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Friday October 12 2018
‘Fixtures not helping Udinese’

Udinese Coach Julio Velazquez points out “the fixture list has not been kind to us” as they prepare to face Napoli after the international break.

The Zebrette have lost their last three matches in a row, but two of those were home matches against Lazio and Juventus.

“We did our best, but unfortunately we couldn’t stop Juventus,” Velazquez told Sky.

“They practically have two first teams in one squad, as well as a player like [Cristiano] Ronaldo who can help them win the Champions League too.

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Thursday October 11 2018
Lautaro breaks Argentina duck

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez and Fiorentina defender German Pezzella scored their first goals for Argentina in tonight’s 4-0 friendly win over Iraq.

There was a heavy Serie A feel to the match in Riyadh, even with Mauro Icardi in the stands so he can rest ahead of the next game against Brazil.

Udinese winger Rodrigo De Paul was given his senior international debut following good form in Serie A.

It took Lautaro Martinez just 18 minutes to break the ice with a bullet header at the back post.

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Thursday October 11 2018
U21 line-ups: Italy-Belgium

Moise Kean, Manuel Locatelli and Rolando Mandragora star for the Italy Under-21 side in a friendly against Belgium this evening.

It kicks off at the Dacia Arena in Udine at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

Coach Gigi Di Biagio continues the build-up to the European Under-21 Championship and will face Tunisia in Vicenza on Monday.

Juventus striker Kean leads the attacking trident, aged only 18, with support from midfielders Mandragora of Udinese and Sassuolo’s Locatelli.

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Thursday October 11 2018
Meret can resume Napoli training

Alex Meret has been given the all-clear to resume training and hopes to make his Napoli debut soon.

The goalkeeper was signed from Udinese for €25m plus bonuses, but broke a bone in his arm during his second training session.

He has been out ever since, with the injury taking far longer to recover from than previously thought.

However, today he was given the all-clear in the final check-up with his surgeon and can now resume full training.

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Thursday October 11 2018
Meret to get Napoli green light

Alex Meret is expected to be given the all-clear by Napoli doctors today, so he’ll be available to Carlo Ancelotti after the international break.

The goalkeeper signed from Udinese in the summer, but he broke a bone in his arm in his first training session.

In recent days he has been training and diving using his injured arm, but Meret still needs the final green light from the specialist who operated on him.

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Wednesday October 10 2018
Serie A stars lead Argentina

Argentina Coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Rodrigo De Paul and German Pezzella will start against Iraq.

The caretaker manager outlined his choices for the friendly and said there might be some of the same players facing Brazil in their next test.

It includes four Serie A players, as Fiorentina defender Pezzella takes his place in the back four.

Juventus forward Dybala is part of a trident attack with Inter striker Lautaro Martinez and debutant De Paul, who has impressed at Udinese.

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Wednesday October 10 2018
Fiore vehicular manslaughter plea

Former Lazio, Udinese, Fiorentina, Valencia and Italy player Stefano Fiore has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

The creative midfielder, now 43, worked out a plea bargain with prosecutors for a suspended sentence of one year and 11 months.

Leggo newspaper explains it relates to a car accident that occurred in Rome on April 16, 2017 on the Via Flaminia.

This crash involved five different vehicles, prompting 12 injuries and the death of a 22-year-old.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
Fulham and Watford eye Musacchio

Milan defender Mateo Musacchio is reported to be of interest to Premier League sides Fulham and Watford.

According to Calciomercato.com, the 28-year-old Argentine is a target for the two English clubs in January.

He barely featured last season, but has become a regular in the current campaign with Mattia Caldara taking time to settle in.

Fulham had already been tracking Musacchio over the summer, while Watford owners the Pozzo family had also considered him for their Serie A side Udinese.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
U21: Marchizza added to Italy squad

Italy’s Under-21 side has called in Crotone defender Riccardo Marchizza for a friendly against Belgium after Sebastiano Luperto and Giuseppe Pezzella pulled out.

The game kicks off at the Dacia Arena in Udine on Thursday at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

It will be followed by another test with Tunisia at the Stadio Romeo Menti in Vicenza on Monday at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

Coach Gigi Di Biagio has lost both Napoli defender Luperto and Udinese left-back Pezzella.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
Lasagna signs new Udinese deal

Kevin Lasagna is celebrating both his Italy call-up and a new contract with Udinese until 2023. “This day will live long in my memory.”

It has been a remarkable 24 hours for the striker, who was brought in to the Azzurri camp as a late replacement for injured Simone Zaza.

Udinese also announced he has signed a new contract to June 2023.

“This is certainly a day that will live long in my memory, with two huge shows of faith,” Lasagna told Udinese.it.

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