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Monday July 15 2019
Pandev: 'Napoli ideal for Elmas'

Eljif Elmas is reportedly on his way to Napoli from Fenerbahce and fellow Macedonia international Goran Pandev believes “this would be the ideal club for him.”

It’s widely reported a deal is done worth €16m plus performance-related bonuses.

The midfielder will turn 20 in September and already has 11 senior caps, many of them playing alongside Genoa striker Pandev.

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NEWS
Wednesday May 8 2019
Fiorentina target Fenerbahce's Elmas

Fiorentina are reportedly interested in Fenerbahce midfielder Eljif Elmas, but are unwilling to pay the €20m asking price.

According to Turkish media outlet Skorer, the Viola have already made an offer for the Macedonia international, but are only prepared to pay €11m.

The 19-year-old has scored three times in 27 games in the Turkish Super Lig this season, and has won 10 caps for his country since making his debut in 2017.

Atletico Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter are also reportedly interested in signing the teenager.

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NEWS
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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NEWS
Wednesday May 16 2018
Inter and PSG eye up Bardhi

Inter and Paris Saint-Germain are targeting Levante and Macedonia creative midfielder Enis Bardhi, according to ESPN.

The trequartista turns 23 in July and is under contract until June 2020, with an option for another two years.

He was purchased from Ujpest FC in Hungary, having previously played in Denmark and Sweden, in the summer of 2017 for only €1.5m.

Bardhi’s price-tag has sky-rocketed after nine goals and an assist in 25 Liga games for Levante this season.

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NEWS
Tuesday November 14 2017
Disgr-Ace Ventura - His Italy timeline

The CT has become the first man to fail to take Italy to a World Cup, and Football Italia looks back at his disastrous reign.

Words: Gaby McKay

“The idea of not qualifying for the World Cup would be an apocalypse,” FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio said in September. “But we’ll get there.”

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NEWS
Wednesday November 1 2017
Palermo: ‘Don’t call Nestorovski!’

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini asks the President of the Macedonian FA not to call Ilija Nestorovski, as there’s no break in Serie B.

The Macedonian national team will face Norway in a friendly on November 11, with the Rosanero visiting Cremonese the next day.

Today the club’s President Maurizio Zamparini has released two statements about the matter, including an open letter to the head of the Macedonian football federation.

“Dear President [Ilčo] Gjorgjioski,” the letter begins.

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NEWS
Sunday October 8 2017
Buffon: 'Italy must become a Team'

Gigi Buffon explains why Italy players held a private meeting without Giampiero Ventura. “We need to be a Team with a Capital T.”

The final group game kicks off on Monday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) and the Azzurri are already guaranteed a spot in the World Cup play-offs.

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NEWS
Sunday October 8 2017
Ventura: 'Azzurri can't complain'

Giampiero Ventura thanked Italy players for their crisis summit ahead of the Albania match, but insisted he “can’t complain” about his Azzurri tenure.

The final group game kicks off on Monday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) and the Nazionale are already guaranteed a spot in the World Cup play-offs.

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NEWS
Sunday October 8 2017
Buffon defends under-fire Ventura

Italy captain Gigi Buffon has defended under-pressure Azzurri boss Giampiero Ventura.

The former Torino Coach has come in for heavy criticism following Friday’s home draw against Macedonia.

Regardless of what happens in tomorrow’s final World Cup qualifying Group G match with Albania, Italy know they will have to win a two-legged play-off next month if they are to reach next summer’s tournament in Russia.

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BLOG ITALIA
Sunday October 8 2017
Ventura out of his depth

Italy’s World Cup qualifying campaign may not seem too bad on paper, but it has raised major question marks over their Coach, writes Chloe Beresford.

The tally reads six wins, two draws and one defeat. In a World Cup qualifying group that also contains Spain, some might say that Italy haven’t fared too badly, as they have now secured a play-off berth after La Roja expectedly secured an automatic place into the summer 2018 tournament. The Azzurri probably will eventually qualify, even though it will have taken Coach Giampiero Ventura longer than he would’ve hoped.

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