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Panathinaikos closes at 4.5 million per year for Sarri

Panathinaikos closes at 4.5 million per year for Sarri

Maurizio Sarri is very close to agreeing with Panathinaikos.

The 65-year-old, who won the Europa League with Chelsea and worked at Lazio, Juventus and Napoli among others, is ready to sign a multi-year contract with Panathinaikos.

According to the information, Yannis Alfozos He traveled to Italy to seal the deal.

Panathinaikos made a large financial offer to the experienced Italian coach, who worked in Lazio until this year. And as everything shows, he has locked it down for at least the next two years in order to “build” a team that will return to the top of Greece but will also distinguish itself in Europe.

The Italians are writing an offer of €4.5 per year and a 2+1 year contract.

Who is Sari?

Born in Naples in 1959, he worked as a coach for 35 years. An explosive personality, he reads the game at game time and loves attacking football. He worked for years as a bank employee and at the same time began coaching amateur teams.

In his youth, he played football as a center back without success.

In the 2013-2014 season, in which he promoted to Empoli, he was named the best coach in Serie B.

In his first season in Serie A, he finished 15th, and then, after the three years he spent at Empoli, it was time to take charge of his hometown team, Napoli.

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Neapolitan reformer

Maurizio Sarri has become well-known in Europe after the great success he had with Napoli in the three years 2015-2018 with Hamsik, Higuain, Insigne and Mertens as champions. But before that he had spent 24 years coaching.

Since the first season, he was far from the championship, collecting 82 points, but Juventus, which was still strong at that time, succeeded in clinching the title by reaching 91 points. Sarri was named coach of the season.

In the summer, Gonzalo Higuain was sold to Juventus for 90 million euros, making Napoli the highest sale in its history. He made sure that his absence was as inconspicuous as possible, as the Italian team ranked third with 86 points, five points behind leaders Juventus.

The following season was Sarri’s third and final attempt to take the scepter from Juventus, but he still failed, because despite the 91 points he collected, he was four points behind first-place Juventus.

During his years at Napoli, he was criticized by Diego Maradona. When Sarri learned about this, he responded, saying: “Maradona is my role model and he can say whatever he wants.” The Argentine apologized to him.

At the top of the European League with Chelsea

From Napoli, he joined Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea in 2018. He took Antonio Conte’s place. He won the Community Shield with the Blues, beating Manchester City 2-0. In the Premier League, Chelsea are third and secure a place in the Champions League.

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He reached the cup final with the London team, where he lost 4-3 on penalties (0-0) to City. However, Sarri’s Chelsea career ended in impressive fashion. He went with the team to the Europa League final, where Chelsea won 4-1 over Arsenal in Baku.

He is the only one to beat Unai Emery’s team in the final! With Chelsea he will also play against PAOK in the Europa League and in London he will defeat them 4-0!

Champion with Juventus Ronaldo

From Chelsea, he returns to Italy to take over as coach of Juventus in June 2019, where Cristiano Ronaldo was a superstar. With the “Great Lady” he lost the cup and the Italian Super Cup but won the championship.

Sarri will become the oldest coach to win the Italian League at 61 years and 198 days, breaking the previous record set by Niels Lindholm with Roma in 1982-83 (60 years and 219 days).

This is the 36th championship for Juventus and will be the last in its history. This is his only title in Italy and his last. Sarri worked for only one year outside Italy at Chelsea and is preparing to move to Athens on behalf of Panathinaikos.

After Juventus, he spent three years at Lazio. He took office on June 9, 2021 and left on March 12, 2024. He was a heavy smoker since his youth. The 65-year-old technician, a fan of attacking football, initially relied at Empoli (2012-15) on a 4-3-1-2 system, which he then established at Napoli in a 4-3-3 system. This applies to this day.



Sarri also has a lot of experience in European cups. He played 30 matches in the Champions League with Lazio, Juventus and Lazio. In the Europa League, he played 39 matches and of course his most notable achievement was winning the title in 2019!

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