Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Marcello Lippi hinted today that he may step down from his role as Italy manager after this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Lippi led the Italians to their fourth crown at the previous World Cup in 2006, when the Azzuri beat France on penalties in a final that included Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt. After the tournament Lippi stepped down from the national team, only to return to the post in 2008.

Rumours abound that the 61-year-old is ready to return to Juventus for the start of next season and Lippi himself has hinted at an exit.

He told Italian press that Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete "already knows what I will do" after the tournament.

Lippi won five Serie A titles with Juventus during two spells at the club and made the Champions League Final three years in a row, lifting the trophy in 1996.

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