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FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2009


Tuesday, 30 June 2009

[U21] Casiraghi signs new Italy contract

Italy Under-21 coach Pierluigi Casiraghi has signed a new two-year contract with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

Pierluigi CasiraghiCasiraghi met with FIGC President Giancarlo Abete in Milan to accept an agreement on a deal that takes him beyond the next UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in Denmark, in June 2011.

Surprisingly appointed to replace Claudio Gentile in 2006, the 40-year-old guided the Azzurrini to the semi-finals this summer in Sweden where an unlucky 1-0 defeat by eventual winners Germany denied Italy a tilt for a record-extending sixth success at this level.

It was an improvement, however, on two years ago when they failed to reach the knockout stages in the Netherlands, and Casiraghi will now have at least one more go after committing until summer 2011.

The former Juventus and Lazio striker, who suffered an injury-enforced retirement in 1998, led Italy to success in the 2008 Toulon tournament in France and reached the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games in China later that summer.

Italy face Wales, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Luxembourg in qualifying Group 3, starting with a trip to Wales in September.

The 2011 finals tournament will be used as the qualification process for the 2012 Olympic Games football competition in England.

Prior to working as Italy Under-21 coach, Casiraghi had two stints in charge of Monza's youth team either side of a brief spell at Legnano.

Source: UEFA