Ex-Inter Coach Andrea Stramaccioni is finally a fully-fledged tactician after passing his exams and hit back at “lies.”
Although he was able to take charge of the Nerazzurri last season, it was only on a special permit from the Italian Coaches Association while he went through his Masters degree.
Every Serie A Coach has to go through this course at the Coverciano training ground before he can be put at the helm of a top flight club, going to a series of lectures and writing a final thesis.
Stramaccioni was not awarded his degree in May because he had missed too many lectures, according to him because of illness and the fact Inter were travelling around for Europa League games.
Today he was given his diploma with the maximum grade with this thesis: ‘The evolution of modern football: study and analysis of the play.’
It analysed several different styles of football, including Barcelona’s ‘tiki-taka’ and moves that start directly from the goalkeeper.
“I am very happy, because I worked for a long time on an experimental thesis that for the first time also includes video contributions from Serie A games,” Stramaccioni told TMW.
“Being the only member of the class who got the top grade is gratifying and repays me for a few lies and nasty comments that were sent my way during the course.
“I thank Renzo Ulivieri for encouraging and supporting me in this work and Paolo Piani for putting the multimedia elements at my disposal for this first of its kind thesis.”
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