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Soccer: Conte wins second straight top coach award

Juve chief gets golden bench as Bianconeri head for third title

03 March, 14:03
Soccer: Conte wins second straight top coach award (ANSA) - Florence, March 3 - Antonio Conte on Monday won Italy's best coach award for the second year running for taking Juventus to the Serie A championship last season, his second straight scudetto.

Conte, 44, a former Juve and Italy midfielder who returned from a four-month betting-scam ban to steer the Bianconeri to retaining the scudetto, looks set to snag his third in a row with the Turin giants holding an 11-point lead over Roma.

The Puglia-born coach said the award "fills me with pride and will help me improve further.

"I dedicate it to my family, my staff and my players without whom I would not be here". Each year the best coach is voted onto the so-called 'Golden Bench' by his Serie A colleagues in a ceremony at the Italian Soccer Federation's training base at Coverciano near Florence.

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella came second and Inter coach Walter Mazzarri third.

Two years ago former Inter Milan manager Jose' Mourinho, now back at Chelsea after two years at Real Madrid, won the prize after leading the Italian side to a Champions League-Serie A-Italian Cup treble in the 2009-2010 campaign.