Triumphant Lippi hails his 'most satisying moment'

July 9, 2006

BERLIN, July 9 (Reuters) - Italy coach Marcello Lippi said winning the World Cup was the most satisfying moment of his life after his team beat France 5-3 in a shootout on Sunday.

"I have to say thanks to the players," said Lippi. "This is the most satisfying moment of my life. We are very happy.

"I dedicate the victory to my family. The players have unlimited heart, character and personality," he added.

Italy won on penalties after the match finished 1-1 following an extra time period that saw France captain Zinedine Zidane sent off for a head butt on Marco Materazzi.

Asked how he felt a delighted Lippi added: "The greatest satisfaction that any coach or footballer can feel.

"I've had the fortune to win the Champions League - a kind of world title for clubs - and lots of Serie A titles but I've never felt anything like this."