Legendary coach fights tears: This European Cup moment touches hearts

The legend of the coach fights tears
This European Cup moment touches hearts

In the Champions League, miracles happen, in the European League, Eintracht Frankfurt reached the final and in the Conference League, the semi-final is emotionally highlighted at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Spectators defend a legend in the middle of the game.

Claudio Ranieri is 70 years old – a legend in coaching. At least since he won one of the most likely titles in modern football history in 2016. In that time, he led Leicester City to Premier League glory in Jurgen Klopp’s first year as Liverpool coach. Ten points behind the runners-up Arsenal.

At that time, star striker Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante in midfield, Robert Huth and former Schalke player Christian Fuchs played in defense, Kasper Schmeichel saved what came in his box and stood Ranieri on the sidelines, becoming the club’s legend in just 18 months. Ranieri had other things to do as he became a hero on television after Tottenham’s draw with Chelsea in early May 2016.

“I’d love to see the match,” said Ranieri, who was dubbed “King Claudio” in Leicester at the time. “But I’m on my way back from Italy. My mum is 96 and wants to have lunch with her son. I’m sure I’ll be the last person he knows in England.”

One struggles with tears and cries

Claudio Ranieri is one of those, who has gone through an unbelievable number of coaching positions in his career and usually it wasn’t true, but he made his mark with his humanity and more than that at Leicester. And on Thursday, Leicester City played Roma in the UEFA Conference League, another team that Ranieri once coached. At that time between 2009 and 2011 and again for a short time in 2019. The Italian, who has been without a job since he was sacked at Watford in early January 2022, was on the field.

He was there as a fan as someone who loves football. When the stadium cameras at the Olympic Stadium saw him and his picture was projected onto the big screen, fans got up from their seats. Leicester Fox and Roma supporters applauded. They let an emotional Ranieri fight back tears. Tears later flowed from current Roma coach Jose Mourinho and perhaps even Ranieri.

The Roman citizen announced in advance that he would keep his fingers crossed for the sake of his heart club. successful. After 1-1 in the first leg, Roma handed 1-0 (1-0) with an early goal scored by Englishman Tammy Abraham. So much for Mourinho, who hasn’t had enough in the big stage of the Champions League for so long, but is now content with the conference league and overwhelmed with emotion.

Mourinho’s historic chance

“Why did I break into tears?” Mourinho said of his tears for Roma, who only won the Fairs Cup in 1961 and won the league title in 1961. “It’s not a cup yet, it’s just a final,” he added, looking at the 70,000 spectators in the stadium. But it means a lot to them. My feelings were for them.”

In the final on May 25 in Tirana, Mourinho is all about making history. The 59-year-old is the first coach to win the Champions League, European League and Conference League. He has won all four international finals so far: the 2003 UEFA Cup and the 2004 UEFA Champions League final with FC Porto, as well as the 2010 UEFA Champions League final with Inter Milan and the 2017 UEFA Europa League final with Manchester United. “I’ve been fortunate enough to play in a bigger and more famous final than this one,” Mourinho said. “But how we created a family atmosphere here gives me a special feeling.”

Discount in Tirana? Feyenoord Rotterdam. The last time they reached the UEFA Cup final was in 2002. There they defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in front of their own fans. It was the last day of the world champion Jürgen Koehler’s career. But you can read about it here on Sunday. Thursday belongs to Claudio Ranieri.

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