Former Juve director Marotta joins Inter as CEO for sport

MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan ought to be satisfied if new CEO for sport Giuseppe Marotta is half as successful as he was at Juventus.

Marotta announced his new job in a video message on the club’s Twitter account, shortly after Inter ratified his appointment at a board meeting.

Marotta’s market moves were an important part of Juve’s current run of seven straight Serie A titles. He joined the Bianconeri from Sampdoria in 2010.

Juventus terminated his contract as CEO and director general at the end of October.

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Inter has not won a trophy since the 2011 Italian Cup. That came a year after it won a historic treble of the Champions League, Serie A, and Italian Cup.

“From today I will be part of the great Inter,” the 61-year-old Marotta said. “I’m very proud and I’m going to have the important role of CEO of the sports area.

“It’s certainly going to be an important chapter in my professional life, and I will have great responsibility but that doesn’t daunt me. It’s the start of a new chapter and it must be one marked by success.”

Inter is adopting a co-CEO model, in which Marotta will work alongside Alessandro Antonello, who becomes Chief Executive Officer Corporate in charge of all corporate activities.

“This is an important change for the club in line with our objective of becoming a winning football club and a successful company,” Inter President Steven Zhang said. “As Inter, we want to win, entertain, inspire and connect people through football. Beppe is one of the best executives in the football industry and will help us to achieve our goals.

“Outside of the pitch, Alessandro will ensure the enhancement of our off-pitch performance, the successful completion of the club’s strategic projects, and the promotion of our values inside the organization.”

Inter was eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday after drawing at home with PSV Eindhoven 1-1 saw it finish third in its group.

It is 14 points behind Serie A leader Juventus.

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