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Giovanni Trapattoni Could Be Set For New National Team Role

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 14: Ireland national team manager Giovanni Trapattoni looks on during the International Friendly match between Wales v Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Former Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni could be set for an international management comeback after applying for a new position.

The Irish Independent have reported that the veteran tactician has applied for the vacant South Africa post. The Bafana Bafana are without a manager since the departure of Ephraim Mashaba who was sacked before Christmas. Roberto Mancini is also said to be in the running for the job.

In addition to Ireland, Trapattoni managed his native Italy and guided them to the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. His last job was with the Boys in Green where he spent five years at the helm overseeing the side’s Euro 2012 qualification. Trap won 26 of his 64 games in charge and was sacked after a poor qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup.

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 13: Giovanni Trapattoni, manager of Ireland speaks during a press conference at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 13, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

With Juventus, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich among the lucrative clubs on an astonishing CV, the former defender will be hoping for one last crack at international management as he nears his 78th birthday on St.Patricks Day.

The hosts of the 2010 World Cup are at a low ebb at present, currently in 62nd place in the Fifa World Rankings.

With Trap’s last job ending in tears, it looks like he wants one last crack at international management.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.