NEWS
Thursday July 18 2019
Iaquinta cleared of Mafia association

World Cup winner Vincenzo Iaquinta has been cleared of aiding and abetting organised crime, but his father was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Iaquinta is from the Calabria region, the heartland of the ‘Ndrangheta, and it was always known his family had associations with the local Mafia.

He had been found guilty of keeping his own legally-purchased weapons at his father’s house, which contravenes the norms on gun ownership, and sentenced to two years in October 2018.

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Tuesday July 9 2019
On this day: Italy win the World Cup!

On this day in 2006, Italy beat France on penalties to win their fourth World Cup.

The Azzurri had come into the tournament under the shadow of the Calciopoli scandal, but a semi-final win over hosts Germany booked their place in the final.

CT Marcello Lippi opted for the same team which started the match in Dortmund, with Francesco Totti preferred to Alessandro Del Piero in attack.

It was a nightmare start for the Azzurri though, as referee Benito Archundia awarded Les Bleus a penalty after just six minutes.

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Saturday May 25 2019
A salute to Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi plays his last game for Roma this weekend and Andrea Tallarita reflects on the story of one of the greatest modern midfielders.

The film of Daniele De Rossi's career as a footballer is over. You can hang around and hope for a post-credits scene in the MLS, in China, or wherever, but we all know that once his Roma shirt comes off after the game against Parma, it will be time for us to stand and leave the cinema.

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Saturday October 13 2018
Maldini: 'Greatest and worst moments'

Paolo Maldini looked back over his lifetime at Milan with Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello, Carlo Ancelotti and admiring Gennaro Gattuso.

The new director spoke at the Festival dello Sport event in Trento today and you can read the rest of his comments here.

“I started out playing as a striker. I was in love with the ball, evidently genetics made me seek it out as a friend,” said the son of Rossoneri legend Cesare Maldini.

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Thursday September 27 2018
Totti: 'I wanted to punch Nedved'

Francesco Totti slammed Juventus star Pavel Nedved in his autobiography as “a shocking whiner, he made you want to punch him.”

The Roma legend’s book, Un Capitano, is released today to mark his 42nd birthday and he doesn’t hold back on criticism of the likes of Luciano Spalletti.

He looked back on Italy’s 2006 World Cup victory against the Czech Republic, where he had to face off with Nedved.

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Friday September 7 2018
Italy break with 2006 winners

There are several options for Italy’s line-up against Poland in the Nations League tonight, but it will be the first without World Cup winners.

It kicks off at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

The first competitive match under new CT Roberto Mancini will have the 4-3-3 system, but there is precious little else known about who he will pick.

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Sunday July 15 2018
Materazzi: 'Croatia like Italy 2006'

Marco Materazzi praised Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic, as he believes Croatia “have something of Italy in 2006” ahead of the World Cup Final against France.

The most famous moment in Matrix’s career saw him being headbutted in the chest by Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup Final.

Until today, that was also the last time Les Bleus had been in a World Cup Final.

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Sunday June 17 2018
On this day: Italy 1-1 USA

On this day in 2006 Daniele De Rossi saw red as Italy drew 1-1 with the United States of America at the World Cup.

The Azzurri had beaten Ghana 2-0 in their first match at the tournament, and Marcello Lippi made just one change from that game, bringing in Gianluca Zambrotta for Fabio Grosso at left-back.

Thing started well for Italy, with Alberto Gilardino heading home from Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick after 22 minutes.

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BLOG ITALIA
Thursday June 14 2018
My Azzurri anguish

The World Cup begins today, but Italy aren't invited to the party and Giancarlo Rinaldi is only just starting to realise how much Azzurri fans will miss out on.

When I moved house last year, I had only a handful of priorities. A nice area, a bit more room for the family and getting my satellite system in place so I could watch Italy win their play-off game with Sweden and have friends round for the World Cup. How fate - and my dish-fitter - would ultimately laugh at those plans.

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Wednesday May 16 2018
Buffon: 'My World Cup regret'

Gianluigi Buffon discussed his Serie A debut, winning with Italy and why he’ll “always have the regret” of not playing a sixth World Cup, “but you have to be content in life.”

The 40-year-old is expected to announce his retirement in a Press conference on Thursday and sat down for a filmed interview with Gerard Pique for The Players Tribune.

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