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Friday July 19 2019
Algeria win Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Senegal in the Final, with Ismael Bennacer named Player of the Tournament.

The Desert Foxes took the trophy in Cairo this evening thanks to a bizarre goal in the opening couple of minutes.

Baghdad Bounedjah robbed the ball near the touchline and cut inside, his shot taking a huge deflection off Salif Sane and looping up into the far top corner, with SPAL goalkeeper Alfred Gomis simply watching.

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Wednesday July 17 2019
Insigne: Koulibaly is Europe's best

Lorenzo Insigne believes Napoli have ‘Europe’s best defender’ in Kalidou Koulibaly as he admits he is ‘tired’ of finishing runners-up to Juventus.

Insigne gave a long interview to Radio Kiss Kiss ahead of the new season, where he also touched on James Rodriguez’s potential arrival at Napoli and Maurizio Sarri’s move to Juve once more.

“We’re happy that so many fans have followed us to Dimaro,” the forward told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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NEWS
Monday July 15 2019
Manolas: 'Napoli the right decision'

Kostas Manolas had “no doubts” that joining Napoli was the right decision, but was enigmatic on his Roma departure. “It’s personal.”

The centre-back made the move last month and arrived at pre-season training over the weekend.

“I found a very good atmosphere and a warm welcome,” said the Greek defender during a Q&A with fans at the Dimaro training ground.

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NEWS
Sunday July 14 2019
Napoli battle in AFCON Final

Napoli teammates Kalidou Koulibaly and Adam Ounas will be rivals next Friday after Senegal and Algeria reached the Africa Cup of Nations Final.

Koulibaly helped Senegal beat Tunisia 1-0 in the Final, but the hero was rather SPAL goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, who saved Ferjani Sassi’s penalty.

Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivet also missed from the spot for the, taking the game into extra time, but Dylan Bronn’s own goal in the 100th minute nonetheless fired the Lions into their first AFCON Final since 2002.

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NEWS
Friday July 12 2019
FIFA toughens racism stance

FIFA has toughened its stance on racism, allowing victims to make statements and confirming games can be forfeited.

FIFA’s previous approach to racism came under heavy scrutiny, with critics accusing the governing body of being too lenient.

It came after Inter, Lazio and Cagliari escaped serious punishments last season, despite their fans racially abusing Kalidou Koulibaly, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Moise Kean.

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NEWS
Monday July 8 2019
Leonardo on Neymar and De Ligt

PSG director Leonardo confirmed Barcelona asked for AWOL Neymar, but Gianluigi Donnarumma is not a priority and Matthijs de Ligt “will not come to Paris.”

The former Milan chief only just returned to Paris Saint-Germain and is already dealing with serious problems, as today the club released a statement warning Neymar had not turned up to pre-season training.

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Monday July 8 2019
'James not a Napoli player... yet'

Carlo Ancelotti admits James Rodriguez is ‘not a Napoli player yet’, ‘appreciates’ Mauro Icardi and ‘expects a captain’s attitude’ from Lorenzo Insigne.

Napoli officially began preseason on Monday at their retreat in Dimaro, and Ancelotti was inevitably asked about the South American duo at his opening Press conference.

“Napoli will have to compete with Inter and Juventus,” warned the Coach.

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BLOG ITALIA
Sunday July 7 2019
Bring Calcio back to basics

The best defences win titles, so Inter, Napoli and Juventus are bringing the focus back to solidity, insists Kaustubh Pandey.

Calcio has historically been renowned for a defensive brand of football that relies on tactical organisation and structuring.Ask anyone who doesn’t follow Serie A closely and that is what they’ll no doubt tell you it represents.

Ever since Inter won the Champions League in 2010, that reputation of Italian football has never really dominated Europe. Juventus, who themselves played a pragmatic brand of football under Massimiliano Allegri, came close twice, but they could never win the elusive crown.

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Sunday June 30 2019
Official: Manolas signs for Napoli

Napoli have officially purchased Roma defender Kostas Manolas for €34m plus a €2m signing-on fee, effectively activating his release clause.

The 28-year-old Greek international signed the paperwork this evening and will fly in for a medical next week, but the deal has been done and personal terms agreed.

Roma released a financial statement confirming the sale is worth €36m, the cost of his release clause.

It’s believed his five-year contract is worth €3.5m plus bonuses, taking it up to a total of €4.5m per season.

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Saturday June 29 2019
Lippi: 'Manolas exceptional for Napoli'

Marcello Lippi maintains Kostas Manolas is “an exceptional coup for Napoli, as with Kalidou Koulibaly, he allows you to play aggressive football.”

The deal is believed to be imminent, with Roma receiving €20m cash plus midfielder Amadou Diawara.

Another meeting is expected today to work on personal terms, as Manolas and his agent have not yet finalised the image rights transfer.

“Napoli are doing so well on the transfer market,” Lippi told Tuttosport newspaper.

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