Footy In A Week


Lippi, Klinsmann resign
July 12, 2006, 2:03 pm
Filed under: World Cup 2006

World Cup winning coach Marcelo Lippi has left the Italian squad and resigned.

At the end of an extraordinary professional and human experience at the head of an exceptional group of players, and with the collaboration of a first-rate staff, I believe I have come to the end of my role as coach of the Italian national team,” Said the 58-year old coach.

Lippi took over Italy in 2004, after Euro 2004, and has lost only twice during his helm.

He was also recently linked with Manchester United as a replacement for Alex Ferguson. While there was no mention on who’s going to take over the Azzuri.

Klinsmann has also left his post as German coach, after days of consideration on his future. Assistant Joachim Loew would take his place.

“This was not an easy decision. I would like to thank everybody for two exciting, two wonderful years,” the 41-year-old said.

All 23 players in Germany’s squad, 93 percent of the public, according to opinion polls, and even some of Klinsmann’s harshest critics had said they wanted him to continue.

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