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Lippi returns to manage Italy

Donadoni was sacked after the Azzurri only reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 following a penalty shoot-out loss to Spain.

Lippi, who has been out of work since guiding Italy to World Cup glory in Germany two years ago, will be unveiled at a press conference in Rome on 1st July.

"I'm very, very happy and I'm very motivated," said Lippi after the announcement.

The 60-year-old possesses one of the most impressive CVs in the game having managed Serie A giants Juventus twice, along with spells at the likes of Napoli and Internazionale.

"Marcello Lippi will return as coach of Italy," read a statement by Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete published on their website.

"He will replace Roberto Donadoni."

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