Bookmark and Share

Sempre Avanti
Canada 150


      Alessandro Nesta joins the Montreal Impact

      Jul. 6, 2012

      Big news from the Montreal Impact camp. Italian defender Alessandro Nesta, who played 20 years in Italy’s first division and who won the FIFA World Cup in 2006, has officially joined the Montreal Impact roster.

      There had been rumors about Nesta’s move to Montreal for a little while. He was spotted in attendance at the Montreal Impact game on Wednesday, June 27, and then on Monday the web was abuzz with news that he would soon be wearing the Impact jersey.

      Thirty-six year old Nesta is considered one of the all-time best central defenders in soccer history. He was named to the UEFA Team of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007, and was named Serie A Defender of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. He played for Lazio from 1993 to 2002, and then for AC Milan from 2003 to 2012.

      At the international level, Nesta played 78 times with the Italian National Team as a central defender, winning the FIFA World Cup in 2006 against France. He also took part in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

      In May Nesta announced his intention to not return to AC Milan next season. At the time he has hinted at an interest in playing for the MLS, but rumors suggested he would join the New York franchise.

      Quotes from yesterday’s Montreal Impact press release:

      “I’m very happy to be here,” said Alessandro Nesta. “Despite some offers to continue my career in Europe, I was looking for a new challenge and wanted to play in MLS. Upon visiting my friend Marco (Di Vaio) to see him play his first game with Montreal, I met great people in this club. I really liked what I saw and I was convinced Montreal was where I wanted to be.”

      “It’s exciting not only for the team, but also for the club to have a player of his pedigree, a world champion in 2006 and one of the top defenders in the world,” said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. “Alessandro will bring a lot of leadership qualities through his different experiences, and will be a great mentor to our young players. To have him around the team and on the field will help the club as a whole.”

      “It’s an incredible opportunity for our club to add a defender of his talent,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “We are very anxious to get him into our lineup because he will make us better on every level.”

      Comments are closed.