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Thursday December 3 2020
Mancini: 'Perception of Italy has changed'

Roberto Mancini is confident Italy can challenge for the Nations League after drawing Spain in the semi-final. ‘The perception of Italy is different now.’

The Azzurri will host and open the Nations League Final Four on October 6, 2021, by taking on Spain at San Siro.

A day later, Belgium and France go head-to-head at the Allianz Juventus Stadium in Turin, then the Final is in Milan on October 10.

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Thursday December 3 2020
Nations League: Italy v Spain opener

Italy will face Spain in the Nations League semi-final on October 6 at San Siro, while Belgium take on France on October 7.

The draw was held this afternoon in Nyon and the tournament will be held in Italy from October 6-10, 2021.

The Azzurri qualified by topping their group ahead of Poland, the Netherlands and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

This is the second edition of the Nations League Final Four, as Portugal won in 2019.

Italy open the competition against Spain at San Siro, also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, on October 6.

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Thursday December 3 2020
Nations League Finals draw today

The 2021 Nations League Finals draw will take place at the UEFA headquarters today and Italy are among the Final Four in the competition.

At 16.30 UK time, the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League will be decided, and Italy seems set to host the Finals scheduled for October 2021.

UEFA revealed on their official websites that the Executive Committee will meet to confirm the host after today’s draw.

There’s no seeding in the draw and the semi-finals are scheduled for October 6 and 7, whilst the Final should take place on October 10, 2021.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Tatarusanu retires from international football

Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu retires from international football after 73 appearances for Romania. ‘It’s time for the younger goalkeepers to take over’.

The 34-year-old moved to Milan from Olympique Lyonnais in September and has stepped in for Gigio Donnarumma twice - once in Serie A and once in the Europa League - so far.

After 11 years at the national team and representing Romania in Euro 2016, the goalkeeper has decided to step aside and let the younger players get a chance to guard the net at international level.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Vlahovic: 'I have dreamed of this moment'

Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic said he has ‘always dreamed of this moment’ after scoring his first goal for Serbia in a 5-0 win over Russia.

The 20-year-old, capped four times by Serbia, scored the 3-0 goal after coming off the bench to replace Nemanja Radonjic after only 31 minutes yesterday.

The win helped Hungary win Nations League B Group 3, but the Serbians didn’t manage to leapfrog their opponents as they secured their only win in six games in the competition.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
Mancini: 'Young Italians need a chance'

Roberto Mancini celebrates Italy’s qualification for the Nations League Final Four and insists ‘we have very talented young players, we just have to give them the opportunity.’

The coach spoke to RAI Sport via webcam after the 2-0 victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where his assistant manager Alberico Evani was on the bench for the third game in a row.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
Italy to host Nations League Final Four

Italy are expected to host the second edition of the Nations League Final Four tournament in October 2021, against Belgium, France and Spain.

The Azzurri secured their spot in the final tournament by topping Group A ahead of the Netherlands, Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In principle, Italy will be the hosts, as they won Group A1, but it is to be confirmed at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting on December 3.

The draw for the semi-final and final pairings will be made that same day, with no seeding.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
Barella: 'Italy midfield works together'

Nicolò Barella thanks Antonio Conte and Roberto Mancini for helping him to improve. ‘We all work well together’ in the Italy midfield.

The Inter starlet had another excellent performance in tonight’s 2-0 win away to Bosnia-Herzegovina, which sent the Azzurri through to the Nations League Final Four with Belgium, France and Spain.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
Evani: 'Can't wait to test Italy against best'

Assistant manager Alberico Evani could ‘only thank’ his Italy players for reaching the Nations League Final Four. ‘We can’t wait to measure ourselves up against the best in Europe.’

The Azzurri are unbeaten in 22 games, 17 of which were victories, over more than two years, and have above all qualified for the Nations League Final Four with Belgium, France and Spain.

Roberto Mancini is still self-isolating at home with COVID-19, so assistant manager Evani was on the bench again in Sarajevo for the third game running.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
Insigne: 'Italy showed strong mentality'

Lorenzo Insigne praised Italy’s ‘mentality’ after a 2-0 win in Bosnia-Herzegovina to reach the Nations League Final Four. ‘This is a jersey to be honoured.’

The Napoli star was Man of the Match, despite not finding the net, as he provided an assist and his magnificent first touch and curler hit the upright.

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