ROME – Luciano Spalletti will be the new head coach of Italy’s national soccer team, the country’s football federation said, replacing Roberto Mancini who resigned on Aug 13.
Spalletti, 64, led Napoli last season to its first Serie A title in 33 years, crowning a long club management career that has included spells at AS Roma, Inter Milan, and a five-year stint with Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.
He stepped aside from the Napoli job in May after requesting a sabbatical and was replaced by Frenchman Rudi Garcia.
The Italian Football Federation said on its website that Spalletti would take up the post from Sept. 1.
“The national team needed a great coach and I’m very happy that he accepted,” federation president Gabriele Gravina said.
“His enthusiasm and his expertise will be fundamental for the challenges that await Italy in the coming months.”
A source told Reuters that Spalletti’s contract will run until the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The official statement did not specify the length of his contract.
Spalletti will be the national side’s ninth coach this century.
His debut match in charge will be Italy’s 2024 European Championship qualifier in North Macedonia on Sept. 9, and the Azzurri will then host Ukraine three days later.
Italy is currently third in Group C on three points from two matches, trailing Ukraine on six points from three games. England leads the group with 12 points after four matches.