Arrigo Sacchi

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Arrigo Sacchi
Arrigo Sacchi (1989)
birthday April 1, 1946
place of birth FusignanoItaly
position Defense
Years station Games (goals) 1
1964-1977 Fusignano CF.
1977-1979 AC Bellaria
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1985-1987 AC Parma
1987-1991 AC Milan
1991-1996 Italy
1996-1997 AC Milan
1998-1999 Atlético Madrid
2001 AC Parma
1 Only league games are given.

Arrigo Sacchi (born April 1, 1946 in Fusignano (RA) , Italy ) is a former Italian football player and coach . As head coach of AC Milan, he won the European Cup in 1988/89 and 1989/90. In 1994 he became vice world champion as coach of the Italian national team.


Sacchi himself played football as an amateur, was considered an average player, without celebrating great success with his clubs. In 1982 he made his coaching debut at Rimini Calcio in Serie C1 . In 1986, he led the AC Parma in the Serie B and ensured attention when he with his club in the Coppa Italia the 1986/87 season to AC Milan defeated. Thereupon Milan President Silvio Berlusconi signed him as coach of the Rossoneri .

Arrigo Sacchi shaped a new offensive style that Serie A had rarely experienced in this form. He primarily relied on the innovative elements of pressing and space coverage . With captain and defense organizer Franco Baresi , the young attacking full-back Paolo Maldini and the Dutch duo Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten , he won the Italian championship in his first season . A year later , with Frank Rijkaard , another Dutchman joined the team, the team won the European Cup , which the Northern Italians defended in 1989/90 . In 1989 and 1990 Sacchi also won the World Cup and European Supercup twice . He was hailed as the most modern coach in Italy.

As a result, Sacchi left AC Milan in 1991 and was appointed coach of the Italian national team , which was in a crisis as it failed to qualify for the 1992 European football championship in Sweden . Sacchi built on his Italian stars from AC Milan, but what he lacked were the Dutch stars, so that the national team could not implement the offensive football that Sacchi wanted. The qualification for the soccer world championship 1994 in the USA was nevertheless achieved. The tournament started with a disappointment. Italy lost to Ireland 0-1. The team barely survived every round and was able to advance to the final thanks to Roberto Baggio's goals . The final against Brazil saw a penalty shoot-out in which Baresi and Baggio became tragic heroes as they missed their penalties and enabled the Brazilians to win the title for the fourth time.

Two years later, at the 1996 European Football Championship in England , the Sacchi team disappointed the fans. The Italians were eliminated in the preliminary round and could never really convince.

Sacchi was replaced by Cesare Maldini after this failure and tried his hand at clubs like Atlético Madrid and AC Parma again as a club coach, but without the success he had achieved with AC Milan.

From December 21, 2004, Sacchi was Real Madrid's sporting director . On December 6, 2005, he announced his departure at the end of the year.

Success as a trainer

National team

AC Milan

Personal awards

Web links

Commons : Arrigo Sacchi  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Italian National Team Coaches (English)