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Monday August 19 2019
Balotelli: 'Italy depends on me, now...'

Mario Balotelli assures he is ready to be “a leader” at Brescia and regain his Italy place. “Before Roberto Mancini, it didn’t depend on me.”

The 29-year-old signed a multi-year contract with his hometown club Brescia, who just earned promotion to Serie A.

“I am truly, truly happy,” he grinned on Sky Sport Italia after spells at Nice and Olympique Marseille.

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Sunday August 18 2019
Mancini: Big hopes for Italy stars

Roberto Mancini is expecting big things from Italian players this season but has warned Mario Balotelli to get his act together at Brescia.

Mancini rated members of his Italy squad in the second part of his Gazzetta dello Sport interview, including ‘extraordinary’ Inter pair Stefano Sensi and Nicolo Barella, Federico Bernardeschi – who can become ‘one of the best’ – and ‘potential superstar’ Nicolo Zaniolo.

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Friday July 19 2019
Bosnia-Italy in Zenica

Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Bosnia-Herzegovina will be played in Zenica on November 15, it has been announced.

The Azzurri are to play at the Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica, approximately 70km north of the Capital Sarajevo.

Italy won 2-1 when these teams met at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on June 11, with Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti on target after Edin Dzeko’s opener.

The Nazionale will conclude their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Armenia on November 18.

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Sunday June 30 2019
Fabian Ruiz: 'Dream of Napoli and Spain wins'

Fabian Ruiz “dreams of winning the Scudetto” with Napoli as well as the U21 European Championship tonight against Germany.

Spain take on the holders Germany tonight in the U21 European Championship Final at the Dacia Arena in Udine.

The 23-year-old has been putting in some impressive performances for the Spanish during their run to the final, while he also made his debut for the senior Spain team against the Faroe Islands at the start of the month.

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Monday June 24 2019
Italy to punish Kean & Zaniolo?

Italy CT Roberto Mancini could leave Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo out of his squad for September’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Kean and Zaniolo were omitted from Italy’s 3-1 victory over Belgium at the U21 Euros on Saturday for lateness.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport warns they have previous, as seen by Mancini’s decision not to field the pair against Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina earlier in the month.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Mancini: 'Euro 2020 and World Cup'

Roberto Mancini explained his embrace of quality football and why Italy cannot limit their ambitions. “I want to win Euro 2020 and the World Cup.”

The CT sat down for a long interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, covering a range of topics.

“It was a serious problem that the Italian people no longer felt affection for the Nazionale, because this is everyone’s team and has given us all moments of incredible joy.

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Friday June 14 2019
Rankings: Italy move up to 14th

Italy continue their steady rise under Roberto Mancini after climbing to 14th in the FIFA World Ranking.

Wins against Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Euro 2020 qualifying this month make Italy the biggest movers in the top 20 as they go up three places.

Greece, on the other hand, fell the furthest, dropping nine spots to 52nd after defeats to the Azzurri, Turkey and Armenia.

Belgium stay top, with France, Brazil and England below them, while Portugal and Spain have each climbed two positions to fifth and seventh respectively.

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Wednesday June 12 2019
Azzurri adjusted to beat Bosnia

Roberto Mancini is developing a clear Italy identity, but Elio Salerno explains the CT also made key tactical changes to defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Italy maintained their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualification as they secured a 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group J, but as expected, they were made to work for it.

Following the 3-0 victory in Greece, Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini chose to make three changes to his starting XI for Tuesday night’s game. Gianluca Mancini stepped in at right back while Federico Bernardeschi and Serie A Capocannoniere Fabio Quagliarella were introduced to freshen up the attack.

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Wednesday June 12 2019
Pjanic: I love Juventus!

Miralem Pjanic insists he is happy at Juventus and ‘loves’ the club, while Italy have a ‘beautiful’ future ahead of them.

Pjanic has been linked with a possible exit this summer, with Juve expected to make several moves in the transfer market once they appoint a new Coach.

However, he told Tuttomercatoweb: “I’m very calm. I still have four years left on my contract, I love Juventus and they love me.

“I’m happy at this club, they’re a serious club and I can still give them a lot.

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Wednesday June 12 2019
'Italy from demoralised to dominant'

Roberto Mancini is glad Italy proved their mettle against Bosnia-Herzegovina. “The Nazionale was demoralised, but now we play good football with a positive mentality.”

The Azzurri maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2020 qualifying thanks to a 2-1 victory, but conceded their first goal when Edin Dzeko opened the scoring.

Lorenzo Insigne scored one and set up another for Marco Verratti to turn the game around in Turin.

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