Miami FC confirms AC Milan, Lazio legend Alessandro Nesta as first manager

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In a move rumored for ages, Italian legend Alessandro Nesta is set to begin his coaching career with Miami FC of the North American Soccer League.

Nesta, 39, has a World Cup title mixed in with 78 caps for Italy and played nearly 600 matches between Lazio and AC Milan before moving onto Major League Soccer with the Montreal Impact in 2012.

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The hiring of Nesta reunites him with former teammate Paolo Maldini, who owns the NASL club set to begin play in 2016.

From the Miami Herald:

“We are incredibly thrilled to bring Alessandro on board with Miami FC,’’ said Paolo Maldini, Miami FC co-owner, who played alongside Nesta. “As a former teammate and personal friend of Alessandro, I have a great amount of respect for his talent and believe he will bring out the best in our players.’’

Nesta, 39, will begin scouting players immediately for Miami FC’s inaugural season.

“I’m happy to say I’ve reached another exciting chapter in my career,’’ Nesta said. “I’m privileged to be allowed the opportunity to help establish Miami FC and bring it to the forefront of the NASL.’’