NEWS
Wednesday June 19 2019
Jorginho agent: 'Waiting for Juve'

Jorginho will “wait a few days to figure out whether there is any truth” in Juventus interest, said the Chelsea midfielder’s agent after Maurizio Sarri arrived.

The midfielder followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea and could do the same now that the tactician has signed on for Juve.

“Sarri already showed at Napoli and Chelsea that he is a top level Coach,” Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos told Tuttomercatoweb.

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BLOG ITALIA
Wednesday June 19 2019
Azzurre impress against Brazil

The 1-0 loss to Brazil didn't compromise Italy's Women's World Cup campaign, writes Andrea Tallarita, as they keep getting better with each game.

This may have been the best possible result for Italy. The 1-0 loss to Brazil means the girls will not grow overconfident, the contentious nature of the decisive penalty means they should not get demoralised, and their final placement at the top of Group C means they will reap the highest advantage going into the last 16.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 19 2019
Probable line-ups: Italy U21-Poland U21

Italy are set to bring in Riccardo Orsolini and Patrick Cutrone for tonight’s European Under-21 Championship match with Poland this evening.

Orsolini and Cutrone impressed during their substitute appearances against Spain on Sunday, Italy going on to win 3-1 with a Federico Chiesa brace.

Other than that, CT Luigi Di Biagio is expected to go with the same team who lined up against La Rojita.

Poland, meanwhile, have two familiar faces in Genoa-owned midfielder Filip Jagiello and former Sampdoria striker Dawid Kownacki.

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NEWS
Tuesday June 18 2019
WWC: Italy win group despite defeat

Italy qualified for the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup as group winners, despite a 1-0 defeat to Brazil.

Italy came into the match in a commanding position after a last-gasp win against Australia on the opening matchday and a 4-0 thrashing of Jamaica.

Milena Bertolini started all three Azzurre goalscorers Barbara Bonansea, Cristiana Girelli and Aurora Galli, but none of them proved effective against Brazil.

Despite that, they were the better team in the first half, forcing Selecao goalkeeper Barbara into a couple of key saves.

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NEWS
Monday June 17 2019
Oriali set for Inter comeback

Lele Oriali is set to step down from his role with the Italian national team and reunite with new Inter Coach Antonio Conte.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Giulia Stronati, the Nerazzurri have offered the 66-year-old a three-year contract to return to the club where he spent four years as director of football.

The World Cup winner took over as team manager of the national team in 2014 and worked with Antonio Conte during his spell in charge of Italy.

He remained throughout the Giampiero Ventura and Roberto Mancini eras.

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NEWS
Monday June 17 2019
Vallejo: Italy were dirty!

Spain Under-21 captain Jesus Vallejo hit out at Italy for being ‘dirty’ and ‘doesn’t know’ why Arturo Calabresi was not sent off.

Italy came back from behind to beat Spain 3-1 in their Euro U21 opener on Sunday, but Vallejo was unhappy with the Azzurri’s physical approach.

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Monday June 17 2019
U21: Millions watch Spain win

Almost 6m tuned in to watch Italy beat Spain 3-1 in their European Under-21 Championship opener on Sunday.

The match was already a sell-out at Bologna’s Dall’Ara stadium, and the Azzurrini attracted a 29.4 percent of the available audience – amounting to 5.6m viewers.

At its peak, a 30.75% share totalling 5,937,000 were watching Rai 1’s coverage of the game.

The figures exceed the 5.3m viewers and 28.79% share garnered by the senior team’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Greece earlier in June.

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BLOG ITALIA
Monday June 17 2019
Time to worship Chiesa

Federico Chiesa lit up Italy's European Under-21 Championship opener against Spain with a brilliant brace. Giancarlo Rinaldi thinks it's time to start taking the Fiorentina winger seriously.

Every so often you witness a display where a player justifies the hype and backs up all the ballyhoo about their footballing potential. It is wonderful to watch an emerging star show all they have to offer across 90 magical minutes or so. Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa delivered just such a virtuoso performance to help Italy's Under-21s see off Spain on Sunday night.

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NEWS
Sunday June 16 2019
Zaniolo avoids head injury

Nicolo Zaniolo should be fit for Italy’s next Euro U21 match after confirming his head is ‘okay’ following a nasty collision against Spain.

Zaniolo took a heavy blow to the head after Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon flew off his line to clear an incoming cross.

The Roma midfielder was then stretchered off with an icepack on his face and seemed to be on his way to hospital for a CT scan.

However, he appeared in the mixed zone after the Azzurrini’s 3-1 win to tell reporters: “I’m fine, my head is okay.”

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Sunday June 16 2019
Chiesa hails 'great' Italy

Federico Chiesa praised Italy for putting in a ‘great’ performance against Spain and ‘showing that we never give up’.

Chiesa was Italy’s hero at the Dall’Ara, his brace ensuring they got their European Under-21 Championship campaign off to a strong start.

“It was a great Italy performance,” the winger told Rai Sport after his country’s 3-1 win.

“We suffered for the first 20 minutes, Spain proved to be technically strong. But we showed that we never give up.

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