There’s a good chance you’ve heard the phrase “The next wave of Italian football is here” and it’s a fair one.
That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who have named the 20 coaches they believe will be taking the next step in Italy’s game, and who will also be making big waves at the World Cup.
Here are the five most likely names to make the jump.
Coach: Gazzette dello SportsThe current head coach at Fiorentina is Alessandro De Marchi, who is set to become Italy’s first female head coach in 2022.
While the Giallorossi will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the next four months due to a knee injury, De Marchu is set for another successful spell.
The 36-year-old is a recognised expert in Italian football, having helped Fioressi win three European Cups and the Champions League last season.
He’s also one of the country’s most successful players, having made an unprecedented total of 1,890 league appearances, with six goals and five assists.
He has also won five Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia.
In his second spell with Fiorensi, De Mari led the club to the Serie A title in 2013, before they were relegated to Serie B in 2014.
However, the former coach was sacked by the Giuseppe Meazza, who replaced him in December 2016, just three months after his appointment.
His next job is in charge of the Serie B side, who finished fifth last season, but he is set a new challenge in his first season at Fiorescera.
The coach has not had the best time since leaving the club in November.
His first team performances have been dismal, with a 3-0 loss to Udinese in Serie B and a 1-1 draw against Juventus in Serie A. The former Fiorettina boss is also facing questions about his future at the national team, after the national coach, Gianluigi Buffon, said on Friday that De Marcho had left the national squad.
However De Marchio’s departure does not necessarily mean the end of his coaching career.
He remains the Giutto’s sporting director, and is currently the chairman of the Giallsa di Toscana, the club’s commercial arm.
Coach, coach, coach: Alessandro Del PieroThe current boss of Fiorence took charge of Fioresciazione in May this year, following the departure of Federico Pienaar.
He led the team to a second consecutive Serie A and Coppa Stadio Scudetto titles, as well as a Champions League semi-final in 2016.
However he has struggled in his two spells at the helm of the side, having been sacked in October last year.
Del Pierol has also faced questions over his future in Italy after he was forced to leave Fioresci in December last year, after only eight months on the job.
Del Piero is also set to make a big leap from Fiorescciazione, following a successful spell as head coach of Fiocceria.
The 35-year old won two Serie A trophies, and his previous stint as head of Fiorenza lasted for two seasons, but his tenure was cut short by a knee ligament injury.
The Italian’s coaching career has been marked by a lack of success at international level.
He guided the national side to two consecutive Serie B titles in 2015 and 2016, and also won a Coppa Venezia trophy in 2016, but the team was relegated in the latter stages of the campaign.
Coach and then coach: Massimiliano AllegriAllegri has been in charge for five years, but has yet to win a Serie A or Coppa Plasciotta.
The 38-year of age was fired by the Italian FA in June 2016 after he refused to accept the results of a corruption investigation, following which he was arrested.
Allegri was subsequently found guilty of tax fraud, which led to a four-month suspended sentence.
The Milanese was sacked from his post as head player in September this year.
Coach of the year: Gianluio RomagnoliAfter five years as the boss of Genoa, Romagnol has been handed the reins of the Rossoneri, following their relegation from Serie A to Serie C. The 37-year was appointed on May 20 this year following a difficult time at the club, as he was unable to deliver a successful campaign in 2017-18, with the Rossos finishing fourth in Serie D. He was replaced by Alessandro Diamanti, who lasted only one season as head Coach of Genova, where the Rossone finished bottom of Serie B. Romagnolo is set the next big challenge at the Rossones side, and it could well be with Allegri in charge.
He will not be able to bring in the new signings that he has, and could instead look to his former player