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Italian football federation to elect new president in August, could also choose team coach

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ROME - The Italian football federation will elect its new president on Aug. 11, when it could also choose the new coach of the national team.

FIGC president Giancarlo Abete and coach Cesare Prandelli both resigned immediately after Italy's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in the World Cup, which consigned the Azzurri to a disappointing group stage exit.

Abete ratified his decision at a federal council meeting on Monday, when a date to choose his successor was scheduled.

The 63-year-old Abete has led Italian football since 2007 and had three more years left in his term after being re-elected last year.

"I will try to manage the situation to the best until August 11,"Abete said after the meeting. "I don't have any mental issues and it's not my custom to abandon ship.

"The personal, professional and political reasons which made my resignation irreversible have been completely confirmed."

Abete's replacement will have the final say on the next coach.

One idea being mooted by the federation — and in particular by possible future president Carlo Tavecchio — is to choose an experienced coach who would act as a mentor to a younger long-term successor.

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