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Former AS Roma Goalkeeper Júlio Sérgio Bertagnoli coming to USC Huntsville!!!

05/24/2016, 10:16am CDT

United Soccer Club is proud to present professional Brasilain star Julio Sergio Bertagnoli to Huntsville! 

Júlio Sérgio Bertagnoli is a goalkeeper from Ribeirão Preto, Brasil. He has been playing professional soccer at the senior level since 1999 where he signed with the Brasilian Professional First Division club - Botafoga SP senior team after coming up through their youth program.

In 2002, the next big move in his career came, when he signed with the most storied professional Soccer Club in Brasilian history, Santos FC (the club where legendary Brasilian star of futebol - Pele is a hero). In 2002, he was the primary keeper, and under the leadership of legendary Brasilian goalkeeper, Coach Émerson Leão - Julio Sergio protected the net in a campaign that would see Santos win their first Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (Brasilian First Division Championship) in 34 years; making the team that boasted top Brasilian stars such as Robinho, Diego, Elano, Alex and Julio Sergio a part of Brasilian futbol history. In 2003 they were runner's up in the Brasilian Serie A, and in 2004 they repeated as Champions under the tutelage of world famous Brasilian Coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

The next exciting move in Julio Sergio's career came when he signed a contract to move to Europe, where he played for Italian Serie A powerhouse, AS Roma. He gained tremendous experience at AS Roma playing with world stars such as Francesco Totti (C) (Ita), Daniele De Rossi (Ita), Christian Panucci (Ita) Philippe Mexes (Fra), and Cicinho (Bra). He also received top level instruction from world renown coaches such as Claudio Ranieri (who most recently led Leicester City to their first English Premier League Championship in Club History).

Probably the most historic moment in Julio Sergio's career came when Coach Ranieri named Julio the first choice keeper. He saved a key penalty from Sergio Floccari during the Rome derby against Lazio, which Roma ultimately won 2–1. Roma was losing 1–0 before the penalty, and Júlio Sérgio's save was defined by head coach Claudio Ranieri as the turning point of the game. On 31 May 2010, he signed a new contract with the club, keeping him in the capital until 2014.

Click here to watch a clip of highlights from Julio Sergio's career 

His playing career honors include:




He returned to Brasil in 2014 to play one final season at Commercial FC in his hometown of Ribeirão Preto, Brasil. He then retired from playing and started his coaching career. He was Head Coach at A.A. Francana in the Brasilian Serie C. It was here where he met a young and rising assistant coach, Leo Santin, and together they coached A.A.Francana for a season with the help of Manager and lifetime friend to Julio Sergio, Paolo Massaro. Coach Julio Sergio and Massaro then moved to Crac of the Brasilian Serie C. Coach Julio Sergio aspires to coach at the highest levels in the game. He has already completed his UEFA B Badge, and gained tremendous experience during his course, while doing internships at FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid FC.

Just this month he is returning to Italy,  to begin working towards his UEFA A Badge, the highest and most prestigious level of license in the world which equips coaches to work as managers for top professional clubs and national teams around the world. He is fluent in Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish. He speaks some English, but desires to become fluent in English, as it will aid him tremendously in his goal of achieving the UEFA A Badge when he returns to Italy in January to complete the course.   



(Coach Julio Sergio here at FC Bayern Munich internship with
Coach Pep Guardiola, Dorival Junior, and Wagner Mancini)


Thus, his trip to Huntsville for the Fall is not all tourism. He will be coming with his entire family, his wife Kelly, and their children Enzo, and Gaya. He looks forward to the opportunity for all of them to learn about American culture, while learning english, and getting to know the players, coaches, and families of United Soccer Club. He is excited about the opportunity to learn more about American Soccer, while sharing education with our community from his tremendous experiences    (Julio Sergio with Carlo Ancelotti, Dorival,
in the game.                                                                                                                and Mancini at Real Madrid FC internship)                              

Coach Julio Sergio Bertagnoli is set to arrive in Huntsville on July 26. He will be the feature coach for this summers USC Camp July 27-30. Here he will greet all players in the community and share his professional knowledge and experience, while also imparting with players the trials and tribulations of a professional soccer players career.

In the Fall, Coach Julio Sergio will be Trainer to the USC U19 Girls Premier and the USC U19 Boys Premier. He will also work with USC Technical Director Mike Latty with the USC 00 Boys Premier, USC 01 Boys Premier in addition to providing training for several teams in the club: USC 00 Girls Premier, USC 01 Girls Premier, and the USC 04 Boys Premier. He will also work with USC Goalkeeping Staff to share ideas on keeper training, and will assist USC Keeper Coaches in weekly keeper training sessions for USC Keepers, as well as serve the club as an overall Technical Consultant for the Fall. At some point in the season each USC team will have the opportunity to meet, train, share and learn from Coach Julio Sergio Bertagnoli and his illustrious professional career. 

We look forward to welcoming Coach Julio Sergio and his family. We ask that all USC families please join us in welcoming him, and Coach Massaro, as we embark upon an exciting Fall soccer season that our program has never experienced before. We thank coach Leo Santin for his ability and vision to create this wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids of United Soccer Club to learn and experience soccer with these Professionals who share common perspective for life, and passion for soccer, as the United Soccer Club Board of Directors, Staff Coaches and Club Directors.



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