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Friday October 30 2015
Capello for New York City FC job?

Fabio Capello is reportedly in talks with New York City FC, where he’d work with Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard.

The Coach is currently out of work after he split with the Russian national team by mutual consent in July.

According to The Sun and Goal.com, Capello is currently having negotiations with MLS club New York City FC.

They failed to qualify for the play-offs and he is tipped to take over from Jason Kreis.

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Sunday October 18 2015
David Villa considers Fiorentina

David Villa is “analysing possibilities” including Fiorentina after New York City FC failed to make the MLS play-offs.

The veteran striker will turn 34 in December and be available for a January spell in Europe.

“At this moment I’m receiving calls from all over the place,” the Spaniard told Levante TV.

“I have not had any direct contact myself, but there are certainly some options available to me.

“I am analysing possibilities that involve leaving, but for now it’s not a real issue yet.”

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Monday October 12 2015
Conte: ‘Pirlo won’t play’

Italy CT Antonio Conte confirms Andrea Pirlo “won’t make the game” against Norway tomorrow.

The New York City FC midfielder picked up a hip injury during training last week, and missed the qualifier with Azerbaijan.

“Pirlo trained today, even if it wasn’t with the group,” Conte told Sky.

“He’s already started doing changes of direction, the problem is that it would be too big a risk and he won’t make the game.

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Sunday October 11 2015
Pirlo and Verratti skip training

Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti did not take part in Italy’s training session ahead of Norway.

The Azzurri are already qualified for Euro 2016, but need a point on Tuesday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to be sure of top spot.

Pirlo missed Saturday’s 3-1 victory in Azerbaijan due to a muscular problem.

The New York City FC midfielder is still not fit, as he trained separately from the rest of the squad today.

Verratti was arguably Man of the Match in Baku, but sustained a knock to the calf muscle and was rested.

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Friday October 9 2015
Conte: ‘Pirlo injury not serious’

Antonio Conte assures Andrea Pirlo’s injury is “nothing serious” but it’s “unthinkable” he could play tomorrow.

It was announced earlier today that the New York City midfielder would miss Italy’s clash with Azerbaijan, as he has suffered an adductor injury, but the CT assures the injury is not a bad one.

“During the warm-up match, Andrea went into a challenge with a teammate,” Conte explained to Sky.

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Tuesday October 6 2015
Palmeiras request Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo has been linked with a move from New York City FC to Brazilian club Palmeiras.

The midfielder only joined New York in July after his contract with Juventus expired.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Palmeiras have made an offer to the 36-year-old Italy international.

They want him to take part in the Copa Libertadores.

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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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Wednesday September 9 2015
Lippi: ‘Pirlo important for Italy’

Marcello Lippi insists Andrea Pirlo ‘will be an important player’ for Italy next summer.

The midfielder has moved from Juventus to New York City in MLS, and has attracted some criticism for his recent performances for the Azzurri.

However, the man who lifted the World Cup with the national team in 2006 is confident that the 36-year-old will be a key man in Euro 2016.

“Pirlo is a wise man,” Lippi told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Monday September 7 2015
Buffon: ‘Leave Pirlo alone’

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon defends Andrea Pirlo - ‘I don’t think it’s time yet for Andrea to hang up his boots’.

The veteran midfielder has been the subject of some criticism, with Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta claiming that ‘every player should know when it’s time to hang up his boots’.

“Marotta was making a general point,” Buffon explained to Mediaset, when asked about the criticism of Pirlo.

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Sunday September 6 2015
Conte: 'Pirlo deserves respect'

Antonio Conte said Andrea Pirlo “deserves more respect” after criticism and feels Italy have the toughest Euro 2016 group.

The Azzurri won both games this week, beating Malta and Bulgaria 1-0, putting them top of Group H ahead of Norway and Croatia.

“We’re not qualified yet, so that has to be the primary focus until it is secured,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

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