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Monday November 23 2015
Serie A Week 13: Did You Know?

Gigi Buffon's 20th anniversary tally, Mauro Icardi Century, Domenico Berardi sees red and Fiorentina Scudetto reminder in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

Gigi Buffon marked the 20th anniversary of his Serie A debut, Parma 0-0 Milan on November 19 1995. Rossoneri goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma wasn’t born until four years later. Buffon is in his 21st top flight season with 567 games, conceding 475 goals and keeping 253 clean sheets. In all competition at club and international level he’s played 925 matches, conceded 779 goals and kept 388 clean sheets.

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Sunday November 22 2015
Berardi discipline 'a problem'

Eusebio Di Francesco warned Domenico Berardi’s disciplinary record “is becoming a problem” for Sassuolo.

The Neroverdi were beaten 2-1 in stoppages by Genoa, but saw star forward Berardi sent off for an ugly reaction foul on Cristian Ansaldi.

Diego Perotti was somewhat harshly also red carded for his angry response to Berardi, leaving both teams down to 10 men before half-time.

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Friday November 20 2015
‘Juventus agreement for Berardi’

Domenico Berardi’s agent confirms Juventus have a “verbal agreement” for the Sassuolo striker, but he won’t move in January.

The two clubs had co-owned the Italian Under-21 international until this summer, when the Bianconeri relinquished their half of his registration.

It was thought at the time that the Old Lady would retain an option on the player, and his representative admits there is an agreement in place.

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Wednesday November 18 2015
Ausilio: 'Lazio won't sell Candreva'

Piero Ausilio confirms Inter tried to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi and Soufiane Feghouli, but doubts Lazio will sell them Antonio Candreva.

The director spoke to Gazzetta TV this evening and discussed the strategy for the January transfer window, including a reported battle with Juventus for Paris Saint-Germain forward Lavezzi.

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Wednesday November 18 2015
Italy lack guarantees

The two friendlies against Belgium and Romania were far from reassuring, writes Edo Dalmonte.

It’s been almost 18 months since Antonio Conte took over as Italy CT from Cesare Prandelli following a catastrophic World Cup. With only a handful of games left before the Azzurri travel to France, it’s fair to ask ourselves what we know about this team. So far, the answer is very little, and the Azzurri’s 3-1 defeat to Belgium and 2-2 draw against Romania provided us with more questions than answers.

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Tuesday November 17 2015
Berardi: 'Italy remains a dream'

Domenico Berardi scored for the Azzurrini and said the senior Italy squad “remains a dream.”

The Sassuolo forward netted in the 2-0 victory over Lithuania, a splendid volley with his weaker right foot.

“We did well today and the game immediately got on the right track,” he told reporters.

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Tuesday November 17 2015
U21: Azzurrini defeat Lithuania

Domenico Berardi and Marco Benassi scored scorchers as Italy Under-21s beat Lithuania 2-0 and now lead their group.

The Azzurrini were joint top of their European Under-21 Championship qualifying group with Serbia after three wins and a 1-1 draw in Novi Sad on Friday. They are now sole leaders, as today Serbia lost 2-0 in Slovenia.

Atalanta’s Alberto Grassi came in for suspended Danilo Cataldi with 18-year-old Milan full-back Davide Calabria also a new entry in Castel di Sangro.

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Thursday November 12 2015
Di Francesco: ‘Guardiola my idol’

Sassuolo Coach Eusebio Di Francesco says Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola is his ‘idol’ and that Domenico Berardi ‘is 'our Arjen Robben.’

The Neroverdi have been in great form so far this season and currently occupy fifth place in the table, five points from the top of Serie A.

Di Francesco told Gazzetta dello Sport about some of his tactical concepts and the talented Berardi.  

“Guardiola is my idol, I stole off him the idea of having two players always supporting the man on the ball,” he said.

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Wednesday November 11 2015
Juve back in for Oscar?

Juventus have reportedly renewed their interest in Chelsea’s Oscar and he could enter into talks about Juan Cuadrado.

The Old Lady will meet the Premier League outfit to discuss making Cuadrado’s loan move permanent, but they are believed to be eyeing up the Brazilian again.

Tuttosport have reported that the ongoing crisis at Stamford Bridge could open up the possibility of a move for the playmaker.

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Tuesday November 10 2015
Montolivo: ‘Italy needs men’

Italy ‘need men and not just players’ according to Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo, who backs CT Antonio Conte’s selection.

Conte left out on-form pair Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi from his squad for this weekend’s friendlies and said yesterday that ‘the individual isn’t important.’

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