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Thursday September 27 2018
Pirlo, Gilardino and co become Coaches

Andrea Pirlo, Alberto Gilardino, Paolo Montero, Thiago Motta and Gabriel Batistuta are among the new professional Coaches who got their badges today.

The FIGC Settore Tecnico course was completed today after several months and there are some very familiar faces in the class photo.

They include Italy World Cup winners Pirlo and Gilardino, plus Paolo Cannavaro – younger brother of Fabio – and Thiago Motta.

Daniele Bonera is still playing for Villarreal, but is all ready for the next step of his career as a Coach.

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Friday September 14 2018
‘Motta another Simeone, Verratti…’

Laurent Blanc’s Paris Saint-Germain assistant is backing former Italy midfielder Thiago Motta to emulate Diego Simeone as a Coach.

Jean-Louis Gasset worked with Motta between 2013 and 2016, before he became a Coach in his own right, taking over Saint-Etienne last year.

The 36-year-old, meanwhile, retired from football at the end of last season and has since been handed the reins of PSG’s Under-19 team.

“With Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta, tactics were discussed without stopping,” Gasset told Le Parisien.

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Monday September 10 2018
‘Piatek like Motta & Milito’

Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi admits ‘I went for Krzysztof Piatek after a couple of videos’ and compares his arrival to those of Thiago Motta and Diego Milito.

Piatek has made an immediate impact for Genoa, scoring seven goals in his first four appearances for the Grifone, and Preziosi expects the Pole to emulate two of his ‘great buys’.

“Piatek is a very strong 23-year-old. I went for him after I watched a couple of videos of him,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

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Tuesday July 17 2018
Legends complete coaching course

Andrea Pirlo, Gabriel Batistuta and Thiago Motta are among the ex-pros who have completed an FIGC coaching course, with a final exam set for September.

The Italian Federation offers a special course for former footballers, combining the UEFA A and B licences.

The course is hosted at Coverciano, and the players began their coaching education at the beginning of June.

The 10 students will now take their final exams in September, and if they pass they will be able to coach youth teams, and any senior team up to Serie C.

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Monday June 4 2018
Pirlo, Batistuta start coaching course

Andrea Pirlo, Gabriel Batistuta and Thiago Motta are among the former players starting an FIGC coaching course this morning.

The special course is reserved for former players, and got underway at Coverciano this morning.

It will run until July 19, and will combine the UEFA A and B licences.

That means the former professionals will be able to coach youth teams, and any senior team up to Serie C.

They can also be registered as assistants in Serie A or Serie B.

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Thursday May 31 2018
Pirlo, Gila, Batistuta study as Coaches

Andrea Pirlo, Daniele Bonera, Alberto Gilardino, Thiago Motta, Paolo Cannavaro and Gabriel Batistuta are studying for their coaching badges.

A new special course for Coaches will begin at the Coverciano ground on Monday, combining the UEFA B and UEFA A exams.

This would make them eligible for any youth team and club level up to Serie C, while they could also be assistant managers in Serie A or B.

This particular course is limited to former professional players and that includes two 2006 World Cup winners in Pirlo and Gilardino.

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Tuesday May 8 2018
Motta: ‘Verratti struggling mentally’

Marco Verratti’s Paris Saint-Germain teammate Thiago Motta says the Italian international “struggles to handle” defeats.

The 25-year-old has been in Ligue 1 since the summer of 2012, but some have suggested that his development has stalled in recent years.

However, his club and former international teammate believes any issue with Verratti is purely mental.

“Marco came from a Serie B club, Pescara, and he came to PSG not to Ligue 2,” Motta reminded L’Équipe.

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Tuesday May 8 2018
Motta: ‘Ancelotti number one’

Thiago Motta says Carlo Ancelotti is “number one” in terms of man management, and declares he wants to be Paris Saint-Germain Coach one day.

The former Italian international will retire at the end of this season, and he reflected on his career in a long interview with L’Équipe.

“I'm happy with everything I've done,” Motta told the French newspaper.

“I regret never having played a final of the Champions League, I thought this could be the year but…

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Tuesday July 4 2017
Official: Motta renews with PSG

Thiago Motta won’t be returning to Serie A this summer, as he’s renewed his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Italian international was expected to leave this summer, with rumours he could join Genoa or return to Inter.

However, the Ligue 1 side have announced this morning that the 34-year-old will stay at Parc des Princes.

“Paris Saint-Germain are pleased to announce the extension of Thiago Motta’s contract for another season,” a statement on PSG’s website announced.

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Saturday July 1 2017
Thiago Motta returns to Genoa?

Thiago Motta could be about to come full circle and return to Genoa after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.

He turns 35 next month and is now a free agent, but has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Calciomercato.it, the midfielder is considering a comeback to Marassi.

He already rebooted his career once with the Grifone, arriving as a free agent in 2008 and within a year earning a €10.2m move to Inter.

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