The Adelaide City Football Club would like to announce the appointment of Michael Matricciani to the position of Head Coach for the 2019 National Premier League SA season.
Matricciani replaces City legend Damian Mori in the role and joins the club with an outstanding pedigree behind him.
Adelaide City CEO Tony Costa welcomed Michael to the club as City looks forward to 2019. “Michael is a highly committed young coach with great attention to detail, he has loads of passion and demonstrates a collaborative approach towards the development of both our current and young talented players and I am very happy he has accepted our offer to lead Adelaide City’s senior Men’s team. I know the whole club is excited already for the next NPL season.”
Michael thanked Tony on his first day in charge of the Black and Whites. “It’s a real honour to coach a massive, historic club like Adelaide City. I am looking forward to working with Tony, and all the coaching department to prepare the Senior Men’s team for next season. It’s been a great welcome and I just can’t wait to get started with all our players.”
From 2016, Michael was the head coach of the FFSA NTC Girls and this year took the team to the WNPL Finals. He was the recipient of the 2018 Bob Bush Trophy – the award given for the Coach of the Year in the WNPL.
Prior to his FFSA NTC job, Matricciani was Technical Director at the Campbelltown City Soccer Club from the 2013 season until 2016. His key responsibilities included implementing the FFA’s National Curriculum into the club. He also educated the club’s coaches and individually mentored players.
Matricciani has also spent time overseas, with study visits to Italian club Chievo Verona and giant Inter Milan where he observed academy training sessions. In 2015, he visited FC Barcelona for one month, overseeing the male and female academy sessions of one of the world’s most renowned clubs. In Barcelona, he spent time working with David Hernandez Ligero – now the Paris Saint Germain Head of Methodology and just returned from a coaching course in Finland learning the Master Ekkono.
At 32 years of age, Matricciani has achieved a lot in his post-playing career. However, he also has a strong playing background behind him. Most notably, he played for Adelaide United in the Hyundai A-League’s inaugural season in 2005, but spent the longer portion of his career playing in South Australia’s top division of football.
For a total of seven years of his playing career, he plied his trade for MetroStars – winning four minor premierships, two championships and two FFSA Federation Cup titles along the way. He also spent four years at Campbelltown as a player, winning one more championship to add to his three NPL Golden Boot awards, across his career scoring over 170 goals in more than 250 games at NPL level.
Michael Matricciani is widely regarded across the state as one of the finest up and coming coaches, and is sure to bring a lot of energy and worldly knowledge to Adelaide City as they prepare for their 2019 campaign.