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Monday September 28 2020
Mancini: 'Uncertain Scudetto race'

Roberto Mancini believes Juventus face an ‘uncertain’ and open Scudetto race from Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma and Atalanta.

The Italy coach spoke at an awards ceremony and was asked about the 2020-21 title race.

“Juve remain the most complete squad, but I believe it really will be an uncertain campaign and open to far more Scudetto challengers,” said Mancini.

“I am thinking of Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma, but also Atalanta, who could confirm their status among the top teams.”

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Sunday September 27 2020
PSG and Arsenal ask after Jorginho?

Telefoot Chaine in France claim that PSG and Arsenal are interested in signing Italy international Jorginho on loan from Chelsea.

It seems an unlikely turn of events, especially as the Blues wanted at least €50m when Juventus attempted to get the midfielder for then-coach Maurizio Sarri last season.

Telefoot correspondent Saber Desfarges insists Arsenal at the favourites, which would seem even more implausible, considering they are London rivals.

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Wednesday September 23 2020
Immobile: 'Best moment of my career'

Lazio forward Ciro Immobile said he realised ‘a personal dream’ when he picked up the Capocannoniere title in 2019-20.

Immobile scored 36 times in Serie A last season and helped Lazio reach fourth and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 13 years.

“The Golden Boot was my target, a personal dream,” Immobile told Radio Esercito. “I came very close to it a couple of years ago but due to an injury I missed my opportunity.

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Wednesday September 23 2020
Report: De Boer new Netherlands coach

Former Inter coach Frank de Boer replaces Ronald Koeman as new coach of the Netherlands and should be in charge when Italy host the Oranje next month.

De Telegraaf reveals the former Nerazzurri coach will take over after Koeman, who left the position to take over at Barcelona this summer.

KNVB, the Dutch FA, and De Boer have reportedly reached an agreement for the new coach to lead the side in the European Championship next summer and will thereafter evaluate whether to continue together until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Monday September 21 2020
Giovinco in Al Hilal COVID outbreak

Asian Champions League winners Al Hilal caused controversy after playing a game against Shahr Khodro despite having 15 players test positive for COVID-19, including Sebastian Giovinco.

The Saudi club complained it had asked the Asian Football Confederation to postpone Sunday’s match, but were told it was not possible, as they still had 14 players available.

Giovinco is one of those who has tested positive for COVID-19 and he did not play in the 0-0 draw, which had Al Hilal mostly field reserves.

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Monday September 21 2020
Gravina: 'Italy-Holland in Bergamo will be important'

Italy will host the Netherlands in Bergamo on October 14 and the FIGC President Gabriele Gravina believes it represents ‘a further step towards normality’.

Bergamo has been one of the hardest hit cities in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic but Gravina revealed the Gewiss Stadium could be open for more than 1,000 fans when Holland arrive next month.

“It will be an important game, a further step towards normality,” Gravina told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s a duty on the part of the world of football to return to Bergamo.

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Friday September 18 2020
Italy announce venue change

Italy’s friendly against Moldova has been moved from Parma to Florence, while the venue hosting Netherlands in the Nations League is under review. 

A statement on the FIGC’s official website writes this change minimises travel time from Italy’s training base in Coverciano.

October promises to be a busy month for the Azzurri, who host Moldova on the 7th, before respectively taking on Netherlands and Poland on the 11th and 14th.

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Thursday September 17 2020
Art and fashion inspires Azzurri shirts

Puma unveiled three special edition customised Azzurri jerseys in ‘tribute to Italian renaissance art and fashion culture.’

These are one-off jerseys and will not be worn by the Italy squad, nor are they available for purchase.

The kits were designed by The Football Gal, who said the “main aim of the project was to focus on elements of Italian renaissance in terms of its emphasis on symmetry, natural forms and creating eye movement through the floral designs.

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Thursday September 17 2020
FIFA ranking: Italy climb to 12th

Italy have climbed to 12th in the FIFA ranking after the matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Holland in the UEFA Nations League.

Following the draw against Bosnia at the Artemio Franchi and the win in Amsterdam, Italy have climbed one position in the ranking.

In view of the group draws for the World Cup qualifiers, Italy aim to reach top 10 of the European national teams to be seeded first.

Excluding the non-Italian teams, Italy are currently seventh in the standings.

FIFA ranking Top 15

1. Belgium 1773p

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Wednesday September 16 2020
Mancini: 'Italy must aim to win Euro 2020'

Italy CT Roberto Mancini said Italy aim ‘to win’ Euro 2020 next summer and believes Roma forward Nicolò Zaniolo can ‘recover in time’.

The Azzurri beat Holland 1-0 in their last match, but Zaniolo suffered a second ACL injury in 2020 and is set for another long recovery period.

Mancini’s men impressed during the qualifiers and the coach stressed Italy should always aim to win the biggest championships.

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