Luigi Di Biagio appointed as Italy Coach
Italy Under-21 manager Luigi Di Biagio has actually been set up as interim head coach of his nation’s team.
The former Roma and Inter midfielder, who played 31 times for Italy, will heading next month’s friendlies versus Argentina and England.
Italy face La Albiceleste at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on March 23 prior to handling the Three Lions at Wembley 4 days later on.
A statement launched by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) says: “Following the meeting held today at the head office of the Italian Football Federation in Rome, in the presence of the Extraordinary Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and his deputy Alessandro Costacurta, it was chosen to turn over to Luigi Di Biagio the position of national technical commissioner in view of the 2 friendly matches next March.”
Di Biagio has actually been offered this opportunity despite the fact he doesn’t have a top-flight management experience.
The Azzurri have actually been without a coach after Gian Piero Ventura’s departure due to failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Play-off defeat to Sweden marked the very first time in 60 years that four-time winners Italy had actually lost out on a place at the competition, and selecting a successor has actually been made complex by the failure to select Carlo Tavecchio’s successor as FIGC president.
Fabbricini, general secretary of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) was set out as emergency leader of the FIGC recently.
Roberto Mancini and Antonio Conte have actually both been rumoured as full-time targets for the function however, in spite of speculation over the latter’s future at Chelsea, ex-Juventus manager Conte has actually distanced himself from the possibility of going back to Italy’s bench.
” I can inform you that Costacurta is a pal. We played together with the national team in 1994 [at the World Cup],” he informed press reporters last Friday.
” But, possibly he forgots that I still have 18 months of contract agreement with Chelsea. My intent, my will, my desire is to respect this agreement.”