The 58-year-old has tendered his resignation as coach of the national team after a good five years. Mancini led Italy to win the European title in 2021.
Roberto Mancini has surprisingly resigned from his position as president of Italy’s European champions football team. The Italian Football Federation announced on Sunday that the 58-year-old had tendered his resignation on Saturday night after a good five years. Mancini led Italy to the European Championship title in 2021, thus celebrating the greatest success with the Azzurri national team since the 2006 World Championship title. According to the association, a successor will be determined in the next few days.
No reason was given for Mancini’s unexpected withdrawal. Under Mancini, Italy missed out on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but recently reached the Nations League final, with Squadra Azzurra finishing third in June after a semi-final defeat by Spain. And in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers, Italy finished third in Group C with three points from two matches, and the two matches against North Macedonia and Ukraine are already scheduled for September.
Mancini was followed by interim coach Luigi Di Baggio in 2018, who took over from Gian Piero Ventura after missing the 2018 World Cup. Under the 58-year-old, the Azzurri impressed with their passionate football and team spirit at Euro 2021, unbeaten in 37 matches. Consecutive. Recently, former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was appointed head of the national team delegation after his retirement. He succeeded Mancini, who was close to Gianluca Vialli, who died of cancer earlier this year. (APA)
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