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Wednesday July 4 2018
On this day: Germany 0-2 Italy

On this day in 2006, Italy beat Germany 2-0 in the World Cup semi-final, in one of the best matches in modern times.

The Azzurri had beaten Australia and Ukraine in the knockout stages, but faced a daunting task in Dortmund against the hosts.

Marcello Lippi’s men had the first chance of the game, but Jens Lehmann smothered the ball at Simone Perrotta’s feet after a clever pass from Francesco Totti.

Bernd Schneider should have put Die Mannschaft ahead, but he fired over Gianluigi Buffon’s crossbar.

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Tuesday June 26 2018
On this day: Italy 1-0 Australia

On this day in 2006, Francesco Totti’s controversial late penalty saw Italy past Australia at the World Cup.

The Azzurri had come through as winners of Group E, defeating the Czech Republic 2-0 in the final round to set up the meeting with the Socceroos.

Alessandro Del Piero replaced Francesco Totti in the starting line-up, and his early left-footed cross was headed wide by Luca Toni at the back post.

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Sunday June 17 2018
On this day: Italy 1-1 USA

On this day in 2006 Daniele De Rossi saw red as Italy drew 1-1 with the United States of America at the World Cup.

The Azzurri had beaten Ghana 2-0 in their first match at the tournament, and Marcello Lippi made just one change from that game, bringing in Gianluca Zambrotta for Fabio Grosso at left-back.

Thing started well for Italy, with Alberto Gilardino heading home from Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick after 22 minutes.

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Sunday June 10 2018
Chiellini: ‘No CL priority’

New Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini says his side will not prioritise winning the Champions League over retaining the Scudetto.

The Old Lady have won Serie A in each of the last seven seasons. However, despite their domestic dominance they have failed to add to European Cups won in 1985 and 1996.

But Chiellini, who replaces Gigi Buffon as captain of the Turin club, insists the Bianconeri’s focus will be on winning everything once the new campaign begins in August.

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Tuesday May 22 2018
On this day: Juventus' last CL

On this day in 1996, Juventus won the Champions League by beating Ajax in a penalty shoot-out.

The knockout stage had seen Marcello Lippi’s side beat Real Madrid and then Nantes, advancing to the final at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Winning the competition for the first time since 1985 would be no easy task, however, against an Ajax side which was defending their crown.

Louis van Gaal could call on the likes of Edwin van der Sar, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen and the De Boer brother, Ronald and Frank.

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Saturday May 19 2018
Del Piero's message to Buffon

Alessandro Del Piero knows how Gigi Buffon is feeling after his final Juventus game and assures “this story will never end. It never goes away.”

The captain waved goodbye during a 2-1 win over Hellas Verona, ending his 17 years in Turin.

“Today is your moment, Gigi,” wrote Del Piero on Instagram.

“It’s the day in which at the Stadium you looked everyone in the eyes, shaking off the tears as you saluted your fans for the last time.

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Thursday May 17 2018
The day Ronaldo cried

After 16 years, Lazio and Inter once again go head-to-head in a decisive final showdown and Richard Hall will be at the Stadio Olimpico.

May 5, 2002, a day that will live in infamy. Ronaldo cried on the Inter bench, Antonio Conte ranted and rejoiced, Marco Materazzi berated the Lazio players, Calcio again had an iconic moment. Inter had led by five points with six games to go that year, yet Juventus would take the Scudetto. Alessandro Del Piero said after “The FifthOfMay is now one word, its historic.” Javier Zanetti simply confessed “even I don’t know what happened that day.”

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Wednesday May 16 2018
ADP: ‘Buffon farewell like mine’

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero hopes Gianluigi Buffon will be “saluted by the whole stadium as happened to me”.

The Bianconeri’s all-time top-scorer and appearance-maker bid farewell after the final game of the season against Atalanta in 2012, sparking emotional scenes in Turin.

Having been substituted, Pinturicchio went to sit on the bench but the stadium demanded that he take a final lap of honour, collecting scarves all around the pitch as the game went on in the background.


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Monday May 7 2018
Pirlo reveals tribute match line-ups

The full list of players for Andrea Pirlo’s farewell match has been revealed, including Ronaldo, Frank Lampard, Alessandro Del Piero and Clarence Seedorf.

The former midfielder retired at the end of the 2017 MLS season, but will play in a farewell match at San Siro on May 21.

Some names had already been revealed, but now Il Maestro has announced the full star-studded line-up.

Most of the 2006 World Cup winning squad will be there, as well as legends like Ronaldo, Andriy Shevchenko, Cafu and Demetrio Albertini.

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Thursday April 26 2018
On This Day: Ronaldo ‘penalty’ controversy

On this day 20 years ago, Juventus beat Inter 1-0 in a controversial match at the Stadio delle Alpi.

The Bianconeri were defending champions, but led Serie A by just one point from Luigi Simoni’s side when the two met with four games remaining.

The hosts opened the scoring after 21 minutes, thanks to a goal from top-scorer Alessandro Del Piero.

Picking up the ball in his trademark position out on the left wing, the young forward surged in to the Nerazzurri box.

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