After it being rumored for most of the winter following Oscar Pareja’s departure to Mexico and Luiz Muzzi’s move to Orlando City, FC Dallas has officially hired FC Dallas has hired André Zanotta as its new Technical Director.
Zanotta will work with Director of Soccer Operations Marco Ferruzzi in overseeing player personnel as well as leading the club’s scouting department.
Zanotta, 38, was previously executive director of Brazilian first-division team Grêmio where he was part of the club’s success in the 2017 Copa Libertadores, 2018 Recopa Sudamericana and 2018 Campeonato Gaúcho. The club also reached the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2017. Prior to his work at Grêmio, Zanotta was sporting director of Santos FC where he helped in the sale of Brazilian superstar Neymar from Santos to FC Barcelona in 2013.
“I’ve always had a passion for sports in America and the professionalism of the clubs here, such as Dallas,” Zanotta said in the issued press release. “So, when I had the offer from Dan and Clark [Hunt], I was very excited. I couldn’t think of not taking an opportunity like that, and I hope I can contribute with my experience to bring Dallas to an even higher level.”
During his time with Grêmio, Zanotta oversaw the planning and execution of many of the club’s technical operations including player acquisitions, hiring, as well as contract negotiations and renewals. He also served as the club’s official representative in meetings with the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL), soccer’s governing body for the continent.
What do you make of FC Dallas’ hire here? Excited to see what Zanotta can bring in from South America?