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Saturday October 12 2019
Practically perfect Italy progress

Italy are a team transformed from World Cup failures to Euro 2020 perfect records, but Giancarlo Rinaldi awaits further developments.

They might have disguised themselves in green, but it did not leave us feeling blue. From one of the lowest points in the history of the Italian national team, we really could not have asked for more.

A 100% Euro 2020 qualification record - matched only by Belgium - and a place secured with three games to spare would have seemed almost unimaginable two years ago. Roberto Mancini has delivered on his promises with the same style he used to produce with the Sampdoria Number 10 on his back.

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Monday August 19 2019
Balotelli: 'Italy depends on me, now...'

Mario Balotelli assures he is ready to be “a leader” at Brescia and regain his Italy place. “Before Roberto Mancini, it didn’t depend on me.”

The 29-year-old signed a multi-year contract with his hometown club Brescia, who just earned promotion to Serie A.

“I am truly, truly happy,” he grinned on Sky Sport Italia after spells at Nice and Olympique Marseille.

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Wednesday August 7 2019
Official: Cerci joins Salernitana

Alessio Cerci is back in Italian football after signing for Salernitana, where he reunites with Giampiero Ventura.

The 32-year-old attacking winger had the best period of his career working with Ventura at Torino.

Since leaving for Atletico Madrid in a €15m deal in 2014, it has been all downhill.

Cerci flopped in Madrid, at Milan, Genoa, Hellas Verona and Ankaragucu in Turkey.

He was a free agent and has signed on for Serie B strugglers Salernitana.

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Friday July 12 2019
Ventura to reunite with Cerci

Giampiero Ventura could reunite with Alessio Cerci again in Serie B with Salernitana this season.

The pair had their best results together at Torino, but struggled when moving on to other clubs and infamously the Italy squad.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ventura has asked his new team Salernitana to purchase Cerci.

The winger turns 32 later this month and is a free agent, as his contract with Turkish side Ankaragucu expired.

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Monday July 1 2019
Cerci to reunite with Ventura?

Former Italy international Alessio Cerci could reunite with his Torino boss Giampiero Ventura at Serie B side Salernitana.

According to Il Mattino, Salernitana are ‘serious’ about bringing in Cerci, despite his wage demands.

The 32-year-old has experienced a dramatic fall from grace since leaving the Granata in 2014.

He spent last season at Turkish side Ankaragucu but made just three League starts and was dropped for the second half of the campaign.

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Sunday June 30 2019
Official: Salernitana hires Ventura

Giampiero Ventura is officially the new Coach of Serie B outfit Salernitana with a one-year contract and option for a second.

The 71-year-old former Torino, Italy and Chievo tactician was announced this afternoon.

It’s reported that the option for a second season will become automatic if Salernitana earn promotion to Serie A.

The club is owned by Lazio President Claudio Lotito and only narrowly avoided relegation this term.

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Saturday June 29 2019
Ventura set for Salernitana

Giampiero Ventura is ready for a return to management, as he is expected to sign a one-year contract with Serie B side Salernitana.

The former Torino and Italy boss had a very brief spell on the Chievo bench in November 2018, lasting only four games before walking away.

According to Sky Sport Italia and Sportitalia, Ventura is on the verge of signing a one-year deal with Salernitana, possibly with an option for a second season.

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Sunday June 9 2019
Verratti: 'If Italy played like this...'

Marco Verratti believes if Italy had played with their current approach, they would’ve “without doubt” qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

The Nazionale dominated Greece 3-0 in Athens to maintain their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying, winning all three by scoring 11 goals and conceding none.

“It was a good performance, as we defended well, kept possession and I think it was a great victory,” the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder told Tuttomercatoweb.

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Monday June 3 2019
Serie A 2018-19 Review: Chievo

Chievo Verona faced an uphill battle from the get-go and churning through three Coaches just made matters worse, writes Kieran Thomas.

You can read the full team analysis as part of our Serie A 2018-19 Season Review HERE.

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Wednesday May 22 2019
Ventura up for Salernitana job?

Serie B side Salernitana have reportedly lined up former Italy CT Giampiero Ventura to take the reins.

The 71-year-old quit Chievo just four games into his tenure earlier in the season, in what was his first role since failing to lead Italy to the 2018 World Cup.

According to Sport Mediaset, the Campanian side are looking to bounce back from a poor season and could turn to the ex-Torino Coach to lead them into Serie A.

However, the Granata could yet start next season in the third tier if relegated Foggia win their appeal for a playout.

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