Former Inter head coach Gigi Simoni, who led a Ronaldo-inspired team to UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Cup glory in 1998, passed away at the age of 81 in Pisa, Italy. He was born on January 22, 1939, in Crevalcore, Italy.
i.About Gigi Simoni: He was an Italian football official, player & manager. Simoni played as an attacking midfielder for Mantova, Napoli, Torino, Juventus, Brescia and Genoa. He won the Coppa Italia in 1961–62 with Napoli.
ii.He had a well-travelled coaching career and guided 7 teams to promotions from Serie B to the Italian top flight, a record.
iii.Simoni coached clubs including Lazio, Napoli, Torino, Brescia, Cremonese and Inter Milan Football Club before the start of the 1997-98 season at the same time they signed Ronaldo from Barcelona and led them to second place in Serie A behind Juventus and to the UEFA Cup final, where they beat Lazio 3-0.
iv.Awards: Gigi Simon was awarded the Panchina d’Oro as the best Italian coach.
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