Marcello Lippi

Marcello Lippi

Marcello Lippi Romeo ( born April 12, 1948 in Viareggio ( LU), Italy ) is an Italian former football player and coach. In the latter capacity, he was five times Italian champion and won in 1996 with Juventus Champions League. In 2006, he led the Italian national football team for the World Cup title in Germany.

Playing career

His career as a player was rather unremarkable - mainly Lippi played as a sweeper at Sampdoria Genoa ( 1969-1980 ), also he was also at Savona 1907 FBC, the AC AS Lucchese Libertas Pistoiese and under contract.

Club coach

The coach Lippi is now one of the most sought after trainers in the world. He had started out small as a coach, he began in 1982 as a youth coach at Sampdoria. His first stop in a professional team was in the U.S. Città di Pontedera in Serie C2 ( 1985-1986). Marcello Lippi coached after AC Siena (1986-1987), Pistoiese (1987-1988), Carrarese (1988-1989), the AC Cesena (1989-1991), Lucchese (1991-1992), Atalanta Bergamo (1992-1993) and Napoli (1993-1994), with whom he finished sixth in Serie A. In 1994 he was hired as coach of Juventus. There he won in his first term (1994 to 1999), three Italian Cups, one Coppa Italia, two Italian Super Cups, one Champions League, one European Super Cup and one Intercontinental Cup, and he also led Juve two more times in the final of the Champions League, the however, they lost. In the 1998/99 season Juventus had injury problems followed ( inter alia Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi ) and could not fulfill what Lippi was still moving during the season for voluntary resignation the high expectations.

For the season 1999/2000 was coach Marcello Lippi at Inter Milan, where he probably never felt right and could not continue the success at Juventus. After the first season he asked for termination of his contract. Massimo Moratti, the club president, it refused, however, but released him after the first championship game of the new season.

In summer 2001, Lippi returned to Juventus and was able to celebrate right away the championship and defend the title in the following season. Lippi's team also won two Italian Super Cups and reached the 2002/ 03 once again the final of the Champions League, but lost on penalties against AC Milan. After a rather disappointing 2003/04 season, his contract was not renewed.

17 May 2012 it was announced that Lippi coached the Chinese first division club Guangzhou Evergrande FC future. He received a three-year contract and is, according to media reports ten million euro earn per season. In 2014 he extended the contract for another three years until the end of 2017; few days earlier, he had told journalists still say 2014 was definitely his last year.


On 16 July 2004, Marcello Lippi, coach of the Italian national football team, which he led to the world title in 2006. First, however, the way for Lippi was in the national team rather mixed: although he had reached the goal of the World Cup qualifiers, but this was achieved only with close wins and despite a 0-1 defeat in Slovenia. Then, however, the convincing victories came in friendlies against Russia (2-0 ), the Netherlands (3:1) and Germany ( 4-1 ). This confirmed that the young players like Daniele De Rossi and Alberto Gilardino, the Lippi had built into the team, getting better pasted. From October 2004 until the final on July 9, 2006, he remained with Italy in 25 international matches unbeaten with 16 wins and nine draws. After this triumph, he joined on 12 July 2006 from his post as coach of Italy back. Lippi was the first coach, who in his coaching career World Cup and Champions League winner was.

On 24 June 2008 it was announced that Lippi is coach of the Italian national football team again. He took over from Roberto Donadoni, who was on leave in the quarter -finals of the European Football Championship in 2008 after leaving the Azzurri. His first game, on August 20, 2008 against Austria, ended 2:2.

By a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Greece on 20 November 2008, the national team remained unbeaten in succession under Lippi for the 31st time. This turned Lippi a then- world record.

This record was surpassed during the Confederations Cup 2009 Spain, Selección remained until the semi-final defeat against the United States in 35 consecutive games without defeat. Although the Squadra Azzurra started the tournament with a 3-1 win against the United States, the team was unable to meet the expectations and retired after losing to Egypt and Brazil already in the group stage of the tournament.

The qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2010 was unbeaten ensured the Italians could in ten games have seven wins and three draws. With the Football World Cup 2010 Italy itself, however, was eliminated after two draws and a 2:3 defeat against Slovakia in the last match in the group stage. For this purpose took Marcello Lippi full responsibility and announced at the press conference for his resignation.

Game system

Lippi played with Italy in the 2006 World Cup, a 4 -4-1 -1 system. The team conceded in the tournament not conceding a goal from open play (only an own goal and a penalty ).



  • World Champion: 2006


  • UEFA Champions League: 1995/96
  • UEFA Champions League Runners-up: 1996/97, 1997/98, 2002/ 03
  • AFC Champions League: 2013
  • World Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1996
  • Italian Championship: 1994/95, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2001/ 02, 2002/ 03
  • Coppa Italia: 1994/95
  • Italian Super Cup: 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003
  • Chinese Championships: 2012

Personal Awards

  • UEFA Club Football Awards Coach of the Year: 1999
  • World Club Coach of the Year: 1996, 1998
  • Coach of the Year in Serie A: 1997, 1998, 2003
  • World - National Coach of the Year: 2006