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Tuesday December 18 2018
Martinez: ‘If I had 12 players…’

Belgium Coach Roberto Martinez explains he’d have called-up Radja Nainggolan for the World Cup “if I could play 12 players”.

The midfielder, then at Roma, was controversially excluded from the squad and announced his international retirement.

The decision didn’t seem to affect the squad though, as the Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the tournament.

“It would have been easier for me to select the most popular players,” Martinez pointed out, speaking to voetbalnieuws.be.

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Friday November 23 2018
U21 Euros: Italy open against Spain

Italy begin their European Under-21 Championship against Spain on June 16, then face Poland and Belgium.

The Azzurrini were drawn in the Group of Death this evening, despite being the tournament hosts, and face a very tough route to the semi-finals.

The three group winners qualify along with the best runners-up.

Italy open their campaign against Spain at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna on June 16.

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Friday November 23 2018
Di Biagio bemoans U21 draw

Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio feels they had the toughest draw with Spain, Belgium and Poland in the European Championship.

The Azzurrini are in Group A and begin the competition in 2019 against Spain on June 16 at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna.

Italy are hosting the tournament, while Germany are in Group B with Austria, Serbia and Denmark.

England will face France, Romania and Croatia in Group C.

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Thursday November 22 2018
Nainggolan: ‘Belgium excuses pathetic’

Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan will never return to the Belgium squad after “pathetic” excuses for being left out of the World Cup.

The 30-year-old wasn’t included in the 23 to travel to Russia, with Coach Roberto Martinez insisting the decision was purely tactical.

“I'm not going back to the national team again. I said that if I don't go to the World Cup, I'll quit, and I'm a man of my word,” Nainggolan told ESPN FC.

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Tuesday October 16 2018
Mertens scores, Ilicic sees red

Napoli forward Dries Mertens scored a stunner as Belgium drew 1-1 with the Netherlands, while Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic saw red for Slovenia.

It was a mixed bag this evening for Serie A players on international duty.

Inter defender Joao Miranda decided Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win against Argentina, although Juventus star Paulo Dybala went off with a right knee injury.

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Sunday October 14 2018
Mertens: 'Juve unconvincing'

Dries Mertens insists Napoli are still in for the Scudetto, as “Juventus haven’t entirely convinced me yet,” discusses his future and missing Maurizio Sarri.

The Partenopei are already six points adrift of the leaders after losing the head-to-head in Turin 2-1, despite having taken the lead with Mertens.

“It was a very unlucky game, but Napoli proved we are up there this season. We fought hard and went for the victory, showing no fear,” the Belgian told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday October 13 2018
SMS agent in Belgian scandal?

While English papers claim Jose Mourinho wants Sergej Milinkovic-Savic at Manchester United, there are reports the Lazio star’s agent is caught up in the Belgium scandal.

Mourinho was in the stands to watch Serbia’s Nations League win over Montenegro and SunSport claim he is plotting another attempt to coax the midfielder from Lazio.

The 23-year-old only signed a new contract with the Aquile last week and his price-tag is over €100m.

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Thursday October 11 2018
Di Biagio: 'Italy deserved more'

Coach Gigi Di Biagio insists Italy “would’ve felt a draw wasn’t enough” after their friendly defeat to Belgium.

The Azzurrini continue their build-up to the European Under-21 Championships and will host Tunisia on Monday evening.

They pushed forward for long periods in Udine today, but Luca Valzania only hit the post in stoppages, whereas Francis Amuzu was on target with a scorcher.

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Thursday October 11 2018
U21: Belgium beat Italy

A strike from Franciz Amuzu gave Belgium the friendly win in Udine, but Italy Under-21s were unlucky to see Luca Valzania hit the post.

The Azzurrini continued the build-up to the European Under-21 Championships with friendlies against Belgium and on Monday Tunisia.

Claud Adjapong rode a tackle to roll across for Luca Vido, but De Wolf got a crucial interception, then Davide Calabria’s powerful strike from distance sailed over the bar.

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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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