Relegated Verona appoint World Cup winner Grosso

Fabio Grosso celebrates after netting the winning penalty in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final Source: AAP

FIFA World Cup winner Fabio Grosso has been tasked with guiding Verona back to Serie A next season after agreeing a two-year contract with the Gialloblu.

Grosso – who scored the penalty that saw Italy crowned world champions in 2006, but is best known in Australia for winning a controversial penalty against Lucas Neill in a round-of-16 match against the Socceroos in the same tournament – makes the move having coached Bari in Serie B during 2017-2018, the club finishing seventh.

Bari failed to get through the play-offs, though, despite a 2-2 draw with Cittadella, the latter progressing from the preliminary round due to a better league position.

That proved to be Grosso's last match in charge as the former Juventus youth coach moved north to the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Verona endured a difficult campaign in the Italian top flight, finishing second bottom with 25 points from their 38 matches.

Grosso - who replaces Fabio Pecchia - will hope to revive their fortunes in 2018-2019 and ensure their stay in the second tier is as brief as possible.

"Happy and proud to be the new head coach of Verona," he told the club's official website.

"I cannot wait to start this adventure. See you soon!"

Source Omnisport