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Thursday October 17 2019
Court hears Ferguson, Conte allegations

Agent Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Pagliara is on trial in England for bribery, having told an undercover reporter he helped Sir Alex Ferguson ‘fix’ a Manchester United match with Juventus and gave then-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte back-handers.

This is the same trial and general undercover sting operation from the Daily Telegraph that forced England manager Sam Allardyce to resign.

Pagliara, fellow agent Dax Price and former Barnsley assistant coach Tommy Wright are on trial at Southwark Crown Court for bribery.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Inter turn to Giroud after Alexis injury

With Alexis Sanchez’s injury problems, Inter are reportedly preparing a January swoop for unhappy Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud.

It was confirmed today that Alexis Sanchez, on loan from Manchester United, has dislocated his ankle joint with tendon damage during international duty with Chile.

He’ll find out tomorrow if this requires surgery, which could keep him out of action for three to four months.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Milan spent €10.48m on Higuain

A study of the Juventus accounts has shown precisely how much Milan and then Chelsea spent on Gonzalo Higuain’s six-month loans.

The striker went out on what was meant to be a one-season loan to Milan in the summer of 2018, but moved on again in January to Stamford Bridge.

Calcio e Finanza have looked at the published Juventus accounts and calculated how much these brief expeditions cost the various clubs.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Marchisio: 'Juve my priority'

Claudio Marchisio hasn’t yet decided on his future after retirement, but explains why he never moved to the Premier League. “My priority was Juventus.”

The midfielder retired at the age of 33 after numerous knee injuries during his final years at Juve and Zenit St Petersburg.

“I haven't ruled out anything, but for the moment I have not decided what I will do,” Marchisio told the Daily Mail when asked if he’d like to be a Coach.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Jorginho agent won't rule out Serie A

Jorginho’s agent commented on “a positive year” for the Chelsea and Italy midfielder, but won’t rule out a return to Serie A. “Anything is possible.”

The midfielder converted a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Greece last night, which secured Italy’s place at Euro 2020.

“It has certainly been a positive year for Jorginho,” agent Joao Santos told Radio Sportiva.

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BLOG ITALIA
Saturday October 12 2019
Practically perfect Italy progress

Italy are a team transformed from World Cup failures to Euro 2020 perfect records, but Giancarlo Rinaldi awaits further developments.

They might have disguised themselves in green, but it did not leave us feeling blue. From one of the lowest points in the history of the Italian national team, we really could not have asked for more.

A 100% Euro 2020 qualification record - matched only by Belgium - and a place secured with three games to spare would have seemed almost unimaginable two years ago. Roberto Mancini has delivered on his promises with the same style he used to produce with the Sampdoria Number 10 on his back.

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Saturday October 12 2019
Probable line-ups: Italy v Greece

Italy are expected to use players from nine different clubs in their starting XI against Greece, as a victory would secure Euro 2020 qualification.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome tonight at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri have so far won all six of their games in Group J and a seventh would be enough to book their spot at the tournament next summer.

Several players are unavailable, including Giorgio Chiellini, Stefano Sensi, Alessandro Florenzi, Emerson Palmieri and Lorenzo Pellegrini.

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BLOG ITALIA
Thursday October 10 2019
Italy's midfield renaissance

Italy can rely on an array of Azzurri alternatives in midfield and build a team around these talents, explains Kaustubh Pandey.

The future of the Nazionale will be built around the extraordinary new crop of emerging midfield talent, as young faces combine with the not exactly old guard to give Roberto Mancini an array of options.

It isn’t reminiscent of the old Italian midfield, which had Andrea Pirlo, Rino Gattuso and Claudio Marchisio in it, but it is now ready to carve out a reputation of its own. There also seems to be a balance and quality of depth to it.

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Sunday October 6 2019
Lampard: 'Jorginho Chelsea vice-captain'

Italy international Jorginho is the new vice-captain of Chelsea, confirmed Frank Lampard. “He is a character and a driver, on and off the pitch.”

The former Napoli midfielder had been singled out for criticism by fans and media last season under Maurizio Sarri, but has now become a favourite at Stamford Bridge.

“Jorginho is vice-captain as it stands. Cesar Azpilicueta is the captain and that was clear at the start of the season and I think his professionalism and career here speaks for itself,” said manager Lampard in a Press conference.

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BLOG ITALIA
Sunday October 6 2019
Sarri and Juventus tweak recipe

Maurizio Sarri seemed to fit Juventus like Parmesan on seafood pasta, but Giancarlo Rinaldi can imagine them changing each other for better - or worse.

It’s hard to avoid a wince when someone asks for Parmesan on their pasta with a seafood sauce. And many of us felt it was a similar faux pas when Juventus appointed Maurizio Sarri in the summer. Could these prime preachers of ‘winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing’ really add a sprinkle of ‘let me entertain you’ to their footballing philosophy?

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