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Friday January 12 2018
Vicenza players on strike

Vicenza Calcio are on the verge of bankruptcy after their players went on strike due to unpaid wages and a Press conference is planned.

It’s an ignominious end to a once-great club, which included in its ranks the likes of Paolo Rossi and Roberto Baggio.

The Lanerossi finished second in the 1972-73 Serie A season, while under Coach Francesco Guidolin they won the Coppa Italia in 1997, then reached the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals.

Vicenza are currently in Serie C/Lega Pro and their players have not been paid since September.

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Tuesday January 2 2018
Borja Valero versus the Viola

Tears could be shed when Borja Valero visits his beloved Fiorentina, but there can never be bitterness for the Mayor of Florence, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi.

Roberto Baggio could not bring himself to take a penalty, while Manuel Rui Costa always seemed to play a little below his own immense standards. And Gabriel Batistuta, of course, burst into tears when he scored a goal. Playing against Fiorentina, for any former Viola legend, can do strange things to a man.

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Monday November 13 2017
Pirlo: the legend who almost wasn't

As the football world stands to applaud Andrea Pirlo on his retirement, Emmet Gates points out this legend of the sport almost fell through the cracks.

Time waits for no man, not even for one as nonchalantly exquisite as Andrea Pirlo. Following his announcement that he had played his last match as New York FC got eliminated from the MLS play-offs by Columbus Crew, the tributes poured in.

Legends of the game, ranging from Zinedine Zidane and Fabio Cannavaro to Gigi Buffon and Kaka, all posted messages on social media, toasting to a legendary career. European aristocrats, such as Pirlo’s former clubs Juventus and Milan to Bayern Munich, did likewise.

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Thursday November 9 2017
Farewell, Maestro Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo stood out above all others because he never put himself above all others, argues Andrea Tallarita.

You will never understand Andrea Pirlo, the latest of the Italian World Cup winners in 2006 to hang his boots, if you see him as anything but part of a greater whole.

The former Inter, Milan and Juventus midfielder played after an idea of football that was entirely based on being part of a team. He was a director of play, a student of opportunity, someone whose brilliance emerged by extracting the brilliance out of his fellow teammates.

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Wednesday October 25 2017
Zola creates Perfect 10

Gianfranco Zola outlined his ‘Perfect 10,’ with elements from Francesco Totti, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Parma, Cagliari, Napoli and Chelsea star spoke to UEFA.com and chose the characteristics that would make up his ideal Number 10.

“I’ll take Zidane’s right foot, which just about takes it over Roberto Baggio. I’ll take Maradona’s left foot, because Maradona… is Maradona.

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Wednesday October 11 2017
Zanetti picks his ideal Inter XI

Javier Zanetti named the best XI he has played with in his 20 years at Inter, including Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldo and Roberto Baggio.

The long-serving right-back and captain remained at the club even after his retirement and is now the Vice-President.

Questioned by La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, ‘Pupi’ Zanetti gave his ideal XI of teammates.

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Tuesday October 10 2017
Buffon picks five-a-side team

Gianluigi Buffon offers some names for a five-a-side team but admits “I’m very friendly with defenders, and I hate the strikers!”

The Juventus and Italy goalkeeper gave a long interview to Copa90, and he was asked to name a five-a-side team.

“I’m very friendly with defenders and I hate the strikers!” Buffon joked.

“I’d say the strongest I’ve played against are Ronaldo - the Brazilian -, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.

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Friday September 22 2017
Zola: 'Pjanic best on free kicks'

Gianfranco Zola analysed the free kick techniques of Paulo Dybala, Adem Ljajic and Miralem Pjanic ahead of Juventus-Torino.

‘Magic Box’ was one of the greatest free kick takers, so who better for Tuttosport to ask about the current crop of specialists, above all leading into tomorrow’s Derby della Mole?

“With so many talented free kick takers, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Turin Derby was decided by a dead-ball situation,” Zola told the newspaper.

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Tuesday September 19 2017
Purple haze over Juve

Fiorentina fans want nothing more than to beat bitter old rivals Juventus, explains Jack Stevens

There is a curiousness surrounding Fiorentina’s deeply entrenched bitter rivalry with Juventus. For many Viola fans, the mere sight of the famous black and white stripes is enough to get their blood boiling. On Wednesday night Fiorentina travel to Turin to take on their old enemy in a game which promises to open up a plethora of sub-plots.

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Wednesday August 9 2017
Dybala follows Juventus legends

It was announced this evening that Paulo Dybala will follow in the footsteps of Juventus legends in wearing the number 10 shirt.

Like number 3 at Milan or number 7 at Manchester United, the shirt carries an iconic weight, having been worn by some of the greatest players in history.

Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez were the most recent bearers, but some real Bianconeri legends have borne that number on their back.

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