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Thursday April 4 2019
Julio Cesar: 'Handanovic top five in world'

Treble-winning Inter star Julio Cesar maintains Samir Handanovic is “one of the five best goalkeepers in the world.”

The Brazilian spoke to Inter TV after the 4-0 victory over Genoa last night, which consolidated third place in the Serie A standings.

“It’s certainly a positive campaign, but the Champions League spot still needs to be earned,” said Julio Cesar.

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Thursday January 31 2019
Fenerbahce close to Zajc

Empoli are prepared to sell midfielder Miha Zajc to Fenerbahce for €6.5m plus Salih Ucan, according to Sky Sport Italia.

The 24-year-old Slovenia international has been very impressive this season with three goals and three assists in 20 Serie A appearances.

He was instrumental in helping them gain promotion from Serie B last term too.

Genoa and Atalanta had made offers, but Empoli wanted at least €10m.

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Saturday October 27 2018
Ilicic: 'I thought I'd have to quit'

Atalanta star Josip Ilicic admits he “thought many times that I might have to give up football, especially when I was in hospital.”

The Slovenia international spent most of the summer in and out of hospital with a bacterial infection of the lymph nodes.

“As a man, the illness changed me a great deal,” Ilicic told Sky Sport Italia following today’s 3-0 win over Parma.

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Thursday October 25 2018
Ilicic: 'The illness changed me'

Atalanta and Slovenia star Josip Ilicic confessed his mystery illness “changed me. I realised football isn’t everything in life.”

It has never been entirely clarified what he was suffering from over the summer, but it was reportedly a bacterial infection of the lymph nodes.

He was in and out of hospital, on various drips and antibiotics until the right treatment was found.

“In those two months on antibiotics, I realised football isn’t everything in life,” Ilicic told the official Atalanta website.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
Obrenovic ref for Italy-Ukraine

Slovenian referee Rade Obrenovic has been assigned to tomorrow night’s friendly between Italy and Ukraine.

It kicks off at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

Aged only 28, Obrenovic will officiate, supported by Zunic, Vidali and fourth official Marco Di Bello.

This is his first senior international after friendlies involving Austria’s Under-21 side against Finland and Croatia in September 2017.

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Saturday September 15 2018
Handanovic underappreciated

Everyone at Inter is up for debate at the moment and Richard Hall notes that includes goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

“As for Samir Handanovic, I'd start with an appointment to get his eyes tested. He needs to work on his mentality to stay focused for 90 minutes." (Sandro Mazzola)

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Tuesday August 21 2018
Ilicic released from hospital

Atalanta star Josip Ilicic has been released from hospital, but it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to play again.

The Slovenia international creative midfielder has been in and out of hospital for several weeks over the summer.

He was diagnosed with an infection in the area of the lymph nodes, but it did not respond to the usual course of antibiotics.

He was finally released today in Bergamo and sent home, but it’s not yet clear when he’ll be available for Coach Gian Piero Gasperini’s selection.

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Saturday August 11 2018
Ilicic kept in hospital

Atalanta star Josip Ilicic is in hospital on a drip of antibiotics after an infection of his lymph nodes failed to clear up.

The Slovenia international has been suffering from lymphadenitis, a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck caused by an infection.

It had already ruled him out of their Europa League preliminary round ties and the latest reports from the Corriere di Bergamo claim the situation isn’t progressing as quickly as hoped.

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Thursday January 25 2018
Official: Fiorentina sell Mlakar

Fiorentina have officially sold Jan Mlakar to Slovenian club NK Maribor, but will receive 50 per cent of any future transfer.

The 19-year-old centre-forward joined the Viola youth academy in 2015 and had a loan spell at Venezia for the first half of this season.

After making only four appearances for a grand total of 21 minutes of football, he left the Serie B outfit and has been sold to NK Maribor.

Fiorentina will receive half of any future sale for Slovenia Under-21 international Mlakar.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Skomina ref for Napoli-Shakhtar

Damir Skomina of Slovenia will be the referee for Napoli’s Champions League showdown with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday at 19.45 GMT.

This is a must-win game for the Partenopei, as otherwise they are out of the running for a place in the Round of 16.

Skomina is no stranger to Napoli, as he already officiated their 2-1 victory against Manchester City in 2011-12 and the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last season.

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