Marco Pezzaiuoli is Bengaluru FC's new head coach

The Italian will start with the AFC Cup matches while Noushad Moosa will see the ISL 2020-21 season through.

By Naveen Peter ·

Indian Super League (ISL) team Bengaluru FC have appointed the former Eintracht Frankfurt technical director, Marco Pezzaiuoli, as their new head coach. 

The German-born Italian will take charge from the new season which begins with the AFC Cup Preliminary Stage Two match on April 14. Pezzaiuoli replaces Spaniard Carles Cuadrat, who was relieved midway through ISL 2020-21 due to the team’s poor show.

Assistant coach Noushad Moosa, who was given the interim charge, will continue as coach for the remainder of the ISL season. 

The 52-year-old Pezzaiuoli has coached both in Europe and Asia and will be tasked to take Bengaluru FC (BFC) back to their winning ways.

“Marco brings with him a tremendous experience of having worked with clubs in the top tier in Europe and Asia, along with a significant stint with the age-group sides of the German national team,” BFC team owner

Parth Jindal pointed out. “What drew me to appointing him was his intent and clarity of thought on how he wants to take Bengaluru FC back to where we belong.”

Though Marco Pezzaiuoli started his coaching career as the youth director at Karlsruher SC, a German club, he found his calling at SS Bluewings FC in South Korea, where he led the team to a domestic double (winning both the K-League and K-League Cup) in 2004.

Pezzaiuoli was soon back in Germany to take over the national U-17 team that had players like Mario Gotze, Marc Andre ter Stegen, Shokradan Mustafi and Bernd Leno and led them to a title-winning run at the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

While Marco Pezzaiuoli continued his association with the national team setup in the coming years, he joined the Bundesliga outfit TSG Hoffenheim as assistant coach to Ralf Rangnick in 2011.

The coming years saw him return to Asia and be associated with teams like Cerezo Osaka of Japan and China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in various capacities.