|Return to the National Squad and South Africa 2010||
Despite having left the National Squad as a winner, the coach was not completely satisfied, so in August 2008, he came back to lead the team again towards the next World Cup in South Africa.
The qualification games were quite straightforward, even if there were already some indications that the team was not as competitive as two years earlier: for example, Italy went out of the Confederations Cup 2009 during the group stage.
Unfortunately, the Confederations result was a sort of prophecy, and despite many technical and tactical changes, Azzurri did not manage to get more than two draws and one defeat in the World Cup group stage, thus going out of the competition quite soon.
As previously announced, Lippi left the National Squad at the end of the World Cup