Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

Nichole VegaMay 16, 2018

Roberto Mancini will leave Zenit St. Petersburg at the end of the season to become the next manager of the Italian national team.

The 53-year-old has been handed the daunting task of lifting Italy out of the doldrums after their failure to qualify for this year's World Cup, the first time they will miss the tournament in 60 years.

The post of chief coach of the national team of Italy, Mancini was replaced by Giampiero Ventura, who led the "Squadra Azzurra" for the first time since 1958, failed to reach the final stage of the world Cup.

Roberto Mancini aims to rebuild the Italian national team that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

He signed his new deal later in the day. The Italy squad will convene on May 22 ahead of friendlies against Saudi Arabia (May 28), France (June 1) and the Netherlands (June 4).

"Everything went as we wanted".

He will also prepare Italy for a friendly against France on June 1 in Turin which could be the final global game for goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon.

Meanwhile, Mancini has a solid track record as a title-winner.

Since then Mancini has guided Galatasary to Turkish Cup glory before steadying the ship in his second stint at Inter Milan.

He never became a regular with Italy during his 10-year global career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals. He takes over from Luigi Di Biagio, the U21 coach, who took charge on an interim basis after Italy crashed out of qualification to Sweden.

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