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Saturday July 11 2020
Lampard: 'Very happy with Jorginho'

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has assured Jorginho that he remains an important player for the club. ‘I’m very happy with him.’

Jorginho has made just one cameo appearance for Chelsea since the Premier League restarted, but he has a route back into their starting XI after Billy Gilmour was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

“I have selection issues in midfield. Good issues because I have N’Golo Kante, Billy Gilmour, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic,” Lampard told Sky Sports News.

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Wednesday July 8 2020
Confirmed: Italy's 2020 calendar

Italy will play eight games in the remaining months of 2020, with six Nations League fixtures and two friendlies.

The FIGC released the Azzurri’s revised calendar this morning, with changes enforced by the global coronavirus crisis.

They play post-pandemic for the first time on September 4, opening their Nations League campaign against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Seven more games will be played over three international breaks, the latter two kicked off by friendlies against Moldova and Estonia, before Italy round off the year with a trip to Bosnia.

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Monday July 6 2020
Serie B: Pescara sack Legrottaglie

Serie B side Pescara have sacked coach Nicola Legrottaglie after a poor run of results.

Legrottaglie was only promoted to the role in January, having been in charge of their Primavera team.

However, the former Juventus defender oversaw seven defeats and just four wins from his 12 games at the helm.

He is set to be replaced by ex-Atalanta and Udinese stopper Andrea Sottil on a contract until the end of the season, reports Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday July 5 2020
Zaniolo makes comeback for Roma

Italy international Nicolò Zaniolo has made his comeback for Roma, six months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

The creative midfielder turned 21 on Thursday and had a late birthday present by getting back on the pitch for the first time since his devastating knee injury.

Zaniolo tore his ACL during the game against Juventus on January 12 and the surgery ruled him out for the rest of the season.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown of football for three months allowed him time to make a full recovery.

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Thursday July 2 2020
'Stadiums could reopen at 25%'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has announced that he is working for Serie A stadia to reopen at quarter capacity.

Serie A and B resumed last month behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak still being considered a pandemic, but Gravina is confident clubs will soon be able to fill 25 percent of seats.

“We’re working so that fans can go back to experiencing football up close again,” he told Avvenire.

“We’re working on percentages. As of today, we’re thinking of 25 percent. The problem lies with managing flows.

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Monday June 29 2020
Zaniolo returns to Roma training

Good news for Roma and Italy, as Nicolò Zaniolo has returned to training with the squad for the first time since his knee injury on January 12.

The creative midfielder will turn 21 on July 2 and can celebrate it with his Giallorossi teammates.

Zaniolo had been one of the hottest properties in European football before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during a match against Juventus on January 12.

He had another operation last month on his nose to help clear his airways so he can breathe better.

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Sunday June 28 2020
Chiellini: 'Totti deserved Ballon d'Or'

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini is bemused by the fact Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Owen won the Ballon d’Or, but not Francesco Totti. ‘He was simply a genius.’

The Bianconeri defender’s autobiography covered numerous subjects throughout his career and the latest excerpt to hit the newspapers is about the biggest individual award in football.

“I have played with Francesco Totti, but we were almost always opponents,” wrote Chiellini.

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Saturday June 27 2020
Gomez: 'Close to Lazio & Italy'

Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez has revealed just how close he was to joining Lazio and playing for Italy.

Gomez was heavily linked with Lazio in the summers of 2017 and 2018, and the 32-year-old confirmed there was truth to the rumours.

“A few years ago, I was close to Lazio,” he told Radio Deejay.

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Friday June 26 2020
COVID-19: Schools to reopen in Sept

There were 30 more coronavirus deaths in Italy as schools prepare to reopen on September 14 with social distancing.

The ‘R’ rate – the number of people each infected person passes the virus on to, on average – is still more than 1 in Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Lazio.

Umbria is the only region where the ‘R’ rate is 0, while Basilicata, Valle d’Aosta, Sardinia, Bolzano and Sicily have all reported no new cases.

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Friday June 26 2020
Italy's new Nations League schedule

Italy will kick off their 2020-21 Nations League campaign on September 4 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Italy are in Group A with Netherlands, Poland and Bosnia.

They get started against Bosnia on September 4, before travelling to Netherlands three days later.

The Azzurri then host Poland on October 11 and the Dutch on October 14.

They conclude their group campaign with the visit of Poland on November 15 and a trip to Bosnia 72 hours later.

All their matches take place at 20:45 local time (19:45 BST).

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