Wednesday July 19 2017
Official: Albania appoint Panucci

Albania have officially appointed former Italy defender Christian Panucci as their new Coach.

The announcement was made on the Facebook page of the Albanian Football Association’s (FSHF) official Facebook account.

However, details about the 44-year-old’s contract have yet to be disclosed.

Panucci played over 500 times for the likes of Milan, Real Madrid, Inter and Roma, primarily as a right-back and centre-half, while picking up 57 caps for Italy.

He went into punditry for Sky Sport Italia after his retirement in 2010, before spending a month as Palermo team manager and two years assisting Fabio Capello with Russia.

However, he was sacked in all three of his subsequent coaching stints with Serie B sides Livorno (twice) and Ternana.

Panucci succeeds another Italian in Gianni De Biasi, who guided the Shqiponjat to Euro 2016 last summer – their first-ever major tournament.

Albania are currently third in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group, seven points behind second-placed Italy with only four games remaining.

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