ROME (AP) — Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo had his coaching qualification approved by the Italian soccer federation on Wednesday.
Pirlo completed his final exams and earned his UEFA Pro coaching badge on Monday.
The qualification, following a year-long course, is required for a coach to lead a team in Serie A or B.
The 41-year-old Pirlo was handed his first coaching job last month when he was put in charge of Juventus’ under-23 team, which plays in Serie C. But he had not led a game before he was promoted to replace the fired Maurizio Sarri.
Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano, Luca Toni and Thiago Motta also earned their badges this week.