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Wednesday November 22 2017
Malago': 'FIGC commission inevitable'

CONI President Giovanni Malagò announced that “the only way to reform Italian football is to put it under a commissioner,” but will wait until December 11.

The situation is in chaos after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Coach Giampiero Ventura was fired and FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio resigned, while the Lega Serie B is already under a commissioner.

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Wednesday November 22 2017
Peru excluded from World Cup?

Reports in Peru suggest their national team could be excluded from the 2018 World Cup, in which case Italy would potentially be given their spot.

Peruvian newspaper Libero notes there is a proposed law put forward by Paloma Noceda which would put their football federation under the control of the State – which is not allowed under FIFA rules.

Noceda is President of the Commission for Instruction, Youth and Sport, who put forth this proposed law to make the Federation part of the Peruvian Institute for Sport.

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Wednesday November 22 2017
Nantes: ‘Ranieri is staying’

Nantes’ President says it’s “normal” that Claudio Ranieri has been linked with Italy but “he has a contract that has to be honoured”.

The Coach admitted that becoming the Azzurri CT would be “special and beautiful”, but the patron of his club doesn’t think he’ll be leaving anytime soon.

“He answered quite logically,” Waldemir Kitta shrugged, speaking to L’Équipe.

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Wednesday November 22 2017
Watch: Balotelli launches web series

Mario Balotelli has launched a web series, with the first episode showing him winning a Mario Kart race on a mini-motorbike.

A video emerged last month of the Nice striker racing around on the mini-bike, pursued by a drone.

Today it has emerged that it was for the first episode of a four-part web series on 433 TV, with a further three episodes to come on November 28, November 29 and December 1.

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Wednesday November 22 2017
Berlusconi: ‘Chinese met obligations’

Former Milan President Silvio Berlusconi points out the new Chinese owners “always met their commitments”.

Rossoneri Sport Investment, the consortium led by Yonghong Li took over the club in April, but there have since been doubts about how much money they actually have.

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Wednesday November 22 2017
Argentina cancel Italy friendly?

Argentina have reportedly cancelled their friendly with Italy on March 23 following the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

According to ItaSportPress, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) wrote to their Italian counterparts (FIGC) after the Nazionale’s playoff defeat to Sweden.

It would have requested the match to be cancelled due to a probable lack of interest from fans and the likelihood of facing a “broadly experimental” Italy side with a caretaker Coach.

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Wednesday November 22 2017
‘I’d make this Italy team fly!’

Ciccio Graziani, one of Italy’s 1982 World Cup winners, claims he would make the Azzurri ‘fly’ if he became CT.

Graziani coached Fiorentina to the UEFA Cup Final in 1990 and Catania to Serie B 15 years ago, while his last job saw him guide non-League Cervia to Serie D in 2005, as part of a reality show.

“We need a Coach that chooses the best players and makes them play together,” the 64-year-old told Tiki Taka.

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Tuesday November 21 2017
Sarri: 'I can't leave out Insigne'

Maurizio Sarri confessed he “can’t” rotate Lorenzo Insigne and hopes Manchester City can help keep Napoli in the Champions League.

The Partenopei swept Shakhtar Donetsk aside 3-0 at the Stadio San Paolo tonight with goals from Lorenzo Insigne, Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens.

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Tuesday November 21 2017
Buffon: 'Replacing Rakitic at World Cup...'

Gigi Buffon thanked Ivan Rakitic offering to give up his spot at the 2018 World Cup, but the Italy goalkeeper warns “it might not be a great idea!”

Croatia booked their spot at the tournament in Russia next summer, but Buffon misses the chance to become the first man ever to play in six World Cup finals.

“I feel like telling Buffon to go in my place, as what he’s done for football is incredible, simply unique,” said Barcelona midfielder Rakitic in today’s Press conference.

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Tuesday November 21 2017
Rakitic: 'Buffon deserved World Cup'

Ivan Rakitic said winning the Champions League is “like a drug” for Barcelona and wishes he could give Gigi Buffon a World Cup swansong.

It kicks off on Wednesday at 19.45 GMT and follows on from the 3-0 Blaugrana victory at Camp Nou in September.

“Considering the club we are, every game is important and, as much as we care about the competition, the idea tomorrow is to do what we need to do. “

It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will go for the victory in Turin or settle for a point each.

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