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|Date of birth||23 April 1964|
|Place of birth||Sesto San Giovanni, Italy|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* 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.
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.
At the end of the 2007/08 season, at the age of 44, he decided to retire from playing to focus on coaching.
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). 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.
- Serie A (1): 1994–95
- Coppa Italia (1): 1994–95
- Supercoppa Italiana (1): 1995
- UEFA Champions League (1): 1995–96
- UEFA Cup (1): 1992–93
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1996
- Intercontinental Cup (1): 1996