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Wednesday June 12 2019
Roma & Cagliari in striker swap?

Cagliari have reportedly offered top goalscorer Leonardo Pavoletti in exchange for surplus Roma striker Gregoire Defrel.

According to Il Tempo, Cagliari are in ‘pole position’ to sign Defrel ahead of Atalanta and Bologna.

The 27-year-old scored 12 goals for Sampdoria last season, but he is on the market as the Blucerchiati will not take up their €12.75m option to buy.

The newspaper adds the Sardinians are so keen to bring in the Frenchman that they are prepared to give up Pavoletti.

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NEWS
Saturday June 8 2019
Mancini: 'Italy have attacking options'

Roberto Mancini is keeping his options open in attack as Italy visit Greece in tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier. “The key will be stopping them getting into their rhythm.”

It kicks off in Athens at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

The predicted line-ups remain in the air, as the centre-forward in his 4-3-3 formation could be Andrea Belotti, Fabio Quagliarella or even Federico Bernardeschi as a False 9.

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Thursday June 6 2019
Italy balance progress and the present

The Azzurri have a generation of talented young players, but Jay Cassano observes Roberto Mancini using them judiciously in the service of immediate results.

One of the biggest problems facing the Italian national team today is that there are relatively few players in what we ambiguously refer to as a footballer’s “prime.” That age from about 27 to 31, plus a couple more years if they’re a defender.

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NEWS
Sunday June 2 2019
Serie A 2018-19 Review: Cagliari

Cagliari did what they had to and not a penny more, writes Stefan Girasoli after another not exactly outstanding season.

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

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NEWS
Tuesday March 26 2019
Pavoletti: 'The perfect evening'

Leonardo Pavoletti could not have asked for more, as he scored four minutes into his Italy debut. “It was the perfect evening.”

The Cagliari striker came off the bench to replace brace hero Fabio Quagliarella at the Stadio Tardini during the 6-0 victory over Liechtenstein.

It took him four minutes to get on the scoresheet on his first senior Italy appearance.

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NEWS
Tuesday March 26 2019
Euro 2020: Italy hit Liechtenstein for six

Fabio Quagliarella made history with a brace of penalties, as Italy demolished 10-man Liechtenstein 6-0 with Marco Verratti, Stefano Sensi, Moise Kean and Leonardo Pavoletti on target.

Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.

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NEWS
Tuesday March 19 2019
Aina given three-game ban

Torino full-back Ola Aina has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Bologna at the weekend.

Aina was shown a straight red card in stoppage time of the 3-2 defeat for showing dissent to the referee, and the FIGC’s sporting judiciary has not held back with its punishment.

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Friday March 15 2019
Italy: Pavoletti & Quag in, Balotelli out

Leonardo Spinazzola, Leonardo Pavoletti and Fabio Quagliarella are all in Italy’s first squad of 2019, but Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti miss out.

Quagliarella was called up for Italy’s training camp last month and is in an Azzurri squad for the first time since October 2015, while his last cap came five years before that.

However, Pavoletti is preferred to Balotelli and Belotti, the striker keeping his place after scoring 12 times for a struggling Cagliari this season.

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NEWS
Saturday February 16 2019
Maran: 'Cagliari comeback with heart'

Cagliari Coach Rolando Maran praised his team’s “heart” to come back from a goal down and beat Parma 2-1, their first win of 2019.

“Today when everything seemed most difficult and we had so many injuries, that Parma scored against the run of play with their first shot on goal, we kept our heads and went to take this victory,” Maran told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday February 16 2019
Pavoletti: 'Hope Cagliari fans are proud'

Leonardo Pavoletti is glad Cagliari managed to turn the Parma game around and “deserved the win. I hope the fans are proud of us.”

Juraj Kucka’s header had given Parma the lead at the Sardegna Arena, but a late pair of Pavoletti goals secured a 2-1 result.

“It wasn’t easy, as Parma are a great side and very dangerous on the counter,” the striker told Sky Sport Italia.

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