From Chiellini to Buongiorno and Pobega, and from Mertens to Dzeko and Ogbonna, here are the footballers graduating (and about to become one)
that “piece of paper”
Give a degree to a footballer who has already shown he knows how to manage himself – as a professional on the pitch and as a man – and who knows where to go. The story of football tells us that over the decades not only cover characters have been shown on the green lawn, but also children who have then managed to establish themselves behind a desk. by virtue of the competitive spirit (developed in sports); Knowledge of transnational languages and customs. And maybe even that “piece of paper” (as our parents define it) that AC Milan’s rising defender, Fikayo Tomori (b. 1997; from Calgary, Canada) aspires to be. The naturalized Englishman, in addition to his walk with the ball at his feet, is already thinking about a possible future after football. Starting with the next degree in Business Administration, as he already told the Englishman two years ago daily Mail: “When I retire – or, God forbid, should I get injured – I will have something to really work on and that could be a good prelude to my future.” Attend the Open University (a public research university, specializing in distance learning; one of the busiest universities in the UK) and dedicate at least ten hours a week to your courses. A good investment for your post-football career. This is what many professionals – undergraduates or graduates – who are still active (football) think.
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On February 9, 2023, Granata defender Alessandro Bongiorno graduated in “Emotional Marketing in Football, Example of Turin Club”.
Two weeks later, it was the turn of his colleague in Milan, Tommaso Pobega, who chose business economics and a thesis on “Social Responsibility of Milan”.
New national Matteo Pessina (b. 1997) studies economics and commerce at Luis and combines the creativity of the ball-carrying half with the pragmatism of the all-around Brianza (he is from Monza). A graduate of the Liceo Scientifico, he has a great passion for numbers: hence the choice of “dedicated” faculty.
Mattia Caldara (born 1994) from Bergamo is also close to getting his academic title, since September 2018 he has been a student-athlete at Lewis University, which participates in the Lewis Sports Academy program. Bachelor’s degree program in Economics and Management. And in the meantime – after Juventus and Milan – he plays for Atalanta.
Among the Italians, Giorgio Chiellini from Livorno (born in 1983), a doctor of business administration (not only in terms of football, as a defender) “stands out”. For him, a good 110 with honors obtained from the University of Turin, thanks to a dissertation based on the “Juventus business model in an international standard”.
Robert Lewandowski (b. 1988) is a graduate of Sports Coaching and Management at the Warsaw University of Sport since 2017, with a thesis titled “RL9, the path to glory”. Dissertation (self-referential) in which the Polish footballer recounts his career. Much loved work: it gets full marks.
Edin Dzeko (born 1986) has been a Doctor of Sports Management since September 2018. The striker, without saying anything to anyone (only to family and close friends), graduated after three years from the Faculty of “Sport and Physical Education” in Sarajevo. The stated goal for post-football? Management career perhaps in Italy.
Instead, former Inter fan Yuto Nagatomo (born in 1986) graduated in Political Economy from the prestigious Meiji University in Tokyo. For him, now the ward of Olympique de Marseille, a career in politics is not excluded. Due to the planets notoriety (good premise) and specific setting.
For Dries «Ciro» Mertens (b. 1987), graduation was a commitment to the Belgian Napoli forward – the son of an important Flemish academic. He said years ago: “If I hadn’t studied, I would have dreamed of playing football.” Then this is the Kinesiology degree obtained at the Catholic University of Leuven (where the mother also studies). Athenaeum “behind the house”.
Lorenzo de Silvestri
Lorenzo “Lulu” De Silvestri (b. 1988), fullback in Bologna, received in 2019 a three-year degree in Business Economics from the Link Campus University in Rome, with a thesis entitled “Strategic Marketing as a Competitive Tool for Sports Clubs”. After football, he’ll be behind a desk.
Perhaps the former blue international (ex-Turin and Juventus) Angelo Ogbonna (born in 1988) – with West Ham since 2015 – will become a future lawyer, since he graduated in Law from the University of Turin.
Juan Manuel Mata García from Burgos (born 1988) is a “white fly”. Indeed, the ManUtd Castilian forward, in addition to graduating as world (and European) champions with Spain, also graduated twice at the academic level. In fact, he is a Doctor of Economics and Commerce. and physical education. Titles obtained at the Camilo José Cela University of Madrid.
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