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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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Tuesday July 10 2018
Capello: ‘England favourites for World Cup’

Fabio Capello predicts that France will meet England in the World Cup final “and in that case I see England as favourites”.

The former Juventus, Milan and Real Madrid Coach was England manager for the 2010 World Cup, leaving abruptly before Euro 2012 after John Terry was stripped of the captaincy without him being informed.

“They have fast lads and a great manager [Gareth Southgate],” Capello said of the Three Lions, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Sunday July 8 2018
Napoli to make Arias offer?

Is is reported that Napoli are ready to make an offer to PSV Eindhoven for full-back Santiago Arias.

The Colombia international played all four matches of his country’s World Cup run, which ended with a Round of 16 defeat on penalties by England last week.

According to Sky, the Partenopei will table a bid of €15m for the 26-year-old, who made 35 appearances for the Dutch club last season.

However, the offer is likely to be rejected by PSV, who are reported to value the player at €20m.

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Sunday July 8 2018
Torreira to Arsenal not imminent?

Lucas Torreira’s move from Sampdoria to Arsenal is not imminent despite Uruguay’s elimination from the World Cup, according to reports.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with the midfielder throughout the summer, with the transfer delayed due to the South American nation’s involvement at the tournament in Russia.

With Uruguay’s elimination confirmed after they were beaten 2-0 in Friday’s quarter-final against France, it was thought the deal would quickly be made official.

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Sunday July 8 2018
Modric doubts Ronaldo move

Luka Modric believes his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at the Bernabeu, rather than join Juventus.

The Portuguese forward has been heavily linked with a transfer to Turin ever since his country were knocked out of the World Cup by Uruguay last weekend.

A fee in the region of €100m appears close to being agreed between the clubs, although Madrid President Florentino Perez may yet raise his asking price a little further.

However, Modric still does not believe the 33-year-old will be leaving the Spanish capital anytime soon.

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Thursday July 5 2018
Lippi: ‘Italy could’ve done well’

Marcello Lippi believes Italy “would have done well” at the World Cup as is “not surprised” by the exits of some traditional big nations.

The Azzurri were eliminated by Sweden in the play-offs, while at the tournament Germany, Spain and Argentina are already out by the quarter-final stage.

“I’m not surprised by the results of this World Cup,” Lippi, who won the tournament in 2006, told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Wednesday July 4 2018
On this day: Germany 0-2 Italy

On this day in 2006, Italy beat Germany 2-0 in the World Cup semi-final, in one of the best matches in modern times.

The Azzurri had beaten Australia and Ukraine in the knockout stages, but faced a daunting task in Dortmund against the hosts.

Marcello Lippi’s men had the first chance of the game, but Jens Lehmann smothered the ball at Simone Perrotta’s feet after a clever pass from Francesco Totti.

Bernd Schneider should have put Die Mannschaft ahead, but he fired over Gianluigi Buffon’s crossbar.

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Monday July 2 2018
World Cup: Brazil through to quarters

Brazil are through to face Belgium or Japan in the World Cup quarter-finals, after beating Mexico 2-0 in Samara.

The Selecao finished ahead of Switzerland and Serbia to top Group E, while a final day loss to Sweden saw Mexico fall to runners-up in Group F.

It was the Central American side who started the better though, with Inter defender Miranda forced to block from Hirving Lozano after fine work from Andres Guardado.

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