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Who is Sassuolo manager Roberto De Zerbi?
Roberto De Zerb is the current manager of Sassuolo and was born in Brescia in 1979. He will be familiar to football fans across Italy having spent five years in the country as a manager and many more as a player. He has also spent time in other countries during his playing career, meaning he is well-known across Europe.
An attacking midfielder in his playing days, De Zerbi started his career at AC Milan as a product of the prestigious academy there. When he turned professional he spent three seasons with the club, although he failed to make a senior appearance in this time. The manager at the time preferred that he be sent out on loan to lower-division clubs in order to gain valuable first-team experience.
His first loan destination was with Monza in Serie C where he made nine starts over the course of the season and several more as a substitute. In the 1999/2000 season, he joined Padova, again on loan, where he would get his first real taste of regular football. He played 23 times in total, scoring five goals along the way. After this spell he went to Avelino where his playing time was limited, De Zerbi appearing just six times in a year-long spell and being unable to net a goal in that period.
This lack of first-team action was clearly starting to frustrate De Zerbi who decided to move on from Milan as he felt he was unlikely ever to break the first-team mould with the club. Salernitana was his preferred destination but he was once again left feeling deflated as he was immediately loaned out to Foggia for the entirety of the 2001/2002 season. Even in this loan spell, he was only able to make seven league appearances.
Following this period in his career, De Zerbi moved on again, this time to Foggia where he was much more valued as a first-team player. He made 56 appearances for the club and returned 17 goals, giving him a goals-to-games ratio that even a striker would be proud of. His two years with the club earned him a move to Arezzo where he would stay for a mildly successful season where he made 27 starts and scored four times before moving to Serie B side Catania. He again played a large part in a team's season, playing 34 games and scoring seven goals as Catania narrowly missed out on promotion to the first division.
The following season, De Zerbi appeared in Serie A for the first time. He moved to Napoli in 2006 where he stayed for four years. He was a bit-part player for the majority of his time at the club but did manage to make 33 appearances and score three goals in between a couple of loan spells at Brescia and Avelino in the latter half of the 2007/2008 season and in the following campaign as well, 2008/2009.
He then left Italy in favour of CFR Club in 2010. In Romania, De Zerbi got his first and only taste of silverware as a manager as the club won the league twice in 2010 and in 2012. In addition to this, Cluj also won the Romanian Cup in his first season there, meaning De Zerbi had achieved a rare feat for players, winning a 'double'.
He had a brief spell with Trento back in Italy where he made ten appearances and scored three goals in 2013 before retiring from the playing side of the game.
After this he immediately moved into management, taking charge of Darfo Boario from the outset of the 2013/2014 season. He then moved up a division with Foggia whom he joined at the start of the following campaign. They finished as champions of the league's cup competition, the Coppa Italia Lega Pro, in his second season and only lost out in the semifinals of the playoffs in the same year.
From here he made the big step up to join Palermo in Serie A. It was an unmitigated disaster however and Palermo won just one of his 13 games under De Zerbi's management before he was sacked. Following this setback he was able to get another job in Serie A, with Benevento the following campaign. He was relegated with the side but gained many plaudits for the style of football they played and the job he did on a limited budget was generally considered not too bad.
Because of this, he has managed once again to find employment in Serie A, this time with Sassuolo. His first season with the club was impressive, he guided them to 11th place last season and the fans will be hoping for more of the same this campaign.