Tuesday July 2 2013
U21: Di Biagio is new Coach

Gigi Di Biagio is officially the new Italy Under-21 Coach after Devis Mangia stepped aside. “It was an extraordinary experience.”

Mangia had just taken the Azzurrini to second place in the European Under-21 Championship last month, beaten 4-2 by Spain in the Final.

He had only take over a year ago after Ciro Ferrara left to accept a job at Sampdoria.

“I want to thank President Giancarlo Abete and all of the FIGC for this extraordinary experience,” wrote Mangia in a statement.

“I received the utmost support from the Federation, but after a splendid time at the Euros I want to get back to daily activity on the training ground so I can further develop my career.”

The new Under-21 Coach is former Roma and Inter midfielder Di Biagio, who was already working for the FIGC as tactician of the Under-20 team.

Di Biagio turned 42 last month and has been working as a Coach at various youth sectors since January 2008.

He had been on the Under-20 bench for two years.

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