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Thursday October 8 2015
U21: Azzurrini dominate Slovenia

Gaetano Monachello bagged a brace with Marco Benassi as Italy Under-21s conquered Slovenia 3-0 in a Euro qualifier.

The Azzurrini had beaten Slovenia 1-0 back in September with a Federico Bernardeschi penalty. It was their only game so far in qualifying for the 2017 European Under-21 Championships, while the hosts followed that up with two victories.

Luka Zahovic drilled inches wide early on, as did Rolando Mandragora, then a smart free kick routine saw Grega Sorcan parry from Bernardeschi at the near post.

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Thursday October 8 2015
Line-ups: Slovenia-Italy U21

Federico Bernardeschi, Marco Benassi and Alessio Romagnoli are among starters in Italy’s Under-21 Euro qualifier with Slovenia.

It kicks off at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT) in Koper.

The Azzurrini beat Slovenia 1-0 back in September with a Federico Bernardeschi penalty and that remains their only game so far in qualifying.

Slovenia have since played and won another two matches to lead Group 2 alongside Serbia, also on six points.

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Wednesday October 7 2015
Di Biagio: 'Slovenia have changed'

Gigi Di Biagio warns his Italy Under-21s that Slovenia “have changed” since their last meeting.

The Azzurrini visit Koper for tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier, kicking off at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

“It will be a hard-fought and difficult game. I expect a very different side to the one we faced a month ago,” said Coach Di Biagio in his Press conference.

On September 8, Italy beat Slovenia 1-0 in Reggio Emilia thanks to a Federico Bernardeschi penalty.

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Tuesday September 8 2015
Bernardeschi: 'Fight for my place'

Federico Bernardeschi scored for the Italy Under-21 side and said he’ll “fight for my place at Fiorentina.”

The forward converted a penalty in today’s 1-0 victory over Slovenia, the first game of qualifying for the 2017 European Under-21 Championship.

“Wearing the Number 10 shirt for Italy is an emotional moment, even at Under-21 level,” he told Radio Blu.

“I’ll fight for my place at Fiorentina every week.”

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Tuesday September 8 2015
Di Biagio: 'Can't waste chances'

Gigi Di Biagio warned his Italy Under-21 side they can’t “leave the game in the balance” after a 1-0 win over Slovenia.

This was the Azzurrini’s first match in qualifying for the 2017 European Championships and they hit the woodwork twice along with a series of saves.

“It was a good Italy in the second half, but before the break we played with too slow a tempo,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday September 8 2015
U21: Azzurrini see off Slovenia

Italy dominated Slovenia, but only won 1-0 in their first European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The Azzurrini started the qualification process for the 2017 European Championships in Poland, facing a Slovenian side who already had two victories under their belt in this group. The other contenders are the Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Lithuania and Andorra.

Fiorentina’s Federico Bernardeschi knocked down a cross for Danilo Cataldi, the Lazio man’s fierce strike skimming the woodwork at the Mapei Stadium.

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Tuesday September 8 2015
Rugani-Romagnoli for Azzurrini

Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli start in central defence for Italy Under-21s against Slovenia.

The Azzurrini meet their neighbours in a Euro 2017 qualifier, with star striker Domenico Berardi ruled out with injury.

Howver, Rugani and Romagnoli, of Milan and Juventus respectively, start together at the heart of the defence.

The pair won plaudits for their performances in Euro 2015 in the Czech Republic this summer, with Romagnoli fetching €25m when he joined the Rossoneri from Roma.

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Saturday February 7 2015
Kodra: 'Parma sold to Slovenians'

President Ermir Kodra reveals they sold Parma to Slovenian-Italian investors and “the financial situation was not what we were told.”

Kodra was only unveiled as the new President of Parma last week after the club was bought in December, but patron Rezart Taci surprisingly sold his majority shares to mystery new investors.

“We had a very brief window to pay the third parties and resolve all the various situations,” Kodra told Sky Sport Italia and Parma TV.

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Saturday November 8 2014
Ilicic refuses to play for Slovenia

Fiorentina’s Josip Ilicic is refusing to play for Slovenia as long as Srecko Katanec is the Coach.

The news was confirmed by Katanec in a Press conference ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifier against England and friendly with Colombia.

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Thursday October 16 2014
Handanovic: 'Inter criticism normal'

Samir Handanovic admits criticism of Inter is “normal” after two straight defeats, but trusts they’ll be revived with Napoli.

“Lately we have lost something in terms of solidity and in football nothing is a coincidence,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.

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