Italian Football Hall of Fame inductee Carolina Morace has been appointed as London City Lionesses Head Coach on a contract until June 2025.
She was the second-highest scorer in her nation’s history with 105 goals in 150 appearances for the Azzurre, played in six UEFA Women’s Euros and became the first player to score a hat-trick in a Women’s World Cup.
Morace spent five years as Italy head coach, qualifying for back-to-back UEFA Women’s European Championships and lead Canada to the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
She joins from SS Lazio Women, with whom she secured promotion to Serie A in 2020-21. In her previous role, the 59-year-old coached AC Milan Women to a third-place finish in the Rossonere’s inaugural top-flight campaign.
Morace told londoncitylionesses.com: “This is a very exciting opportunity to join a female-led football club who are paving the way for women & girls to realise their footballing ambitions and I look forward to playing my part in London City’s journey.
“The club is highly motivated to win the [Barclays Women’s] Championship and I will work tirelessly with the players, staff and leadership team to make sure that we build on London City’s proud traditions and achieve the Club’s collective ambitions.”
Head of Recruitment and Player Acquisition Ronald Thompson added: “The word ‘legend’ is overused in the modern game, but it truly applies to Carolina. When I knew there was a chance that we could bring her to the club, I felt that it was something we just had to do.
“People in the sport will recognise the wealth of experience she will bring to London City, both as a player and a coach. We have been looking for a coach who shares our vision and can build on the positive work that has already been done – and Carolina is the perfect option to push us forwards.
“Carolina’s leadership and knowledge will help shape and drive our academy to the next level, helping to develop our younger players with the aim to promote them through our player pathway and into the first team.”