Italy appoint Lippi as national coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Former Juventus boss Marcello Lippi succeeded Giovanni Trapattoni as Italy coach on Friday.

Rome:

Former Juventus boss Marcello Lippi succeeded Giovanni Trapattoni as Italy coach on Friday, and has been handed a contract that runs until the 2006 World Cup. The announcement came at the end of a meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome, Italy, and followed Italy's first round exit at Euro 2004 in Portugal on Tuesday. Italy's elimination at Euro 2004 came as a shock for a team that was seen as one of the contenders for the title. The Italians were also looking to put behind them their early exit at the World Cup two years ago. (AP)

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