Zoff Quits as Italy Coach

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Italy's coach Dino Zoff announced Tuesday that he was resigning following his team's dramatic 2-1 Golden Goal defeat by France in Sunday's Euro 2000 final. 

The resignation comes following a scathing attack launched Monday against Zoff by AC Milan President and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. 

"I was offended as a man. Berlusconi does not have to tell me what to do," Zoff told a press conference announcing his decision. 

Berlusconi described him as a 'dilettante' -- an Italian word used to describe someone who is unprofessional in his or her approach. 

"He has behaved like a dilettante," said Berlusconi, who described Zoff's behavior during Euro 2000 as 'unworthy'. 

Zoff added: "I know what will happen. It will be said that I benefited from the occasion, I know that my image will not come out of this unscathed, I have experience of this. But I don't want to continue." 

France first appointed the former international goalkeeper with a record 112 caps for the Squadra Azzurra national coach following Italy’s elimination from the 1998 World Cup. 

The 58-year-old admitted that Sunday's heartbreaking 2-1 defeat was one of the worst moments of his illustrious career - (AFP) 

 

 

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