gallas have been instrumental in shaping the Blues into the club they are today.

Most notably, 바카라사이트 Ranieri led Chelsea from the brink of bankruptcy in the 2002-2003 season to a dramatic UEFA Champions League run that led to a takeover by former owner Roman Abramovich.

Ranieri took the reins at promoted Leicester City in July 2015 and created a “fairytale” that soccer fans will never forget. With Kasper Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, and Danny Drinkwater at the helm, the Foxes took the Premier League by storm, playing extreme counter-attacking football with solid defense and sharp counter-attacks.

Ranieri’s Leicester didn’t end up being a flash in the pan.

The Foxes maintained their momentum through the second half of the season, overtaking title contenders Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to win the league. The odds of Leicester winning the title that season were once analyzed as being similar to the 1/6000 chance of a coin landing heads.

Ranieri left Leicester after the 2016-2017 season and went on to manage Nantes, Fulham, and Roma before returning to Cagliari in 2022.

Cagliari said on April 22: “Ranieri, who took charge in 1988 at the age of 37, arrived at the fallen club with the words ‘we will rise again’. After relegation to Serie C, he took the club from the brink of bankruptcy to Serie A in two seasons and left with a promise to meet again someday.”

“In the 2022-2023 season, Cagliari were once again in crisis and the promise made to Ranieri became a reality. Cagliari were struggling in Serie B. Ranieri said: ‘I need to take some time. Ranieri returned to the club with the words ‘give me a little time’ and from January 2023, 바카라사이트 추천 he turned the team’s fortunes around, defeating Venice and Parma to return to Serie A.”

According to the UK’s The Guardian, Ranieri said: “I think the decision to leave football now is the right one. It was difficult and painful to make this decision, but I think it’s the right one,” he said.

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