After a glorious run in European football where he was amongst one of the pillars of the Italian national team as well as at Juventus, Mauro Camoranesi announced his retirement on Tuesday.
The native of Tandil, Argentina confirmed what pondered during the past few months about the future of his career with Argentine side Racing Club. "My time with the club was to end on May 18th," said Camoranesi in an interview with ESPN 630 in Buenos Aires. "It didn't work out that way, but it does not change anything at all."
Camoranesi arrived in Argentina in 2011 after a short stint with German side Stuttgart where he played at Lanús for a year and he would make a move to Racing Club where he was looked at as one of the leaders for a club that was on the verge of winning the first league title since 2001; their second since 1965.
That part did not work out during that time period as Racing underachieved severely. So much so, that if the Avellaneda side were to continue their current form, they would be fighting for a spot in relegation come the Torneo Inicial next semester. That is if the current system isn't completely overhauled.
In the eyes of various Racing fans he was looked upon as one of the culprits for this ear of underwhelming results and poor form.
Camoranesi also talked about his desire to start coaching as soon as possible. "I have a great deal of desire to coach. I want to teach the young players everything I've learned."
Mexican League title 1996
Serie A title 2001-02, 2002-03
Serie B title 2006-07
Italian Super Coppa 2002, 2003
World Cup 2006