Former Atalanta coach Mondonico, 71, dies after losing battle with cancer

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Former Atalanta, Fiorentina and Torino coach Emiliano Mondonico has died at the age of 71 after losing his battle with cancer.

Mondonico, who also coached Napoli, Cremonese and a number of other Italian clubs, led Torino to the Italian Cup in 1993 and the UEFA Cup final in 1992.

He also guided Atalanta to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1988.

Mondonico famously lifted his chair over his head in protest at a refereeing decision during the 1992 UEFA Cup final second leg.

“Bye Dad... you were our example and our strength... now we’ll try to do as you taught us,” Mondonico’s daughter Clara said on Facebook.

The former Torino coach had been fighting cancer for seven years and was forced to retire from coaching in 2012.