“Footballers don’t want a father figure or an older brother as a manager. They want a strong and secure leader who’s capable of guiding the team to their important objectives.”
This is the footballing philosophy of Marcello Lippi, and over the course of 405 games with Juventus he certainly reached some impressive objectives.
Right from his very first game in the Bianconeri dugout on 4 September 1994, the Viareggio-born coach transmitted his winning mentality to the group.
And before long new additions began to arrive in the Juventus trophy cabinet, one by one: three Scudetto titles, two Italian Super Cups, a Coppa Italia, the Champions League trophy, a European Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.
And when he returned for a second spell in the Juve dugout from 2001 to 2004, another two Serie A triumphs and as many Super Cups arrived.
To round it all off, in 2006 he lifted the World Cup with an Azzurri side that featured five Bianconeri heroes: Gigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluca Zambrotta
Now, as he celebrates his 66th birthday, all associated with Juventus Football Club wish Marcello Lippi many happy returns.