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Friday January 19 2018
Gravina coy on Tommasi alliance

FIGC candidate Gabriele Gravina has praised rival Damiano Tommasi but is keeping tight-lipped about joining forces with the former Roma midfielder.

The pair will do battle with amateur League chief Cosimo SIbilia for the FIGC’s presidency on January 29, but it had been reported that they were considering a merger.

“An alliance with Tommasi still possible? I have a good relationship with Tommasi,” the Lega Pro boss told ANSA.

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Friday January 19 2018
Prandelli sacked by Al-Nasr

Former Italy CT Cesare Prandelli has been sacked by Al-Nasr, the Emirati club has confirmed.

The former midfielder has struggled since stepping down from the Azzurri job after the 2014 World Cup, managing just 16 games at Galatasaray immediately after that.

Last season brought 10 games at Valencia, but the Italian resigned as he was unhappy over the transfer strategy.

In May 2017 Prandelli was appointed manager of Emirates Arabian Gulf League club Al-Nasr Dubai, but after five wins in 12 league games he’s been received of his duties.

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Thursday January 18 2018
Davids: ‘Juventus for the Scudetto’

Edgar Davids believes Juventus will win the Scudetto this season, and wants “Italian football must start from scratch”.

The former midfielder, who played for the Bianconeri as well as Milan and Inter, was in Florence today for the Pitti Uomo event and he gave his views on the state of calcio.

“Italian football has to start from scratch,” Davids told FirenzeViola.

“You need to start changing how young people train, the stadiums, even the schedule. That said, a World Cup without Italy is not a real World Cup.

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Thursday January 18 2018
Italy stay 14th in FIFA rankings

Italy have stayed 14th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, sandwiched between Colombia and Croatia.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, having been defeated by Sweden in the play-offs.

That will see them fall during the summer as other nations pick up points, but with no international fixtures since the last rankings there has been no change in the top 14.

That means Italy remain in 14th place, with Croatia moving above England and Mexico to sit behind the Azzurri in 15th.

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Thursday January 18 2018
Ex agent: ‘Verratti doesn’t exist for me’

Marco Verratti’s former agent says the Paris Saint-Germain star “swept me aside like a grain of sand” and “no longer exists for me”.

The Italian international dropped his long time agent in favour of Mino Raiola in the summer, and his former representative has spoken out.

“It was the worst experience in my life with PSG,” Donato Di Campli lamented, speaking to Tuttosport.

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Wednesday January 17 2018
Conte considers Italy comeback?

Antonio Conte is seriously considering a return to the Italy bench after his spell at Chelsea, according to reports.

The Coach confessed he regretted the decision to walk away from the Azzurri during their Euro 2016 campaign, but had already signed for the Premier League outfit.

He went on to win the English title at his first attempt, but in recent months the rapport has been tense, particularly with regards to transfer strategy.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Conte is now giving serious thought to a Nazionale comeback.

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Wednesday January 17 2018
Buffon: ‘No recipe for success’

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon insists “there’s no perfect recipe” for success.

The goalkeeper attended the Pergamena dello Sport event in Turin today, and was asked for advice when speaking to the audience.

“I can’t offer any advice,” Buffon said.

“There’s no perfect recipe, because everyone has a different identity. One thing I’ve come to realise is that when I was growing up, sport was a pure delight for me, then as I’ve grown up it’s become a serious thing.

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Tuesday January 16 2018
Italy-Argentina in Manchester

Italy will play their friendly against Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on March 22 or 23, it’s reported.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but are playing a number of friendlies, even though the Nazionale currently does not have a Coach.

On an interim basis, Under-21 Italy boss Gigi Di Biagio should be taking charge during these games.

According to TyC Sports, the match with Argentina has been scheduled for the Etihad Stadium, used by Manchester City.

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Tuesday January 16 2018
In with the new

Damiano Tommasi is the new voice the FIGC needs after the World Cup debacle, but Giancarlo Rinaldi isn’t sure we’ll get it.

It was, without doubt, the lowest point in recent memory for the Italian national team. The last time the Azzurri failed to qualify for a World Cup was a couple of years before a legend like Franco Baresi was even born. Everyone agreed that radical reform was needed at the organisation which presided over this sporting apocalypse. But who will don their superhero cape and come to the rescue of an operation so clearly in significant distress?

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Monday January 15 2018
Bentancur: ‘Italy made Buffon ill!’

Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur says Gianluigi Buffon was “physically ill” after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The Azzurri were beaten by Sweden in the play-offs, meaning they won’t be in Russia this summer.

Buffon had planned to end his career at the tournament, and his Uruguayan teammate says the goalkeeper took the elimination badly.

“The Italians took it really badly,” Bentancur confirmed to Ovacion.

“It was terrible to see Buffon’s face, he was physically ill.

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