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Andrea Berta: 10th year at Atletico, architect of a transition and a whole aura of mystery: “He’s too closed, he doesn’t like shop windows” | LaLiga Santander 2021

The Italian, who would begin his sixth season as sporting director, arrived in 2013. Oblak, Lodi, Reinaldo or Joao put their seals. He started on the bench and made the jump from Genoa to Madrid: “His knowledge of world football is tremendous”.

Andrea Berta (left) chats with Simeone during an Atletico training session.Kema King
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It is December 7, 2021 and it is starting to rain in Porto. andrea bertha (Brescia, 1972) The Portuguese accelerates after crossing one of the city’s iconic bridges. That same night Atlético played their part in the Champions League. During a morning walk in a tracksuit and the club’s official coat, he recognizes faces and shows signs of restlessness. With few exceptions, his voice is inaudible in public.

“He is a very closed and mysterious man, who has no interest in shop windows,” he tells this newspaper in Italy, where he is still relatively little known for his weight at Atlético. Manchester United, Chelsea or PSG have asked about him. «It comes from Brescia, a region where people don’t party. There is a great work culture and he reflects it perfectly », those who have been treated with something attract him from their native country.

It is June 14, 2016 and winter is lurking in Buenos Aires. Sitting at a table, with a handful of papers full of names: Miguel Angel Gilo, Diego Pablo Simeon And Bertha herself. Only three weeks have passed since the stormy Champions League final in Milan and the snapshot, published by Cholo on social networks, casts aside doubts about his future. There, in a vest and white shirt, is Andrea, still the technical director, who will be promoted a year later to the sporting director. Today he receives interview requests from Italy and Spain, but does not change his secret route.

«He ate the Caminero. His knowledge of world football is tremendous », as he slides through the corridors of the metropolis. And he says: «His decisions are often above those of the coach. He has been instrumental in many signings.” For example, he oblakyI have given, injury, reinaldo either Joao Felix, which he saluted in Viseau with Gil Marin. Months earlier, I was sitting in the stands of Da Luz Stadium to watch Joao’s hat-trick against Eintracht in the Europa League quarter-finals. “Before they make a decision, he tells them what Simeon will ask them.”

In an interview with EL Mundo, I have given Explained my experience. «I was in my room during a concentration with Atlético Paranás. I had a Copa Sudamericana semifinal against Fluminense (November 8, 2018) and my agent called me and told me that Berta had come to Brazil to see me. He asked me, ‘Play as you normally would.’ But, of course, I was very nervous. He came from Madrid just for me. So I said to myself: ‘I want to play really well.’ And in that match I gave an assist and scored a goal.” The Brazilian was selected to replace Philip Louis,

from banking to football

But, how does the shape of Berta arise? Andrea comes from the world of banking, but she was fond of football. It began in the modest Carpenedolo, hand in hand tomaso ghirardi, which will take him to Parma. He will get off the ship before the disaster. already in Genoa he will strengthen ties with George Mendes either Peter Kenyon, He met Miguel ngel Gil after he was advised on a possible signing in Italian football, and in 2013 he landed in Madrid.

Andrea Berta during Morata’s presentation in 2019.EFE

Transition from Atlético after the departure of God in, juanfran, gullible either Philip, That’s your business. Also the more daunting task he is now immersed in is releasing players and finding the millions the club needs to sign. “For us, it will be important to stay with this squad, which has a lot of value. For the market to start, we will have to wait,” he assured after receiving an award in Italy in May. they have already been awarded golden globe soccer For Best Sports Director in 2019. “He’s respectable and honest. If he can’t tell you the truth about a matter of football, he doesn’t talk to you directly,” he says of him.

There are many compliments, but there is also some disdain. “The club lacks the personality that takes care of the players, who are their legacy in the end. They are people and when they lack confidence you have to help them fix it. That figure must be Berta,” says someone who knows the Rosiblanco dressing room.

Andrea is the first person to reach the locker room tunnel when a match ends. He’s a fixture at Cerro del Espino, always sheltered behind those sunglasses and that halo of mystery. A kind of fair word that maintains a special relationship with Simeon. At the same time two tough, cold and passionate people who, despite those difficult times at the beginning of 2022, maintain friendly relations outside football.

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