Walter Zenga

Walter Zenga ( born April 28, 1960 in Milan ) is an Italian former football goalkeeper and current coach. He played in the 1980s and 1990s, including for Inter Milan.

  • 3.1 As a player
  • 3.2 As a coach

Career as a player

In the club

His debut in Serie A, he was at the match Inter Milan against Sampdoria (1-2) on September 11, 1983. During his career as a professional football player, he was elected as the first goalkeeper three times World Goalkeeper of the Year ( 1989, 1990, 1991).

In the National Team

In the Italian national team, he was active between October 1986 and June 1992 a total of 58 times. His biggest success was the 3rd place in the Football World Cup 1990. During this tournament he was 517 minutes long without conceding a goal and set so that the force in men's soccer to this day record.

Career as a coach

Since end of his career Walter Zenga has worked as a football coach. He moved in 2002 to Romania, where he became the first FC Naţional Bucharest for two years. After a mid-table position at the end of the 2002/ 03 and reaching the Romanian Cup Finals ( 0-1 against Dinamo Bucharest ) but was discharged in September 2003 after a false start in the following season. This was followed by Steaua Bucharest in the 2004/05 season, where he had to go despite standings ahead of schedule in May 2005. He then coached FK Red Star Belgrade, with him of the Double in Serbia succeeded in 2006. At the beginning of the 2006-2007 season he coached Gaziantepspor in Turkey, but moved to the first round in the United Arab Emirates. Beginning in early 2007 Zenga trained there the Al Ain Club.

On 5 September 2007 he signed a two -year contract with Dinamo Bucharest, but had to take the hat back on the 25th November 2007. In April 2008, Zenga took over the Italian club Catania Calcio the post of coach. In June, 2009, the Sicilian local rivals Palermo announced that Zenga had signed a two -year contract with an option for a third season with the Pink Black.

In May 2010 he signed a temporary two -year contract with Al -Nasr SC in the United Arab Emirates.


As a player

In the National Team

  • World Cup Third: 1990

In the club

  • Italian Champion: 1988/89
  • Italian Super Cup winner: 1989
  • UEFA Cup Winners: 1990/91, 1993/94

Individual honors

  • Italian Footballer of the Year: 1987
  • World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year: 1989, 1990, 1991

As a coach

With the club

  • Serbian champions: 2005/ 06
  • Serbian Cup Winners: 2005/ 06