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Monday July 16 2018
De Rossi: Conte changed me

Daniele De Rossi has put his late renaissance with Roma down to former Italy CT Antonio Conte. “I started working differently with him.”

De Rossi’s form during the 2014-15 campaign came in for criticism, leading to reports his top-level career was over and that a move to MLS was next.

However, the 34-year-old has since re-established himself in Roma’s XI, while helping Conte’s Italy reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

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Monday July 16 2018
The saddest summer

The 2018 World Cup has concluded and Italy fans like Giancarlo Rinaldi found it an oddly empty experience watching from the outside.

The family group chat buzzed only occasionally. We set it up to share our thoughts during the last European Nations and kept it alive for the joy and desperation that only following the Azzurri can provide. Throughout the World Cup in Russia, however, it sat as an all-too-often-silent reminder of Italy's failure to qualify for the first time in a generation or two.

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Sunday July 15 2018
Materazzi: 'Croatia like Italy 2006'

Marco Materazzi praised Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic, as he believes Croatia “have something of Italy in 2006” ahead of the World Cup Final against France.

The most famous moment in Matrix’s career saw him being headbutted in the chest by Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup Final.

Until today, that was also the last time Les Bleus had been in a World Cup Final.

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Sunday July 15 2018
Unfortunate Buffon PSG debut

Gigi Buffon did not have the ideal Paris Saint-Germain debut, giving away a penalty and conceding two goals in a defeat to Chambly.

The 40-year-old goalkeeper started the friendly match and within five minutes had brought down a player to give away a penalty, which was then converted.

He conceded again before making way at half-time and PSG eventually lost 4-2.

It was their second pre-season friendly of the summer and Coach Thomas Tuchel used a 3-5-2 formation, but was missing several top names.

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Saturday July 14 2018
Donnarumma passes his exams

Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of the most valuable Serie A players and now has a high school diploma too.

The 19-year-old has been a top flight regular at San Siro since the age of 16 and found it tough to balance a high-profile playing career with his studies.

He was criticised by some politicians last year when postponing his exams in the wake of Italy’s participation in the European Under-21 Championship.

As Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, he was able to sit his high school exams this summer.

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Friday July 13 2018
Confirmed: Next World Cup in winter

FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played between November 21 and December 18. 

Gianni Infantino’s announcement on Friday means Roberto Mancini’s Italy will have to wait until 2026 for another crack at a summer World Cup, although the FIFA chief admitted a 48-team competition was still not a certainty. 

“The World Cup in 2022 will be played from November 21 to December 18: the idea is to involve 48 teams,” Infantino said at the closing Press conference for Russia 2018.

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Friday July 13 2018
Santon: ‘At Roma for redemption’

Davide Santon is at Roma for “rebirth, redemption” and aims to return to the Italy squad.

The full-back joined the Giallorossi as part of the deal which took Radja Nainggolan to Inter, and was officially presented today.

“It’s a motivation for rebirth, redemption,” Santon explained.

“I came here to show everyone how much I can give. I can play on either side, I have no preferences.

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Friday July 13 2018
Bonucci could leave Milan

Milan are reportedly open to selling Leonardo Bonucci, but only if the captain asks to leave.

The centre-back was signed from Juventus last summer in a shock deal which was part of a lavish summer transfer campaign for the Rossoneri.

Now owner Yonghong Li has been ousted for failing to pay his debts to Elliott Management, and the club must sell before they can buy.

Bonucci would be one of their most valuable assets, and Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that the Diavolo won’t stand in his way if he wants to leave.

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Wednesday July 11 2018
On this day: Italy win World Cup

On this day in 1982, Italy beat West Germany 3-1 to win the World Cup for the third time.

The Azzurri had started the 1982 tournament in Spain poorly, scraping through their group ahead of Cameroon after three draws in three games.

The controversial inclusion of Paolo Rossi, who had played just three games in two seasons after the Totonero scandal.

A 2-1 win over Argentina in the second group phase relieved some of the pressure on CT Enzo Bearzot, but a Brazil side inspired by Zico were expected to sweep Italy aside.

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Monday July 9 2018
‘Surprised and disappointed by Balotelli’

Nice Coach Patrick Vieira is ‘surprised and disappointed’ that Mario Balotelli is in talks with Marseille.

The Italy striker’s contractual situation is unclear, as French media insists he has another year on his contract with Les Aiglons, while agent Mino Raiola claims he’s a free agent.

It therefore appears there is an optional extension to his deal which Super Mario hasn’t taken up, and he hasn’t shown up for pre-season training.

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