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Tuesday July 17 2018
Legends complete coaching course

Andrea Pirlo, Gabriel Batistuta and Thiago Motta are among the ex-pros who have completed an FIGC coaching course, with a final exam set for September.

The Italian Federation offers a special course for former footballers, combining the UEFA A and B licences.

The course is hosted at Coverciano, and the players began their coaching education at the beginning of June.

The 10 students will now take their final exams in September, and if they pass they will be able to coach youth teams, and any senior team up to Serie C.

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Monday June 4 2018
Pirlo, Batistuta start coaching course

Andrea Pirlo, Gabriel Batistuta and Thiago Motta are among the former players starting an FIGC coaching course this morning.

The special course is reserved for former players, and got underway at Coverciano this morning.

It will run until July 19, and will combine the UEFA A and B licences.

That means the former professionals will be able to coach youth teams, and any senior team up to Serie C.

They can also be registered as assistants in Serie A or Serie B.

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Thursday May 31 2018
Pirlo, Gila, Batistuta study as Coaches

Andrea Pirlo, Daniele Bonera, Alberto Gilardino, Thiago Motta, Paolo Cannavaro and Gabriel Batistuta are studying for their coaching badges.

A new special course for Coaches will begin at the Coverciano ground on Monday, combining the UEFA B and UEFA A exams.

This would make them eligible for any youth team and club level up to Serie C, while they could also be assistant managers in Serie A or B.

This particular course is limited to former professional players and that includes two 2006 World Cup winners in Pirlo and Gilardino.

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Thursday April 19 2018
Batistuta makes Roma pledge

Diego Perotti treated the Roma squad to an Argentinean barbecue today and Gabriel Batistuta promised to cook if they reach the Champions League Final.

The Giallorossi celebrated last night’s 2-1 Serie A victory over Genoa and began preparations to take on Liverpool in Tuesday’s first leg clash.

They took a break at the Trigoria training ground and striker Perotti, who has been out injured for a few games and resumed training today, put on his chef’s apron for the occasion.

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Friday March 30 2018
Pioli: ‘Decisive weeks for Fiorentina’

Stefano Pioli admits “the next three weeks will be decisive” for Fiorentina, as they battle to secure a Europa League place.

The Viola currently sit ninth in Serie A, but seventh will be good enough for a European place if Milan qualify through their League position and beat Juventus to win the Coppa Italia.

“The next three weeks will be decisive,” Pioli admitted in his Press conference ahead of the Crotone game.

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Friday March 23 2018
Batistuta: ‘Messi isn’t Maradona’

Fiorentina and Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta says Lionel Messi isn’t on the same level as Diego Maradona and “probably never will be”.

The Barcelona superstar is seen as perhaps the best attacking player ever to play the game, with many citing El Diego and Pelé as his only competition in that regard.

La Pulga is the Argentine national team’s all-time top goalscorer, but the man he took the record from doesn’t think he’s the best Argentinian player of all time.

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Friday March 23 2018
‘Every day at Fiorentina beautiful’

Gabriel Batistuta admits his most beautiful memory as a Fiorentina player is ‘every day in the 10 years I was there.’

Batistuta scored over 200 goals in nine seasons with Fiorentina between 1991 and 2000, but his time in Tuscany yielded just a Serie B title and Coppa Italia.

Nonetheless, when asked by Corriere dello Sport what his favourite memory was, the legendary striker replied: “Every day in the 10 years I was there.

“I understood the Fiorentina fans and they understood that I’d married into the Viola cause.

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Wednesday March 21 2018
Batigol: Roma can beat Barca, Astori…

Gabriel Batistuta believes Roma have what it takes to beat Barcelona but admits ‘only silence’ can express his feelings about Davide Astori.

Batistuta will appear at the Olimpico for the first time in 15 years on Wednesday evening, when Italy take on the Rest of the World in a charity match.

“Going back to the Olimpico is very exciting,” the former Giallorossi striker told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Thursday February 1 2018
Batistuta’s top five goals

To celebrate Gabriel Batistuta’s 49th birthday, Football Italia picks out the best five strikes of his career.

vs Udinese - August 31, 1997

A scissor kick from outside the box would be pretty special under any circumstances, but Batigol’s effort in August 1997 was truly exceptional.

Not only did the Argentinian grab his hat-trick, the goal was a 93rd-minute winner in the first game of the season.

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Thursday February 1 2018
Happy birthday, Batigol

Today is the 49th birthday of Fiorentina legend and Roma Scudetto winner Gabriel Batistuta.

The man who would become known as ‘Batigol’ was born in the Argentinian village of Avellaneda on February 1, 1969.

With Italian heritage, his goalscoring feats for Argentina in the 1991 Copa America caught the eye of Fiorentina, who brought him to Serie A for the 1991-92 season.

His impact was immediate, scoring 13 goals in 27 league games, but the Viola were a poor side at the time.

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