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Sunday February 4 2018
Cassano: ‘Buffon until 45’

Antonio Cassano backs former Italy teammate Gigi Buffon to continue playing until he is 45.

The Juventus goalkeeper retired from international football after the Azzurri failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

And with his contract in Turin set to expire in June, it remains to be seen whether the iconic goalkeeper will end his career altogether at the conclusion of the season.

However, Cassano believes it would be a waste of Buffon’s enduring class if he were to hang up his gloves for good.

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Sunday February 4 2018
Cassano rules out ‘stupid’ China move

Antonio Cassano labels the idea of him joining a club in China as ‘stupid’ but remains open to playing elsewhere.

The 35-year-old has been without a club since leaving Verona last summer, having changed his mind several times over whether to officially retire.

Speaking to Corriere della Sera, the former Italy international insisted that he will consider signing for a club where he feels ‘100 per cent’ faith from the President and Coach – but it will not be a move motivated by money.

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Sunday January 14 2018
Cassano: 'I wouldn't join Napoli'

Antonio Cassano “wouldn’t want to be trained” by Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, insisting Paulo Dybala and Philippe Coutinho “are not champions.”

Fantantonio is looking for a way back into the football world after going into semi-retirement, but has lost none of his biting wit.

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Sunday January 14 2018
Cassano: 'Only three Serie A champions'

Antonio Cassano claims there are “only three champions in Serie A,” so is keeping himself in shape for the right opportunity.

The 35-year-old forward hasn’t played since 2016, as he was involved in a contract dispute with Sampdoria, then signed for Hellas Verona in pre-season only to quit two weeks into training.

Now he wants a comeback and assures he’s been keeping himself in shape.

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Saturday January 13 2018
Cassano: 'Ready for comeback'

Antonio Cassano assures he is “not a former player, as I am still active and ready to come back if I find a project that interests me.”

Now 35, FantAntonio’s career had seemed to end over the summer when he signed for Hellas Verona as a free agent only to then change his mind a couple of weeks into pre-season training.

He had already been out of action for a year before that due to a contract dispute with Sampdoria.

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Monday January 8 2018
Cassano: Lost plot at Madrid

Antonio Cassano claims he was signed by Real Madrid to replace Luis Figo but ended up going ‘crazy’ and insulted Coach Fabio Capello “in Spanish and Italian”.

Cassano endured a turbulent 18 months at Madrid between 2006 and 2007, playing just 19 times and being fined for every gram he remained overweight.

“My time at Real Madrid started well,” the former Italy attacker told Canal Football Club.

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Sunday January 7 2018
Cassano: I used to starve

Antonio Cassano admits “I knew what it was like to starve”, before his famous winner for Bari against Inter “made me become rich and famous.”

Cassano shot to prominence all the way back in December 1999, aged just 17, when he ran 40 yards and rounded the goalkeeper to hand Bari a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Inter.

“For 17 years, I knew what it was like to starve. Really,” the much-travelled forward, who retired last year, told former Roma and Inter midfielder Olivier Dacourt on Canal Football Club.

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Friday December 22 2017
Insigne: Cassano for Ballon d’Or, Italy…

Lorenzo Insigne claims Antonio Cassano could have won the Ballon d’Or “if he had the right head”, while Italy never had any problems with Giampiero Ventura.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, Insigne was asked about some of his more enigmatic teammates and whether there were any murmurs of discontent under Ventura after he failed to take Italy to the World Cup.

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Monday December 18 2017
On this day: Cassano’s first goal

On this day in 1999, a 17-year-old Antonio Cassano scored his first Serie A goal for Bari against Inter.

The young forward had made his debut the week before against Lecce, and was trusted to start against Marcello Lippi’s Nerazzurri.

Hugo Enyinnaya opened the scoring for the Galletti, but Christian Vieri equalised after 12 minutes.

The match appeared to be heading for a 1-1 draw, before a hopeful long ball forward found Cassano after 88 minutes.

The youngster took a touch on his heel, surging past Laurent Blanc.

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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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