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Friday February 23 2018
‘Ranieri & Balotelli ideal for Italy’

Monaco defender Andrea Raggi believes Claudio Ranieri and Mario Balotelli should form part of the new-look Italy.

Raggi worked under Ranieri at Monaco between 2012 and 2014 and has played against Balotelli for the past two years, leaving the veteran in a position to comment on the pair’s suitability for the national team.

“Ranieri is ready and has everything it takes to be the next Coach of the Italian national team,” the former Azzurrini stopper said at a Press conference.

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Friday February 23 2018
‘Italy need more than Di Biagio’

Luca Toni admits Italy need more than Luigi Di Biagio and warns “if our football is only managed by bosses, we’ll have the same outcome as before.”

Under-21 boss Di Biagio will take charge of Italy’s upcoming friendlies against England and Argentina, but Toni feels the new CT needed to be “a big name, strong and charismatic”, while “footballing men” were required in the FIGC.

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Friday February 23 2018
Di Biagio names training squad

Caretaker Italy CT Luigi Di Biagio has named his squad for next week’s training camp at Coverciano.

The interim Azzurri boss will take Monday and Tuesday to evaluate some players, though he can’t call upon players from Juventus, Milan or Lazio due to their Coppa Italia commitments.

Goalkeepers Simone Scuffet and Alex Meret have been called-up, with Lorenzo Venuti of Benevento, Crotone’s Federico Ceccherini and one Atalanta player, Alessandro Bastoni, have been included among the defenders.

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Friday February 23 2018
Italy face Netherlands in Turin

Italy will face the Netherlands at Juventus Stadium on June 4, the FIGC has officially confirmed.

Neither side qualified for this summer’s World Cup, despite being two of Europe’s traditional powerhouses.

“The Juventus Stadium in Turin will host a friendly between Italy and the Netherlands on Monday June 4,” a statement on the Federation’s website confirmed.

“It will be the 21st ever time the two National Teams have met, with the Azzurri just edging it in terms of previous encounters.

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Wednesday February 21 2018
‘Ranieri can take Italy job’

Nantes’ owner has confirmed that he will not stand in Claudio Ranieri’s way of becoming the next Italy CT.

Ranieri admitted on Tuesday that he would ask Nantes to be released for the Italy job, and Waldemar Kita accepted the position would not come up again for the ex-Roma, Juventus and Leicester City boss.

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Wednesday February 21 2018
Giaccherini: Italy career over, but...

Chievo’s Emanuele Giaccherini accepts his Italy career is probably ‘over’ but assures “I haven’t given up and I’ve never closed the door.”

Giaccherini has not played for Italy since Euro 2016, when they lost to Germany on penalties, although the 32-year-old could be set for a late renaissance at Chievo, having recently helped them to a first win since November.

“Going to Juventus means taking on responsibilities that you don’t have to at other clubs,” he told Corriere di Verona.

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Tuesday February 20 2018
Ranieri: 'If Italy called, I'd quit Nantes'

Claudio Ranieri confirmed “if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes President and ask to be released.”

The former Roma, Juventus and Leicester City boss is one of the main candidates for the role after Giampiero Ventura was fired in November.

“Any Italian Coach would love to be in charge of the Nazionale,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Tuesday February 20 2018
Conte: 'Chelsea need to be happy too'

Antonio Conte confessed Chelsea “have a tendency to fire their Coaches. I intend to respect my contract, but both parties need to be happy.”

The Italian tactician spoke to Mediaset Premium after tonight’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.

His tactical plan worked wonderfully, stifling the Blaugrana and hitting the woodwork twice with Willian before the midfielder finally found the near bottom corner from the edge of the box.

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Tuesday February 20 2018
Di Biagio drops Balotelli hint

Interim Italy Coach Gigi Di Biagio has hinted at a possible recall for Nice striker Mario Balotelli.

The Azzurri are currently without a tactician after Giampiero Ventura was sacked for missing out on the 2018 World Cup.

Under-21 boss Di Biagio has been given the reins until June, or at least for two friendlies next month against England and Argentina.

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Tuesday February 20 2018
Fabbricini: 'Italy Coach is a selector'

The new Italy Coach will be “a selector of players, so that restricts” the options for the job, said FIGC Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini.

The Nazionale will be run by Under-21 boss Gigi Di Biagio until a new appointment is made, probably in June.

“Clearly the next CT of the Nazionale must have particular characteristics,” said Fabbricini.

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