Maurizio Sarri Biography
Maurizio Sarri is an Italian professional footballer who is the current manager of Serie A club Juventus. He was born in Bagnoli district of Naples. He did not play football professionally.
Sarri only took part as an amateur central defender and coach while working as a banker. In 2005, he had his first Serie B job at Pescara.
He won promotion to Serie A with Empoli In 2014, and after preserving their place in the top flight he was hired by Napoli. He won several individual awards while managing the Naples-based club and in 2017–18 after finishing as league runners-up, he moved to Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri Age
Born on 10th January 1959, Maurizio is 59 years old as 2019.
Maurizio Sarri Family
Maurizio was born in the Bagnoli district of Naples. His father, who was born and raised in Tuscany. He moved back to the region with his family following the end of his tenure as a construction worker for Italsider, a steel company.
Raised in the Figline Valdarno neighborhood, Sarri divided his time as a banker for Banca Monte Dei Paschi di Siena in Tuscany and an amateur footballer.
His work as a banker saw him travel Europe, working in Zürich, London, and Luxembourg. Before moving to Stamford Bridge Maurizio lived a quiet life in the Italian Riviera together with his introverted wife, Marina, their son and dog.
Maurizio Sarri Empoli
On 25 June 2012, Sarri was hired by Tuscan Serie B club Empoli, to be their new coach. In his first season, Sarri led the club to fourth place and the playoff final, before losing to local rivals Livorno.
The following season, he guided Empoli to second place in the final table and direct promotion to Serie A after six years away. Later in the 2014–15 Serie A, Empoli avoided relegation by coming 15th.
Maurizio Sarri Napoli
On 11 June 2015, Sarri signed for the club of his city of birth, Napoli, replacing Rafael Benítez, who left after missing out on a UEFA Champions League place. He previously had been hired by Empoli.
In his first season, Sarri brought in Pepe Reina, Allan and Elseid Hysaj. The trio would go on to be first-team stalwarts for the following campaign, as Napoli finished runners-up to Juventus.
On 20 January 2016, Maurizio found himself embroiled in a heated exchange of words with the then head coach of Inter Milan, Roberto Mancini in the final minutes of a Coppa Italia match where Mancini accused Sarri of being a homophobe.
Sarri responded to the accusations by saying that he was not a homophobe, saying “what happens on the field, stays on the field”. Sarri was consequently fined €20,000 and banned for two Coppa Italia matches by Lega Serie A for directing extremely insulting words at the coach of the opposing team.
On 27 May 2016, Sarri extended his stay at the club until 2020 on. Two months later Juventus would manage to sign Gonzalo Higuaín from Napoli for €90 million in the summer.
Gonzalo had managed to equal the record for most goals scored in a singular Serie A season, with 36.
However, Sarri was against the possibility of spending the money on a like-for-like replacement. Instead, he advocated on spending sparingly on weaker positions in the side to improve on depth, while working with his squad to compensate for the loss of Higuaín.
This was achieved through the positional change of Dries Mertens. Dries originally a wide-forward, played more centrally the following season. This worked to great effect, as the Belgian scored 28 goals as the club finished 3rd in 2017. Sarri was voted the league’s coach of the year and he received the Enzo Bearzot Award.
Sarri, whose Napoli squad had concluded the first half of the 2015–16 season Serie A in 1st place, were given the title “Campioni d’Inverno” (“Winter Champions”) for the first time in 26 years.
This made him believe he had constructed a team capable of winning the league the following season. Napoli began the 2017–18 season in hot form. They set a team record for most consecutive league victories, with 8.
It also took the club until December to register a league defeat. The next defeat happened three months later hence registering ten straight victories in the process. The club regained the title of “Campioni d’Inverno” from the previous campaign. Napoli finished the 2017–18 Serie A season four points behind Juventus taking second place. On 23 May 2018, Carlo Ancelotti replaced Sarri as head coach.
Maurizio Sarri Chelsea
Sarri was appointed the manager of Chelsea on 14 July 2018, replacing Antonio Conte who was sacked the day before. On 5th August, in his first competitive game, the team lost the 2018 FA Community Shield to Manchester City 2–0 at Wembley Stadium.
The following week he recorded his first win as Chelsea manager in a 3–0 win away to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.
His team was unbeaten for the first twelve league matches, until 24 November, where they lost 3–1 to Tottenham Hotspur.
During the 2019 EFL Cup Final against Manchester City, the match ended at 0-0. A penalty shootout was to follow and Sarri called for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to be substituted off for Willy Caballero.
However, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted and an irate Sarri nearly stormed into the stadium tunnel.
He was later held back by Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger from confronting the keeper. Chelsea lost the shoot-out 3–4.
After the game, both Arrizabalaga and Sarri said that the situation was a misunderstanding; Sarri believed that Arrizabalaga was too injured with a cramp to continue, but Arrizabalaga felt okay to continue.
Sarri won his first major trophy as a manager after Chelsea beat Arsenal 4–1 in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final in Baku on 29 May. The team managed to win the title undefeated throughout the entirety of the Europa League campaign.
Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus due to his desire to be closer to his elderly parents in Italy.
Maurizio Sarri Juventus
On 16 June 2019, Juventus announced the signing of Sarri on a three-year contract.
Maurizio Sarri Kepa Arrizabalaga
2019 EFL Cup Final
Later on 24 February 2019, during the 2019 EFL Cup Final against cup holders Manchester City. The match ended at 0-0 and a penalty shootout was imminent. Sarri, therefore, called for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to be substituted off for Willy Caballero; formerly of City, and whose penalty saves won them the 2016 League Cup Final.
However, Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted and an irate Sarri nearly stormed into the stadium tunnel. He was later held back by Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger from confronting Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea lost the shoot-out 3–4. Later after the game, both Arrizabalaga and Sarri said that the situation was a misunderstanding; Sarri believed that Arrizabalaga was too injured with a cramp to continue, but Arrizabalaga felt okay to continue.
Maurizio Sarri Europa League Final
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 4-1 during the Europa League Finals. Eden Hazard scored two goals and made another to help Chelsea win over Arsenal.
Former Arsenal striker Giroud broke the deadlock when he met Emerson’s clipped cross with a powerful near-post header that zipped past Petr Cech.
Pedro scored the second goal sweeping home a cross from Hazard. The third goal was scored by Hazard from the penalty spot soon after, sending Cech the wrong way after Ainsley Maitland-Niles fouled Giroud.
Hazard later scored the fourth goal after playing a one-two with Giroud. After the game, Hazard his was likely his Chelsea as he continues to be linked to Real Madrid.
Maurizio Sarri Controversy
Maurizio Sarri Roberto Mancini
During the 2015–16 season, Sarri was embroiled in a heated exchange with Roberto Mancini, then head coach of Inter Milan. Thew exchange happened in the final minutes of a Coppa Italia match on 20 January 2016, where Mancini accused Sarri of directing a homophobic slur at him.
Sarri responded to the accusations by saying that he was not a homophobe. He stated, “what happens on the field, stays on the field”. Sarri was consequently fined €20,000 and banned for two Coppa Italia matches by Lega Serie A for “directing extremely insulting epithets at the coach of the opposing team”.
Maurizio Sarri Awards
Maurizio Sarri has been given several awards. These are;
Panchina d’Argento: 2013–14
Panchina d’Oro: 2015–16
Enzo Bearzot Award: 2017
Serie A Coach of the Year: 2016–17
Maurizio Sarri News
Maurizio Sarri accused of ‘betrayal’ by former player after taking Juventus job
Napoli captain and Italian international Lorenzo Insigne has unleashed a scathing attack on former manager Maurizio Sarri after the latter’s exit from Chelsea lead him their Serie A rivals Juventus.
The comments came during a Q&A event where Insigne reinforced his opinion on Sarri’s decision, reports Goal.
“I said it and I say it again, for us Neapolitans, that was a betrayal,” he said.
“And it will be forever. Now we have to focus on ourselves and try to beat him at all costs. Now that he’s gone to Juve, I don’t want to talk about him anymore.
“The Scudetto is a dream for all of us and we will try once more.”