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ISL 2016: Gianluca Zambrotta announced as new Delhi Dynamos manager


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New Delhi: Indian Super League team Delhi Dynamos has unveiled Italian World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta as their new manager at New Delhi on Tuesday for the third season of the league.

The 39-year-old former defender, who was part of Italy's 2006 World Cup winning team, will replace another World Cup winner, Roberto Carlos of Brazil at the helm of affairs.

Italy's Gianluca Zambrotta.Getty Images

Italy's Gianluca Zambrotta.Getty Images

Zambrotta, who has reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Delhi-based ISL side, is regarded as one of the best full-backs in the world of his generation and he has plied his trade in several big clubs in Europe.

He started his career at Italian club Calcio Como in 1994 and later moved to AS Bari. But the major breakthrough in his career came when he joined Italian giants Juventus in 1999.

The same year he made his debut for the national team.

During his seven seasons with Juventus, Zambrotta won two consecutive Serie A titles in 2002 and 2003. He also later spent two seasons with Barcelona between 2006 and 2008, before returning to Italy to play for AC Milan, where he won his third Serie A title in 2011. He ended his career after a season with Swiss club Chiasso in 2014, whom he later went on to coach.

At international level, he won 98 caps for the Italian national team, playing at three World Cups, three European Championships, and the 2000 Olympics. He was part of their side that reached the Euro 2000 final. He was a key member of the starting lineup of the Italian squad that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Delhi Dynamos finished fifth in the inaugural season in 2014 and reached the semifinals in 2015.

First Published On : Jul 5, 2016 16:16 IST

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