Lippi fuels talk of new job

World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi is attending Ukraine’s

friendly against Switzerland, fueling speculation he could take

charge of the 2012 European Championship host.

Ukraine officials have denied weekend reports in Italian media

linking Lippi with the Ukraine job.

Lippi has been available for work since his contract with Italy

ended after a first-round exit at the World Cup in June.

The 62-year-old Lippi guided Italy to win the 2006 World Cup,

then stood down before returning to lead the Azzurri two years

later.

Ukraine’s team to face the Swiss on Wednesday was picked by Yuri

Kalitvintsev, who was appointed interim coach in August.

Ukraine qualifies automatically for Euro 2012 as co-host with

Poland.