After Italy was beaten by Spain 4-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2012 finals, Prandelli has confirmed that he will continue to stay as Italy’s coach. He was hired to replace Marcello Lippi after Italy’s embarrassing first-round exit from the 2010 World Cup, Prandelli has a four-year contract that lasts through the 2014 World Cup.
Prior to the final Prandelli suggested that he would consider his future after the tournament and that, he was worn down from the match-fixing scandal afflicting the Azzurri back home. He was also disappointed that the Italian clubs did not give him the chance to hold any mini-training camps with his squad during the season. The former Parma and Fiorentina coach, said that the loss in the final had actually helped him make up his mind.
He also said that there were times when he wasn’t entirely sure, but never had any problems with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) or any of the directors. He also mentioned that the project needs to continue and he wants to see the team grow.
Italy’s next match is on August 15, a friendly with England, which comes four days after the Italian Super Cup between Juventus and Napoli in Beijing. They will then embark on their qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, having been drawn in Group B alongside Denmark, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta.