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WORLD CUP 2014: Prandelli prides himself on tactics and ethics, but he lacks a major title

Cesare Prandelli's recent contract extension as Italy coach is a testament to his team philosophy, moral values and winning tactics.After all, it's not often that the Italian football federation guarantees a future for its coach before a World Cup.The 56-year-old Prandelli seized upon the opportunity in March by signing on for two more years."The people who control the national team are well-meaning people and they have gotten over the obstacle of relying only on results by offering this extension," Prandelli said. "It's gratifying and it fills me with pride."By the same token, Prandelli has restored pride to Italy's colors since replacing Marcello Lippi after Italy's embarrassing first-round exit from the 2010 World Cup.He guided Italy to the final of the 2012 European Championship and to third place at last year's Confederations Cup.If he stays until his contract expires after Euro 2016, Prandelli would become the first Italy coach to last more than five years since Enzo Bearzot, who...

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