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Giuliani exclusive: Italian Fabio Cordella primed for success with Vasco De Gama

Fabio Cordella will be remembered for being the first Italian sports director to work in Brazil.

Indeed, in the last weeks it has emergedthat Cordella will be the sporting director of Vasco De Gama, a glorious Brazilian team, one of the most successful in the world.

Going through experiences like he had in Hungary, where he worked for Honved, where he built a great career has no helped him reached the peak of his profession with the call from Vasco.

We talked about Cordella with Nicola Giuliani, a profound connoisseur of Brazilian football, founder of the Giulianisportsltd company, a consulting and mediation company between Italian and English football based in London.

"(Cordella) is a number one in every aspect and he knows that," Giuliani tells

"I met him in Budapest, when Marco Rossi and Cosimo Inguscio were coaching Honved and Andrea Mancini (son of the Italian coach Roberto Mancini) signed with them.

"From that moment on I have had over the years the opportunity to get to know Fabio well and I can say that he is an atypical director in the football world as he has skills that go beyond the knowledge of the players and economic evaluations.

"Specifically, I refer to his ability to create networks and relationships of the highest level."

This is a central aspect of working in this area, it is a great quality because often in the world of football there is no time to organise the work and build something.

Giuliani explains that: "Cordella is a director who sees things before others and has the ability to transform them into reality quickly. If they let him work patiently, he will do well in Brazil too."

We then moved on to a general theme: now not only coaches and players are moving, but also managers. It is the sign of a new era, of a totally globalised football, as Giuliani explains to us: "That's how it is, now everything is global and made in Italy stands everywhere for quality."

Cordella will therefore work in Brazil, a country from which football fans always expect to arrive great talents.

In the Premier League the fans have been well accustomed to great players such as Alisson, Fernandinho, Roberto Firmino, Willian, Ederson and Richarlison: all players who now make a difference and are protagonists of English football.

We asked Giuliani who are the young Brazilians to follow: "Today Brazil is going through a period of transition as regards the great champions and apart from Neymar who is an absolute champion, there are many excellent players but not as many cracks as in the past.

"I can go out on a limb about players who are still little known today, but maybe in the next few years they could be in the book of many directors in Europe and I am talking about Hugo de Souza, goalkeeper of Flamengo and the young Savio, born in 2004, of Atletico Mineiro, who together with my team we have been monitoring with extreme attention for some time."

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