Marcello Lippi, Commendatore OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [marˈt͡ʃɛllo ˈlippi]; born 12 April 1948) is an Italian World Cup-winning football manager and former player. He is currently the head coach of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. He served as Italian national team head coach from 16 July 2004 to 12 July 2006 and led Italy to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was re-appointed as Italian national team head coach in the summer of 2008 and was succeeded by Cesare Prandelli after the disappointing performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.As a manager he won one World Cup title, five Serie A titles, two Chinese Super League titles, one Coppa Italia, one Chinese FA Cup, four Italian Supercup, one UEFA Champions League, one AFC Champions League, one UEFA Supercup and one Intercontinental Cup. He is the first and to date the only coach to win both the UEFA Champions League and the AFC Champions League.He was named the world’s best football manager by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) both in 1996 and 1998, and world’s best National coach in 2006. He is the only coach to have won the most prestigious international competitions both for clubs in different continents, and for national teams (the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup in 1996 with Juventus; the AFC Champions League in 2013 with Guangzhou; and the FIFA World Cup in 2006 with Italy).In 2007, The Times included him on its list of the top 50 managers of all time.
Date Of Birth
June 16, 1967
Place Of Birth
6′ 4″ (1.93 m)
Manager, Football player
Goethe University Frankfurt
Ulla Sandrock (m. 2005), Sabine Klopp (m. ?–2001)
Norbert Klopp, Elisabeth Klopp
Isolde Reich, Stefanie Klopp
German Football Manager of the Year, Deutscher Fernsehpreis – Best Sports Program
Money isn’t the most important thing. It is important, of course. I am not Mahatma Gandhi.
If you lose a game, everyone asks why this player didn’t play. If we win, nobody asks.
Cristiano [Ronaldo] reminds me of German tennis player Michael Stich. He was destined to make history, but then Boris Becker showed up. Cristiano is so fast, so strong, so incredible, but he has one problem: Leo Messi.
[New signing Henrikh] Mkhitaryan fits us like an arse on a bucket. What he offers is exactly what we need.
[After Borussia Dortmund’s quarter-final Champions League win over Málaga, a reporter suggests the game made Klopp lose a year of his life] I don’t mind that, I’ll gladly lose it for this. I am a smoker – I have already lost way more years of my life. But a game like this one is worth losing a year of life for.
[on dealing with defeat] When I gave the first interview, I was very disappointed. After the second one 10 minutes later, I was feeling better. In 30 minutes, I’ll probably feel like we won the match.
[on Mats Hummels’ continuous injury problems] We will wait for him like a good wife waiting for her husband who is in jail.
[on motivating his team after a poor first-half performance] I told my players during the interval: ‘Since we’re here anyway, we might actually play a bit of football.’
When Dortmund last won here [Bayern Munich] 19 years ago, most of my players were still being breast-fed.
Yes, it’s true. I underwent a hair transplant. And I think the results are really cool, don’t you?
[on the difference between himself and Arsène Wenger] He likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. But I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud.
I’m a bit proud of my first red card as coach. I approached the fourth official and said: ‘How many mistakes are allowed here? If it is 15, you have one more.’
Former German soccer player, who has been coach of Bundesliga clubs “FSV Mainz 05” from 2001-2008 and “Borussia Dortmund” since 2008.