World Cup Brasil 2014 – Cesare Prandelli (Italy head coach)

Cesare Prandelli is the head coach of Italy in Brasil World Cup 2014.

Cesare was born in Brescia (Itály) in August 19th, 1957.

Professionaly, he player for Cremonese, Atalanta e Juventus. In his own words: “had a great career as a player, maybe not a high quality one”.

At the end of his playing career, started as a youth coach, he trained Atalanta (youth), Lecce, Verona, Veneza, Parma, Roma, Fiorentina and, since 2010, italian national team.

As coach has won: Italian Serie B, 2nd place in the UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2012) and 3rd place in the Confederations Cup 2013.

For Prandelli all the ideas in football are worthful and good. In a country that result is all that matters, the coach has to integrate all the available ideas of play (according to the opponent). The same is valid for the system of play, he usually plays the 1-4-3-1-2, but many  times changes it to other ones, like 1-4-3-3 and 1-3-5-2, diversifying as much as possible. But always playing offensively, not being one of the followers of the famous italian Catenaccio, but keeping the ball possession and passing through.

His objective in the world cup is to play aware of the limitations of team. Has the dream of implementing 7 different systems, one for each match. The team shall keep its philosophy but being prepared according to the opponent, not for defending but attacking.

Prancelli is a big deffender of the team play and collective spirit.

Since he joined the italian national team he implemented a code of ethics based on: loyalty, fair play, seriousness and social responsibility. Cesare Prandelli has warned his players that indiscipline will cost them a place in his 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. Balotelli, De Rossi and Osvaldo have already tried the code and got ommited from his squad.

Italy had a good qualification for the World Cup, finishing first in group B with 6 wins and 4 draws, scoring 19 and conceding 9 goals.

After his good work, renewed his contract until 2016 (it is not usual to the italian football federation to do it before a big competition)


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By Pedro Mendonça

About Pedro Mendonça: Real Madrid Foundation - Football Coach/Professor. UEFA B Football Coach. Physical Education Teacher. Author of: "Tactical Periodization: A Practical Application for the Game Model of FC Bayern Munich"

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