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Friday December 8 2017
Lucio to play in Brazilian fourth tier

Former Inter and Juventus defender Lucio has joined Brazilian fourth-tier side Gama.

Lucio had been without a club since leaving Indian outfit Goal at the end of last year, but the veteran – who turns 40 next May – will continue his career in the area of his hometown.

A statement on Gama’s official website adds his salary will be paid for by sponsors GoalManage.

The World Cup winner signed for Inter in 2009 and went on to win the treble in his first season, before moving to arch-rivals Juve three years later.

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Friday November 24 2017
Robinho can’t be extradited to Italy

The Brazilian constitution states that Robinho cannot be extradited to Italy, even if he’s ultimately found guilty of a 2013 gang rape.

Yesterday a court in Milan sentenced the forward to nine years in prison for gang raping a 22-year-old Albanian woman in a Milan disco on January 22, 2013.

The court also sentenced one of Robinho friends, Ricardo Falco, to nine years for the incident which happened while the striker was playing for Milan.

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Monday November 20 2017
Brazilian teen ‘dreams’ of Serie A

Santos and Brazil starlet Yuri Alberto admits “it’s certainly a big dream of mine to play for a big Italian club.”

Juventus, Milan and Inter have all been linked with Yuri Alberto after his emergence as Santos’ latest attacking prospect, following the likes of Robinho, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa, while his club claim to have rejected a €45m bid from Real Madrid.

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Saturday November 18 2017
Jorginho: 'No Brazil-Italy regrets'

Napoli midfielder Jorginho reveals his “head was spinning for a couple of days” when he had to choose between Brazil and Italy, but has “no regrets.”

His assist gave Lorenzo Insigne the opening goal in tonight’s 2-1 win over Milan before Piotr Zielinski added a second.

“It’s an important victory in the Scudetto race and very difficult against a great side like Milan,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday November 17 2017
Falcao: Italy, look at Brazil. Ancelotti…

Brazil and Roma icon Paulo Roberto Falcao urges Italians to stop ‘vilifying’ their young players and notes Carlo Ancelotti “is only missing a World Cup.”

Falcao launched the careers of several Brazilian World Cup winners in 1994 during his spell as the country’s CT between 1990 and 1991, and the former midfielder felt the time had come for Italy to stage a ‘rebirth’ similar to that of the Selecao.

“It’s absurd that they’re not going to the World Cup, tragic even,” he told Corriere della Sera.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Brazil planned Jorginho call

Brazil “intended to call Jorginho in March,” reveals his agent, but the Napoli midfielder is committed to Italy, especially for the future.

The Brazil-born talent is still eligible for both nations, as he has so far only played for the Azzurri in friendlies, but has been called up for the World Cup play-off against Sweden.

“The Brazil staff intended to call Jorginho in March for their last friendly before the World Cup, but Italy anticipated the decision and Jorginho will wear the Azzurri jersey,” agent Joao Santos told Radio Sportiva.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Emerson ‘only wants Italy’

Roma defender Emerson Palmieri insists he is “only thinking” about playing for Italy as “a man must only have his word.”

Emerson pledged his international allegiance to Italy back in March, despite turning out for Brazil at Under-17 level, and the left-back made it clear there was no going back on his decision.

“Now I’m only thinking about the Italian national team,” he told Ultimo Uomo.

“I think a man must only have his word. I thought long and hard about this decision, four months to be exact.

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Monday November 6 2017
Ventura: ‘No politics with Jorginho’

Italy CT Giampiero Ventura insists he didn’t call-up Jorginho just so he couldn’t play for Brazil - “he’s doing well”.

The Napoli midfielder finally got the nod from the CT when he named his squad for the World Cup play-off with Sweden.

Jorginho has been capped twice already, but both came in friendlies so he’d still be eligible for Brazil.

However, if he plays in either of the two Sweden games then he’ll only be eligible for the Azzurri.

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Saturday November 4 2017
Italy World Cup play-off squad

Italy named the squad for the World Cup play-off against Sweden, including Napoli midfielder Jorginho, Simone Zaza and Alessandro Florenzi.

The Azzurri can only reach the tournament in Russia next summer via a play-off, having finished runners-up in their group behind Spain.

Giampiero Ventura’s men will begin training at the Coverciano ground on Monday morning, visiting Stockholm for the first leg on Friday November 10 and hosting the decider at San Siro in Milan on Monday November 13.

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Thursday November 2 2017
Agent: ‘Jorginho closer to Brazil’

Jorginho’s agent confirms the Napoli man is “closer to Brazil than Italy” as Giampiero Ventura “has never given him the opportunity”.

The midfielder was born in Brazil, but moved to Italy as a teenager and has been capped twice by the Azzurri.

However, both of those came in friendlies to he’s still available for both nations, and hasn’t been called-up by Italy since Ventura took over.

“It’s difficult,” Joao Santos said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

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