After Farioli and Montella, Andrea Pirlo will also experience the Super League. This situation can enhance the prestige of the league and offer various benefits.
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It is true that the number of Italian footballers in the Super League has recently increased. However, the work did not stop only with the players, it also spread among the coaches.
Following Francesco Farioli and Vincenzo Montella, Andrea Pirlo’s inclusion in the Super League has made matters worse. So let’s rewind the movie.
Firoli came first.
The Italian coach, who started helping Chagdas Atan in Alaniaspore in 2020, had his first coaching experience with Karagumruk in 2021.
Towards the end of 2021, he returned to Alaniaspor as a coach, this time not as an assistant coach.
He memorized the Super League and the philosophy of the game. Whatever it was, he kept insisting that he was aiming to come out with a small pass from behind. In doing so, he constantly tried to diversify his plans.
At the same time, it has added both strategic richness and excitement to the league.
Later, at the start of the 2021-22 season, Vincenzo Montella surprisingly signed a contract with the league’s new team Adana Demirspor.
Of course he had a big difference with Farioli. Because he was not new to his coaching career and he has been doing this for 11 years.
In 2011, he began his coaching career at his former club Roma and later worked for Catania, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, AC Milan, Sevilla and Fiorentina respectively.
But nowhere did he get what he wanted. His average score was 0.75 when he left Fiorentina.
At Adana Demirspore, he averaged 1.59 points and his team finished ninth in the league due to a recent fall.
The last Italian coach was Andrea Pirlo. The legendary footballer has surprisingly signed a contract with Karagumruk.
Pirlo had to leave the coaching seat at Juventus, where he would sit in the summer of 2020, the summer of 2021.
Maybe he thought it was too early for these levels and that is why he came to Turkey. By emphasizing Karagumruk being a developing club, he further wanted to convey that he was in the right place for his development.
“I love football, I was following Turkey too. I am familiar with this team because I follow the Italian players who play here.
“So, the decision to come to Turkey was not difficult. The team wanted to improve itself, which was my favorite reason.”
So, what can this Italian trend in the Super League bring to Turkish football?
First, things will get more interesting now. Because Pirlo is a legendary football player who has a lot of fans and is wondering what his management career will be like.
This kind of great former footballer is always followed. Therefore, Pirlo, now in Turkey, indicates that the Super League will gain more traction in European sports media, especially in Italian sports media.
This situation could also raise the prestige of the league and provide a small advantage to TFFs and clubs in terms of the broadcaster’s revenue, which almost every club president complains about.
However, the expansion of Italian coaches in the league could also increase the number of Italian players who have recently arrived.
Andrea Bartolacci, Fabio Borini, Mario Balotelli, Stefano Ocaka and Andrea Polly are the players currently playing in the league.
Especially with the arrival of Pirlo, the number of Italian football players is likely to increase.
When we look at it from a coaching perspective, perhaps the area that Italian coaches will contribute the most is ‘strategy’.
Over the years the Super League has been said to be a strategically inadequate place. Especially the footballers who have played here and left have expressed this many times before.
This situation has actually changed somewhat recently. The number of trainers known as ‘new generation’ and emphasizing strategic details has increased significantly. Finding clubs for old names has become more difficult.
Considering Italy’s strategically rich football climate, we can expect that the coaches in question will be able to raise the level of the Super League even higher in this sense.
Also, Pirlo’s experience here and then returning to Europe and doing better work there could turn Turkey into a country where career foreign players will do their coaching internships.
Turkish football, which has brought so many Italians here, should get the most out of them.