NEWS
Tuesday June 2 2015
Lippi: ‘Allegri’s Juve like mine’

Marcello Lippi believes the current Juventus side is following the same path as his all-conquering team from the 90s.

Lippi won three Scudetti, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in his first spell with the Bianconeri, and reached another three European finals, two in the Champions League.

The Coach then returned in 2001, winning another two Serie A titles, and reaching the final of Europe’s major club competition again.

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NEWS
Thursday May 14 2015
Lippi: ‘Juve like my Italy’

Marcello Lippi sees similarities between Juventus and his World Cup winning Italy side - ‘I hope the outcome is the same’.

The Bianconeri advanced to their first Champions League final since 2003 [when Lippi was on the bench] with a draw in the Bernabeu against Real Madrid last night.

The showpiece event will be held at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, the scene of the Azzurri’s 2006 triumph, and Lippi acknowledges the parallels.

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NEWS
Wednesday May 13 2015
Buffon: 'Destiny in Berlin'

Gigi Buffon said it was “destiny” that Juventus reached the Champions League Final in Berlin, where he won the 2006 World Cup.

The Bianconeri will face Barcelona on June 6 in Berlin after eliminating Real Madrid 3-2 on aggregate.

“It seemed like destiny, but it really did go the way we hoped,” the goalkeeper told Sport Mediaset.

“Mind you, we mustn’t go there to be tourists. We are there to play a game that means a huge amount for all of us.

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NEWS
Tuesday April 21 2015
Materazzi on Zidane, Balotelli and Benitez

Marco Materazzi thanked Zinedine Zidane for the World Cup, slammed “dishonest” Rafa Benitez and told Mario Balotelli he’s “throwing it away.”

The former Inter and Italy defender spoke to Mediaset Premium Calcio about his career highlights and lowlights – including Zidane’s now iconic headbutt to his chest in the 2006 Final.

“When I lifted the World Cup trophy in Berlin, I could touch the sky. I am indifferent to Zidane’s headbutt. The fact remains that gesture contributed to our victory.”

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Saturday April 18 2015
Conte: 'Italy job twice as hard'

Antonio Conte warned being Italy Coach is “twice as difficult” than in 2006, but “we’re working to make our dreams come true.”

The Azzurri boss spoke at a public event in Catanzaro and was asked about comments Marcello Lippi made that there are now only 35 per cent of Serie A players available for selection.

“Lippi was a great teacher and as a Coach he took us to the top of the world,” noted Conte.

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Saturday April 18 2015
Lippi: 'My life in penalties'

Marcello Lippi looked back over the 2006 World Cup triumph, Zinedine Zidane and penalty shoot-outs.

The former Italy Coach sat down with Gazzetta TV and said he feels for current boss Antonio Conte.

“In qualifiers we had beaten some pretty mediocre sides, so I asked to organise friendlies against important national teams.

“We played in Holland and won 3-1, while in Florence against Germany we were 3-0 up after 15 minutes. That’s when the team really believed in itself.

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NEWS
Wednesday January 7 2015
Matrix sees Bundesliga future

World Cup winner Marco Materazzi says that he aspires to work as a Coach in Germany, and condemns Italian football as ‘corrupt’.

The World Champion and former Inter defender, globally famous for provoking Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in the 2006 World Cup Final in 2006, released an interview for Bild Sport in which he considered both his past and his future.

Currently coaching Indian club Chennaiyin, the 41-year-old says he would be happy to take charge of a team in the Bundesliga one day.

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BLOG ITALIA
Monday June 16 2014
Italy’s second match syndrome

Costa Rica may seem favourable opposition, but Luca Persico warns of how second group stage games have recently proved problematic for Italy.

Italy can qualify for the Round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup - depending on the outcome of England-Uruguay - with a victory against Costa Rica. It is seemingly a perfect scenario, but history shows that they should be wary.