By SBI SOCCER
With one legendary Italian defender running Miami FC as an owner, another has now joined as the club’s first head coach.
Miami FC announced Monday that the club has signed Italian legend Alessandro Nesta as the team’s first head coach. Nesta joins former teammate and Miami FC owner Paulo Maldini ahead of the club’s debut in 2016.
“I’m happy to say I’ve reached another exciting chapter in my career,” Nesta said. “I’m privileged to be allowed the opportunity to help establish Miami FC and bring it to the forefront of the NASL.”
One of the game’s most revered defenders, Nesta came to prominence as a member of Lazio before partnering Maldini at AC Milan. In 2004, Nesta was named to the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players while also earning honors as Serie A Defender of the Year four times.
Capped by Italy 78 times, the 2006 World Cup winner concluded his career with a two-year stint with the Montreal Impact before playing three games for Chennaiyin of the Indian Super League.
“We are incredibly thrilled to bring Alessandro on board with Miami FC,” said Paolo Maldini, Miami FC co-owner and a former player for A.C. Milan and Italy’s national team. “As a former teammate and personal friend of Alessandro, I have a great amount of respect for his talent and believe that he will bring out the best in our players.”
Prior to Nesta’s hire, Miami FC owner Riccardo Silva told SBI that the club plans to begin signing players as soon as November or December ahead of the club’s inaugural season.
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