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Monday November 18 2019
Italy perfect for the first time

Roberto Mancini has made history, as for the first time ever, Italy have qualified for a major tournament with a 100% record.

The Azzurri qualified for Euro 2020 with a perfect record, 10 wins from 10 games, concluding in Palermo this evening against Armenia.

This has never previously been accomplished by any Italian national team. 

They have qualified for major tournaments in the past whilst undefeated, but never claimed that elusive 100% record statistic, until now.

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Sunday December 2 2018
Italy get kind Euro 2020 draw

Italy have been given a manageable qualifying group for Euro 2020, with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein.

The Azzurri were top seeds for the draw, but still risked drawing Germany from Pot Two and Serbia from Pot Three.

Italy will host matches at the tournament, with the opening game at the Stadio Olimpico, and will have at least two home matches if they qualify.

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Sunday June 19 2016
Motta: ‘One game at a time’

Thiago Motta says Italy must continue to think “one game at a time” after winning their Euro 2016 group.

The Azzurri were not highly-regarded going into the tournament in France, but have won both of their first two games without allowing a single shot on target.

“We really have to take it one game at a time, as we’ve done since we got here,” Motta cautioned, speaking to Corriere dello Sport.

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Thursday June 16 2016
Buffon: ‘Second game causes problems’

Gigi Buffon warns Italy “historically have problems” in the second game of a major tournament.

The Azzurri beat Belgium 2-0 in their first match of Euro 2016, but the captain is urging caution ahead of the Sweden game tomorrow.



“Historically, we have problems in the second game,” Buffon reminded journalists in the pre-match Press conference.

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Thursday June 16 2016
Zlatan a threat to Italy

Italy must neutralise the threat of Zlatan Ibrahimovic if they are to register a second victory in Euro 2016, writes Chloe Beresford.

After a 2-0 victory against Belgium on Monday night, Italy will take on Sweden on Friday in Group E and will be hoping to overcome a side who could only manage a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland. The Azzurri’s next opponents may not possess the same number of star players as Belgium, but there is one man in particular who presents genuine danger.

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Wednesday June 15 2016
Candreva: ‘Italy haven’t qualified…’

Antonio Candreva warns Italy “are not qualified yet” ahead of Friday’s clash with Sweden.

The Azzurri won their first match of the tournament on Monday night, surprising many with a 2-0 win over Belgium.

“We are not qualified yet, it’d be wrong to start making calculations now,” Candreva cautioned in a Press conference.

“We had a negative experience at the World Cup [in 2014] after winning the first game, we then played two more games which we lost.

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Wednesday June 15 2016
Kassai for Italy-Sweden

Hungarian Viktor Kassai will be the referee for Italy’s game with Sweden on Friday.

The Azzurri face their second fixture of Euro 2016 in Toulouse, having beaten Belgium 2-0 in their first game.

The man in the middle will be Viktor Kassai, who also took charge of the tournament curtain-raiser, France’s 2-1 win over Romania.

His assistants will be Gyorgy Ring and Vencel Toth, while Tamas Bognar and Adam Farkas will be the additional referees. The fourth official will be Frenchman Clement Turpin.

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Tuesday June 14 2016
Dream debut for Iceland

Former Pescara and Sampdoria man Birkir Bjarnason's equaliser gave Iceland an unlikely point against Portugal.

Iceland went into the match knowing a victory would see them become the smallest nation ever to win a European Championship match, the previous record having been set by Wales on Saturday.

Portugal’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was making his 127th appearance, equalling Luis Figo’s record.

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Tuesday June 14 2016
Hungary shock Austria

Hungary stunned Austria to win their first European Championship match in over 50 years.

The Austrians were viewed by many as one of the dark horses of the tournament, but some incisive Hungarian play and a red card for Aleksandar Dragović condemned them to defeat in their opening game.

Magyar goalkeeper Gábor Király became the oldest player ever to play at the European Championships, with the 40-year-old winning his 104th cap.

By contrast, French referee Clément Turpin took charge of the match at the age of just 34.

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Tuesday June 14 2016
Evra: ‘I’ll play on!’

Juventus defender Patrice Evra insists he’ll play on for many years, like Paolo Maldini and Javier Zanetti.

The left-back has recently signed a new contract with the Bianconeri, and is representing France at Euro 2016.

In a lengthy interview with Le Parisien, the former Manchester United man was asked whether he expects this to be his last international tournament.

“Not at all,” Evra insisted.

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