• Kyodo


J. League first-division side Cerezo Osaka announced Monday they have hired Marco Pezzaiuoli as manager following last week’s sacking of Ranko Popovic.

The 45-year-old Pezzaiuoli is a German-born Italian citizen, whose soccer career has primarily been spent in Germany, where he has managed national youth teams and also coached Bundesliga first-division club Hoffenheim.

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