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Lippi tipped to stand down

10 Jul 2006 - 08:50:12

Reports in Italy suggest Marcello Lippi will announce his resignation on Monday after leading his country to World Cup glory.

The Italy coach watched his side clinch their fourth World Cup crown by beating France in Sunday's final and is expected to confirm his future plans at a news conference on Monday.

Lippi, whose contract ends later this month, said when asked if he was to resign after the victory: "Ask me another question, let's enjoy this great moment."

Of the penalty shootout success against France, he added: "I have to say thanks to the players. This is the most satisfying moment of my life. We are very happy.

"I dedicate the victory to my family. The players have unlimited heart, character and personality.

"How many coaches have won a world title at club level and also with a national team? I don't know. I've won the Champions League and lots of Serie A titles but I've never felt anything like this, it is a completely different feeling.

"It takes a lot of determination and a lot of conviction in penalty shootouts - it's not by chance. Our boys really wanted it and that's why they were able to put away all five.

"In the second half we faded physically but there was always a chance that it could be won from a set-piece, or from one moment, there were great players out there capable of doing that. Then we took the penalties very well, there was great lucidity in the penalties, they aren't easy."


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