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Conte named as new Italy coach

Conte named as new Italy coach
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Italy have confirmed former Juventus coach Antonio Conte as their manager on Thursday. He replaces Cesare Prandelli who quit after the team’s disappointing campaign at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The 45-year-old, who has been given a contract until July 2016, won three consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus before he unexpectedly left last month amid speculation the club’s ownership had not guaranteed him the financial resources he believed were necessary for success in the Champions League.

Conte, who will be looking to qualify the team for the 2016 European Championship in France, coached Siena, Atalanta and Bari before taking over at Juventus in 2011.