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Tuesday September 19 2017
San Siro turns 91

Today marks the 91st anniversary of the opening of San Siro, with Inter beating Milan 6-3 in the first match.

The idea to build a privately-owned stadium specifically for football was the brainchild of then-Rossoneri President Piero Pirelli.

Most stadiums in Italy which were publicly financed had running tracks around the pitch to make them multi-purpose, a feature seen at the Stadio Olimpico, the Stadio San Paolo and previously at the Stadio Delle Alpi, before it was turned into Juventus Stadium.

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Sunday September 17 2017
Perrotta: 'Not told about statue'

Simone Perrotta reflects on his 40th birthday, what he misses about football and not being told he’s got a statue in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

“Today I will run a Half Marathon, then spend the rest of my birthday with my family,” the former Roma hero told Il Giornale.

His greatest career moment was winning the World Cup with Italy in 2006, but he names another close to his heart.

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Sunday September 17 2017
Happy Birthday Simone Perrotta!

Words: Gaby McKay

In years to come, Simone Perrotta will be a pub quiz answer.

Which three World Cup winners hail from the Manchester suburb of Ashton-Under-Lyne?

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Saturday September 16 2017
Florenzi: 'I rested for 11 months...'

Alessandro Florenzi maintains he has come back “a stronger person” after his double ACL injury. “I just rested for 11 months.”

The versatile home-grown talent ruptured knee ligaments in October 2016 and again in February 2017.

He made his first start in a 3-0 victory over Verona on Saturday evening, providing an assist for Edin Dzeko.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Conti: 'I'll be back stronger'

Milan full-back Andrea Conti underwent ACL surgery today and sent a message from his hospital bed. “I’ll be back even stronger.”

The former Atalanta player sustained the injury in his left knee during training on Friday.

He went under the knife with Professor Schonhuber’s team and is expected to be out of action for six months.

“The surgery went perfectly,” wrote Conti on his Instagram account.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Buffon: Juve, FIFA or MLS?

Gigi Buffon has offers from Juventus, the FIGC, FIFA and even to continue playing in MLS with New York City FC, claim Tuttosport.

The goalkeeper turns 40 in January and has hinted this will be the final season of his playing career.

He has already said he won’t become a Coach, so the proposals are flocking in for his next career step.

Naturally, Buffon has a place assured in the Juventus Board of Directors, although it’s not clear what his role would be.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Berardi resists the big time

Domenico Berardi has had opportunities to join a bigger club, but is too afraid to leave his Sassuolo comfort zone, argues George Rinaldi.

When former Sassuolo Coach Eusebio Di Francesco outlined that Domenico Berardi “is ready for a big team,” it seemed inevitable the 23-year-old would part with the Neroverdi and move on to the big time.

Instead, it was the tactician who would switch to Roma in the summer of 2017 – leaving Domenico to fend for himself at the Mapei Stadium.

It had not been his best season, though. In fact, his five-goal haul is the lowest he has ever achieved not only in Serie A, but the second tier too.

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Friday September 15 2017
Florenzi: ‘Return will be emotional’

Alessandro Florenzi admits “it will be emotional” when he makes his Roma return tomorrow after two knee injuries.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco confirmed in his Press conference today that the Italian international will start against Verona, having managed just nine Serie A appearances last season as a result of two cruciate ligament injuries.

“It’s a rebirth, starting almost entirely from zero,” Florenzi told Sky.

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Friday September 15 2017
Italy fourth in UEFA rankings

Italy remain fourth in UEFA’s association rankings thanks to their victories on the Europa League’s first matchday.

Despite Juventus’ 3-0 defeat to Barcelona and Roma’s goalless draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, wins for Atalanta, Lazio and Milan on Thursday ensure Italy remain among Europe’s top four.

Regarding the club rankings, Juventus, Napoli, Fiorentina and Roma stay in fifth, 12th, 20th and 28th respectively.

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Friday September 15 2017
Buffon ‘frustrated’ by Spanish defeats

Gianluigi Buffon explains why he is frustrated by his Spanish defeats. “I’ve always had to greet the same faces and congratulate them…”

Buffon kept goal during Italy’s 3-0 defeat to Spain a fortnight ago and Juventus’ loss to Barcelona by the same scoreline, as well as the Euro 2012 Final and the Bianconeri’s Champions League failures back in May against Real Madrid and two years ago.

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