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Marcello Lippi is an Italian World Cup-winning football manager and former player. Born in Viareggio, in northern Tuscany, he served as Italian national team head coach from 16 July 2004 to 12 July 2006 and led Italy to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was re-appointed as Italian head coach in the summer of 2008. As manager he won five Serie A titles, four Italian Supercups, one Champions League title, one UEFA Supercup and one Intercontinental Cup. He was named the world’s best football manager by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) both in 1996 and 1998, and world’s best national coach in 2006. In his book Il Gioco delle Idee: Pensieri e Passioni da Bordo Campo (A Game of Ideas: Thoughts and Passions from the Sidelines) (2008), Lippi outlined his coaching philosophy. First and foremost, Lippi emphasizes the importance of team spirit and team unity as well as mutual relations between players. Importantly, Lippi argues that “a group of the best players do not necessarily make for the best team”.