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Friday October 9 2015
Conte: ‘Pirlo out for Azerbaijan’

Italy CT Antonio Conte announces Andrea Pirlo will miss Azerbaijan tomorrow with an adductor injury.

The Azzurri can seal their place in Euro 2016 with three points in Baku, but will have to do so without the New York City midfielder.

“Andrea will be unavailable for tomorrow’s match,” Conte revealed in his pre-match Press conference.

“He was injured today in training, he made a strange movement and pulled up with an adductor injury. It’s a shame, because of what he brings on and off the pitch.

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Thursday October 8 2015
Collum for Italy match

Scottish referee Willie Collum will take charge of Italy’s visit to Azerbaijan on Saturday.

The Azzurri will seal their place in Euro 2016 with a win in Baku, currently holding a two point lead on Norway and a four point lead on Croatia.

Collum has taken charge of 12 matches this season in Scotland, the Champions League and Euro 2016 qualifying, handing out 44 yellow cards and two reds.

The assistant referees will be fellow Scots Francis Connor, John Beaton, Bobby Madden and Alastair Mather, as well as Irishman Damien MacGraith.

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Wednesday October 7 2015
El Shaarawy: ‘Very important game’

Stephan El Shaarawy describes Italy’s qualifier with Azerbaijan as “a very important game”.

The Azzurri will secure their place at Euro 2016 with three points in Baku, but the Monaco striker is keen not to underestimate their opponents.

“It’s definitely a very important game, because we’ll be in the European Championships with a win,” El Shaarawy told journalists in a Press conference at Coverciano.

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Wednesday October 7 2015
‘Italy can cope without Insigne’

Marco Parolo is sure Italy can manage without Lorenzo Insigne - “our strength is the group”.

The Napoli man has been forced to pull out of the squad with a knee injury, but another member of the squad is sure that the Azzurri will manage without him.

“I’m sorry for Insigne, I hope he can recover soon,” Parolo said in a Press conference at Coverciano.

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Wednesday October 7 2015
Insigne pulls out of Italy squad

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne has been forced to pull out of the Italy squad with a knee injury.

It emerged last night that the playmaker had sat out a training session, having picked up a knock in the 4-0 win at Milan on Sunday, and today the player has left Coverciano.

“Insigne has gone home,” a statement from the FIGC confirmed.

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Tuesday October 6 2015
Italy: Insigne-Pelle for Azerbaijan

Italy are expected to start Antonio Candreva, Graziano Pellè and Lorenzo Insigne in a Euro 2016 qualifier with Azerbaijan.

It kicks off on Saturday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

Despite sitting out today’s training session with a swollen knee, Insigne is reportedly set for the starting XI in Baku.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Napoli talent will complete the trident attack with Candreva and Southampton hitman Pellè.

Alessandro Florenzi is set for right-back with Matteo Darmian of Manchester United on the left.

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Tuesday October 6 2015
Insigne unable to train for Italy

Lorenzo Insigne did not take part in training with the Italy squad today due to a knee injury.

The Napoli starlet spoke at a Press conference earlier, but was spotted sitting on a bench during the training session wearing trainers rather than football boots.

It’s reported he is being rested after suffering a knock to the right knee during Sunday’s 4-0 win against Milan.

"It's nothing dramatic. The lad got a few knocks in recent games and his knee was still swollen," explained chief medic Franco Castellacci.

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Saturday October 3 2015
Italy: Berardi debut call

Antonio Conte called Fabio Quagliarella, Domenico Berardi and Sebastian Giovinco for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway.

The Nazionale are currently top of their group, but need some more results to secure their spot in the tournament in France.

Daniele De Rossi misses out, as he begins a two-match ban following his red card against Bulgaria.

Mario Balotelli had been tipped for a recall, but is injured for Sunday’s Milan-Napoli game, so unavailable for international duty too.

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Saturday March 28 2015
Croatia and Azerbaijan win

Croatia smashed Norway 5-1, including a goal from Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic, while Azerbaijan beat Malta 2-0.

These fixtures were played earlier today in Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifying Group H.

Croatia remain top of the table with 13 points from five games and a very impressive +13 goal difference.

Inter midfielder Brozovic was one of those on target in today’s 5-1 demolition of Norway, though the Scandinavians missed a penalty.

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Friday October 17 2014
Vogts leaves Azerbaijan post

Italy’s Euro 2016 Group H qualification opponents Azerbaijan have confirmed that Berti Vogts has left his position as Coach.

The German had been in charge since 2008, but in opening qualifying with three defeats from three, including a 2-1 reverse in Palermo to Italy this month, has left the role.

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