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Wednesday September 11 2019
Rejuvenation of Genoa

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall believes Genoa have turned a corner and Aurelio Andreazzoli can revive this great club.

In years gone by, Genoa would not have been able to come back against Roma. In seasons past, they would not have been able to hold out to beat Fiorentina, but this team is different. With a new Coach, a good summer transfer window and a playing style that is impressive, albeit early in its evolution, there are reasons for the fans to be excited. There will be bumps along the way, but nobody betting on soccer would put them among the relegation candidates.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Braida: From Barca to Monaco?

Former Milan director Ariedo Braida has reportedly been offered the role of sporting director by Monaco.

Braida has been at Barcelona since 2015, occupying the position of international sporting advisor.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport claims his time at Camp Nou is over and that he is ready for his next challenge at the age of 73.

La Gazzetta adds that could happen at Monaco, who have already made him a proposal.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
ADL & Gazidis on UEFA committee

Aurelio De Laurentiis and Ivan Gazidis have elected as European Club Association (ECA) representatives on the UEFA Club Competitions Committee.

De Laurentiis is already the chairman of the Marketing and Communication Working Group at the ECA, and his influence has now been extended to UEFA.

The Napoli President is joined by Milan CEO Gazidis, who remains with the ECA and UEFA after he lost executive roles with both organisations.

As per UEFA’s official website, the Club Competitions Committee following the following activities:

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Tuesday September 10 2019
ECA confirms Agnelli & Zhang

The European Club Association (ECA) has retained Andrea Agnelli as its chairman, while Steven Zhang replaces Ivan Gazidis.

Agnelli has been ECA chief since 2017, and the Juventus President was reconfirmed for the next four years during a General Meeting on Tuesday.

Ajax executive and ex-Juve goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is positioned alongside him as a Vice-President.

Elsewhere, Gazidis makes way for Inter patron Zhang on the Executive Board.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Tare: Why I rejected Milan...

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has confessed that he rejected Milan over the summer. “I chose with my heart, not money.”

Tare was Milan’s first choice to replace Leonardo, but the Albanian ended up sticking with Lazio and the Rossoneri went for ex-Roma executive Ricky Massara.

“I’m in a hurry to reach the Champions League,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“The group knows that in the last three years, we could’ve easily qualified.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Revealed: Serie A's highest earners

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is Serie A’s runaway highest earner on €31m a season, with Matthijs de Ligt and Romelu Lukaku already second and third.

An investigation by Gazzetta dello Sport discovered Serie A was spending €1.36bn on gross salaries – the most in the League’s history.

That is chiefly down to Ronaldo’s extravagant income of almost €600,000 a week and Juve’s wage bill of €294m – more than double that of nearest challengers Inter (€139m).

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Euro 2020: Lukaku stars for Belgium

Romelu Lukaku starred during Belgium’s 4-0 victory over Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying, but Marcelo Brozovic and Ante Rebic struggled for Croatia.

Croatia remain top of Group E but saw their lead cut to just one point after a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan.

Inter midfielder Brozovic contributed with just a 21st-minute booking, while Milan new boy Rebic was substituted with four to go.

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Monday September 9 2019
Juve squad cost €719m

Juventus spent €719m on transfer fees to assemble the squad, but Manchester City are the first club to surpass €1bn.

According to the CIES Football Observatory, the Bianconeri are the fifth biggest spenders in the top five European leagues.

Over the course of purchasing all their players, they paid out €719m in transfer fees.

This puts them above Barcelona, who spent €697m, but behind Manchester United on €751m, Real Madrid €902m and Paris Saint-Germain’s €913m.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Donnarumma: 'Great performance'

Gianluigi Donnarumma saw “a great performance” as Italy won 2-1 in Finland, their sixth Euro 2020 win out of six, even if they conceded an historic goal.

The Azzurri had never previously conceded on Finnish soil and kept six consecutive clean sheets against the Nordic nation.

“When a penalty goes central, it’s difficult, as you generally have to choose a side,” Donnarumma told Rai Sport of the Teemu Pukki penalty.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Moratti: 'Can't lose San Siro'

Former Inter President Massimo Moratti understands the need for a modern stadium, but cannot conceive of Milan without the San Siro structure.

Both Inter and Milan are eager to build their own arena, which would involve tearing down the iconic Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, but the plans on what to do and when remain extremely hazy.

“It should be sorted out straight away, so it’s only right that all the authorities, but above all the people of Milan, know what the final projects and scenarios are,” Moratti told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

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