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Tuesday July 9 2019
On this day: Italy win the World Cup!

On this day in 2006, Italy beat France on penalties to win their fourth World Cup.

The Azzurri had come into the tournament under the shadow of the Calciopoli scandal, but a semi-final win over hosts Germany booked their place in the final.

CT Marcello Lippi opted for the same team which started the match in Dortmund, with Francesco Totti preferred to Alessandro Del Piero in attack.

It was a nightmare start for the Azzurri though, as referee Benito Archundia awarded Les Bleus a penalty after just six minutes.

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Saturday June 29 2019
Lippi: 'Never seen anyone like De Ligt'

Marcello Lippi has worked with all the greats, but “never seen anyone like Matthijs de Ligt at his age” ahead of the Juventus transfer.

The Bianconeri are reportedly on the verge of sealing a €67m plus €13m in bonuses deal for the Ajax starlet, however Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United also remain interested in the 19-year-old.

“I believe that the player who would be the best signing for Juve would be De Ligt,” Lippi told Tuttosport.

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Friday May 31 2019
Materazzi: 'Conte must win Inter trust'

Marco Materazzi warned new Inter Coach Antonio Conte it “won’t be easy, because you can’t forget or cancel the past, but it’s up to him to win everyone’s trust.”

The arrival of former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea boss Conte to replace Luciano Spalletti raised a few eyebrows.

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Tuesday May 14 2019
Stars react to De Rossi exit

Radja Nainggolan, Paolo Maldini and Marco Materazzi are among the stars who have reacted to Daniele De Rossi’s exit from Roma.

De Rossi will end his career-long association with Roma once his contract expires this summer, it was announced on Tuesday.

First to comment was Milan defender-turned-director Maldini, who faced the midfielder several times during his playing career.

“A player’s chapter always closes at some point, but frankly it’s something that surprises me,” he told reporters.

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Sunday March 17 2019
Materazzi: 'Inter need suit of armour'

Marco Materazzi gave his views on the Milan Derby, the Mauro Icardi situation and why Beppe Marotta is “not used to” dealing with refereeing controversy.

It kicks off at 19.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“The Nerazzurri jersey is like a suit of armour. In these situations, the squad has to stick together,” Matrix told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Monday February 18 2019
'Juve not winning CL a failure'

Marco Materazzi claims Juventus are ‘obsessed’ with winning the Champions League and that ‘it’ll be a failure’ if they do not with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juve’s €112m deal for Ronaldo last summer was widely considered a statement of intent by the Bianconeri to end their 23-year wait for the Champions League.

However, Materazzi - who won Europe’s elite club competition with Inter in 2010 - told Eurosport: “Juventus are a Champions League team and they have the obsession of winning it every season.

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Saturday November 17 2018
Inter v Arsenal for Mancini

Inter and Arsenal are reportedly leading the race for Atalanta centre-back Gianluca Mancini, nicknamed the New Marco Materazzi.

The defender found the net in each of his last three Serie A appearances, including a 4-1 victory over Inter.

He recently confessed his family are all Inter supporters and he has a tattoo of Materazzi’s shirt number, as the World Cup winner is his idol.

According to Tuttosport newspaper, Atalanta have no intention of letting the 23-year-old go in January, but can start discussing a summer switch.

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Saturday November 10 2018
Mancini: 'I have a Materazzi tattoo!'

It’s a very special game for Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini, who even has tattoos showing his love for Inter icon Marco Materazzi.

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“I was 16 years old and playing in the Fiorentina youth team, but I got a tattoo of the number 23 in honour of Marco Materazzi. I liked the idea of a visible example of my football idol,” Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine SportWeek.

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Saturday October 20 2018
Materazzi picks key Milan Derby men

Marco Materazzi praises Gennaro Gattuso, but believes Lautaro Martinez and Patrick Cutrone could be decisive in the Milan Derby.

The Derby della Madonnina kicks off on Sunday at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“Inter struggle to kill games off, but they are almost always able to turn situations around, which means they’ve got character,” Matrix told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Wednesday September 5 2018
Materazzi: Inter’s big problem

Marco Materazzi believes Inter ‘need to realise how good they are’ if his former club are to realise their potential.

Inter added to their squad heavily over the summer but have won just one of their opening three Serie A games and were drawn with Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League group.

“Spalletti’s team need to realise how good they are,” Materazzi, who won the Treble with the Nerazzurri in 2010, told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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