Massimo Carrera

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Massimo Carrera
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Personal information
Date of birth (1964-04-23) 23 April 1964 (age 51)
Place of birth Sesto San Giovanni, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Juventus (caretaker)
Youth career
Pro Sesto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Pro Sesto 30 (4)
1983–1984 Russi 28 (5)
1984–1985 Alessandria 31 (0)
1985–1986 Pescara 19 (1)
1986–1991 Bari 156 (4)
1991–1996 Juventus 114 (1)
1996–2003 Atalanta 207 (3)
2003–2004 Napoli 26 (0)
2004–2005 Treviso 12 (0)
2005–2008 Pro Vercelli 63 (1)
National team
1992 Italy 1 (0)
Teams managed
2012 Juventus (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Massimo Carrera (born 23 April 1964 in Sesto San Giovanni) is a former Italian association football player. He is nicknamed "la bandera". He was a caretaker manager of Juventus, due to head coach Antonio Conte's 10-month ban (later reduced to 4 months), effective from August 2012, but is now the First-Team Coach of Juventus.


Carrera began his career at Pro Sesto, but rose to fame with Bari enjoying five seasons before moving to Juventus in 1991. Under Giovanni Trapattoni he was deployed at right back, a role also held at Bari. He disputed an excellent first season, culminating with being called up by Arrigo Sacchi for the national team.

In 1994 with the arrival of Marcello Lippi he is deployed as sweeper, in place of Luca Fusi, becoming a pillar of the team, winning both the Scudetto and the Italian Cup. He also lifts the UEFA Cup at the end of the season.

Due to the arrival of skilled defenders Pietro Vierchowod and Paolo Montero, on the following seasons he starts more often from the bench, but offers valued contribution when called.

After 166 caps, and having won the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia, the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and the European Supercup in the summer of 1996 he is transferred to Atalanta.

He quickly became captain and leader of the Orobici, playing there for eight seasons and totaling 207 caps and 3 goals. He leaves Bergamo in 2003 for Naples and the following season, he settles in Treviso.

He stayed in Veneto for just a season and on 28 October 2005, already 41, signed for Pro Vercelli.

At the end of the 2007/08 season, at the age of 44, he decided to retire from playing to focus on coaching.


The excellent performance in the first year in the Juventus earns his debut, on 19 February 1992 at Cesena in a friendly against San Marino.


Carrera was reunited with former Juventus teammates Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio in the summer of 2011 when he joined the club's coaching staff as a technical director.[1]

Due to a 10-month ban against head coach Antonio Conte for alleged implications of his failure to report match fixing and a similar ban against his assistant Angelo Alessio, Carrera was appointed in August 2012 as Juventus' caretaker coach. In his first official match he claimed the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana defeating Napoli in Beijing (4–2 after extra time).[2] After Angelo Alessio's ban was removed he returned to the position of Technical Director, leaving the bench to Alessio.


Carrera unwittingly played a huge role in helping Milan go unbeaten in the 1991–92 Serie A season. During injury time of Juventus' home match against Milan on 15 September 1991, an innocent-looking cross from the right touchline hit Carrera's head, and the ball looped past a stranded Stefano Tacconi for the crucial equaliser. Milan would then go on to finish the season unbeaten, and embark on a record-breaking 58-match unbeaten streak.




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  1. ^ "FIGC respond to Conte criticism". ESPN. 16 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Juventus 4–2 Napoli Report". 14 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 

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