Spalletti appointed as Italy's new head coach

19 Aug 2023 11:22am
Napoli's Italian coach Luciano Spalletti gives instructions during the Italian Serie A football match between Monza and Napoli on May 14, 2023 at the Brianteo stadium in Monza. - Photo by Gabriel Bouys / AFP
Napoli's Italian coach Luciano Spalletti gives instructions during the Italian Serie A football match between Monza and Napoli on May 14, 2023 at the Brianteo stadium in Monza. - Photo by Gabriel Bouys / AFP
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ROME - Luciano Spalletti has agreed to take over Italy national football team as head coach, the country's football governing body FIGC announced on Friday, reported Xinhua.

The 64-year-old has rich coaching experience, having led Udinese, Roma, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Inter Milan and guided Napoli to win their first Serie A title in 33 years last season, but the Tuscan coach still decided to part ways with the club after the success.

"We welcome Spalletti," said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina. "The national team needed a great coach and I am very happy that he has accepted to lead the Azzurri. His enthusiasm and expertise will be fundamental for the challenges that await Italy in the coming months."

Spalletti's predecessor Roberto Mancini, who helped the Azzurri rise from the ashes to win the Euro 2020 championship but failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, unexpectedly resigned last Sunday.

Spalletti, who has signed a contract until 2026, will start his role from September 1. His official presentation will take place in Coverciano when the squad gathers for the Euro 2024 championship qualifiers against North Macedonia and Ukraine. - BERNAMA

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