Atalanta ranked first in the Serie A championship, which for years has achieved success in Italy and Europe, has deep Piedmontese and Turin roots: Gian Piero Gasperini and Luca Trucchi.
From Turin, born in Grugliasco and raised in football in Juventus, coach Gian Piero Gasperini is considered one of the best coaches in Italy and Europe.
Gian Piero Gasperini born in 1958 played as a midfielder in Juventus, Reggiana, Palermo, Cavese, Pistoiese, Pescara, Salernitana and then Vis Pesaro.
On 10 September 2019 he received the honorary citizenship of Bergamo and on 27 November 2019 he received the honorary citizenship of Sauze d’Oulx.
As a coach he started with the Juventus youth teams, leading the Primavera team to success in the 2003 Viareggio Tournament. He then began his career in Crotone, leading the Calabrian club to promotion to Serie B.
In the summer of 2006 he became the coach of Genoa which he led to promotion to Serie A in June 2007 and then even to fifth place in Serie A and then in the Europa League.
In the summer of 2011 he signed a two-year contract with Inter which however lasted less than a year so in September 2012 he became the manager of Palermo where he remained for less than a year and then returned to Genoa, also reaching the 6th in Serie TO.
On 14 June 2016 he began his adventure in Bergamo with Atalanta who in a few years became uda of the major protagonists of Italian football, recognized for spectacular and sparkling football. Atalanta have also gained visibility and credibility in Europe in both the Europa League and the Champions League.
With Gian Piero Gasperini Luca Trucchi has continued to work as an athletic trainer all these years and is now considered one of the best in Italy.
Luca is the son of a family of great sportsmen, his father Giuseppe Trucchi was for years the technical director of the ISEF in Turin and trainer of Juve and Toro, his brother Fabrizio is a doctor specialized in orthopedics. After a good career in various sports and graduating from ISEF, now Suism Luca Trucchi started following the Toro youth teams at the end of the 80s, before moving to Juventus and becoming a long-time collaborator of Gian Piero Gasperini from 2006 to today.
When did you take your first steps as an athletic trainer?
I started in 1988/89 with the little ones of Turin, and let’s say that in this context I was in charge of the “athletic training” starting from the chicks, up to the students.
Was he on any team?
I was not attached to a particular team, but I did an intervention on different teams; one day on one side, one day on the other. It was more an intervention on the coordination aspect of the running technique, rather than the control of some delicate situations, such as postural defects, for example: therefore it was a work aimed not so much at the preparation itself, but more at a control and to a didactic. This of course was in the beginning.
Then I continued for another six years with Turin, and then worked with some teams in the Turin hinterland, such as Pro Settimo Torinese. It was a very soft thing, in fact, I went once a week. It was a way to keep holding on to football, waiting for some new proposal.
Did the proposal arrive?
For a fortuitous combination, the Pro Settimo coach asked me to go and coach Moncalieri, a team near Turin, and basically without making it too long, I found myself coaching the first team, which at that time was the Excellence. Moncalieri was a very strong team in which players who had played in Serie A also played, and in two years we managed to move up to C2.
Did the turning point come from there?
The turning point came after the year of Serie D, when the Juventus athletic trainer, who at the time was Giampiero Ventrone, called me. At first he put me in the cadres of the first team, therefore, I made a giant leap from Serie D to Serie A of Juventus.
Didn’t he go to the first team right away?
Exactly. I didn’t go to the first team right away, because at the time I didn’t have any Federation title that allowed me to coach a professional team. For this reason, the following year, I hurriedly attended the athletic trainer course and, having taken this title, I entered in all respects in Juventus as a Primavera trainer, and there the turning point was to meet Gian Piero Gasperini, with whom I worked for three years, among other things managing to win a tournament in Viareggio, in 2003.
Then did Mister Gasperini leave the Primavera?
Yes. In 2003 he left, and I didn’t feel like following him.
For what reason?
Because he went to Crotone which was in Serie C, and I had a son on the way, so I decided to stay in Turin in the Juventus youth sector for another three years, in a situation that was much less brilliant than before, despite being the results arrived.
In 2006, did Gasperini get a phone call that he wanted her again at his side?
That’s right, in 2006 suddenly came the phone call from Gasperini that, after his contract with Crotone, he would have to go to coach Genoa, and then he asked me to follow him.
Did he accept this time?
For the way he trains Gasperini, it can be said that he should be followed up to the end of the world.
Is it therefore since 2006 that, for better or for worse, you have been following Gasperini?
I would say yes, I followed Gasperini for better or for worse: I spent four years at Genoa, then we went to Inter and Palermo.
Then you were left without a team for a short time?
Yes, and here our paths divided for a year: I had a call from Toro to be able to take care of the injured, and then I did a year at Turin, and at the time as a coach there was Ventura, and I can say that that year did not go very well as the first team staff made sure to always leave me on the sidelines of the business.
What happened then?
Gasperini called me back because he was coaching Genoa, an experience that lasted two years.
Did the current contract with Atalanta arrive after Genoa?
Exactly. The season of Atalanta this year started if we can say “muted”, and instead now it is proving to be a “Rossini crescendo”.
Who is an athletic trainer?
An athletic trainer is a somewhat varied figure in the world of football, because there are all kinds. I believe that he is an important figure more in terms of accident prevention than in the preparation itself. Working with a coach like Gasperini, who is extraordinary in terms of training proposals on the field, in reality the intervention of the athletic trainer could be limited to a gym work, therefore to a preventive work to be performed before training.
From what you say, it is clear that the figure of the athletic trainer is also that of intermediary between the coach and the players?
Let’s say that he is a figure who can also act as an intermediary between the player and the coach; in the sense that the coach has his own authority, which is undisputed, and the player, especially if he is young, has a hard time dealing with it, and perhaps at this point he talks to the athletic trainer who, often engaging in the role of the psychologist, acts as a intermediary between the two parties. Of course I speak from my own experience, and this is what often happens to me.