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Coaching legend Giovanni Trapattoni at 70

Former FCB coach Giovanni Trapattoni turns 70 on Tuesday, but the Italian has no intention of retiring just yet: the Maestro is seeking to guide Ireland to the 2010 World Cup finals and expand his astonishing coaching record – 22 trophies make him one of the world’s most decorated coaches.

Trapattoni’s birthday coincides happily with St. Patrick’s Day, but his attention will be focused on Ireland’s next qualifier in two weeks time, when a win would be the best imaginable present, as the Irish could leapfrog World Cup holders Italy into top spot.

“It’s tremendous to be facing Italy. It’s an honour. Obviously it’ll be an odd situation for me, because I’m proud to call myself Italian. But I’m a pro, and proud to be Ireland coach too. It won’t be a problem,” Trap recently told