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Wednesday October 10 2018
‘Azzurrini aiming for final’

Italy Under-21 Coach Luigi Di Biagio is aiming to reach the European Championship final on home soil next summer.

Italy and San Marino are hosting the tournament in June, with the final to be played at Udinese’s Dacia Arena.

“To come back and play here we’ll need to reach the final, because otherwise we won’t be involved at the Dacia Arena,” Di Biagio told reporters on a visit to Udine today.

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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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Friday October 5 2018
Nainggolan: Belgium, Roma, Barca…

Radja Nainggolan says leaving Roma ‘didn’t depend’ on him, his Belgium retirement is final and that Inter can beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

Nainggolan’s move to Inter was a bolt from the blue, given he had always expressed his loyalty to Roma, while the midfielder abandoned Belgium after he was overlooked for the World Cup in Russia.

However, he helped the Nerazzurri take maximum points from their opening two Champions League games, scoring in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over PSV.

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Tuesday September 18 2018
U21: Italy face Belgium and Tunisia

The Italy Under-21 side will face Belgium in a friendly on October 11 and then Tunisia on October 15.

The Azzurrini will host their Belgian counterparts at the Dacia Arena in Udine on Thursday October 11.

They will then play at the Stadio Romeo Menti in Vicenza against Tunisia on Monday October 15.

Gigi Di Biagio’s men are gearing up for the European Under-21 Championship, which will be hosted by Italy and San Marino.

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Monday September 10 2018
Mertens avoids freak injury

Napoli forward Dries Mertens has avoided a freak shoulder injury – from taking a free kick.

Calciomercato.com reports Mertens dislocated his shoulder as he went up for the set-piece during Belgium’s 4-0 victory over Scotland last week.

“It’s never happened to me before! My shoulder dislocated when I went to take a free kick,” he told his country’s Press.

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Saturday September 8 2018
Mirallas: 'Pay cut for Fiorentina'

Kevin Mirallas “gave up on a lot of money to join Fiorentina” after Everton scuppered a move two years earlier. “I’ll rediscover the joy of playing football in Serie A.”

The Belgium international arrived from Everton in August, on loan with option to buy for a total of €7.5m.

“(Director of sport Pantaleo) Corvino had already tried to bring me to Florence two years ago, but at the time Everton asked for crazy money and quite rightly Fiorentina left it,” Mirallas told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Thursday September 6 2018
Mertens: 'I talked to Ancelotti'

Dries Mertens assures Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he will “play more regularly” for Napoli as the season wears on.

Since taking over from Maurizio Sarri, Ancelotti has largely dropped Mertens to the bench, preferring Arkadiusz Milik as a more traditional centre-forward.

“It’s quite simple. I came back late from the World Cup, I spoke to the Coach and he intends to play me more regularly in future,” Mertens told reporters while on international duty with Belgium.

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Friday August 31 2018
Castagne debuts in Belgium squad

Atalanta right-back Timothy Castagne has earned a first-ever call-up to the Belgium squad.

Castagne is one of only two Serie A representative in Roberto Martinez’s selection alongside Napoli forward Dries Mertens, while Radja Nainggolan announced his retirement from international football before the World Cup in Russia.

Belgium get the international break under way with a trip to Scotland on September 7, before starting their Nations League campaign against Iceland four days later.

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Tuesday August 21 2018
Nainggolan replies to partying critics

Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan hit back on social media after he was spotted out partying late Friday night.

The Belgium international is currently out injured and missed Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Sassuolo.

A clip emerged online of him partying at a club late Friday night and a fan taking the footage asked if he shouldn’t be resting or training.

Nainggolan replied by flipping him the middle finger.

He then turned up to Inter training on Saturday morning in the same clothes.

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Wednesday July 25 2018
Miranda: 'Italy-style Brazil'

Inter defender Joao Miranda credits Italian football with Brazil’s newfound solidity. “We learned a lot from Serie A about defending.”

The Selecao have swept through to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will face Dries Mertens’ Belgium on Friday July 6.

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