Viral Video of the Day: Mandzukic Runs over 73-Year-Old Giovanni Trapattoni

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For Giovanni Trapattoni, pain is a crutch kept handy by mere mortals.

Trapattoni, the 73-year-old manager of the Republic of Ireland, recently insisted he feels like a 20-year-old (via the Scottish Daily Record). But even a robust 20-year-old would feel the pain if 26-year-old Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic ran him over.

Not Gio Trap. No flippin' way, man.

And thus, Trapattoni, the oldest manager in the history of the UEFA European Football Championship, is the protagonist of today's B/R Viral Video of the Day.

Why? Because when a professional athlete less than half his age barreled into him on the sidelines Sunday, he got right back up like a real man.

Watch the video above, which is taken from Ireland's 3-1 loss to Croatia on Sunday. Then consider his words, quoted in that Daily Record article:

It’s as if I was 20. I am fresh in the head and, above all, I am hungry for new situations.

I watch every game and think I can maybe discover something. I want to know new things.

That is important. A general once said it’s an old man who isn’t curious about the next news.

I’m like a 20-year-old—but with more experience.

In that article, Trapattoni also said he could probably play 15 years ago, and after watching this video, I'm not so sure who would doubt him.

Trapattoni, in fact, is almost a walking, talking, coaching version of the scene in Rocky IV where Apollo's former trainer and Rocky keep saying "No pain!" to each other over and over.

Rocky IV, by the way, came out in November 1985, at which time Trapattoni was a spring chicken at age 46.

Think he could've gone a few rounds with Ivan Drago?

(h/t 101 Great Goals)


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