Valencia Club de Fútbol wish to communicate to fans that they have reached an agreement with Cesare Prandelli, with the Italian being appointed as first team coach through to June 30th, 2018.
Prandelli, aged 59, put pen to paper on the deal today alongside VCF Chairwoman LayHoon Chan, and will be in attendance in the presidential box at Mestalla for tomorrow's game between Valencia CF and Atletico Madrid. The new coach will be presented to the media on Monday at 12pmat Mestalla.
Later on Monday, Prandelli will take charge of his first training session at the Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna.
PROFILE: CESAR PRANDELLI
Cesare Prandelli (born on August 19th, 1957 in Brescia, Italy) is a renowned coach in world football. He managed the Italian national team for four years (2010 to 2014), leading them to the final of Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine and qualifying them for the World Cup in Brazil.
Prandelli began his coaching career aged 36, having retired from a successful playing career in which he won many trophies. He started out as coach of Italian side Atalanta in November of 1993, before taking charge of US Lecce in the 1997/98 season. His next move came the following year, when he became coach of Hellas Verona for two seasons and led them to promotion to Serie A.
In 2000/01, Prandelli was appointed coach of SSC Venezia, acheiving another promotion to the top flight. He would then sit in the dugout at Parma for two seasons.
One of the most fruitful periods of the Italian's career to date came at ACF Fiorentina, whom he coached for five consecutive campaigns and took to the semifinals of the 2007/08 UEFA Cup, as well as qualifying the club for the UEFA Champions League twice in succession. His excellent tenure at 'La Viola' was noted around Italy, and he was named Coach of the Year in 2008.
Thanks to his brilliant results with Italian sides in Serie A, the Italian FA offered him the opportunity to manage the national team. He would take them to the final of Euro 2012 and attract further praise and attention.
Prandelli has also coached Galatasaray in 2014/15 and has won numerous individual awards, such as the Coach of the Year award, 2 Panchina d'oro awards (2005/06, 2006/07), one Oscar AIC, one Premio Facchetti(2009) and the Premio Nazionale Enzo Bearzot.
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