Italy

Friday, October 10, 2014

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COMMENT: The veteran impressed in his first Azzurri game since overturning his decision to retire but Antonio Conte's men risked an embarrassing draw at home to Azerbaijan

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The centre-back put the Azzurri into the lead before accidentally put the ball in the back of his own net in the Euro 2016 qualifier, but salvaged a win late on

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The midfielder, who has been sidelined for over six months, is eager to be return to action but acknowledged rushing back before he is ready would be detrimental

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With the help of Opta, Goal have tallied up every penalty in Italy since 2009-10 to determine whether there is any basis to the claims that Juve receive more help from referees

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COMMENT: The giant striker has been in sublime form in the opening months of the 2014-15 campaign and has been rewarded with a long overdue call-up to the Italy national side

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The Azzurri coach has overseen back-to-back victories since taking the reins and says his side must win back the public's affection

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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The former AC Milan and Chelsea boss, who is now in charge at Real Madrid, claims club figures behind the scenes at Parc des Princes lost faith in him

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The Reds forward has been unable to break back into the starting XI since refusing a permanent move away this summer but believes that he could push for an Italy call-up

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The top eight seeds as of the 2015-16 season could be made up of the defending tournament winners and the champions of the seven highest-ranked European leagues

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The man at the centre of a refereeing storm in Italy's top flight has found an ally who believes the authorities need to do more to help the officials

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The Azzurri play in Palermo this week, with Antonio Conte's side looking to continue their 100 per cent winning record, but our tipster is backing the visitors to avoid a big loss

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In spite of last weekend's 3-2 defeat in Turin, the Giallorossi supremo feels Rudi Garcia's men have what it takes to dethrone the Bianconeri as the champions of Italy

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The Sassuolo man does not see the Liverpool attacker as a direct rival for a place in the Italy team and is keen to get to know him better

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The BVB director has stressed that it's too soon to judge the pair and feels they will show their real quality once they get used to their new surroundings

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The striker is convinced the Azzurri will be just as strong without the Liverpool star after Graziano Pelle was called up instead