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Thursday June 21 2018
Italy fans mustn't be delusional

It’s tempting to believe Italy could’ve made a big splash on a low-quality World Cup, but Giancarlo Rinaldi won’t get lulled into that trap.

It is one of the great duplicities that football fans love to indulge in. Even when our team has long been knocked out of a competition we tell ourselves that the fates could have been so much different.

I have known people - myself included - who have plotted the course to imaginary semi-finals and finals even when our favourites departed the scene many rounds before. But any Italian fans seriously entertaining such fantasies this summer would be well advised to take a dip in some icy Dolomite stream to wake them from such reverie.

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Wednesday June 20 2018
Tommasi: ‘Hope for election soon’

Elections for a new FIGC President have still not been called, with Damiano Tommasi hoping the situation can be resolved “as soon as possible”.

The Federation has been without a President since Carlo Tavecchio stepped down, with Roberto Fabbricini appointed as commissioner in February.

It had been hoped that elections would be called today, but the governing bodies have now asked for another month.

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Monday June 18 2018
‘Dybala was close to Italy’

Former FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio claims “I was almost able to convince” Paulo Dybala to play for Italy.

The Argentine international has Italian ancestry, and while he’s always been clear about wanting to represent the Albiceleste, the former Federation chief insists things were different behind the scenes.



“[FIFA President Gianni] Infantino invited me to the World Cup final,” Tavecchio told Il Messaggero.

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Monday June 4 2018
Fabbricini: 'Time for Buffon salute'

FIGC Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini insists there is time for Gianluigi Buffon to receive an Italy swansong.

Tonight’s friendly against the Netherlands was organised at the Juventus Stadium in Turin largely as the final match in an Azzurri jersey for Buffon.

It is hosted in his ‘home’ stadium, but 40-year-old SuperGigi rejected the call-up from new Coach Roberto Mancini.

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Monday June 4 2018
Pirlo, Batistuta start coaching course

Andrea Pirlo, Gabriel Batistuta and Thiago Motta are among the former players starting an FIGC coaching course this morning.

The special course is reserved for former players, and got underway at Coverciano this morning.

It will run until July 19, and will combine the UEFA A and B licences.

That means the former professionals will be able to coach youth teams, and any senior team up to Serie C.

They can also be registered as assistants in Serie A or Serie B.

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Saturday June 2 2018
Serie A transfer deadlines set

The deadline for Serie A teams to sign players this summer will be August 17 at 20.00 local time, while it is January 18 for the mid-season window.

As confirmed by the FIGC last month, there are radical changes to the structure of the transfer market in Italy from this year.

The clubs and Federation agreed that it was best to ensure trading had stopped by the time the Serie A season began.

As that kicks off on August 18, the transfer deadline is 20.00 local time (19.00 in the UK, 18.00 GMT) on Friday August 17.

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Monday May 28 2018
Lotito and Marotta FIGC counsellors

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta and Lazio President Claudio Lotito are elected Federal Counsellors for the Lega Serie A.

According to news agency ANSA, Marotta received 14 votes out of 20 clubs, while Lotito got 13.

They also elected the four new Lega Serie A Counsellors: Inter general manager Alessandro Antonello, Atalanta director Luca Percassi, Milan CEO Marco Fassone and Udinese Vice-President Stefano Campoccia.

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Monday May 28 2018
Tavecchio: ‘Ventura never resigned’

Former FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio angrily responds to Giampiero Ventura - “he never handed in his resignation”.

The CT failed to take Italy to this summer’s World Cup, and was heavily criticised for refusing to resign in the aftermath, instead having his contract paid in full.

Last night Ventura claimed he had tried to resign after the Macedonia game, but the former head of the Federation insists that’s not the case.

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Monday May 28 2018
Ventura: ‘I tried to resign…’

Giampiero Ventura claims he tried to resign as Italy CT, but refused after Sweden as “it would've been like admitting to being the only one responsible”.

The former Torino Coach became the first man to fail to take the Azzurri to the World Cup in 60 years when his side lost in the play-off, and he became a national hate figure after refusing to resign, instead receiving his full salary as a pay-off.

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Monday May 21 2018
Reina accused of Camorra links

Pepe Reina is one of three Napoli players past and present who have been accused of having links with the Camorra.

Reina has been referred to the FIGC’s Federal National Court, along with Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica, for ‘maintaining inappropriate relations’ with convicted criminal Gabriele Esposito, plus his brothers Francesco and Giuseppe, noted for their questionable business practices.

Napoli, Sassuolo and Palermo, who continue to employ the trio, have also been implicated.

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