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Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

Roberto Mancini has been confirmed as Italy's new coach.

Italy have named Roberto Mancini as the new coach of their national team, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said in a statement on their website on Monday.

The Azzurri have been searching for a new manager since Giampiero Ventura left a year ago in the wake of their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

"I'm emotional", said Mancini, who won 36 caps for Italy as a player.

According to Sky, Roberto Mancini met with Italian FA cub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta on Monday to discuss terms.

"I want to get to know the players before deciding how we'll play".

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Roberto Mancini's first national squad will be eagerly awaited and is expected to see the return of Nice forward Mario Balotelli, who he coached at Inter Milan and Manchester City. Same too with former Italy manager Antonio Conte, who may lose his Chelsea appointment this summer.

Balotelli has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup. As head coach Italian since 2001, has won 13 titles, including victories in Serie A and the English Premier League.

He never became a regular with Italy during his 10-year worldwide career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals.

Italy's soccer national team new coach Roberto Mancini smiles during his first press conference at Coverciano Sporting Center, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday May 15, 2018.

Mancini's arrival as Italy boss has sparked rumours that Mario Balotelli will be recalled to the global scene after a fine season with Nice, scoring 26 times in 37 appearances. However, his Zenit team finished the Russian league in a disappointing fifth place.

His task will be to rebuild and qualify Italy for the 2020 European Championships, with his first match in charge a friendly on May 28 against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland.