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Sunday August 30 2020
Mancini: 'Italy want Nations League final'

Roberto Mancini insists he wants Italy to ‘play good football and reach the Nations League final’ by building on his record run as they face Bosnia and the Netherlands.

The Azzurri are back in business on Friday September 4 against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Florence, then travel to Holland on Monday September 7.

“I am very happy to be back at Coverciano and ready to get working again,” said Mancini in his press conference.

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Friday August 28 2020
Berardi ruled out of Nations League games

Domenico Berardi has pulled out of the Italy squad against Bosnia and the Netherlands after picking up an injury for Sassuolo.

The forward had originally been called up for the Nations League matches, set for September 4 and 7, by Italy CT Roberto Mancini.

However, a statement from Sassuolo after today’s training session confirms Berardi will not be fit enough to attend.

Berardi is suffering from a muscular and tendon issue around the soleus muscle in his left leg.

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Thursday April 30 2020
De Ligt: 'Trying to learn from Juve'

Matthijs de Ligt is ‘trying to learn’ from Juventus teammates Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, but reveals he didn’t want to be a defender at first.

The 20-year-old centre-back came through the legendary Ajax academy and earned himself a €85m transfer to Turin last summer.

“It is important to know for yourself if you’re mentally right; if you’re ready, nobody can stop you,” he told Champions Journal.

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Wednesday April 15 2020
Raiola most influential Dutchman

Agent Mino Raiola, who was born in Italy, has been named the most influential Dutchman in the football industry. “It took a long time for the public to understand me.”

The 52-year-old represents the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Matthijs de Ligt and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

He won the Voetbal International poll of 50 Dutch figures in the sport, ahead of Ronald Koeman and in third place Johan Cruijff, even four years after his death.

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Friday March 13 2020
A superstar out of the ordinary

The orange-tinted glasses and slick dreadlocks was Edgar Davids the brand, but his silky skills and animalistic style also made him impossible to overlook as a footballer. Today the Pitbull turns 47.

The Dutch schemer started his career at Ajax, where he made his debut at 18 and soon played a vital part in a team both dominating the Eredivisie and putting their mark on Europe.

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Tuesday March 3 2020
Nations League: Italy fixture list

Italy will begin their Nations League campaign against Bosnia-Herzegovina on September 4, while they face the Netherlands on September 7 and October 11.

The Azzurri were drawn in League A, Group 1 along with Holland, Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

UEFA have now released the fixture list for the group and Italy will open at home against Bosnia on September 4.

That is followed by the most difficult test, a trip to the Netherlands on September 7.

They visit Poland on October 8, then welcome the Oranje on October 11.

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Tuesday March 3 2020
Mancini: 'Italy play to win Nations League'

Roberto Mancini said Italy “always play to win” as they prepare for the Nations League against the Netherlands, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Poland.

The draw was made this evening and the Azzurri will be in League A, Group 1.

“Clearly, the teams were all quite strong. It’s a good group, although we can really only evaluate them after Euro 2020, as there could be a change of coach and players, so very different teams,” Mancini told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday March 3 2020
Italy familiar with Nations League opponents

Italy will face the Netherlands in their first competitive match since Euro 2008, but Nations League opponents Bosnia-Herzegovina and Poland are more familiar.

The draw for the 2020-21 edition of the Nations League was made this evening in Amsterdam.

Roberto Mancini’s men were placed in League A, Group 1 with the Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland.

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Sunday November 17 2019
De Ligt: 'De Vrij advises me'

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt revealed “the media are trying to make us rivals, but I get advice” from Inter’s Stefan de Vrij.

The Dutch internationals will be going to Euro 2020 next summer and De Ligt shrugged off questions about the Scudetto race.

“The clubs are rivals, but we are not,” he told De Telegraaf.

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Saturday November 16 2019
De Vrij minor injury concern

Inter defender Stefan de Vrij has pulled out of Holland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland with a minor injury.

The centre-back had been due to start this evening in Belfast.

Instead, he is not even on the bench for this game, as he is not fully fit.

According to Fox Sports and Mediaset Premium, it is not a serious injury and De Vrij agreed with coach Ronald Koeman to sit this one out.

He felt a twinge during yesterday’s training session and preferred not to risk further damage, awaiting more tests.

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