Miami FC Taps Italian Great Alessandro Nesta as First Head Coach

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by JAKE NUTTING

NASL expansion side Miami FC announced this morning that Alessandro Nesta, one of the greatest defenders to ever represent the Italian national team, will lead the team as head coach when it takes field for the 2016 Spring Season.

Nesta’s appointment strengthens the Italian roots of the South Florida start up franchise. Miami FC co-owner Paolo Maldini is another Italian national team legend and was also Nesta’s teammate at AC Milan for a number of years.

“We are incredibly thrilled to bring Alessandro on board with Miami FC,” said Maldini. “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.”

Leading Miami from the sidelines will be Nesta’s first venture post retirement. He has 78 appearances and three World Cup trips to his name for the Azurri, including 2006 when the Italians became world champions.

In his club career the central defender accumulated over 400 appearances combined at Lazio and Milan. He moved on from Italy to join Montreal Impact in MLS midway through the 2012 season. Nesta announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 season, but he came back to the field to join Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League for the remainder of the season. He only made three appearances for the club.

“I’m happy to say I’ve reached another exciting chapter in my career,” said Nesta. “I’m privileged to be allowed the opportunity to help establish Miami FC and bring it to the forefront of the NASL.”

With a coach now in place, the real hard work begins for Miami FC. The Spring Season is less than a year away, so Nesta and Maldininwill will have little time to build a roster from the ground up. Miami has also not yet revelries where they will play their home matches in the inaugural season.

  • Jukebox Pony

    Nesta is a good legendary defender, but since this is the first coaching job he ever had, it’s to early to say if this is a good signing. However, it is still wonderful news to hear such a person is helping grow American soccer in Miami.

  • Tom

    Good signing of Nesta as Manager of Miami FC.

    Will be interesting to see the players he signs and the club he builds for 2016.