Updated: Friday, 15 August 2014 03:38 | By Agence France-Presse

Antonio Conte named as new Italy coach

Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte was named the new coach of Italy on Thursday on a two-year contract, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced.

Antonio Conte named as new Italy coach

A photo taken on March 16, 2014 shows Juventus' coach Antonio Conte looking on during the Italian Serie A football match Genoa vs Juventus in Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa - by Marco Bertorello

The 45-year-old was widely expected to take over from Cesare Prandelli, who stepped down after Italy's first-round exit at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio said Conte, who is expected to earn two million euros (£1.6m, $2.7m) a year, will be presented at a press conference on Tuesday in Rome.

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