In addition to his role with the Italy national team, Gianluigi Buffon has decided to sign up for the sporting director course at Coverciano.

The new course is set to start on September 25 and will last until November 8, with the aspiring sporting directors following 144 hours of lessons – 120 in person at the FIGC Technical Centre and 24 with distance learning.

Part of the course is the same for all students and the other part is divided based on a chosen specialisation – ‘technical-sporting’ and ‘organisational-sporting’. The former is more focused on the pitch and the latter more on the backroom work.  

The course ends with written tests and a final thesis, the best of which will receive a scholarship that covers the course participation fee.

The FIGC have confirmed the list of attendees to the new sporting director course, which includes Buffon, former midfielder Simone Missiroli and Nice team manager Simone Ricchio.

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