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Friday December 6 2019
Lippi impressed by Lazio and Juve

Marcello Lippi praised Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi, while predicting Juventus "joined the small group of super-favourites" for the Champions League.

The World Cup winning coach looks ahead to tomorrow's Serie A match in Turin, which kicks off on Saturday at 19.45 GMT.

“Simone Inzaghi is a good, relatively young coach and he is doing very well. He will certainly be able to identify the weak points in Juve, even though I believe that there are few," Lippi told Rai Sport.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Italy play Germany on March 31

Italy have confirmed they will play a friendly with Germany on March 31 in Nuremberg on the road to Euro 2020.

The Azzurri are also expected to face England at Wembley in the same break for international duty.

Roberto Mancini’s men qualified with a 100 per cent record of 10 wins and were placed in a Euro 2020 group with Turkey, Switzerland and Wales.

Germany, on the other hand, are in the so-called Group of Death with France, Portugal and a play-offs winner yet to be decided.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Martinez: 'Italy Euro 2020 favourites'

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes Italy “are among the favourites to win Euro 2020, as Roberto Mancini’s work has been exceptional.”

The Azzurri will have all three group games on home turf at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome against Turkey, Switzerland and Wales.

“Italy are among the favourites to win Euro 2020,” Martinez told the Corriere dello Sport.

They won all 10 qualifiers to make themselves top seeds, just two years after missing out on the 2018 World Cup.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
De Siervo: 'Clumsy smear attempt'

Serie A CEO Luigi De Siervo has branded leaked audio of him urging broadcasters not to pick up racist chanting “a clumsy attempt to embarrass me”.

La Repubblica yesterday published a transcript of a leaked audio file, which heard De Siervo advising TV companies to turn off microphones in the event of racial abuse during Serie A matches, so as to preserve the “product”.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
VAR for Italy WC qualifiers

Italy are set to contest their qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup with VAR after UEFA agreed to adopt the technology in principle.

Serie A was one of the first European Leagues to implement VAR in 2017, while it has already been used in international football - at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

UEFA has been hesitant to use the system, only introducing it at club level in the second half of last season.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
VAR a mess, admits Ceferin

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has confessed that he isn’t a fan of VAR, calling it “a mess”.

Video assistant referees have been gradually introduced to football over the last few years, but Ceferin admits he doesn’t like the technology.

“It is a mess. I don’t think the tolerance or one or two centimeters for offside, for example, is enough,” he told The Mirror.

“We will propose a change to IFAB. And also for our referees.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
Pinamonti's Azzurri dream

Genoa striker Andrea Pinamonti says his dream is to become Italy’s No 9 after scoring the winner against Ascoli in the Coppa Italia.

The 20-year-old scored his fourth goal of the season in a 3-2 victory over the Serie B side, two months after Azzurri CT Roberto Mancini sounded him out as the future.

“My dream is to become Italy No 9,” Pinamonti told reporters after the cup tie.

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Monday December 2 2019
Cannavaro: 'Italy return one day'

Fabio Cannavaro says he has ambitions of coaching in Italy “one day” after guiding Guangzhou Evergrande to yet another Chinese title.

Cannavaro was suspended by Evergrande for three games for not conforming to Chinese etiquette, but he returned with a month of the season left to push them over the line, ahead of Beijing Guoan.

With his first top-flight title now behind him, the former Juventus and Italy defender admits he would like to work in his homeland again soon.

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Monday December 2 2019
Italy, watch out for Turkey

Despite Roberto Mancini tipping Wales to be surprise packages at Euro 2020, Livio Caferoglu warns Italy have a bigger threat in their group...

The nation of Italy breathed a huge, collective sigh of relief on Saturday when the draw for the Euro 2020 groups was made. The threat of being paired with World Cup winners France and European champions Portugal was a very real one, but that was instead reserved for Germany. 

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Monday December 2 2019
Italy set for big Euro tests?

Italy are reportedly about to announce pre-Euro 2020 friendlies against England and Germany for next March.

When Roberto Mancini spoke to the press after a 9-1 thrashing of Armenia last month, he revealed he would like to match his XI against top nations before entering the tournament next summer.

Having initially broke the news of Mancini’s demands, Corriere dello Sport now claims the Azzurri will have their troops challenged by England and Germany.

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