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Sunday June 24 2018
WC Player Profile: Wojciech Szczesny

The goalkeeper pushed his way to the starting XI at Juventus and Poland after going from strength to strength, writes Anthony Barbagallo.

Wojciech Szczesny had fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal, but two years on loan at Roma allowed him to rediscover his confidence.

A surprise transfer to Juve followed and he has now replaced Gianluigi Buffon in the first choice gloves - at least for now, as Mattia Perin is eager to take the same path.

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Thursday June 21 2018
Italy fans mustn't be delusional

It’s tempting to believe Italy could’ve made a big splash on a low-quality World Cup, but Giancarlo Rinaldi won’t get lulled into that trap.

It is one of the great duplicities that football fans love to indulge in. Even when our team has long been knocked out of a competition we tell ourselves that the fates could have been so much different.

I have known people - myself included - who have plotted the course to imaginary semi-finals and finals even when our favourites departed the scene many rounds before. But any Italian fans seriously entertaining such fantasies this summer would be well advised to take a dip in some icy Dolomite stream to wake them from such reverie.

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Wednesday June 20 2018
Buffon set for PSG medical

Gianluigi Buffon is already looking for a house and will have his Paris Saint-Germain medical over the next few days, it’s reported.

Paris United claim that the 40-year-old goalkeeper is set to have his tests at the Pitie-Salpetriere clinic.

He’ll then put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 winners.

Buffon and partner Ilaria d’Amico – a Sky Sport Italia presenter – visited an apartment in the 16th Arrondissement, originally belonging to the Laduree family.

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Sunday June 17 2018
Napoli make first Areola offer

Napoli have made their first offer for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, as Salvatore Sirigu and Alex Meret are locked down.

The Partenopei need a new goalkeeper now that Pepe Reina has signed for Milan as a free agent.

New Coach Carlo Ancelotti is eager to have someone he already worked with, so Sirigu was considered a strong contender with plenty of Serie A and Champions League experience.

However, Torino are refusing to let the 31-year-old go and have proposed a contract extension.

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Saturday June 16 2018
PSG seek Buffon-Bonucci reunion

Paris Saint-Germain not only want Gigi Buffon, but could also ask Milan for Leonardo Bonucci, claims Tuttosport.

Buffon left Juventus at the expiry of his contract, but at the age of 40 is eager to continue playing and is widely believed to have agreed terms with PSG.

According to the Turin-based newspaper, there could be another Italy international and ex-Juve man heading to join Marco Verratti at the Parc des Princes.

Bonucci only joined Milan a year ago in a shock €42m move, leaving the champions of Italy for the new Rossoneri project.

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Sunday June 10 2018
Chiellini: ‘No CL priority’

New Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini says his side will not prioritise winning the Champions League over retaining the Scudetto.

The Old Lady have won Serie A in each of the last seven seasons. However, despite their domestic dominance they have failed to add to European Cups won in 1985 and 1996.

But Chiellini, who replaces Gigi Buffon as captain of the Turin club, insists the Bianconeri’s focus will be on winning everything once the new campaign begins in August.

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Monday June 4 2018
Fabbricini: 'Time for Buffon salute'

FIGC Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini insists there is time for Gianluigi Buffon to receive an Italy swansong.

Tonight’s friendly against the Netherlands was organised at the Juventus Stadium in Turin largely as the final match in an Azzurri jersey for Buffon.

It is hosted in his ‘home’ stadium, but 40-year-old SuperGigi rejected the call-up from new Coach Roberto Mancini.

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Monday June 4 2018
Buffon right to reject swansong

Gigi Buffon’s decision to refuse an international swansong at the Juventus Stadium is the correct call, writes Richard Thomas.

When Italy take to the field at the Juventus Stadium for their third and final international friendly of the summer against the Netherlands this evening, they will do so once again without iconic goalkeeper Gigi Buffon.

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Sunday June 3 2018
Buffon ban on Tuesday?

Gianluigi Buffon should learn the extent of his UEFA ban on Tuesday after the insults aimed at referee Michael Oliver.

The Juventus goalkeeper was sent off during the quarter-final against Real Madrid, which is expected to warrant a one or two-match ban.

His comments made to the media after the game could create even more problems and, according to Tuttosport, a verdict from the disciplinary commission is expected on Tuesday.

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Saturday June 2 2018
Perin: 'Air of victory at Juve'

Mattia Perin hinted at a Juventus transfer as he can “breathe in the air of victory” in Turin ahead of Italy’s friendly with the Netherlands.

The goalkeeper is expected to start Monday’s friendly against Holland, which will be played at the Allianz Juventus Stadium.

Reports today suggest that will be his club home next season, as a move for €15m including bonuses is almost complete.

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