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Wednesday September 2 2020
U21: Second player COVID positive

Tomorrow’s friendly against Slovenia is at serious risk of cancellation after a second Italy Under-21 player tested positive for COVID-19.

There had already been one positive test at the start of the training camp in Lignano Sabbiadoro, so that player and his roommate had been isolated.

However, this afternoon the team bus arrived at the training ground only to almost immediately turn around and leave again.

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Wednesday September 2 2020
U21: COVID scare in Italy squad

There is confusion after the Italy U21 side pulled out of training just minutes before it was about to begin, with a friendly against Slovenia set for tomorrow.

The game is meant to kick off on Thursday at 16.30 UK time (15.30 GMT).

There was a training session scheduled for this afternoon and the team bus arrived at the ground, some of them got off the vehicle, only to get straight back on again.

According to Rai Sport, a phone call arrived and there were some worried faces before the turnaround.

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Wednesday March 11 2020
Ilicic the icon of Atalanta

Atalanta made their mark in the Champions League by thrashing Valencia over two legs and Kaustubh Pandey praises their historic four-goal hero Josip Ilicic.

Josip Ilicic was always meant to be ‘just another’ player in Serie A. He was never seen as a world-beater at his former clubs. His stints at Fiorentina and Palermo were hardly iconic, as his highest goal scoring tally stood at 13 for La Viola in the 2015-16 season. His move to Atalanta in the summer of 2017 had come in the wake of a mere five-goal season in 2016-17. It was one of the lowest scoring campaigns in his career.

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Sunday February 2 2020
Understanding Josip Ilicic

Josip Ilicic has the world’s best highlights reel, but Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall knows the Atalanta star's full story.

It seems to be either excellence or infuriation with Josip Ilicic. His career as a whole has been one of chance, good luck, frustration but backing it all up is an incredible talent. At 32 years of age, he is enjoying arguably the best season of his career and is certainly being talked about around Europe as a standout talent. Why has this player not been able to replicate this form, this consistency and this goal scoring record for seasons past?

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Sunday December 29 2019
Camoranesi heads to Slovenia

Former Juventus and Italy winger Mauro Camoranesi is set to take charge of Slovenian side Tabor Sezana.

Speculation is rife that Camoranesi has signed a contract until 2021 and will formally commence his duties next week.

The 43-year-old’s last foray into management was in 2017, when he coached Mexican club Cafetaleros de Chiapas.

Since then, the World Cup winner has been commentating on Serie A games for DAZN.

Camoranesi was born in Argentina but spent all of the 2000s in Italy, first with Verona (2000-02) and later Juve (2002-10).

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Monday November 18 2019
Bereszynski injures knee

Sampdoria defender Bartosz Bereszynski has injured his knee whilst on international duty with Poland and will require more tests.

La Gazzetta dello Sport report that the Pole injured his knee in training ahead of his country's clash with Slovenia.

Bereszynski will return to Italy tomorrow and go to Rome for further examination of the injury, which is believed to involve the meniscus.

He's made 10 appearances in Serie A this season for Samp.

The Polish defender joined the club in January 2017 from Legia Warsaw.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Euro 2020: Lukaku stars for Belgium

Romelu Lukaku starred during Belgium’s 4-0 victory over Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying, but Marcelo Brozovic and Ante Rebic struggled for Croatia.

Croatia remain top of Group E but saw their lead cut to just one point after a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan.

Inter midfielder Brozovic contributed with just a 21st-minute booking, while Milan new boy Rebic was substituted with four to go.

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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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