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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to quit after 2014 football World Cup, say Italian media

Published on Sep 4, 2013 7:31 PM
 
Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli smiles during a friendly football match against Argentina at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on Aug 14, 2013. Prandelli is to step down following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to reports in Italy on Wednesday, Sept 4, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MILAN (AFP) - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is to step down following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to reports in Italy on Wednesday.

The news comes less than a week before Italy, beaten finalists at Euro 2012, bid to seal their ticket for Brazil with a win at home against the Czech Republic.

Although Prandelli has yet to officially confirm the report in Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport, several other major media outlets gave weight to the story and have begun naming a list of potential successors.

Prandelli took over from Marcello Lippi in the wake of Italy's disastrous first-round exit at the 2010 World Cup, and despite continuing to tinker with his squad, has since transformed the four-time World Cup winners.

 
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