Christian Vieri, Alessandro Del Piero and Daniele De Rossi are among the former players who started their path to become coaches today, attending the online course for the UEFA A licence.
The UEFA A licence course – that allows you to train up to Serie C – is being held online due to the pandemic and is reserved for professionals with long experience in the game.
Thus, the list naturally included a host of former players, ranging from World Cup winners to European Championship runners-ups with Italy.
De Rossi and Del Piero, who won the World Cup in 2006, attended the course, with former Italian striker Vieri also attending.
Ignazio Abate, Federico Balzaretti and Riccardo Montolivo, who helped Italy to second place in Euro 2012, were also participating.
Alessandro Matri, Giampaolo Pazzini and David Pizarro were also in the virtual classroom to start their coaching career.
La Gazzetta dello Sport revelas the UEFA Coaching Convention has reserved this course for ‘professional footballers with long experience’ and it will last for a total of 210 hours of lessons.
At the end, the students will take an exam to obtain the UEFA A licence and will be able to lead all the youth teams, women’s teams and the men’s teams up to Serie C.
They can also be registered as assistant coaches in both Serie B and Serie A. Check out the complete list of players attending the course.
UEFA A licence course students:Ignazio Abate, Federico Balzaretti, Gianluca Curci, Alessandro Del Piero, Daniele De Rossi, Daniele Gastaldello, Massimo Maccarone, Alessandro Matri, Riccardo Montolivo, Marcelo Otero, Giampaolo Pazzini, David Pizarro, Stefano Torrisi and Christian Vieri.