Andrea Pirlo is returning to Italy as coach of Serie B club Sampdoria.
Pirlo, who coached Turkish club Fatih Karagümrük last season, signed a two-year contract, Sampdoria announced Tuesday.
Pirlo, the former midfield maestro who helped Italy to the 2006 World Cup title, began his coaching career at Juventus but lasted just one disappointing season with the Bianconeri.
Last season, Pirlo coached Fatih Karagümrük to seventh place in the Turkish league.
Sampdoria won only three matches last season and finished bottom in Serie A, which resulted in relegation. Combined with the promotion of city rival Genoa to the top flight, Sampdoria are under pressure to perform under Pirlo.
Pirlo replaces Dejan Stankovic, whose contract expired at the end of the season.