Schalke head coach Roberto Di Matteo stands in the coaching zone during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Roberto Di Matteo has been handed the task of restoring Aston Villa's fortunes after the seven-times English champions announced the Italian as their new manager Friday.Swiss-born former Italy midfielder Di Matteo played for Lazio and Chelsea and once scored after 42 seconds in the 1997 FA Cup final against Middlesbrough.He won two FA Cups, a League Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup while at Stamford Bridge and returned to Chelsea as assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas in 2011, stepping up as interim manager when the Portuguese was sacked in March 2012 .
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