Roberto De Zerbi Replaces Graham Potter as Brighton Manager on a Four-Year Deal

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Former Shakthar Donetsk manager Robert De Zerbi joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-year deal after Graham Potter left to join Chelsea.

The manager will be introduced to the media on Tuesday and will also get to meet the players for a formal introduction. He was present at Brighton’s Amex stadium to watch the club play against Leicester City on September 4. The match ended 5-2 in favor of Brighton.

The manager had a successful tenure at his former club, Shakthar Donetsk. It is believed that his tactical approach will suit his present players at Brighton.

Since Potter left, Brighton’s games against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace were postponed due to the Queen’s passing.

De Zerbi’s first game as manager of Brighton will be against Liverpool on October 1, 2022, followed by a match at home against Tottenham Hotspur on October 8, 2022.

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Who is Roberto De Zerbi?

De Zerbi in a match giving out instructions

Roberto De Zerbi is a professional manager and a former player in charge of the Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion. He was born on June 6, 1979, and he is currently 43 years old. His height is 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in).

De Zerbi started his football career at AC Milan in 1998, where he failed to make any appearances for the club before he left in 2001 after spending three seasons on loan at Serie B and C clubs.

His first goal came while he was playing for Padova in 2000.

De Zerbi looking good

On July 1, 2013, De Zerbi retired from football with 259 appearances and 53 goals throughout his career.

Robert De Zerbi teams coached

Darfo Boario

De Zerbi on all black looking focus

After his retirement as a player, he was appointed as the senior team manager of Darfo Boario on November 19, 2013 and the contract ended on June 30, 2014. He failed to win a trophy during his short spell at the club.

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The second club he managed was Foggia. His appointment was for two years and two months. He left the club on August 14, 2016.

US Parlemo

De Zerbi became US Parlemo manager on September 6, 2016. During his short spell with the Serie B team, everything went from positive to negative.

The manager lost seven matches consecutively and did not score a single point at home in three months. He was sacked on November 30, 2016.

De Zerbi looking at his players in a match


De Zerbi was appointed manager of Benevento on October 23, 2017. The club got relegated to Serie B in the first season, but the manager was praised for his possession-driven team.

He was then fired as manager of Benevento on June 30, 2018.

The new Brighton manager smiling in a press conference


On July 1, 2018, De Zerbi became Sassuolo’s manager. Under his tenure as a manager, he was praised for his fantastic football coupled with overachieving results.

He secured the 8th position for two consecutive times in the Serie A table.

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The manager announced that he would be leaving on May 24, 2021, after having an agreement with the Ukrainian champion Shakthar Donetsk.

Shakthar Donetsk

He joined Shakthar Donetsk on May 25, 2021. De Zerbi won the Ukrainian Super Cup against Dynamo Kyiv on September 22, 2021. He also ended up winning the league title, becoming the first Italian to do so.

He left the club on July 11, 2022, because of the political situation involving Russia and Ukraine.


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