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Friday November 17 2017
Borini bouncing back

While Milan splashed out on star names this summer, Fabio Borini has been the surprise standout performer, writes Richard Hall.

Whilst the Rossoneri were spending in abundance this summer, Fabio Borini arrived with few fans and arguably fewer hopes. His loan move from Sunderland surprised many and would have seen more questions asked, had the likes of Andre Silva and Leonardo Bonucci not been catching the eye of the expectant fan base.

His new club promised much, but as yet have not delivered on expectations, as their players try desperately to gel as a cohesive unit. Despite all the odds however, Borini has been one component that has impressed in his time so far.

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Thursday November 16 2017
Rome Derby experience

Few Coaches are prepared for the Roma and Lazio pressure cooker, but as Billy Wilkinson explains, Eusebio Di Francesco and Simone Inzaghi know it well.

The pressure cooker in which Italian Coach work is unlike any league in the world. Erratic Presidents, impatient fanbases and a scathing media culture which leaves no move or choice uncriticised.

As one of Italy’s fiercest derbies features this weekend, the Derby della Capitale, both managers know all too well that Roma and Lazio see those forces multiplied.

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Wednesday November 15 2017
A new Azzurri dawn

The best way to deal with Italy’s painful failure to qualify for the World Cup is to concentrate on change for the future, writes Chloe Beresford.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that,” goes the famous Martin Luther King Junior quote. Of course, he was referring to matters much more serious than football, but there are still lessons to be learned from his wisdom in all walks of life.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Italy's problems run deep

Giampiero Ventura was out of his depth, but the last few World Cups show the Azzurri lack old-fashioned talent, writes Emmet Gates.

“Everyone home!” ran the front page of Tuttosport.  A World Cup without the Azzurri, not many can come to terms with it. In fact, most had never even witnessed an Italy-less tournament. It’s been 59 years since Northern Ireland blocked their entry to a World Cup.  Amidst all the soul-searching and finger-pointing that will inevitably follow in the wake of what has been described by La Gazzetta as ‘the apocalypse’, the problems start and end at home.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Italy exit was avoidable

Italy's failure to reach the 2018 World Cup was like watching a car crash unfold in slow-motion, powerless to stop it, writes Susy Campanale.

The worst thing about Italy missing the 2018 World Cup is how avoidable it all was. It felt like watching that meme with the little dog sitting inside a flaming building, sipping tea and saying: “This is fine.” It hasn’t been fine for a very long time, but we felt powerless to stop this slow-motion car crash as it unfolded in front of us.

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Monday November 13 2017
Ventura entirely to blame

Italy are out of the World Cup for the first time in 60 years and Adam Digby lays the blame squarely at the feet of Coach Giampiero Ventura.

For the first time since 1958, Italy will not be at the World Cup finals. After a qualification campaign that never saw them look confident or cohesive, the Azzurri will spend next summer watching the tournament on television. As they do so, the players will reflect on their part in what has undoubtedly been one of the worst two-year stints in the history of a proud national team of one of the game’s most prominent footballing countries.

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Monday November 13 2017
Pirlo: the legend who almost wasn't

As the football world stands to applaud Andrea Pirlo on his retirement, Emmet Gates points out this legend of the sport almost fell through the cracks.

Time waits for no man, not even for one as nonchalantly exquisite as Andrea Pirlo. Following his announcement that he had played his last match as New York FC got eliminated from the MLS play-offs by Columbus Crew, the tributes poured in.

Legends of the game, ranging from Zinedine Zidane and Fabio Cannavaro to Gigi Buffon and Kaka, all posted messages on social media, toasting to a legendary career. European aristocrats, such as Pirlo’s former clubs Juventus and Milan to Bayern Munich, did likewise.

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Sunday November 12 2017
Can Jorginho rescue Italy?

Italy look set to finally give Jorginho his competitive debut in the most dire of circumstances, writes Marco D’Onofrio.

It is utterly ridiculous that Giampiero Ventura waited a year and a half into his tenure with the national team to call-up Jorginho, and even more embarrassing that he opted to play Lorenzo Insigne in the midfield in the second half of Friday’s 1-0 World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden instead of Europe's most accurate passer.

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Sunday November 12 2017
This Italy needs changes

After Italy’s defeat to Sweden, Giampiero Ventura must tinker with tactics and attitude to reach the World Cup, writes Matthew Santangelo.

Calling Italy’s first leg performance of this World Cup play-off an embarrassment is probably an understatement. It says something about the Nazionale's history that they are nonetheless still considered favourites to qualify on Betstars, but is that optimism warranted?

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Saturday November 11 2017
Italy on brink of historic humiliation

If Italy miss the first World Cup in 60 years, a new generation of calcio lovers will suffer the consequences, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi.

Only the old-timers can truly tell us how this feels. If you want to know how much failure to qualify for a World Cup hurts, go ask a Nonno. The shell-shocked expression that greets you will tell you everything you need to know. And now our generation stands on the precipice of a similar heartache.

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