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Juventus confirms Ciro Ferrara as new coach

JUVENTUS has confirmed Ciro Ferrara as its new coach, hiring the club's former defender on a two-year contract.

Ferrara guided the Turin power for the final two matches of the recently concluded Serie A season after Claudio Ranieri was fired.

Juventus said in a statement that the choice of Ferrara "fully conforms to the goals and tradition of the club."

"He's a man linked to Juventus and its history of success, a young coach who has gained managerial experience within the club and who has an international view of football courtesy of his work within the staff of the national World Cup champion side," the statement said.

Ferrara was also an assistant coach under Marcello Lippi with Italy's national squad. He left the Azzurri's training camp and headed to Turin for his introduction with Juventus late yesterday.

"I will do everything to get the results this club deserves," Ferrara told reporters. "It's a beautiful job, but also a demanding one. I feel ready."

The 42-year-old Ferrara played for Juventus from 1994 to 2005, winning five Serie A titles, the Champions League, Intercontinental Cup, Italian Cup and four Italian Supercups.

Since 2005, he has directed Juventus' youth program.

In his first two games in charge of the senior squad, Juventus beat both Siena and Lazio to finish the season in second place.


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