Meet Vanni Sartini, the irreverent coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps

Italian, 46 years old. Vanni Sartini is one of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ most iconic coaches.

Vancouver Whitecaps coach Vanni Sartini is having his finest moment in 2023: a two-time Canadian Cup champion and with his team positioned for the playoffs.

Charismatic, he was quick to fall in love with the crowd, either with irreverent statements or even a little dance after a major feat.

This is how Sartini celebrated his second Canadian Championship title, the most important tournament in Canadian football. After the electrifying final, the Canucks captain jumped up and crossed the lawn to greet the fan and his athletes.

As a coach, the sports press sometimes doesn’t understand certain tactical decisions, but what really matters, according to Sartini, is the response on the pitch. None of this, to him, seems to matter. And he can prove it. On the streets of Vancouver or at the stadium, he is constantly mobbed for photos.

“This is the best we’ve ever had,” a Whitecaps fan shouted at BC Place after beating Montreal 2-1 in the deciding game of the Canadian Championship.

The trajectory of Vanni Sartini

Sartini was born in one of the cradles of football, but the most he achieved as an athlete was playing in amateur leagues and, simultaneously, developing other activities outside of sport. His professional trajectory in the world of football began to change in 2008, when he became coach of the modest AS Mezzana.

In 2010 he was already part of the Italian Federation as an instructor. Subsequently, he became an analyst in Livorno and then an assistant coach in Bari. North America appeared in the life of the coach in 2016, at the American Football Federation to lead a coaching course.

In 2019, he joined the Vancouver Whitecaps as an assistant to Marc dos Santos. He remained in the role until 2021, when he reprized the lead role and reached the playoffs. In 2022 he finished ninth and was left out. In 2023, the team continues with real chances of winning a place again.

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