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Saturday May 19 2018
Italy: Balotelli in Mancini squad

Roberto Mancini has named his first Italy squad for friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands, including Mario Balotelli.

The new CT was appointed this week, the first permanent Coach since Giampiero Ventura was fired in November for failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

He’ll make his Nazionale debut in San Gallen, Switzerland, on May 28 against Saudi Arabia.

Italy then face France in Nice on June 1 and host the Netherlands in Turin’s Juventus Stadium on June 4.

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Saturday May 19 2018
Mancini to name first Italy squad

New Italy Coach Roberto Mancini will name his first squad today, expected to include Mario Balotelli, Bryan Cristante and Matteo Politano.

The Azzurri will face the Saudi Arabia on May 28 in San Gallen, Switzerland, then France in Nice on June 1 and the Netherlands in Turin on June 4.

Mancini was appointed this week and will begin his Nazionale tenure by naming a 25-man squad this afternoon.

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Saturday April 14 2018
Zac: 'Very close to Italy job'

Alberto Zaccheroni confirms he was “very close” to taking the Italy job, but is currently committed to the United Arab Emirates side.

The former Inter, Milan and Juventus tactician was hired in October 2017, following on from his experience as Coach of Japan.

“My name has always been mentioned for Italy, and at times we went very close, but at this moment I’m out of the running. I am training the UAE team and respect my agreement with the Federation,” Zac told goal.com.

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Friday January 5 2018
Zaccheroni's UAE in Gulf Cup chaos

Alberto Zaccheroni’s United Arab Emirates lost the Gulf Cup Final to Oman on penalties, but a barrier shattered, injuring dozens of fans.

The incident occurred after the final whistle of the match in Kuwait’s Jaber Stadium.

Oman supporters rushed forward to celebrate with their players when the glass barrier shattered, prompting falls and a pile-up of bodies.

Arab Times report that at least 30 people were injured and have been taken to nearby hospitals.

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Saturday October 14 2017
Zaccheroni set for UAE job

There are reports Alberto Zaccheroni has flown in to become the new Coach of the UAE international team.

The Italian tactician is not new to international football, as he took Japan to the 2011 Asian Cup.

Zac is expected to replace Edgardo Bauza, who was in charge of the United Arab Emirates side for just three competitive matches.

Bauza left last month to take the Saudi Arabia job instead.

Zaccheroni’s most recent position was in China, the 64-year-old spending five months at Beijing Guoan.

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Wednesday January 21 2015
Di Natale eyes foreign move?

Reports indicate that Antonio Di Natale intends to leave Udinese in the summer to continue playing, with interest from America and the Middle East.

The 37-year-old announced his retirement last season, only to be later convinced otherwise by the club's fans and President.

However, attempts to further extend his playing time with the Zebrette beyond this season may have reached a final stop, even if the striker intends to go on playing elsewhere.

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