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Tuesday October 13 2015
Giovinco: 'Happy with Italy and Toronto'

Sebastian Giovinco is “happy to travel half-way round the world” for Italy and committed himself to Toronto FC.

“It was a difficult match, but we got it back on track, which wasn’t easy against this Norway. We had a good game,” he told Rai Sport after a 2-1 victory.

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Thursday October 8 2015
Giovinco: 'Italy call is a victory'

Sebastian Giovinco says just being called up by Italy after joining Toronto FC “is already a victory.”

Last month Giovinco and New York City FC’s Andrea Pirlo became the first ever Azzurri to be called up while playing in Major League Soccer.

The Atomic Ant was sent back home due to an injury, but hopes to feature against Azerbaijan on Saturday and Norway on Tuesday.

“I am happy to be back wearing the Italy jersey and to have recaptured a place in the Nazionale,” Giovinco told Rai Sport.

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Saturday October 3 2015
Italy: Berardi debut call

Antonio Conte called Fabio Quagliarella, Domenico Berardi and Sebastian Giovinco for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway.

The Nazionale are currently top of their group, but need some more results to secure their spot in the tournament in France.

Daniele De Rossi misses out, as he begins a two-match ban following his red card against Bulgaria.

Mario Balotelli had been tipped for a recall, but is injured for Sunday’s Milan-Napoli game, so unavailable for international duty too.

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BLOG ITALIA
Wednesday September 2 2015
Conte's MLS endorsement

Selecting Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo, Antonio Conte made a significant statement about the relevance of Major League  Soccer, writes Marco D'Onofrio.

Antonio Conte made history with his progressive nature at Juventus, and on Saturday he did the same with the Azzurri. For the first time ever, two players based in North America's Major League Soccer were called up to represent Italy during European qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria.

Conte may not have fully realized the extent of power and influence he wielded regarding the future of MLS, but the tactician made an important statement when he selected both Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo.

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Monday August 31 2015
Giovinco out of Italy squad

Toronto FC striker Sebastian Giovinco has been forced to leave the Italy squad with injury.

The Atomic Ant suffered an injury to his adductor muscle while playing against Montreal Impact, but flew to Italy to join the Azzurri squad anyway.

However, after being assessed by doctors at Coverciano, the former Juventus forward has left the training camp.

“Sebastian Giovinco left the training camp at Coverciano early this morning,” the FIGC confirmed in a statement.

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Sunday August 30 2015
Giovinco 'expected' Italy recall

Sebastian Giovinco admits he “kind of expected” an Italy recall after his stunning form for Toronto FC.

The Atomic Ant and New York City FC star Andrea Pirlo are the first MLS players to receive an international call for Italy.

“I am very happy. Given my performances, I kind of expected the call,” Giovinco told the official Toronto website.

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Saturday August 29 2015
Italy: Pirlo and Giovinco called

The Italy squad to face Bulgaria and Malta in Euro 2016 qualifiers includes Sebastian Giovinco, Andrea Pirlo and Stephan El Shaarawy.

The Azzurri play Malta at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence on September 3, then host Bulgaria at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in Palermo on September 6.

Of the players called up by Coach Antonio Conte, nine of them currently ply their trade outside of Italy.

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Friday August 28 2015
Conte on Balotelli and Giovinco

Italy Coach Antonio Conte is open to a Mario Balotelli recall, plus tracks Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo.

Balotelli moved to Milan this week on a one-season loan after a dismal spell at Liverpool, so hasn’t featured for the Azzurri since the 2014 World Cup.

“The same is true for him as everyone else. The doors of the Nazionale are not closed to anybody,” declared Conte today.

“It’s up to Balotelli now to earn his place with his performances and behaviour.”

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Monday July 13 2015
Giovinco: 'I hope Conte saw me'

Sebastian Giovinco “hopes” Italy Coach Antonio Conte saw his hat-trick for Toronto FC against New York City FC.

The Atomic Ant has now found the net 11 times in this MLS season and starred in last night’s 4-4 draw.

“It’s never easy to score in any League,” Giovinco told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is always difficult to do well, as it depends on the hunger and attitude you put on to the field.”

Was the hat-trick a message to Azzurri boss Conte?

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Thursday June 25 2015
MLS increasingly tempting

With Andrea Pirlo increasingly likely to join New York City FC, Marco D'Onofrio looks at what makes Major League Soccer so appealing. 

Major League Soccer has never been known for the quality of its on-field product, but the league remains an attractive place for anyone to ply their trade nonetheless. From the state-of-the-art stadiums being built around the league, to players not having to worry about whether their paycheque will clear every week, there are a plethora of reasons why someone would elect to join MLS.

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