Scotland predestined for Atalanta and “The Legend”: Here’s Donati, their first coach

Scotland predestined for Atalanta and

Massimo Donati

An unfortunate hiatus in Milan even for the new Samb coach

From Giuseppe Marzetti

samba announced Massimo Donati (read here), a coach who was born in 1981 as a first experience on the bench after a significant past as a football player.

Donati’s career begins in the youth sector of Atalanta and the boy immediately proves to be of great promise. Role? Modern midfielder with quality and quantity, able to play in any position in the middle. Lightning’s debut in Serie A at the age of twenty and Milan had his eyes on him. In July 2001, Berlusconi opted to invest for the future and was stripped of the competition for 15 million euros, but the spark in the Rossoneri did not arise.


Too much competition in his role, so much so that Donati becomes the deputy of a certain Andrea Pirlo, who exploded that season as a point guard at the front of the defense. Attendance with Milan, therefore, is only 27 and thus starts the loan around Italy. Here in order Parma, Turin and Messina before a brief return to Atalanta. In July 2007, comes what can be defined as a real turning point in Donati’s life: Celtic Glasgow. (On the advice of a certain Shevchenko) The last excellent season at the Nerazurri brings him to Scotland for almost 5 million and focuses strongly on a talent that has so far not really been fully expressed within national borders .

He soon becomes a hero in Celtic Park, Taste the thrill of the Champions League for the first time while rediscovering a fine instinct to attack with five goals and four assists. Months pass and Donati becomes ‘the legend’ for Scottish fans: thanks to that thrilling 92nd minute goal against Shakhtar Donetsk, it is worth reaching the Champions League round of 16. An indelible page for the green and white people forever linked to the name of the Italian midfielder.

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In the summer of 2019, Donati still wears the shirts of Bari, Palermo and Verona, chooses to make a bold attempt again in the Bel Pays. A long walk brings him back to Puglia with Cockerel (2014/2015 season), but his final decision is to end his career with Hamilton and St Mirren in his beloved Scotland. A land that has now become a second home, where after hanging up his shoes he also chooses to start a new life as a technical assistant on the Kilmarnock bench. Because the projects of the former Milan have always had a future as a coach, which has now ceased to exist with the announcement of Samb.. His path will begin in Rosoblu and someone like Donati certainly knows no bounds to his challenges. he will join his staff Michelle Andreesani, while the official presentation is scheduled for Tuesday 29 June.


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