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Thursday June 2 2016
Conte ‘unhappy’ with Pirlo absence

Antonio Conte confesses “I’m not happy that Andrea Pirlo isn’t here” in his Italy squad for Euro 2016 as he seeks “offensive and attractive” football in France.

Pirlo was left out of Conte’s squad for the European Championship, effectively signalling the end of the midfielder’s international career, but the Coach insists he made the decision with a heavy heart, while explaining the importance of identity, good football and hard work.

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Thursday June 2 2016
‘Italy miss Pirlo, Motta critics wrong’

Daniele De Rossi admits Italy “miss” Andrea Pirlo as he dared Thiago Motta’s No 10 critics “to dribble with him and see his excellent technique”.

De Rossi was speaking at a Press conference ahead of Euro 2016 Press conference, where he also clarified his fitness for the tournament, and he paid tribute to his fellow 2006 World Cup winner, plus backed Motta to befit the fabled shirt number.

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Monday May 30 2016
Pirlo: 'Not disappointed'

New York City FC's Andrea Pirlo is 'not disappointed' about missing Euro 2016: 'Antonio Conte is right'.

The midfielder has enjoyed a status as an unquestioned starter for the Azzurri for a decade, but at 37, he was deemed unfit to make the current European squad.

“I spoke with the Coach and I already knew what I had to do, and what he had to do too,” Pirlo told Sky Sports. “There is no disappointment.

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Friday May 27 2016
Dybala: ‘I want to keep winning’

Paulo Dybala isn’t satisfied by his stellar first season at Juventus - “when you get accustomed to winning, you want to keep winning”.

The Argentinian forward joined the Bianconeri last summer in a €40m deal from Palermo, scoring 22 goals in all competitions as the Turin giants won the double.

“The truth is that when you meet your objectives, it’s difficult to slow down,” Dybala told La Nacion in his homeland.

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Wednesday May 25 2016
Giovinco 'upset' by Italy snub
Sebastian Giovinco was “upset” at missing out on Euro 2016, but stood up for Toronto FC and MLS standards.
 
The Atomic Ant was left out of the Italy squad for the tournament, as Coach Antonio Conte noted “anyone who goes to play in MLS must pay the consequences.”
 
Andrea Pirlo was also snubbed after joining New York City FC.
 
"I was upset.
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Wednesday May 25 2016
Bonucci: ‘It’s up to Balotelli’

Leonardo Bonucci discusses Mario Balotelli - “he had to change and unfortunately he hasn’t yet done so”.

The Milan striker was one of the big names left out of Antonio Conte’s preliminary Italy squad for Euro 2016, along with veteran Andrea Pirlo.

“Andrea is not up for discussion, he’s football personified,” Bonucci told reporters in a Press conference today.

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Tuesday May 24 2016
MLS hits back at 'ignorant' Conte
Major League Soccer hit back at Antonio Conte for his “ignorant, gratuitous use of a tired cliché” in refusing to call Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco.
 
 
“We evaluated Pirlo and Giovinco, it’s normal that if you choose to go and play there then you can pay the consequences in footballing terms,” said Co
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Tuesday May 24 2016
Conte: ‘I spoke to Pirlo’

Italy CT Antonio Conte says he spoke to Andrea Pirlo before opting not to call him for Euro 2016.

The New York City midfielder and his MLS colleague Sebastian Giovinco have both been left out of the squad for this summer’s tournament, almost certainly spelling the end of Pirlo’s international career.

“I spoke to Andrea, I needed to hear from him and we sent people to the US,” Conte explained in a Press conference at Coverciano today.

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Monday May 23 2016
Conte names Italy squad

Antonio Conte has named his 30-man preliminary Italy squad for Euro 2016, with no place for Sebastian Giovinco or Andrea Pirlo.

The CT will name a 23-man squad for the tournament, so seven will have to be cut from the initial list.

The Azzurri stars will have the chance to prove their worth ahead of the tournament in France, with friendlies against Scotland and Finland.

MLS players Pirlo and Giovinco have not been included in the squad, with Domenico Berardi of Sassuolo also left-out.

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Saturday May 21 2016
Pirlo, Giovinco: 'We spoke to Conte'
Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco’s agent reveal they could still be in Italy’s Euro 2016 squad.
 
The pair were not included in the recent training camp that is currently taking place at Coverciano, suggesting they won’t make the cut for Antonio Conte’s Azzurri.
 
“Conte hasn’t given the definitive list yet,” New York City FC midfielder Pirlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
 
“Those who are still playing competitive games are not in t
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