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Lippi leaves on a high

Published: Wednesday 12 July 2006, 17.08CET
Marcello Lippi has decided not to lead FIFA World Cup winners Italy to UEFA EURO 2008™, claiming his time with the Azzurri was an "extraordinary experience".
Lippi leaves on a high
Marcello Lippi with the FIFA World Cup trophy ©Getty Images
 
Published: Wednesday 12 July 2006, 17.08CET

Lippi leaves on a high

Marcello Lippi has decided not to lead FIFA World Cup winners Italy to UEFA EURO 2008™, claiming his time with the Azzurri was an "extraordinary experience".

Marcello Lippi has decided not to lead FIFA World Cup winners Italy in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008™.

'Extraordinary experience'
The 58-year-old met with Italian Football Federation vice-president Giancarlo Abete before announcing his decision to stand down as coach of the Azzurri. Lippi said: "After an extraordinary experience, both professional and personal, spent in charge of an exceptional group of players and assisted by a first-class coaching staff, I have reached the end of my time with the Italy team. I have therefore told the federation that I wish to stand down."

Happy ending
Lippi took charge of his country's footballing fortunes in July 2004, succeeding Giovanni Trapattoni, and lost only two games - against Iceland and Slovenia. His reign reached the perfect conclusion when Italy won the World Cup by beating France 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Sunday's final in Berlin. Among the candidates to replace the former Juventus boss are Roberto Donadoni and Alberto Zaccheroni.

 
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