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By ESPN Staff

Former Italy coach Valcareggi dies

MILAN, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Ferruccio Valcareggi, coach of the Italy team which lost the 1970 World Cup final to Brazil, has died at the age of 86.

Valcareggi was in charge when Italy won the European Championship in Rome in 1968 and two years later at the World Cup.

In Mexico, Valcareggi's side took part in one of the most memorable games in World Cup history when they beat West Germany in the semi-final, 4-3 after extra time, to set up the final against Brazil.

The Italians were crushed 4-1 by a superb, Pele-inspired Brazilian side in the final. Four years later in West Germany Valcareggi's team failed to make it beyond the group stage and he was replaced by Enzo Bearzot.

As a player, the Trieste-born Valcareggi played for Bologna and Fiorentina and he also coached the Florence club. He died after a lengthy illness, the Italian Football Federation said on Wednesday.