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Friday September 21 2018
Balotelli back for Nice

Italy striker Mario Balotelli is back in Nice’s squad to face Montpellier on Saturday.

Balotelli had been left out of Nice’s 2-1 win against Stade Rennais last Friday, amidst reports he was overweight and unfit.

However, the 28-year-old has been recalled by Patrick Vieira, who is going for a third straight win this weekend.

SuperMario has played just 76 minutes of competitive club football, as well as only an hour of Italy’s 1-1 draw with Poland during the international break.

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Friday September 21 2018
‘Expert’ Tavecchio defends record

Carlo Tavecchio has leapt to the defence of his record as FIGC President. “I’m a football expert.”

Tavecchio stepped down from the FIGC after Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, which marked their first no-show for 60 years, but the 75-year-old made it clear he had still plenty to offer.

“I hope those supported by the majority will work to find a credible President,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

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Thursday September 20 2018
Agent: ‘Tonali better than Pirlo!’

Sandro Tonali’s agent says the Brescia youngster shouldn’t be compared to Andrea Pirlo - “if we want to go over the top, at the same age he’s even stronger”.

The 18-year-old has been linked with a host of Serie A clubs, and has already been saddled with the tag of the new Pirlo.

“Sandro Tonali is Sandro Tonali, it's not the new Pirlo, on the contrary…” Roberto La Florio told calciomercato.com.

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Thursday September 20 2018
Gilardino to retire?

World Cup winner Alberto Gilardino has reportedly decided to retire, after scoring 273 goals across his career.

The veteran striker has taken an FIGC course to become a Coach, but was considering one more season as a player.

There was an offer on the table from Serie C side Pro Piacenza, but Gazzetta dello Sport reports that he has decided to hang up his boots.

Gilardino scored 188 Serie A goals, putting him ahead of Gabriel Batistuta and level with Alessandro Del Piero and Beppe Signori.

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Tuesday September 18 2018
Prandelli: ‘Too many foreigners’

Former Italy CT Cesare Prandelli believes there are too many foreigners in youth academies - “I said the same things eight years ago…”

New Coach Roberto Mancini has had a difficult start with a draw and a loss in his first two competitive games, but one of his predecessors isn’t laying the blame at Mancio’s door.

“I said the same things eight years ago,” Prandelli explained to Tuttosport.

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Monday September 17 2018

Gilardino considers Serie C offer

Alberto Gilardino is considering an offer from Pro Piacenza, having said he’ll retire if he doesn’t get an “interesting offer”.

The striker is taking the FIGC course to become a Coach, and is currently without a club after six goals in 16 games for Spezia last season.

“The course at Coverciano was great,” Gilardino told Gianluca Di Marzio’s website.

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Sunday September 16 2018
Mazzarri: 'Zaza not ready for Torino'

Walter Mazzarri argues Simone Zaza might be ready to start for Italy, but he “doesn’t have the tempo” to lead Torino against Udinese.

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“We’ve prepared knowing this will not be easy, as Udinese already beat Sampdoria on their home turf,” said the Granata boss in his Press conference.

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Sunday September 16 2018
Barella: 'I dream of Premier League'

Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella revealed his admiration for Milan, Giacomo Bonaventura, the Premier League and Lebron James.

The 21-year-old has been linked with the Rossoneri and Inter, among others, but opted to remain in Sardinia for another season.

“I really like Bonaventura and seeing him train while on international duty made me try to steal a few tips and tricks,” Barella told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday September 15 2018
Balotelli: 'Not fined for weight'

Mario Balotelli denied he was fined by Nice for being overweight and replied to critics with a sarcastic selfie.

The striker disappointed for Italy in their 1-1 draw with Poland for the Nations League last week.

He was left out of the squad to face Portugal three days later and not included when Nice took on Rennes in Ligue 1.

After reports he was fined by the French side for being overweight, SuperMario hit back on Instagram.

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Friday September 14 2018
Balotelli: ‘This is why I’m not in Serie A…’

Mario Balotelli responds to criticism of him - “there was a real and valid reason I didn’t want to return to Serie A…”

The Nice striker has been criticised after Italy’s draw with Poland, where he appeared overweight and struggled to get involved in the match.

Many have questioned why CT Roberto Mancini even started him, given that he didn’t have a full pre-season and has played less than 80 minutes of club football all season.

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