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Sunday June 9 2019
Verratti: 'If Italy played like this...'

Marco Verratti believes if Italy had played with their current approach, they would’ve “without doubt” qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

The Nazionale dominated Greece 3-0 in Athens to maintain their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying, winning all three by scoring 11 goals and conceding none.

“It was a good performance, as we defended well, kept possession and I think it was a great victory,” the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder told Tuttomercatoweb.

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Wednesday December 26 2018
Matuidi donates World Cup winnings to charity

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has revealed that he donated his World Cup winnings to charity.

France received $38m in prize money for lifting the World Cup last summer, while each of the 23 players who represented Les Blues in Russia were awarded a $330,000 bonus.

“We’re all free to make that decision [of donating] and making it public but yes, I donated the money to my association,” Matuidi told Journal du Dimanche.

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Saturday November 17 2018
Bonucci: 'World Cup failure a black mark'

Leonardo Bonucci concedes failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup “is a black mark that will never be wiped away. It was catastrophic.”

The Azzurri host Portugal this evening at San Siro for the Nations League at 19.45 GMT.

This is the first time Italy have been in Milan since the 0-0 play-off draw with Sweden in November 2017, which ruled them out of the World Cup, 1-0 on aggregate.

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Saturday October 13 2018
Italy must play the rankings game

The Azzurri have never taken friendly matches particularly seriously, but Gaby McKay says that has to change.

Earlier this year, for the first time in the nation’s illustrious football history, Italy fell outside of the top 20 teams on FIFA’s world rankings.

For a nation which has won the World Cup four times in history, second only to Brazil, it was quite the ignominious fall, if not a surprising one. Giampiero Ventura’s side failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, losing to Sweden in a play-off, meaning the Italians were at home for the first time since 1958.

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Monday October 8 2018
Ventura blames Italy 'system'

Giampiero Ventura claims Italy lacked the ‘conditions’ to beat Sweden but reveals he has received offers to coach again.

Ventura has not worked since being sacked for failing to take Italy to the 2018 World Cup, the Azzurri having lost a two-legged playoff to Sweden, but the 71-year-old has been linked with the potential vacancy at Chievo.

“Italy-Sweden? There was no atmosphere, neither were there the conditions for the win,” he told Canale 5.

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Monday September 10 2018
‘Fans wanted Italy to lose’

Former FIGC chief Carlo Tavecchio claims ‘many were hoping’ Italy would lose their World Cup playoff as ‘that was the only way they could overthrow me.’

Tavecchio stepped down from the presidency after Italy’s defeat to Sweden resulted in their first World Cup no-show for 60 years, although he was heavily criticised for delaying his departure by a week.

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Monday September 10 2018
Six up for FIFPro World XI

Five Serie A-based players and Gianluigi Buffon have been included in the 55-man shortlist for 2017-18 FIFPro World XI.

Juventus pair Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala are recognised for their efforts in helping the Bianconeri secure another domestic double last season, while Mario Mandzukic spearheaded Croatia’s run to their first-ever World Cup Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also nominated for firing Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League, prior to joining the Old Lady over the summer.

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Monday September 3 2018
Ventura: Stopped going Ikea!

Giampiero Ventura claims he ‘stopped going to Ikea’ after Italy’s World Cup playoff defeat to Sweden.

Ventura became public enemy in Italy following their failure to qualify for the Russian showpiece, and the 70-year-old revealed just how personally he took the Azzurri’s elimination.

“After Italy-Sweden, I stopped going to Ikea,” he continued to Radio Anch’io Sport.

“It’s difficult to dispose of the disappointment. What happened was something era-defining.

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Wednesday August 22 2018
VAR from CL quarter-finals?

It is claimed video assistant referees (VAR) could be implemented in the Champions League from the quarter-final stage this season.

ItaSportPress cites a report in The Times, which states UEFA bosses were ‘impressed’ by how VAR improved the level of officiating during the World Cup in Russia.

Although UEFA chief Aleksandar Ceferin had previously ruled out its use in the Champions League, the governing body would be ‘seriously considering’ adopting it for the final three knockout rounds.

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Wednesday July 25 2018
Miranda: 'Italy-style Brazil'

Inter defender Joao Miranda credits Italian football with Brazil’s newfound solidity. “We learned a lot from Serie A about defending.”

The Selecao have swept through to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will face Dries Mertens’ Belgium on Friday July 6.

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