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Lippi re-appointed as Italy coach

Marcello Lippi
Marcello Lippi will try to re-created his World Cup glory with Italy

Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has been re-appointed after Roberto Donadoni's contract was not extended.

Donadoni left after Italy went out of Euro 2008 when they lost to Spain on penalties in the quarter-final.

Lippi, 60, will be unveiled in Rome on Tuesday, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said on its website.

He has been out of coaching since leading Italy to their World Cup triumph against France in Berlin.

Donadoni, 44, signed a new contract extension prior to Euro 2008 but one of the conditions of the deal was for the world champions to reach the last four.

The FIGC activated a 10-day get out clause that applied to both Donadoni and the Italian Football Federation after they lost to Spain.

Donadoni, a former AC Milan player, succeeded Lippi in 2006 but the FIGC said his tenure had "run to its natural expiry date".

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"President Giancarlo Abete on Wednesday met with national coach Roberto Donadoni in the FIGC headquarters," read a brief statement on the FIGC website.

"In the course of the meeting, as already announced, they reviewed the work carried out in the last two years and how the European Championships had panned out.

"While confirming to Donadoni sincere personal admiration and appreciation for the reliability and skilled professional work which marked his time at the helm of the national side, president Abete also communicated to the coach the FIGC's decision not to renew the contract."

I don't have the foggiest idea what I will do in the future

Roberto Donadoni
The Azzurri were largely uninspiring at Euro 2008 yet did manage to qualify from the so-called 'Group of Death' which contained France, Holland and Romania.

A 3-0 defeat to the Dutch in the opening Group C game was followed by a 1-1 draw with Romania.

They squeezed through to the quarter-final stage after beating Les Bleus 2-0 but then lost on penalties to Spain and Donadoni paid the price.

The former Lecco and Livorno boss, who guided Italy to 13 wins, five draws and five losses, said he was pleased with what he had achieved as national coach.

"I'm sorry that a penalty kick has decided this situation," he told ANSA news agency.

"Over these last two years, my Italy also did something positive, and one last game can't erase that."

He added: "I don't have the foggiest idea what I will do in the future. I've got to digest this and then start anew."

Angelo Peruzzi, Italy's third goalkeeper at the World Cup, is likely to be named an assistant coach by Lippi, and former Italy defender Ciro Ferrara could also rejoin the staff.


see also
Spain 0-0 Italy (4-2 pens)
22 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Italy performance analysis
31 May 08 |  Italy


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