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Thursday November 23 2017
Ranieri in war of words with Domenech

Claudio Ranieri is involved in a war of words with former France Coach Raymond Domenech - “I won’t listen to him about football!”

The former Bleus boss criticised the Italian for his defensive tactics, tweeting after the 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain “finally the parking the bus strategy didn’t do better than all the small 2Cvs” with several laughing emojis.

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Monday November 13 2017
Pirlo: the legend who almost wasn't

As the football world stands to applaud Andrea Pirlo on his retirement, Emmet Gates points out this legend of the sport almost fell through the cracks.

Time waits for no man, not even for one as nonchalantly exquisite as Andrea Pirlo. Following his announcement that he had played his last match as New York FC got eliminated from the MLS play-offs by Columbus Crew, the tributes poured in.

Legends of the game, ranging from Zinedine Zidane and Fabio Cannavaro to Gigi Buffon and Kaka, all posted messages on social media, toasting to a legendary career. European aristocrats, such as Pirlo’s former clubs Juventus and Milan to Bayern Munich, did likewise.

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Sunday November 12 2017
Materazzi: 'We're all playing'

World Cup winner Marco Materazzi sent a message to the Italy squad ahead of their play-off with Sweden. “We are all playing tomorrow.”

The Azzurri lost the first leg 1-0 in Solna, but the decider is in Milan on Monday at 19.45 GMT.

“At times it’s not technique that counts, nor the past and above all it doesn’t matter who plays…” wrote 2006 hero Materazzi on Instagram and Twitter.

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Thursday November 9 2017
Happy birthday, Del Piero

Today is the 43rd birthday of Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006.

Born in Conegliano on November 9, 1974 the forward grew up in Saccon in the commune of San Vendemiano.

Del Piero’s father, Gino, was an electrician while his mother, Bruna, implored the young Alessandro to play in goal for the local youth team, reasoning that if he sweated less he’d be less likely to get ill.

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Thursday November 9 2017
Farewell, Maestro Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo stood out above all others because he never put himself above all others, argues Andrea Tallarita.

You will never understand Andrea Pirlo, the latest of the Italian World Cup winners in 2006 to hang his boots, if you see him as anything but part of a greater whole.

The former Inter, Milan and Juventus midfielder played after an idea of football that was entirely based on being part of a team. He was a director of play, a student of opportunity, someone whose brilliance emerged by extracting the brilliance out of his fellow teammates.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Camoranesi: 'Di Natale better than Pirlo'

Mauro Camoranesi trusts Italy will beat Sweden in the World Cup play-off, but insists Antonio Di Natale was more “technically-gifted” than Andrea Pirlo.

The 2006 World Cup winner spoke to Top Calcio 24 ahead of the clashes in Stockholm on Friday evening and Milan on Monday.

“If the play-offs were a one-off game, then Italy may well have been at risk, but over 180 minutes they will certainly qualify,” said Camoranesi.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Domenech: No Italy, no tragedy

Raymond Domenech says it would not be a ‘tragedy’ if Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup but admits Marco Materazzi was his best opponent.

Domenech coached France at the 2006 World Cup, where they lost to Italy on penalties in the Final, and the 65-year-old was asked for his opinions on the Azzurri by Gazzetta dello Sport.

“No Italy a tragedy? It would be for you, but not the world. The world risked losing Argentina…” he told the newspaper.

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Saturday October 28 2017
Inzaghi: 'Milan just need patience'

Pippo Inzaghi looked back over his playing career, rapport with brother Simone, Carlo Ancelotti and why Milan should give Vincenzo Montella time.

He is currently pushing for the top of Serie B with Venezia, having just achieved promotion from Lega Pro, while his younger brother is flying high in Serie A and the Europa League at Lazio.

“I’ve always been close with Simone, as we always used to play football at home, every day,” SuperPippo told the Corriere dello Sport.

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Friday October 6 2017
Toni and Camoranesi become Coaches

World Cup winners Luca Toni, Mauro Camoranesi and Marco Amelia will all begin the course for their coaching badges on Monday.

Next week’s class will include the trio, who lifted the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

They are working towards their UEFA A/UEFA B certificate at the Coverciano training ground and must have at least 210 hours of lectures before handing in their dissertations at the end of November.

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Friday October 6 2017
Azzurri need tactical shift

With a 4-2-4 formation costing Italy dearly against Spain, Giampiero Ventura should switch to a more balanced approach, writes Vilizar Yakimov.

Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti, Filippo Inzaghi, Luca Toni, Alberto Gilardino and Vincenzo Iaquinta. That was the list of forwards with which Marcelo Lippi’s team lifted the World Cup in 2006. Yet despite having the comfort of choosing from so many quality attacking options, the tactician never actually fielded more than two strikers, as he stuck with his preferred 4-3-1-2 formation throughout the tournament.

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