Roberto Mancini was born on 27 November 1964 in Jesi, Italy and in the 1996/97 season he was voted Serie A player of the season. Mancini started his professional career at Bologna, playing 30 matches and scoring 9 goals.
From 1982 to 1997, he played up front for Sampdoria where he represented the Genoa-based club 424 times, scoring 132 goals and winning the Serie A league title, four Coppa Italias, and the European Cup Winners' Cup. He also twice won the player of the season award from Guerin Sportivo.
Mancini made his debut for Italy in May 1984 in a 2-0 win over Canada and went on to represent the Azzurri 36 times, scoring 4 goals. With Mancini in the squad Italy took third place at both Euro 1988 and their home 1990 World Cup.
In 1997, Mancini moved to Lazio, with whom he won his second Serie A title, two Italian Cups, the last-ever Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. In January 2001, the Italian star moved to Leicester, where he spent a month and ended his career aged 36.
Mancini’s coaching career began in 2000, becoming an assistant to Sven-Goran Eriksson at Lazio before making the move to Fiorentina as head coach where he won the Coppa Italia in his only season.
Mancini retuned to Lazio and took the helm as manager for the next two years, again winning the Coppa Italia. In 2004 Roberto was appointed manager of Inter, where he spent the most successful stage of his coaching career. Under his leadership, the team won the Serie A title three times in a row, as well as twice winning the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup once.
In December 2009, Mancini became the manager of Manchester City. In his first season he won the FA Cup, which was the club’s first trophy in 35 years. In May 2012, City won their first Premier League title and the club’s first league title since 1968. A few months later Mancini won his third English trophy, the F.A. Community Shield.
From 2013 to 2014 Roberto coached Turkish side Galatasaray, where he again won the country’s Cup. In November 2014 he returned to the Italy to manager Inter once again and spent two years in charge at the San Siro before departing in August 2016.
Roberto joined Zenit as head coach on 1st June 2017.