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Claudio Ranieri probably is one of the most experienced coaches in Europe as he has been in charge of over 10 clubs ranging from Italian sides to Spanish sides and even teams in the Premier League, this experience and knowledge is one of the main reasons on why he was selected as the new coach of the Greek national football team.
During one of his first press conferences as the head coach of the national side, Ranieri outlined what his plans are as the manager of Greece.
“My predecessors did a great job with Greece,” explained the 62-year-old. “Now it’s up to me. It won’t be easy. Our aim is to qualify for the EURO 2016 finals in France. Not making it to the finals would be a disaster it’s that simple.”
“I have requested from the federation to work with them two to three times per week. I will discuss my plan with the clubs, as it’s positive for them as well. In the long run, I want to make the national team a mixture of older and younger players. I want to bring the best to the squad. My message is clear: the national coach is here, he has a vision and is willing to work.” Ranieri said as he unveiled some of his plans and what he intends to do in charge of his new squad.
This is the first national side that Ranieri has been in charge of as his coaching career extends from different clubs around Europe but he never has had the chance to coach a nation up until now.
A few weeks ago Greece received Romania at the Georgios Karaiskaki stadium as they battled off in a qualifying match for the 2016 Euro’s and Romania squeezed a victory with a narrow 1-0 victory and now Ranieri is hoping his side can pick up good results in their upcoming qualifying matches against Finland and Northern Ireland on October 11 and 14 respectively.
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