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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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Monday June 10 2019
Inter poach Real Madrid fitness coach

Antonio Conte and Inter have reportedly poached Real Madrid conditioning coach Antonio Pintus, who did not get along with Zinedine Zidane.

According to the Corriere dello Sport and Marca, Italian Pintus had an increasingly tense rapport with the club, particularly under Julen Lopetegui and Zidane.

There was a brief respite in which he became more central to the project when Santiago Solari was on the bench.

Pintus has already worked with Conte at Juventus and Chelsea, while previous clubs include Olympique Marseille and Palermo.

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Saturday May 18 2019
Could Juventus appoint Zidane?

Zinedine Zidane might not be out of the running for the Juventus job after losing his temper in a Real Madrid Press conference. “I decide here or I’m leaving.”

It was announced on Friday that Max Allegri would not be on the Juve bench next season and he held a joint Press conference with President Andrea Agnelli today.

Zidane had been linked with the role several months ago, before accepting a return to Madrid in March, signing a contract to June 2022.

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Monday May 6 2019
Inter back in for Modric?

Zinedine Zidane is reportedly unhappy with Luca Modric’s recent Real Madrid performances and that could open the door for Inter.

According to Spanish daily sports paper AS, the Real Madrid Coach is beginning to have doubts about the Croatia International’s future at the club, suspecting that he might be past his best.

The tactician held a meeting with senior dressing room figures to try turn Los Blanco's poor form around and made clear his unhappiness at their recent performances.

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Wednesday April 24 2019
Lippi: Juve weren't 'lucky'

Marcello Lippi has claimed that Juventus’ Champions League exit was down to luck. “They didn’t have big players available...”

Lippi remains the last Juve Coach to win the Champions League after the Old Lady lost to Ajax in the quarter-finals, that success coming all the way back in 1996.

“Juve gave me my first great international satisfaction,” he told Rai Radio.

“The year before, we won the League and Coppa Italia. Then we won the Champions League and the following year we lifted the Intercontinental Cup.

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Tuesday April 2 2019
'Can't see Madrid without Varane'

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he has no plans to sell Raphael Varane this summer, in a blow to Juventus but a boost for Napoli.

Our sister site Football-Espana.net wrote on Tuesday that Varane was ‘edging closer’ to Juve, amidst speculation the defender wanted out of Madrid, who in turn were said to be targeting Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as a replacement.

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Saturday March 30 2019
Real Madrid want Cengiz Under

Zinedine Zidane has requested Roma forward Cengiz Under as a Real Madrid reinforcement, claim reports in Turkey.

According to Fotomac, the returning Coach has set his sights firmly on the 21-year-old talent for his summer shopping spree.

The Giallorossi spent €15m to get Under from Basaksehir in the summer of 2017 and he has gone from strength to strength.

Currently out injured, he contributed 14 goals and 11 assists in 57 competitive games for Roma.

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Thursday March 14 2019
Real Madrid want Milinkovic-Savic?

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is back on the Real Madrid radar after Zinedine Zidane returned to the club, it’s reported.

According to El Chiringuito TV, Zidane has a transfer wish-list and Milinkovic-Savic is on it.

The Merengues had already been linked with SMS last summer, but Lazio held out for a €120m asking price.

The situation has changed somewhat over the last few months and it’s believed he could be sold for closer to €90m.

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Tuesday March 12 2019
Zidane coy on Ronaldo return

Zinedine Zidane has surprisingly refused to rule out the idea of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Real Madrid this summer.

Zidane was confirmed as Madrid’s Coach for the second time on Monday, despite speculation that he could be Juve-bound, and the Frenchman was asked about Ronaldo – with whom he won three consecutive Champions Leagues.

“That isn’t the issue right now,” said the 46-year-old at his official unveiling.

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Monday March 11 2019
Official: Real Madrid appoint Zidane

Real Madrid have formally appointed Zinedine Zidane as their Coach until June 2022, ending speculation of a move to Juventus.

The French tactician had been the hot favourite to replace Massimiliano Allegri in Turin next season, regardless of the Champions League results.

Chelsea were also believed to be interested in Zidane’s services.

However, today Santiago Solari was axed and Zidane reappointed to the role he resigned from last summer.

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