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Genoa next manager after Thiago Motta
Brazilian-Italian midfield legend Thiago Motta has been announced as the manager of Serie A strugglers Genoa replacing the outgoing Aurelio Andreazzoli. Motta's is a name which will be familiar with fans across Europe and in South America - he has represented Brazil, the country of his birth, and Italy at international level and enjoyed a playing career which lasted nearly two decades and took his to some of Europe's most prestigious clubs.
Thiago began his formal footballing education at Clube Atletico Juventus, his local team in his homeland in Brazil. After two years he was scouted by Barcelona and became enrolled in their famous La Masia academy. He spent time with the Barcelona B team in Spain's Segunda Division, scoring 12 goals in 84 appearances between 1999 and 2002. After impressing with the second-squad, Motta was brought into the Barcelona first team and made his debut in 2001. He would go on to make almost a century of league appearances for Barcelona and score six goals. It was with Los Cules that he refined his playing style which involved sitting deep as a midfield pivot and controlling the tempo of football matches through his composure, excellent ability on the ball and wide variety of passing. During his time with Barca, Motta won La Liga twice in 2005 and 2006 and the Champions League once in 2006.
After his time at Barcelona came to an end in 2007, Motta joined Atletico Madrid where he would spend a largely unsuccessful spell, making just six league appearances and failing to score a single goal. From here moved to Italy with Genoa, the club which he now manages. He impressed with Genoa, playing 27 times and scoring seven goals in his one and only campaign with the Serie A side. Afterwards, he decided once more to seek pastures new and chose to move to Milan with Internazionale.
It was with Inter Milan that Motta had arguably the most successful spell of his career. He was an integral part of the Jose Mourinho team that won a famous treble (Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia) in the 2009/2010 campaign. In the next two seasons, Motta's fitness declined and he ceased to perform such a pivotal role in the once great side.
In 2011, Motta moved to his last club Paris Saint Germain. With PSG, Motta won a staggering 18 trophies (all domestic) in seven seasons before hanging up his boots at the close of the 2017/18 campaign.
Now Motta has joined Genoa in his first venture into senior management. He has previously been in charge of the Paris Saint Germain under-19 side and was praised for his unique way of seeing the game. In his first match with Genoa he became the first manager in Serie A history to make three substitutes and have all three substitutes to score as his Genoa side came from behind to beat Brescia Calcio 3-1.