Donadoni replaces Lippi as Italian coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Former Italy and AC Milan midfielder Roberto Donadoni was installed as manager of World Cup champion Italy on Thursday.

Donadoni replaces Lippi as Italian coach

Rome:

Former Italy and AC Milan midfielder Roberto Donadoni was installed as manager of World Cup champion Italy on Thursday, a day after Marcello Lippi resigned despite guiding the Azzurri to a fourth title and widespread calls to stay.Italian soccer federation chief Guido Rossi made the announcement in a statement, and said the 42-year-old Donadoni would appear before the news media on Tuesday.Lippi resigned three days after Italy beat France on penalties in the World Cup final on Sunday in Berlin.Donadoni scored 21 goals in 339 games in the Serie A, winning five league titles and three European Cup crowns with AC Milan. He also had five goals in 63 matches for Italy.After retiring, Donadoni coached Lecco in Serie C1 in 2001-2, before moving to Serie B clubs Livorno from 2002-2003 and Genoa from 2003-04.He returned to Livorno, by then in Serie A, in January 2005, guiding the club to a ninth-place finish. Livorno was in sixth place in February this past season when he resigned 23 rounds into the season after criticism from the club chairman. The club finished ninth this past season.Considered by many as one of Italy's best soccer players in recent decades, Donadoni started his career in the Serie A with Atalanta in 1984.He transferred to AC Milan in 1986 after being spotted by the club's owner and future Italian premier, Silvio Berlusconi. Besides his five Serie A titles and three European Cups, Donadoni also won three European Super Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. Fans nicknamed him 'Dona.'As a member of Italy's national team, he played in World Cups in 1990, when Italy finished third, and again in 1994, when Italy lost the final to Brazil on penalties.At 33, Donadoni went to play in the United States for the New York-New Jersey MetroStars for two seasons, returning in 1997 to AC Milan, where he remained for two years. His last stint as a player was in the Saudi Arabia, where he played for Al Ittihad. He retired as a player in 2000. (AP)



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