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Wednesday December 13 2017
Buffon: ‘Thank you Casillas’

Iker Casillas sent Gianluigi Buffon a video message at the Gazzetta dello Sport awards, which the Juventus goalkeeper says “really touched me”.

Buffon was awarded the Athlete of the Year prize at last year’s ceremony, and was treated to video message from the Spaniard, and a visit from his hero, Thomas N’Kono.

Gazzetta reports that Buffon was visibly moved by Casillas’ message, stating afterward “the first time we faced each other he asked for me shorts - he used them as pyjamas”.

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Tuesday December 12 2017
Buffon: ‘Dybala, listen to Nedved’

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon advises Paulo Dybala to listen to Pavel Nedved, and says he’ll play “as long as I’m useful…”

The goalkeeper attended tonight’s Gazzetta dello Sport Awards, and after assuring he was “better” after an injury which saw him miss Inter he discussed some issues surrounding the Bianconeri.

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Monday December 11 2017
Verdi: 'I won't leave Bologna'

Simone Verdi assures he won’t leave Bologna in January, despite Inter and Napoli interest. “I want to end the season here.”

The winger is the most two-footed player in Serie A, as confirmed by his ability to score two free kicks – one left-footed, one right – during the same match.

“I am definitely not leaving Bologna in January, as I want to end the season here,” Verdi told Sky Sport Italia.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m staying for several more years, but I am happy here.”

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Saturday December 9 2017
Giovinco and Toronto win MLS Cup

Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC have beaten Seattle Sounders 2-0 to lift their first ever MLS Cup and the first Treble.

The Major League Soccer equivalent of the title was decided this evening on home turf at BMO Field, having lost against Seattle Sounders last year in a penalty shoot-out.

‘Atomic Ant’ Giovinco played a decisive role, as his through ball released Jozy Altidore to dink the finish over the on-rushing goalkeeper after 67 minutes.

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Saturday December 9 2017
Giovinco: 'Not lost Italy hope'

Sebastian Giovinco has “not lost hope of wearing the Azzurri jersey” and confirms Toronto FC study Juventus tactics.

His Toronto FC take on Seattle Sounders tonight for the MLS Cup – the American version of the Scudetto – and it’s a replay of last season’s when the Sounders emerged victorious.

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Friday December 8 2017
Italy plan Buffon friendly

It’s reported Italy will play a friendly in either Turin or Parma in June, as a send-off for Gianluigi Buffon.

The goalkeeper plans to retire at the end of this season, with the last of his 175 Azzurri caps coming in the 0-0 draw with Sweden which saw the national team fail to qualify for the World Cup.

That means Buffon won’t get to play a final World Cup, but Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the FIGC is planning a friendly which would serve as a more fitting goodbye.

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Friday December 8 2017
Report: Peru consider Lapadula

Peru are reportedly considering a second approach for Genoa striker Gianluca Lapadula after Paolo Guerrero’s one-year drug ban.

Peru will be without their all-time top goalscorer and captain at the World Cup next summer after Guerrero tested positive for cocaine.

Consequently, Calciomercato.com believes the South Americans’ search for a replacement could take them to Lapadula.

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Friday December 8 2017
Zaza eyes Italy rebirth

Valencia striker Simone Zaza says he ‘absolutely’ wants to be part of Italy’s future after Giampiero Ventura.

Zaza’s nine goals this season have helped fire Valencia to second in La Liga, and the former Juventus hitman – vilified after his infamous penalty miss at Euro 2016 – believes he is ready to relaunch his Italy career.

“Unfortunately, my knee did a number on me that week,” he told Tuttomercatoweb, referring to his absence in the World Cup playoff against Sweden.

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Friday December 8 2017
Ronaldo: Italy deserved World Cup

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo claims Italy deserved to qualify for the World Cup. “They’re one of the most emblematic national teams.”

Ronaldo won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career on Thursday evening, yet the No 7 dedicated a segment of his post-award interviews to Italy and their no-show in Russia next summer.

“A World Cup without Italy? It’s not going to change anything, but I think Italy deserved to be there because they’re one of the most emblematic national teams,” he said afterwards.

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Friday December 8 2017
De Biasi would ‘welcome’ Italy job

Former Albania boss Gianni De Biasi has confessed that he would welcome the Italy job “with open arms”.

De Biasi presided over the most successful six years in Albania’s history between 2011 and 2017, guiding them to their first-ever major tournament last year, although the Italian veteran was recently sacked by La Liga side Alaves.

“First of all, I’d like a President with clear ideas, that isn’t only an expert in economic and financial terms and also has an idea of the technical and tactical project,” he told TMW Radio.

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