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Who is Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri?
Maurizzio Sarri was born in Naples in 1959. He is a surprise appointment to the Juventus managerial position in that his playing style does not seem to reflect the values of the club. He is one of few managers taking charge of a Serie A club this season who has effectively not had a career as a player.
Although he made only a handful of appearances, he did play very briefly for his local team, Figline, in the 1980s. In addition to this, he also had trials at Torino and Fiorentinam, but he was ultimately unsuccessful. For many years, Sarri turned his back on football, in pursuing it in a professional sense at least. He worked in a bank for the entirety of his 20s before eventually deciding to drop this work and chase his passion: football coaching.
Sarri has managed 21 teams in his now nearly 30-year-old career, all of them are of hugely varying degrees of prestige. He started at semi-pro team Stia where he worked initially in a part-time capacity, still doing his bank work, before eventually deciding to take on the role full time. He then moved to Faellese where he stayed for two seasons before again moving to Cavriglia. Spell at Antella, Valdema and Tegoleto, all semi-professional provincial clubs, followed in the next four years before he eventually got his first professional position at Sansovino where he got the club promoted to the fourth tier of Italian football. He stayed for another two campaigns, keeping them in the fourth tier before deciding to pursue his career elsewhere.
After this, he moved to Sangiovannese, who played in Serie C1 at the time, and again he was successful, getting the team promoted at the first opportunity. He then took a big leap up in the footballing world, being appointed as manager of Serie B club Pescara where he fought relegation successfully before stepping aside for another candidate. He then joined another Serie B side, Arezzo where he replaced the outgoing Antonio Conte. Bizarrely, however, he was sacked not long after and the former Juventus player was reinstated.
Following this, arguably his first career failure, he took the reins at Avellino but sadly he was again unsuccessful. Sarri’s clear footballing philosophy was successful but he clashed with the club's hierarchy and left the post not long after, in 2007. Then he joined Hellas Verona where he was again unsuccessful, winning just one of his six games in charge.
From here, in 2008, he joined Perugia where he was sacked less than a year into the job. This four year period with little success clearly had an impact on Sarri who stepped back from the game for two years before he returned to the game to take over managerial duties at Grosetto. He stayed for only a few months, but this time of his own volition as he joined Alessandria where he reached the third division playoffs, only to be defeated in the semifinals by Salernitana. He subsequently resigned. He had a short stint at Sorrento before being prematurely dismissed.
It was at this point that Sarri kickstarted the really successful phase of his career. He joined Empoli in 2012, the club were then playing in Serie B. In his first season, Sarri, implementing a distinctive and fluid style of direct attacking football, took Empoli to the playoff final before eventually being defeated. The next season however he was promoted with the team after finishing in second place. He then kept them up the following season.
He was then hired by Napoli where he took charge from the start of the 2015/16 season. He was a wild success with the team, creating a unique playing identity with them. The climax of his time with the Naples club was the title race with Juventus in the 2017/18 season in which Napoli lost out by the finest of margins, it looked as though they would win the league when they beat Juventus with an injury-time goal with just two games to go but they eventually finished four points behind the Old Lady.
From here Sarri joined Chelsea who had finished outside the Champions League spots the year before under Antonio Conte. Sarri's 2018/19 campaign was a strange one - he guided the team to a fourth-place and won his first-ever honour, the Europa League, after victory against Arsenal in the final. But the Chelsea fans did not appreciate his abstract footballing philosophy and he left for Juventus at the end of the season. His brief with the dominant force in Italy is simple: to win the Champions League.