Marcello Lippi is an Italian former professional footballer player and the current manager of the Chinese national team. He had served as the head coach of the Italian national team from 2004 to 2006, leading Italy to victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Though he was appointed again as the head coach in 2008, he was replaced after Italy’s disappointing performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Lippi was born in Tuscany, Italy. He played football as a young man and retired from active football at the age of 34 to pursue a career as a coach. Initially he served as coaches for clubs such as Juventus and Internazionale. After Italy’s defeat in the UEFA Euro 2004, he became the new coach of the Italian national team. He successfully led the team to win the World Cup in 2006. Lippi has been regarded by many as one of the most successful football managers in history. In 2007, ‘The Times’ included him on their list of the top 50 managers of all time. In his career as a manager, he has won one World Cup title, five Series A titles, one Coppa Italia, one Chinese FA Cup, three Chinese Super League titles, and one UEFA Supercup.
Marcello Lippi began his career as a footballer in 1969. He spent many of his playing years with Sampdoria. He also played for Pistoiese for a while. He ended his career playing with Lucchese.
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In 1982, when Marcello Lippi was 34 years old, he retired from active football to pursue a career as a coach. Most of his experience was gained from playing with Sampdoria as a central defender. He worked as a manager for clubs such as Cesena, Lucchese and Atalanta. The turning point of his career came when he led Napoli to a place in the UEFA Cup. He later began coaching one of the top Serie A clubs, Juventus. During his first season at the club, he won the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia. The next season, he guided Juventus to the 1995 Supercoppa Italiana and the 1995-96 UEFA Champions League titles.
He served for five seasons at Juventus, all of which were highly successful. In 1999, he moved to Internazionale, and led the team to a fourth-place in the league as well as the 2000 Coppa Italia Final. However, he had to leave after the team suffered a disappointing defeat in the 2000-01 Serie A season. During the 2001-02 season, he was reappointed as the head coach of Juventus.
Lippi was appointed as the head of the Italian national team in July 2004, after Italy had a disappointing run at the UEFA Euro 2004 under the coach Giovanni Trapattoni. During the 2006 World Cup, he received praise for adopting several tactical systems that helped the team’s offensive play. He eventually led the team to win the World Cup, after beating France 5-3 in the penalty shootout after a 1-1 tie in the final. After the victory, Lippi stated that it was his most satisfying moment as a coach.
However, Italy’s performance at the 2010 World Cup was very poor, and after the loss to Slovakia, Lippi resigned and was succeeded by Cesare Prandelli.
On 17th May 2012, Chinese Super League announced that they had officially signed Lippi on a contract for two and a half years. He resigned from the team in February 2015. Lippi was appointed manager of the Chinese national team in October 2016.
Family & Personal Life
Marcello Romeo Lippi was born in Viareggio, northern Tuscany, Italy, on 12th April 1948. Not much is known regarding his childhood or parents.
He married Simonetta Lippi in 1974. They have a daughter named Stefanie.