Gennaro Gattuso (Part 2)

12 Mar 2024

Gennaro Gattuso (Part 2)

Gennaro Gattuso had a distinguished international career with the Italy national football team, earning 73 caps. He represented Italy in various tournaments, including the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004, the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008, the 2009 Confederations Cup, and the 2010 World Cup.Gattuso made his senior international debut on February 23, 2000, in a friendly against Sweden. He played in the 2002 World Cup, making two substitute appearances, and was part of the Italy squad at Euro 2004. Gattuso became a key player in Italy's triumph at the 2006 World Cup, winning the Man of the Match award in the quarter-final against Ukraine. His partnership with Andrea Pirlo in midfield was crucial to Italy's success, with Gattuso providing defensive support.

During Euro 2008, Gattuso played in the group stage matches but was suspended for the quarter-final against Spain, which Italy lost in a penalty shoot-out. He captained Italy for the first time in a friendly against Greece in 2008. Despite recovering from a knee injury, he was included in Italya squad for the 2009 Confederations Cup. Gattuso announced his retirement from international duty in June 2010, following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. His final international appearance came in Italy's last group match against Slovakia, which ended in a 3–2 defeat and resulted in Italya early elimination from the tournament. Throughout his international career, Gattuso was known for his tenacity, work rate, and contributions to Italy's success on the global stage.

Considered one of the greatest holding midfielders of all time, Gennaro Gattuso had a remarkable career marked by versatility, tenacity, and leadership. Primarily a central or defensive midfielder, he occasionally played on the right flank, adapting to roles as a full back, wing-back, winger, or even central defender due to his versatility.

In the midfield, Gattuso played a deeper role, supporting Pirlo defensively by breaking up opposition attacks. His interceptions and defensive contributions allowed him to transition the ball to more creative teammates, showcasing his commitment to both offensive and defensive aspects of the game. His fierce challenges and stamina earned him the nickname "Ringhio". Beyond his footballing abilities, Gattuso stood out for his competitive spirit, determination, and leadership qualities on and off the pitch.

Gennaro Gattuso has a diverse personal life. He is married to Monica Romano, a Scottish woman of Italian descent, and they have two children. Monica's father, Mario, was a wealthy restaurateur who passed away in 2011, and her sister, Carla Romano, is a television presenter.
In January 2010, Gattuso ventured into business by opening a fish shop in his hometown of Corigliano Calabro.Gattuso is a Catholic, and during his time at Rangers in the 1997–98 season, a club with a Protestant identity, he claimed that his teammates instructed him to remove his crucifix necklace.Tragically, Gattuso's sister, Francesca, passed away in June 2020 at the age of 37 after being in intensive care since February.Additionally, Gattuso has been dealing with an auto-immune disease called ocular myasthenia since his playing days.
He publicly discussed his illness in late 2020 after appearing on the pitch wearing an eyepatch during several games.

Gennaro Gattuso participated in the Italian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire , appearing alongside Christian Vieri during a charity episode. The duo ended the game on the second-to-last question, securing a prize of 150,000. Prior to this, Vincenzo Montella, present in the audience, suggested they walk away with 70,000 to avoid risking an incorrect answer and dropping down to 16,000. In a playful manner, Vieri jokingly suggested selling Montella , while Gattuso humorously asked for Montella to be sent out of the studio, claiming he was acting like a jinx Gattuso is also featured in EA Sports FIFA football video game series. He was part of the Ultimate Team Legends in FIFA 16 and continued to be included in later iterations of the game.

Gennaro Gattuso embarked on his coaching career in 2011 while still playing for AC Milan. During this time, he attended a course for the UEFA A License and successfully passed the exam in July of the same year.On 25 February 2013, Gattuso assumed the role of manager for Sion, taking over from Víctor Muñoz, who had been demoted to a scouting role following a 4–0 defeat by Thun in the Swiss Super League. Gattuso became the fifth manager for the club during the 2012–13 season. He secured his first managerial victory on 27 February 2013, with a 2–0 win against Lausanne in a Swiss Cup match. However, Gattuso was dismissed from his managerial position on 13 May 2013.

Gennaro Gattuso was strongly linked to the managerial position at Palermo after the club was relegated to Serie B. On 3 June 2013, Maurizio Zamparini confirmed a verbal agreement with Gattuso, contingent upon a contract release for then-manager Giuseppe Sannino. The official announcement of Gattuso's appointment was made on 19 June, following his successful contract resolution with Sion. He appointed Luigi Riccio, with whom he had previously worked at Sion, as his assistant.Gattuso's tenure as the head coach of Palermo, however, was brief. He was dismissed on 25 September 2013 after achieving only two wins and a draw in the first six games of the league season.During the 2013–14 season, Gattuso continued his coaching education by attending a course for the UEFA Pro Licence. He successfully passed the exam in September 2014.


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