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Messi’s future home: What is Inter Miami?

It will be the third professional club in Leo Messi’s career. Barça, Paris SG and now Inter Miami. Spain, France and the United States. Has chosen Leo finished his sports career in Major League Soccer (MLS)as stars of the rank of Pelé, Cruyff or Beckenbauer did in their day.

Jorge Mas, Marcelo Claure and David Beckham, at the presentation of Inter Miami. REUTERS

1. When was it founded?

January 29, 2018 was recorded as the day Inter Miami was born. It was then the 25th club in the MLS (Major League Soccer). “Today is a day to be proud, for Miami and for our family,” he happily proclaimed. Jorge Moreowner and manager of the new franchise, announcing that his club will have “a global vision, but our fans in South Florida will always be our first priority, reflecting the best of our community.”

Beckham, at the presentation of the Inter Miami franchise. AFP

2. Who are the owners?

Jorge Mas is an American businessman, born in Miami, of Cuban origin, in the construction and engineering sector. He owns 90% of the shares of Inter Miami after creating it with Marcelo Claure, although he left the franchise. And he is now one of the owners of Girona along with Pere Guardiola and the City Football Group. Beckham is the famous face associated with Inter because he has 10%. Jorge Mas Santos has also been the new owner of Real Zaragoza, which plays in the Second Division, for a year now.

3. When did you debut?

In July 2019, the club announced its first two signings. They were two young Argentines. They were both 19 years old. They were Matías Pellegrini, who came from Estudiantes de La Plata, and Julián Carranza, from Banfield. Inter Miami made its official debut on March 1 in California with a defeat (1-0) against Los Angeles FC.

Higuaín warms up before a match with Inter Miami in the MLS. @INTERMIAMICF

4. What was your first big signing?

Gonzalo Higuaín, the former striker for Madrid, among other teams, was the star who led the first steps of Inter Miami. He arrived in September 2020 and left the franchise in January of this year when he made his retirement from football official. Higuain appeared in the United States from Juventus.

The starting eleven for Inter Miami, who lost at home against DC United (1-2) on the last day of MLS. @INTERMIAMICF

5. Who trains him?

It hasn’t even been a week Phil Neville was fired by David Beckham when verifying that the team did not raise its head, sunk in the well of the classification of the Eastern Conference of the MLS. He is last after adding 15 points in the first 16 days. They have only won five games and have conceded 11 defeats.

It has Javier Morales, an interim manager with no experience, after the firing of Phil Neville

At the moment, the provisional coach is the Argentine Javier Moraleswho according to the franchise, “will assume the position of interim head coach with immediate effect”, being wrapped in his coaching staff by assistant Darren Powell, goalkeeping coach, also Argentine Sebastián Saja, and analyst Alec Scott.

But Inter is looking for a coach. One of the candidates is Tata Martino, the former Barça coach, who lost his job as a Mexican coach. Tata’s experience in the MSL is valued, where he became the first coach of Atlanta United (September 2016) until he won the Eastern Conference and MLS (2018) before leaving.


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