Onside Trap: Giovanni Trapattoni profiled

Giovanni Trapattoni, age: 72. Appearance: animated during games, avuncular and philosophical with the press. Newsworthiness: has just signed a new contract to lead Ireland to Euro 2012, where our first-round games will be played in Group C against Cr

4th December, 2011
Onside Trap: Giovanni Trapattoni profiled
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Giovanni Trapattoni's new contract with the FAI may have been a "formality", but the Italian will gladly tell you that there are only three certainties in this world - birth, life and death.

The 72-year-old is now guaranteed to accumulate over €10 million from his spell as Ireland football team manager by the time he passes on the mantle - preferably, in his eyes, to understudy Marco Tardelli - after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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