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Coaching Spartak Moscow in 2016
|Date of birth||22 April 1964|
|Place of birth||Sesto San Giovanni, Italy|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2009–2012||Juventus (youth teams)|
|2016||Spartak Moscow (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Massimo Carrera (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmassimo karˈrɛːra]; born 22 April 1964) is an Italian association football manager and former player, who played as a defender for the Italian national team and various European clubs, including Juventus, which he later managed. Between 2016 and late 2018, he was the manager of Spartak Moscow for three consecutive seasons.
He is nicknamed "la bandera".
Carrera began his career at Pro Sesto, but rose to fame with Bari, enjoying five seasons with the club before moving to Juventus in 1991. Under manager Giovanni Trapattoni, he was deployed at right back, a role he had also held at Bari. He disputed an excellent first season, culminating with being called up for the Italian national team. In his second season, he won the UEFA Cup with the club.
In 1994, with the arrival of Marcello Lippi, he was deployed as a sweeper, in place of Luca Fusi, and subsequently as a central defender, becoming a pillar of the team, and winning both the Scudetto and the Italian Cup in 1995; he also reached the UEFA Cup final 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 left Bergamo in 2003 to join Napoli, and the following season, he settled in Treviso.
At the end of the 2007–08 season, at the age of 44, he decided to retire from playing football to focus on coaching.
Carrera's excellent performances with Juventus in his first year with the club earned him his first international call-up under manager Arrigo Sacchi in 1991; Carrera later made his debut and only appearance with the Italy national football team on 19 February 1992, in a 4–0 friendly win against San Marino, held in Cesena.
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 July 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.
Before the 2016–17 season, he was hired as an assistant manager for the Russian side FC Spartak Moscow. Manager Dmitri Alenichev resigned from his post of 5 August 2016 after Spartak's elimination from the UEFA Europa League by AEK Larnaca F.C., and Carrera was appointed the caretaker manager. On 17 August 2016, he was hired as Spartak's manager on a permanent basis. Carrera's debut as head coach took place on 21 August 2016 against FC Krasnodar where red-white captured their first victory 2–0. No other Spartak head coach managed to start their work as successfully as Carrera did: Spartak collected 28 of 36 points in first twelve matches under Carrera. On 7 May 2017, Spartak secured their first Russian Premier League title since 2001 under Carrera's leadership. On 6 June 2017, he extended his Spartak contract to 31 May 2019.
He was relieved of his duties in late 2018 following a number of poor performances, despite remaining seemingly popular among the fans, a move that caused controversy. In particular, many accused captain Denis Glushakov of actively supporting the decision and called for his removal from the team.
|Juventus||1 July 2012||19 October 2012||10||7||3||0||24||9||+15||70.00|||
|Spartak Moscow||5 August 2016||22 October 2018||89||49||20||20||136||100||+36||55.06|
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
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- МАССИМО КАРРЕРА — ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР КРАСНО-БЕЛЫХ (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 17 August 2016.
- "Congratulations to Spartak Moscow" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 7 May 2017.
- МАССИМО КАРРЕРА ПРОДЛИЛ КОНТРАКТ СО «СПАРТАКОМ» (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 6 June 2017.
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