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Tuesday November 5 2019
Lippi: Allegri 'best' for United

Marcello Lippi claims Max Allegri is “the best choice” for Manchester United and that the ex-Juventus boss is “ready” for the role.

Allegri has emerged as a sudden contender for the Bayern Munich vacancy, but Lippi – like fellow elder statesman Fabio Capello – believes he should wait for United.

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Saturday September 7 2019
Lippi: 'I almost joined Tottenham'

Marcello Lippi revealed Sir Alex Ferguson “was almost like a brother” to him, he tried to sign Roy Keane and almost left Juventus for Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Juventus Coach famously exchanged gifts with Fergie when facing Manchester United in the Champions League.

“Yes, he was almost like a brother to me,” Lippi revealed in an interview with Sportsmail. 

“We exchanged many gifts. I brought him the Turin gianduiotti (chocolate) for his grandchildren but he ate them in the end.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Lippi makes Conte prediction

Marcello Lippi has revealed that he expects Antonio Conte to end up playing with three forwards at Inter.

Conte has begun his reign as Coach of the Nerazzurri with a 3-5-2 formation, but Lippi is tipping Alexis Sanchez and Matteo Politano to be given more prominence later in the season.

“I believe Antonio will end up with three forwards,” the former Juventus and Inter boss told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Why can’t he play a 3-4-3? He’s already done it and it’s possible with Sanchez and Politano.

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Tuesday July 9 2019
On this day: Italy win the World Cup!

On this day in 2006, Italy beat France on penalties to win their fourth World Cup.

The Azzurri had come into the tournament under the shadow of the Calciopoli scandal, but a semi-final win over hosts Germany booked their place in the final.

CT Marcello Lippi opted for the same team which started the match in Dortmund, with Francesco Totti preferred to Alessandro Del Piero in attack.

It was a nightmare start for the Azzurri though, as referee Benito Archundia awarded Les Bleus a penalty after just six minutes.

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Saturday June 29 2019
Lippi: 'Moggi the best director'

Marcello Lippi caused controversy when stating the best director he ever worked with was disgraced Juventus man Luciano Moggi.

The World Cup winning tactician spoke to Tuttosport about several subjects and was asked who the most competent director he had ever worked with was.

“How can I not say Luciano Moggi? Aside from the errors he may have made, he has an infinite knowledge of football,” replied Lippi.

“After that, naturally I’d say Antonio Giraudo and Adriano Galliani, another figure with such great qualities.”

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Saturday June 29 2019
Lippi: 'Manolas exceptional for Napoli'

Marcello Lippi maintains Kostas Manolas is “an exceptional coup for Napoli, as with Kalidou Koulibaly, he allows you to play aggressive football.”

The deal is believed to be imminent, with Roma receiving €20m cash plus midfielder Amadou Diawara.

Another meeting is expected today to work on personal terms, as Manolas and his agent have not yet finalised the image rights transfer.

“Napoli are doing so well on the transfer market,” Lippi told Tuttosport newspaper.

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Saturday June 29 2019
Lippi on Roma snub and Juve philosophy

Marcello Lippi reveals he turned down the Roma job in March and sees Maurizio Sarri’s appointment at Juventus as “a change of philosophy.”

The World Cup winner is currently back on the bench of the China national team and confessed he will remain “for just one year, unless we qualify for the World Cup.

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Saturday June 29 2019
Lippi: 'Never seen anyone like De Ligt'

Marcello Lippi has worked with all the greats, but “never seen anyone like Matthijs de Ligt at his age” ahead of the Juventus transfer.

The Bianconeri are reportedly on the verge of sealing a €67m plus €13m in bonuses deal for the Ajax starlet, however Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United also remain interested in the 19-year-old.

“I believe that the player who would be the best signing for Juve would be De Ligt,” Lippi told Tuttosport.

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Saturday May 25 2019
A salute to Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi plays his last game for Roma this weekend and Andrea Tallarita reflects on the story of one of the greatest modern midfielders.

The film of Daniele De Rossi's career as a footballer is over. You can hang around and hope for a post-credits scene in the MLS, in China, or wherever, but we all know that once his Roma shirt comes off after the game against Parma, it will be time for us to stand and leave the cinema.

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Friday May 24 2019
Official: Lippi returns to China

Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi has been officially reappointed CT of China.

Lippi only vacated the role in January after China’s exit from the Asian Cup, with Fabio Cannavaro chosen as his successor.

However, it was confirmed on Thursday that the 71-year-old had taken back the reins as Cannavaro opted to focus on leading Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

Lippi won 13, drew eight and lost 11 of his 31 games during his first spell with the Asian nation.

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