Axed Donadoni living in the past
Roberto Donadoni has lost his job as Italy coach following Sunday’s penalty shootout defeat by Spain in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals.
The 44-year-old seems bemused as to why failure on penalties should mean the axe. He should realise that the reason for his departure is that the world champions were poor throughout the tournament, even if they managed to sneak through to the last eight and almost the semi-finals.
Having played in a dour Italy side in the 1980s and 90s where a 0-0 draw was almost seen as better than a 3-2 win, Donadoni is behind the times.
International soccer has moved on from the defence-obsessed tactics of tournaments such as Italia ’90. The Dutch and Russians among others have shown at Euro 2008 that flowing, exciting football can be played on the biggest stage.
World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi is widely expected to take charge of the Azzurri again. Can he change the Italian mindset or will they be left behind by the vibrant, new brand of international soccer?