FC Dallas continued its overhaul of the front office and technical staff by hiring Brazilian executive Andre Zanotta as its new technical director Wednesday.
The team hired former assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi to be the Director of Soccer Operations earlier in January. Zanotta will work with Ferruzzi to oversee player personnel and scouting.
Zanotta comes from Brazilian side Gremio, where he was an executive director at the club. Gremio reached the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup final after winning the 2017 Copa Libertadores. Prior to his success at Gremio, Zanotta worked for Santos and was involved in the sale of Brazilian star Neymar to FC Barcelona.
“We’re thrilled to welcome André to the club. His expertise in working with some of the biggest international transfers in the sport will serve us well,” FC Dallas President Dan Hunt said in a statement. “As MLS develops into a league that attracts players from around the world, we’re looking forward to André building our scouting network and positioning FC Dallas as a home for the game’s top talents.”
Zanotta also received an MBA from FIFA’s Masters program, being apart of the 10th class to graduate from the course.
The 38-year-old had interest in Major League Soccer, but opted to join Gremio when the job opened. Zanotta is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and is excited at the prospect of working in America.
He joins newly-signed Brazilian centerback Bressan, who also came from Gremio.
“I’ve always had a passion for sports in America and the professionalism of the clubs here, such as Dallas,” Zanotta said. “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.”