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Monday February 26 2018
Zoff: ‘Buffon has to decide’

Dino Zoff admits “quitting is difficult” but says Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has to decide “without this push and pull”.

The 40-year-old had planned to retire after this summer’s World Cup, but Italy didn’t qualify and it’s now thought he’s reconsidering his decision.

Zoff, another legendary Italian goalkeeper, retired at the age of 43 and says Buffon can’t be pushed into anything.

“Quitting is difficult,” Zoff admitted on Radio Anch’io Sport.

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Friday February 9 2018
Lippi: Favourite Italian youngster…

Marcello Lippi insists most national teams “would take” Italy’s record and reveals Bryan Cristante is his favourite Azzurri prospect.

“In 88 years, we’ve won four World Cups and only failed to qualify twice. Any national team would take that, barring a couple…” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“If I’d been technical director with Ventura? Let’s forget that, it’s in the past now.

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Tuesday February 6 2018
Balbo: ‘Higuain better than Kane’

Former Roma striker Abel Balbo expects a “nice duel” between Harry Kane and Gonzalo Higuain, but believes the Juventus man is “more complete”.

The Bianconeri face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League next week, and it’s already being billed as a showdown between two of Europe’s deadliest strikers.

“It’s a really nice duel,” Balbo told Tuttosport.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Italy to face England in March

Italy have confirmed they will play a friendly against England at Wembley Stadium in March.

The Azzurri won’t be going to the World Cup, having been eliminated in the play-off by Sweden.

However, they will still take on Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions next year.

“Italy will play England on Tuesday 27th March at Wembley,” the FIGC confirmed.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Ventura: ‘Will I resign? Yes'

Giampiero Ventura replies “yes” when asked if he’ll resign from the Italy job, but it’s reported he wants a €700,000 pay-off.

The CT refused to resign last night, despite the 0-0 draw which means Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

It was reported earlier today that the former Torino Coach was refusing to resign, as he wanted the pay-off for the remaining two years of his contract.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Report: Ventura won’t resign

Reports claim Giampiero Ventura and FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio are both unwilling to resign, despite Italy missing out on the World Cup.

The Azzurri were held to a 0-0 draw by Sweden last night, meaning they will miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Ventura pointedly refused to confirm his resignation at last night’s Press conference, and calciomercato.com reports he has no intention of walking away.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Ventura sneaks out of Milan hotel

Giampiero Ventura reportedly left Italy’s hotel in Milan by the back door, and won’t be present at an FIGC meeting in Rome tomorrow.

The Azzurri CT is certain to lose his job after failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Last night’s 0-0 draw with Sweden, coupled with a 1-0 loss in the first leg, condemned the national team to miss out for the first time in 60 years.

According to Sky, Ventura left by the back exit of the team hotel in Milan, leaving in a car without speaking to any media.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Italy’s exit: the world reacts

The footballing world has reacted with shock to the fact Italy won’t be at next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The Azzurri have qualified for every tournament bar 1958, aside from the very first edition of the tournament, which they did not enter.

As such there has been widespread shock in the football world, as a World Cup will take place without Italy for the first time in 60 years.

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Bild’s front page carries an image of Buffon praying to the heavens with the headline “a World Cup without Italy”.

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Sunday November 12 2017
Pivatelli: 'Still feel 1958 shame'

Italy risk missing their first World Cup since 1958 and one of the players in that squad, Gino Pivatelli, reveals “we had to live with that for the rest of our lives.”

Sweden won the first leg of the play-off 1-0 in Solna on Friday evening and the decider is on Monday at San Siro.

The only time the Azzurri failed to qualify for the biggest tournament was in 1958, when losing 2-1 to Northern Ireland on January 15, 1958.

That put them second in the group behind Northern Ireland, but ahead of Portugal.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Mancini ‘ready’ for Italy job

Roberto Mancini says “I’d be ready” if the Italy job became available and is backing Inter for the Scudetto.

Italy must beat Sweden over two legs in the playoffs to qualify for the World Cup next summer, while Mancini’s former club remain unbeaten in Serie A after 12 games, just two points behind leaders Napoli.

“A World Cup without Italy wouldn’t be the same,” the Zenit St Petersburg boss told Premium Sport.

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