World champion coach Lippi to replace Donadoni

June 27th, 2008 - 12:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Milan, June 27 (DPA) Italian football federation (FIGC) called back world champion coach Marcello Lippi hours after sacking his successor Roberto Donadoni. Lippi, 60, had long been rumoured to return to the national squad’s bench two years after he steered Italy to their fourth World Cup. He resigned in July 2006 after defeating France in Berlin in a penalty shoot-out final.

“I’m very, very happy and very motivated. To next week,” the ANSA news agency quoted the 60-year-old coach as saying.

FIGC said Lippi will officially take charge Tuesday in Rome.

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