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Name Marcello Lippi
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Football Coach
Desc Perhaps even more important to the development of Italian football than Capello, Marcello Lippi put the groundwork in throughout the 1990s with Juventus most notably, but also punching above his weight initially at Napoli. Lippi, with a cigar protruding from his lips, was then reaping the rewards of his work when he took over the Italian national team, ending Gli Azzurri’s 24-year wait to be crowned as world champions in 2006

Affiliation

Club as Player Guangzhou Evergrande
  Juventus

2008 10 15 Retrieve

[Italy coach Marcello Lippi was satisfied with his players following the 2-1 win in their World Cup qualifier against Montenegro tonight, which allowed him to equal legendary two-time World Cup winning coach Vittorio Pozzo’s record 30-match unbeaten streak] I am proud of all the players, both those who made their debut and the veterans. We had been working very well for the last ten days, and now have four points more. We may get criticism, but that is all that matters to me. Montenegro are a team who will cause problems to many teams, they came here to play football and did well. Also, they were in a better physical shape because they hadn’t played last weekend

[On equalling Pozzo’s record, Lippi said] It’s great to have equalled the record of an icon like him, but what matters most to me is that these 30 matches without defeat have earned us a World Cup, and now we are building a new team. Personal records don’t matter to me.

2010 06 05 Retrieve

[Italy Coach Marcello Lippi says All My Men Are Great Players] These are all great players. There is no such thing as an ‘Italy two’. We are a united unit and whoever I choose to start has an equal right to represent the nation by wearing the Azzurri shirt. My men I chose this evening had the benefit of three extra days rest and that was evident in the performance tonight

[The coach was then probed on his views regarding Rino Gattuso who rolled back the years with a spirited performance in the middle of the park] We all know what Rino is capable of. He never holds back and can still provide a great contribution to this group.

2011 07 19 Retrieve

[Marcello Lippi says Giuseppe Rossi would be great for Juventus] If Juventus are able to get Rossi then he will be a great signing. I regret not taking him to the World Cup in South Africa. [Lippi then went on to praise current Juventus tactician Antonio Conte, who he coached as a player]. Conte was a great player and he put his soul into the game. He has will and the grit to succeed. I am happy he is at Juventus

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Marcello Lippi on Paul Scholes] Paul Scholes would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team – that goes to show how highly I have always rated him. He would have been one of the first players I’d have bought, given the chance

2014 10 18 Retrieve

[Marcello Lippi on Tevez] Tevez has reached the level Zidane was at while at Juventus. He is so unique. There is no phenomenon like him

2015 03 28 Retrieve

[Marcello Lippi on Italy’s Oriundi debate] I won a World Cup with [Mauro] Camoranesi. If Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi had Italian parents, nobody would be saying a word

2018 04 18 Retrieve

[Lippi says Nothing can tarnish Buffon as a player or a man] There is nothing that can tarnish Gianluigi Buffon’s splendid career at all, either as a player or a man. Nobody could expect such a game. The same goes for Roma [against Barcelona], to be honest. But Juve and Roma were exceptional. For Juventus, there was only an incorrect decision by the referee, who is very good, but in my opinion made a mistake in that case, and destroyed a fantastic Juventus performance.

2018 07 11 Retrieve

[Marcello Lippi on Zinedine Zidane] I am honoured to have been his coach

2019 06 29 Retrieve

[Lippi sees De Ligt as ‘best signing’ Bianconeri can make] I believe that the player who would be the best signing for Juve would be De Ligt. I think he is really strong. He’s physically imposing and has great football intelligence, he gives you a good balance, is technically strong and also scores a lot of goals

From Nesta to Baresi, from Maldini to [Ciro] Ferrara, from [Fabio] Cannavaro to [Marco] Materazzi, I have seen so many exceptional defenders, but never one like this in relation to age. Yes, he can make the difference. Juve with De Ligt would make a further leap in quality, putting him beside Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci would be the key to making a strong Juventus even stronger. They would be capable of achieving any target, even the Champions League

[The 71-year-old is in his second spell as China coach following his reappointment in May, and intends to end his coaching career with Team Dragon] I was close to Roma several times in my career, including recently. I was about to go there when Eusebio Di Francesco was fired. They called me and asked if I was available to be the coach of Roma, but I said no. I thanked them, saying that my time in club football is over. After China, I am going to retire

: 2019 07 26 Who are the highest-paid football coaches in China? Dragan Stojkovic (Guangzhou R&F, £6m ($7.9m/€7m), Vitor Pereira (Shanghai SIPG, £6.4m), Marcello Lippi (China, £11.2m) and Fabio Cannavaro (Guangzhou Evergrande, £12.9m)

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Lippi says I turned down Spurs because I didn’t speak English well – but neither could Sir Alex!] Yes, I was very close to Tottenham when I was coaching Juventus. They were very nice to me by contacting my son Davide. But I didn’t feel like leaving Turin and Juventus. For me, Juve was like Manchester United for Ferguson: a unique club that I loved to bits. I didn’t speak English well and that was also a reason I declined. Someone told me that Ferguson also didn’t speak English well because he was Scottish!

I loved [Roy] Keane. He was very close to moving to Juventus but then failed to negotiate. I also loved [Paul] Scholes. He would have liked it anywhere and always played.

[The Italian also wished current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer well in his quest to restore United to their former glory] [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer was very good as a player and I hope he will do very well as a coach. He deserves it.

[Lippi discussed the bond he shared with the legendary Red Devils coach and says the pair’s love of wine brought them together] He was almost like a brother to me. We exchanged many gifts. I brought him the Turin gianduiotti [chocolate] for his grandchildren but he ate them in the end. Even the wine, the good one from my Tuscany. He loved sending me the Matrioskas, the Russian ones, with boxes in the boxes containing his 1971 Whiskey Maccallan. One day I have to call Alex and ask him for another box. We used to send wine suggestions by mobile phone. He was in love with a wine he called ‘Tigno’. In reality it was called ‘Tignanello’ but he was convinced it was wrong. We made a bet and called the sommelier of that restaurant. I won!

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[Marcello Lippi says Massimiliano Allegri is the top candidate to become Manchester United’s next permanent manager] Allegri would be good everywhere and as a great admirer of the English club I would be happy to see him take over. Manchester United is the history of English football. There have been dark years but the club is fantastic, from the backroom to the players, everyone can say what it means to play at Old Trafford. I think Solskjaer was an exceptional striker and a good coach. For Allegri, I consider him an exemplary professional who has the style of Juventus in his blood. My deep friendship with [Sir Alex] Ferguson allows me to say that he would be the best choice for United

[The Italian tactician would need time to adjust to a new country and improve his English, but Lippi insists he is already tailor-made for the British style] As I already told you, I refused Tottenham simply because I didn’t have a command of the language but also because I loved and respected Juventus. Allegri studies English and is perfect for the British style. He is prepared and shrewd. He reads the game with great ease. He loves challenges and I respect him a lot, I think he is serious and prepared, I think he is a humble person. A great Italian who would do very well in England

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[World Cup winner Lippi resigns from China managerial role] I don’t want to talk about this game. A team should give everything on the pitch. The tactics of the head coach should be carried out. If the player is afraid of losing the game, then there is no fighting spirit, desire, guts. It is my responsibility, the head coach’s responsibility, although we defeated Guam and the Maldives, but the team that we played against today was better, more coordinated and organised than us. My annual salary is very high. I am fully responsible for this loss. Now I declare that I officially resigned

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Marcello Lippi says Title challengers Intermilan are capable of keeping pace with Juventus throughout the entire Serie A season] It is very beautiful and it certainly made the start of the season very interesting. I really think it can last until the end. In August I thought that it would be a three-way fight for the title, but Napoli will struggle to get back into the race. Carlo Ancelotti is a very good coach and I am convinced that he will improve the team. However, even if he drives them out of the difficult moment he is going through, he has accumulated too much distance to the top. The championship will be more uncertain than in recent years and this is good for our football

[Lippi went on to praise Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri for adapting well to the job he inherited from Massimiliano Allegri this summer] The change of coach could have negatively affected and created difficulties if Sarri had not been intelligent, but Maurizio is intelligent. He has already managed to implement some of his ideas without lowering the performance that Juve had with Conte first and then with Allegri