Claudio Ranieri’s four previous assignments have seen him assisted by Andrea Azzalin, who joins Fulham as Head of Fitness & Physical Performance.
While completing his PhD in Exercise Physiology which was split between the University of Kent and the University of Verona, Azzalin began his career in football coaching with AS Varese in 2009, where he spent three years.
He then linked up with Ranieri for the first time at AS Monaco, where they led the team to the Ligue 2 title in 2012/13, while Azzalin also worked with the Italian Under-21 national team during this period. Monaco then finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 the following season.
A spell with the Greece national side followed before he joined Leicester City as part of Ranieri’s backroom staff, along with Paolo Benetti.
Despite being given title odds of 5,000-1 at the start of the season, the Foxes completed one of the greatest footballing stories of all time when they won the Premier League by 10 points.
Azzalin then went with Ranieri to Nantes before they joined Fulham, where his responsibilities centre around sports science and fitness conditioning, ensuring the First Team squad are as fit as possible ahead of each fixture.