The 2006 Ballon d'Or winner became head coach of a Serie A club

Football news 22 apr 2024, 09:36
Kenley Ward Dailysports's expert Kenley Ward
The 2006 Ballon d'Or winner became head coach of a Serie A club

One of the Serie A underdogs, Udinese, has made the decision to change their head coach. Now, this team will surely attract more supporters.

The club's management has resigned Gabriele Cioffi and appointed a legend of world football, Fabio Cannavaro, in his place.

Under Choffi's leadership, Udinese played 23 matches, securing only 4 victories and suffering 9 defeats. With six rounds remaining in the season, Udinese occupies 17th place, narrowly ahead of Frosinone, who are in the relegation zone, based on goal difference.

For Cannavaro, this will be his first experience coaching in Serie A. Previously, he had a somewhat unsuccessful coaching stint in Serie B with Benevento, and before that, he worked with several Asian clubs as well as the Chinese national team.

As a player, Cannavaro represented Inter Milan, Napoli, Parma, Juventus, and Real Madrid. He won the 2006 World Cup with the Italian national team and was awarded the Ballon d'Or in the same year. No defender has received this award since.

Udinese's remaining matches this season include fixtures against Bologna, Napoli, Lecce, Empoli, and Frosinone. Additionally, Udinese will complete their match against Roma, which was halted due to Evan Ndicka's cardiac incident towards the end of the game.

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