In this Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 file photo Torino coach Giampiero Ventura follows the game of a Europa League qualifying round soccer match between Torino and HJK Helsinki at Olympic stadium in Turin, Italy. (AP Photo/ Massimo Pinca, File)
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Giampiero Ventura takes over as Italy head coach after Euro 2016 as the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) opted Tuesday for a low-key manager, radically different from Antonio Conte for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.With Ventura, the Italian federation are taking a totally different direction, having failed to get past the group stages at the last two World Cups.A former international, and three-time Serie A winner with Juventus, Conte represented a certain dynamism and a new generation of Italian coaches.The choice of Ventura, a respected coach but almost unknown outside of Italy, confirms that the Italian team, four-time world champions, most recently in 2006, no longer attracts the big name managers.Instead Italian football bosses have gone for a more down-to-earth choice, with Ventura on good terms will everyone in Italian football, although his debonair air conceals a hot temper, as when he made a throat-cutting move when a Torino fan insulted one of his players.
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