Vincenzo Montella has been appointed as the new coach of the Turkey national team, signing a three-year contract.
Montella was born on June 18, 1974, in Pomigliano d’Arco, Campania, Italy. He began his football career at Empoli and went on to play for several clubs, including Genoa, Sampdoria, Roma, and Fulham.
The 49-year-old won the Italian Serie A championship and the Italian Super Cup with AS Roma, where he was considered a key player.
He also earned 20 caps with the Italian national team and was part of the squads for the 2000 European Football Championship and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The Italian transitioned to coaching, starting with AS Roma in 2011. He later coached Catania, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, AC Milan, and Sevilla.
During his coaching career, he achieved several notable successes, including leading Fiorentina to the top four in Serie A for three consecutive seasons and reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League in the 2014-15 season.
He also took Sevilla to the Copa del Rey final and helped them reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
Montella returned to Fiorentina in 2019 and became the coach of Turkish Primera Lig side Adana Demirspor on August 31, 2021. Under his management, Adana Demirspor finished the 2022-23 season in fourth place, marking the highest league ranking in the club’s history.
Montella’s extensive experience as both a player and coach in top European leagues and competitions is seen as valuable assets for the Turkey national team as they aim to achieve success in international football.