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Lippi and Capello get grief for two very different reasons

March 24, 2009

Italy coach Marcello Lippi probably expected to be grilled for again overlooking Antonio Cassano, but England counterpart Fabio Capello may not have foreseen the furore surrounding him actually picking a player.

Lippi enters the Respect debate – but is he on the losing side?

November 27, 2008

One of the benefits of being a World Cup-winning manager is that nobody complains if you turn up at a party and start badmouthing the hosts – they’re too grateful you came in the first place.

Why are Italian coaches so good?

October 17, 2008

Marcello LippiItaly’s Marcello Lippi has equalled the record for the most Azzurri games without defeat andĀ Fabio Capello’s England have managed their best ever start to World Cup qualifying.

Lippi’s back but same Italian frailties remain

August 21, 2008

Marcello LippiWatching a rudderless Italy at Euro 2008 was like having my teeth pulled out.

Wednesday’s 2-2 friendly draw against Austria in Marcello Lippi’s first game back in charge since winning the World Cup was less painful, but serious problems persist.