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Monday November 18 2019
Italy perfect for the first time

Roberto Mancini has made history, as for the first time ever, Italy have qualified for a major tournament with a 100% record.

The Azzurri qualified for Euro 2020 with a perfect record, 10 wins from 10 games, concluding in Palermo this evening against Armenia.

This has never previously been accomplished by any Italian national team. 

They have qualified for major tournaments in the past whilst undefeated, but never claimed that elusive 100% record statistic, until now.

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Tuesday June 18 2019
Report: Michel Platini arrested

It is reported Juventus legend and ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini has been arrested over his role in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

According to French publication Mediapart, Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday morning, specifically the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).

It is there that he would have been drawn into the investigation over the awarding of the World Cup in Qatar.

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Thursday January 3 2019
Matuidi: ‘An incredible year’

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi calls 2018 “an incredible year” where he “realised dreams I’ve had since I was a kid”.

The 31-year-old won both the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia with the Bianconeri, before going on to lift the World Cup with France in the summer.

“It was an incredible year, a year that I will never forget,” Matuidi told Sky.

“I realised dreams I’ve had since I was a kid, which is what made it such an incredible year.

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Wednesday January 2 2019
Matuidi: ‘I want CL with Juventus’

World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi is aiming for even more success in 2019 - “I’m thinking of the Champions League with Juventus”.

The Frenchman won the World Cup with Les Bleus in the summer, having already won a Scudetto and Coppa Italia double with the Bianconeri.

“When you become world champion, things can change,” Matuidi explained at the Dubai Sports Council.

“For my part I intend to win even more in the future, I’m thinking of the Champions League with Juventus.

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Tuesday November 13 2018
Verratti: ‘Ventura? No comment…’

Marco Verratti insists “I don’t want to talk about” Giampiero Ventura, but says the World Cup failure wasn’t “entirely his responsibility”.

Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup exactly 12 months ago today, drawing 0-0 with Sweden at San Siro after losing the first leg 1-0.

Ventura spent most of the intervening period out of football, but he briefly returned with Chievo, only to resign after four games.

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Wednesday October 31 2018
World Cup: 48 teams in 2022?

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino claims the World Cup could be expanded to 48 teams in time for Qatar 2022.

Forty-eight nations were already pencilled in for 2026, with the US, Canada and Mexico sharing hosting duties for the tournament, but Infantino expressed ‘hope’ that the expansion could be brought forward.

“If it is possible, why not?” he said at the opening of the Asian Football Confederation’s new headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

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Monday October 15 2018
‘Everyone suffered with Italy absence’

UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin believes “all football lovers” missed Italy at the World Cup.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for the first time since 1958, losing to Sweden in a play-off and watching from home as France lifted the trophy.

“I know the enormous disappointment you felt after missing out on the last World Cup,” Ceferin said at an event at the Quirinal Palace in Rome.

“It wasn’t only Italians who suffered for your absence though, but all football lovers.

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Thursday August 9 2018
Perotti desperate for silverware

Diego Perotti confesses if he left Roma without winning any silverware, ‘it would be a bigger disappointment than Argentina’s World Cup’.

Perotti has failed to lift a trophy in his three years at Roma, and the Argentine spoke of his desperation to end his drought, while passing judgment on Juventus’ purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I’ve always said that I won’t end my career at Roma,” he told ESPN.

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Friday July 13 2018
Badelj: ‘Serie A is growing’

Milan Badelj believes “for a few years now Serie A has been growing” and feels “sorry” for Croatia teammate Nikola Kalinic.

The midfielder is currently a free agent after his Fiorentina contract expired, but he has been keeping an eye on Italian football and the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“In my opinion, for a few years now Serie A has been growing,” Badelj told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Thursday July 12 2018
Fiorentina strike Pjaca deal?

Fiorentina reportedly have a deal with Juventus for Marko Pjaca, a loan with option and counter-option.

The Croatian winger joined the Bianconeri in the summer of 2016, but his impact in Turin has been limited by a serious knee injury.

The former Dinamo Zagreb man spent the second half of last season on loan at Schalke 04, scoring twice in nine games.

Now Calciomercato.com is reporting that he’ll continue his career in Florence, with the Viola agreeing a loan deal with Juve.

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