Gian Piero Ventrone, Tottenham’s fitness coach, dies at 61

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LONDON –


Gian Piero Ventrone, an Italian health coach who labored at English membership Tottenham after holding comparable roles with Juventus and Italy’s World Cup-winning workforce of 2006, has died. He was 61.


Tottenham introduced the dying of Ventrone on Thursday, with out giving any extra particulars.


Nicknamed “The Marine” due to his intense health classes, Ventrone joined Tottenham after Antonio Conte took cost as supervisor in November final yr. He was well-liked with the gamers; Son Heung-min lately talked about Ventrone’s influence after ending his gradual begin to the Premier League with a hat trick in opposition to Leicester on Sept. 17.


“Not simply soccer clever, I feel life clever he provides me a lot recommendation. I’m actually grateful,” Son mentioned.


“He has been so useful, giving me at all times an enormous hug in powerful occasions and even nice occasions he has at all times been subsequent to me and each employees.”


In its assertion saying Ventrone’s dying, Tottenham mentioned he was “as loveable off the pitch as he was demanding on it.”


Ventrone constructed a robust status throughout a spell with Juventus from 1994-99, when he first encountered Conte as a participant when Marcello Lippi was coach. He additionally labored at Juve from 2001-04 and later underneath Lippi with Italy — together with when the Azzurri received the World Cup in 2006.


“He employed progressive strategies in bodily conditioning impressed by trendy standards, which led the best way in Italy and overseas,” Juventus mentioned.


“We are going to at all times keep in mind his consideration to element, his work philosophy, and maybe his biggest expertise, the understanding that soccer — and particularly the basic elements of conditioning and athleticism — was regularly coming into a brand new period. A brand new period that, partly, he helped write.”


Ventrone additionally labored at Italian workforce Catania, French workforce Ajaccio in addition to with Jiangsu Suning and Guangzhou Evergrande in China.

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