Featured Matches
Previous
Kansas City
Philadelphia Union
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Queretaro
Pachuca
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Tijuana
U.A.N.L
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
KV Oostende
Anderlecht
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fortuna Düsseldorf
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fortuna Düsseldorf
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AJ Auxerre
Le Havre AC
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Ajaccio GFCO
Valenciennes
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arles
AC Ajaccio
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Nancy Lorraine
Dijon FCO
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Chateauroux
Troyes
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nimes
Angers
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Stade Laval
Niort
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Tours
Créteil
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FK Rubin Kazan
Spartak Moscow
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
KV Oostende
Anderlecht
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Silkeborg IF
Sonderjyske
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Lillestrom
SK Brann
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bray
Athlone Town FC
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cork
Dundalk
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Derry City
Bohemians
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Drogheda Utd
UCD
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Limerick FC
Shamrock
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
St Patricks
Sligo
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kansas City
Philadelphia Union
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Queretaro
Pachuca
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Tijuana
U.A.N.L
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
Banfield
Postp
Game Details
Rosario Central
Quilmes
Postp
Game Details
Lobos BUAP
Mineros de Zacatecas
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Correcaminos
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Avaí
Luverdense
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vila Nova-GO
Goianiense
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Unión La Calera
Antofagasta
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Real Espana
Parrillas One
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 13, 2006

Italian press unite to salute victorious Lippi

ROME, July 13 (Reuters) - Italy's press united on Thursday to salute departing World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi.

'Goodbye and thank you,' began an article on the front page of La Repubblica.

The 58-year-old former Juventus coach, who quit on Wednesday, saw himself as the pilot of a boat, said the paper, guiding the Azzurri away from the disappointment of early exits in the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004 to triumph in Berlin.

'The voyage was not from coast to coast, but from the rough waters to the smooth, from sea-sickness to pride, from disenchantment to true love.

'It was not an easy journey and the boat was not the fastest or the most beautiful, but it was solid. And once the port was reached, the pilot said goodbye.'

Other tributes focused on the reasons behind Lippi's departure.

In his resignation statement, Lippi said simply that he had 'come to the end of my role'.

Several papers, however, claimed he had grown tired of hearing his name mentioned in connection with the Serie A match-fixing scandal, whose verdicts are expected before the weekend.

Juventus - the club Lippi steered to five Serie A titles and the 1996 Champions League - are at the centre of the scandal and could be relegated to Italy's third division or lower.

In May, Lippi's son Davide was questioned by magistrates in Rome investigating sports agency GEA World for allegations of 'unfair competition with use of threats and violence'.

La Stampa called Lippi's resignation 'a premeditated farewell, born of the cheap shots that arrived from all directions.'

'He had not forgotten the days in which the scandal threatened to pull him into the swamp,' commented Corriere della Sera.

'Without those frictions, Lippi would have extended his contract and led the team into the qualifying campaign for the next European Championship,' it continued.

Corriere dello Sport said Lippi had now set himself beyond criticism.

His successor, it said, would be either ex-AC Milan and Italy midfielder Roberto Donadoni or former Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni, with Donadoni the favourite despite a total of only eight months' coaching experience in Serie A.

La Gazzetta dello Sport also made Donadoni favourite to lead Italy into their first qualifier for the 2008 European Championship against Lithuania on September 2.