Mino Raiola

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Carmine "Mino" Raiola [ˈmino ˈrajola] (born 4 November 1967 in Nocera Inferiore) is the agent of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović[1] and Italian striker Mario Balotelli,[2] and he was for many years the agent of former Czech Republic star midfielder Pavel Nedved.[3]

Raiola was born in Nocera Inferiore, in Salerno province; thanks to his Italian origins he has good contacts with most important Italian clubs. Raiola moved to Haarlem (Netherlands) in 1968 at age one with his parents. He worked in the Italian restaurant Napoli of his parents and went to law school. In 1987, Raiola started his own company. In addition to his business, Raiola also focused on a career in football. At the age of 22 he joined HFC Haarlem. He had to leave again soon. In his own words, he voluntarily resigned because the rest of the board was too conservative. After a brief adventure as a player and administrator, however, he remained involved in the football world, this time as a football agent. Raiola worked at Sports Promotions. The eloquent Raiola rapidly worked himself upwards and he assisted in the transfer of Ajax player Bryan Roy (in 1992 to Foggia), Marciano Vink (1993 to Genoa), Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp (both in 1993 to Internazionale) and Michel Kreek (in 1994 to Padova). After some time he decided to leave the company and start for his own. His first big transfer was that of Pavel Nedved, who after a good run at Euro 1996 could sign a contract with Lazio.

Just after the turn of the century Raiola came to Ajax with his own business. It earned him a new clientele that consisted of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mido and Maxwell. On 31 August 2004, the last day in the summer when transfers were possible, Raiola led Ibrahimović for an amount of 16 million euros to Juventus. Maxwell and Grygera decided not to renew their contract with Ajax, making both players free transfers. After these transfers Ajax for a long time did no business with Raiola.

Even without Ajax Raiola was successful, however. He guided the transfers to Internazionale (2006) and Barcelona (2009) of Ibrahimović. In the period 2010-2011 Raiola managed to become involved in five AC Milan transfers (Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Mark van Bommel, Emanuelson and Didac Vilà), even though not all the players in question are clients of him.

Today, more than 20 players in European leagues are represented by Mino Raiola.[4]

He currently resides in Monaco.

In 2008, he was involved in two disciplinary hearings instigated by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) for transfer irregularities.[5][6][7][8]

Clients[edit]

Raiola has also represented clubs, negotiating transfer deals involving

Selection of transfer deals brokered[edit]

Date Player New club Previous club Transfer sum
Winter of 1988 Frank Rijkaard A.C. Milan Sporting CP Unknown
Summer of 1993 Dennis Bergkamp Internazionale Milano FC Ajax £12 million[19]
Summer of 2001 Pavel Nedved Juventus Lazio €41 million[20]
August 2004 Zlatan Ibrahimović Juventus Ajax €16 million[21]
August 2006 Zlatan Ibrahimović Internazionale Milano FC Juventus €24.8 million[22]
July 2009 Zlatan Ibrahimović Barcelona Internazionale Milano FC €46 million[23]
August 2010 Robinho A.C. Milan Manchester City €15 million[24]
August 2010 Mario Balotelli Manchester City Internazionale Milano FC £24 million[25]
August 2010 Zlatan Ibrahimović A.C. Milan Barcelona Loan (€24m)
July 2012 Zlatan Ibrahimović Paris Saint-Germain F.C A.C. Milan €20 million
Jan 2013 Mario Balotelli A.C. Milan Manchester City €20 million
Jan 2013 Bartosz Salamon A.C. Milan Brescia €3,5 million
August 2014 Mario Balotelli Liverpool A.C.Milan €20 million

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Expensive Divorce for Barcelona, Ibrahimovic by Gabriele Marcotti, 29 August 2010 on The Wall Street Journal
  2. ^ [2] Eurozone: Balotelli the loser in fight with Mourinho by Pete Jenson, 20 March 2010 on The Independent
  3. ^ a b [3] Nedved is Ferguson's big target by Daniel Taylor, 25 April 2003 on The Guardian
  4. ^ [4] Players list Mino Raiola
  5. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 34/CDN (2008–09)" (PDF). FIGC. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 60/CGF" (PDF). FIGC. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 84/CGF" (PDF). FIGC. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Agent Regulation (Old Edition)". FIGC (in Italian). c. 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sporting briefs". Times of Malta. 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  10. ^ a b "Reals bud på Zlatan - en bluff (in Swedish)". Times of Malta. 2005-05-24. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  11. ^ "Juventus nästa för Zlatan". Sydsvenskan. 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  12. ^ "Carmine Raiola owns Felipe" (Press release). .imscouting.com. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  13. ^ "Mino Raiola will be the next agent of Mario Balotelli" (Press release). mario-balotelli.info. 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  14. ^ "AC Milan planning Inter raid for Maxwell". tribalfootball.com. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  15. ^ "Empresário de Kerlon ataca e chama Emerson Leão de "burro" (in Portuguese)". Folha.com. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  16. ^ "Henrikh Mkhitaryan signs with new agent to secure Liverpool transfer". metro.co.uk. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  17. ^ "Ibra, Matuidi, Capoue : Les croustillantes indiscrétions de Mino Raiola" (Press release). footmercato.net. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  18. ^ a b "Matuidi change d'agent" (Press release). SoFoot.com. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  19. ^ Dennis Bergkamp - The Iceman Website
  20. ^ Nedved: I can retire happy
  21. ^ "Operations concerning Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Fabrizio Miccoli registration rights". Juventus. 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  22. ^ "ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC SIGNS FOR INTER". Internazionale. 2006-08-10. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  23. ^ "Ibrahimovic signs five-year contract". FCBarcelona.cat (Press release). FC Barcelona. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  24. ^ "English Premier League spending tumbles". BBC News. 31 August 2010. 
  25. ^ "Man City complete Balotelli deal". BBC News. 13 August 2010.