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Tuesday October 9 2018
Giovinco’s call concerning

While Sebastian Giovinco’s call-up to the Italian national team is being celebrated across MLS, Marco D’Onofrio explains why it may be a worrying sign for fans of the Azzurri.

Sebastian Giovinco’s Toronto FC were officially eliminated from MLS play-off contention when they fell 2-1 at home against Canadian rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. Just a year after setting a new league record for most points in a season and lifting the Philip F Anschutz trophy as MLS Cup champions, the Reds didn’t even qualify for the post-season in 2018.

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Monday October 8 2018
Mancini: Giovinco, Balotelli, Belotti...

Italy CT Roberto Mancini reveals he has been tracking Sebastian Giovinco ‘for a while’ but assures Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti will be back.

Giovinco is back in the Italy squad after three years away, having been exiled for his decision to play in MLS with Toronto FC, but Balotelli and Belotti were dropped for their lack of form and fitness.

“Giovinco’s been doing well for several years, he’s 31, we’d been monitored him for a while and we wanted to see him in the flesh,” Mancini said at a Press conference.

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Saturday October 6 2018
Agent 'not surprised' by Giovinco recall

Sebastian Giovinco is back in the Italy squad to face Ukraine and Poland, but the Toronto FC hero’s agent is “not surprised.”

The Atomic Ant was named in Roberto Mancini’s list of players for the upcoming Ukraine friendly and Nations League trip to Poland.

It was the 31-year-old’s first call-up since October 2015, where he played in Italy’s 2-1 win against Norway in Euro 2016 qualifying.

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Friday October 5 2018
Giovinco back in Italy squad

Sebastian Giovinco is back in the Italy squad after three years away, but Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti miss out.

Giovinco is finally rewarded for his blistering form with Toronto FC, where he has scored 82 goals in just 139 appearances.

The 31-year-old last played for Italy in October 2015, appearing for the final 28 minutes of Italy’s 2-1 win against Norway in Euro 2016 qualifying.

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Monday July 30 2018
Giovinco relishing Juve reunion

Sebastian Giovinco has revealed that he is ‘very excited’ for his reunion with Juventus as an MLS All-Star on Thursday.

Giovinco began his career at Juve, playing for the club across two spells, before taking football in North America by storm with Toronto FC.

“I’m very excited to meet again my old friends,” the No 10 told MLS’ official website ahead of the friendly.

“It will be a nice moment to see everybody. We’ll try to have as much fun as possible.

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Saturday June 30 2018
MLS All-Star team to face Juve

Sebastian Giovinco, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa are in the MLS All-Star team that will play Juventus in Atlanta on August 1.

The match has been organised at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as part of the Bianconeri’s 2018 summer tour.

The group of Major League Soccer talent includes two former Juve players, namely Toronto FC striker and ‘Atomic Ant’ Giovinco and new LA Galaxy arrival Ibrahimovic.

Giovinco came through the Juventus academy and ended up with 132 appearances for the club, in which he scored 20 goals.

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Sunday May 13 2018
Giovinco sent off using VAR

Sebastian Giovinco was controversially sent off for Toronto FC using VAR during a tense 3-2 MLS defeat to New England Revolution.

The incident occurred after Giovinco had converted an 89th-minute penalty and was running back to the centre-circle in order to restart play as soon as possible.

Wilfried Zahibo tried to push the ball out of his hands to delay him, so the Atomic Ant reacted by reaching up and putting a hand on his face.

Referee Mark Geiger viewed it on VAR and gave the Italy international a straight red card.

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Thursday April 26 2018
Mexican clubs want Giovinco

Reports in Italy state several Mexican clubs are interested in Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco.

The Italian international has been one of the best players in Major League Soccer since joining the Canadian franchise in 2015, with 69 goals in 115 appearances.

The former Juventus forward scored in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final last night, but the Reds ultimately lost on penalties to Guadalajara.

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Thursday April 26 2018
Giovinco's Toronto lose CCL final

Sebastian Giovinco’s goal wasn’t enough for Toronto, as they lost the CONCACAF Champions League final to Guadalajara.

Giovinco’s side won MLS, but qualified for the tournament via the Canadian Championship, as representatives of Canada.

They had lost the first leg of the final at BMO field, so had a mountain to climb in Mexico last night.

It appeared the tie was over when Orbelín Pineda opened the scoring after 19 minutes, but Jozy Altidore equalised for The Reds.

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Sunday April 1 2018
Giovinco can rule a continent

Sebastian Giovinco leads Toronto FC through unchartered territory as they try to become the first MLS side in the FIFA Club World Cup, writes Marco D’Onofrio

Stunned and silenced.

The hostile crowd in Monterrey, Mexico simply couldn’t believe their eyes. The stories had been true after all.

The rest of the continent watched in amazement as the Atomic Ant put a perfectly placed free-kick in the top corner – hitting the inside of the post – on it’s way to the back of the net. It was the goal that ultimately sent Toronto FC through to the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals and the moment when Sebastian Giovinco cemented his spot as the best in the region.

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