Tuesday 6 December 2016

Italy choose Ventura as replacement for Conte

Brian Homewood

Published 08/06/2016 | 02:30

Ventura has enjoyed a long, steady coaching career in Italy although, apart from one season at Napoli, he has never worked at any of the biggest clubs such as Inter Milan, AC Milan or Juventus. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images
Ventura has enjoyed a long, steady coaching career in Italy although, apart from one season at Napoli, he has never worked at any of the biggest clubs such as Inter Milan, AC Milan or Juventus. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Giampiero Ventura, a 68-year-old who has never won a major title, will replace Chelsea-bound Antonio Conte as Italy's head coach after Euro 2016.

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Ventura's appointment, which had been widely expected, was confirmed on the Italian national team's Twitter feed.

Ventura has enjoyed a long, steady coaching career in Italy although, apart from one season at Napoli, he has never worked at any of the biggest clubs such as Inter Milan, AC Milan or Juventus.

The clubs he has coached include Sampdoria, Lecce, Cagliari, Venezia, Pisa, Bari, Verona, Messina, Udinese and Spezia. He has never won Serie A or the Coppa Italia, although he led Lecce to the third-tier Serie C title in 1996.

However, Ventura has gained respect following a five-year spell with Torino when he led them out of Serie B and to several respectable finishes in the middle and upper half of Serie A. He quit Torino by mutual agreement at the end of this season.

Meanwhile, Francesco Totti will play a 25th season at AS Roma, taking him past his 40th birthday, after the playmaker extended his contract with the club for another year yesterday.

"I really wanted this contract. It represents the fulfilment of my dream," Totti told Roma's website. "I always wanted to end my career having worn only one shirt - the Roma one."

Totti joined Roma as a 12-year-old in 1989 and made his professional debut in March 1993, aged 16, as a substitute against Brescia. Since then, he has played under 16 different coaches at the club and made his 600th league appearance last season.

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