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Sunday September 27 2015
'Conte and Miha discussed Balotelli'

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani confirms Italy Coach Antonio Conte “spoke to Sinisa Mihajlovic” about Mario Balotelli.

The Azzurri boss is in the stands for today’s lunchtime kick-off against Genoa, click here to follow the Liveblog.

“People should let Conte do his work and await the call-ups,” Galliani told Premium Sport.

“Conte did speak to Mihajlovic, so we’ll see what happens…

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NEWS
Sunday September 27 2015
Conte scouts Balotelli

Antonio Conte will be in the stands for Genoa-Milan today and is reportedly ready to recall Mario Balotelli for Italy.

The Azzurri boss has only called up Balotelli once since taking over the Nazionale in August 2014 and the then-Liverpool striker pulled out due to injury.

Since moving back to Milan on loan, SuperMario has rediscovered his mojo and scored a wonderful free kick in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Udinese.

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NEWS
Wednesday September 23 2015
Lippi: ‘Conte will leave after Euros’

Marcello Lippi believes Italy CT Antonio Conte will not stay on after Euro 2016.

The Azzurri boss has had a tumultuous time in charge since taking over last summer, as he still could face trial in a match-fixing probe, but is on the verge of mathematically assuring Italy’s place in the tournament.

Despite this, World Cup-winner Lippi does not believe Conte will remain in the job after the tournament in France.

“My impression is that Conte won’t stay,” the former Juventus Coach told Corriere dello Sport.

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NEWS
Wednesday September 23 2015
Lippi: ‘Five Scudetto challengers’

Marcello Lippi sees five sides fighting for the Scudetto - Juventus, Inter, Milan, Roma and Napoli.

The former Italy CT - who has Coached Juve, Inter and Napoli - has given a long interview to Corriere dello Sport, and offered his predictions for the title race.

“Inter are among my five candidates for the Scudetto,” Lippi explained.

“Along with Juventus, Napoli, Milan and Roma. In this context, after losing a lot in pre-season, [Inter Coach Roberto] Mancini has done well to prepare the team to win.

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NEWS
Monday September 14 2015
Eder: ‘Renewal this week’

Eder fired Sampdoria to a win over Bologna, and expects to sign a contract extension ‘this week’.

The Italian international scored the first goal in a 2-0 win for the Blucerchaiti, under the gaze of Azzurri CT Antonio Conte, and is ready to stay with the club despite interest from Inter.

“I always put the team first,” Eder told Sky after the match.

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NEWS
Tuesday September 8 2015
Zamparini: ‘Vazquez like Baggio’

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini can’t understand why Franco Vazquez doesn’t play for Italy more often, comparing him to Roberto Baggio.

Though he was born in Argentina, the 26-year-old has been capped twice by Azzurri CT Antonio Conte, but remained on the bench for wins over Malta and Bulgaria.

“Vazquez is like Baggio,” Zamparini told Andkronos.

“He provides fantasy, he’s the man for the final ball. I don’t understand why Conte doesn’t play him.

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NEWS
Tuesday September 8 2015
Prandelli: ‘Results important for Italy’

Former Italy CT Cesare Prandelli insists results are ‘the most important thing’, and clarifies some earlier comments.

The Azzurri won their two games over the international break, but received some criticism for only beating Malta and Bulgaria 1-0.

“The results are there for the national team, and that’s definitely the most important thing,” Prandelli told 90Minuto.

“The most important thing is to bring home qualification, doing whatever is necessary, and it’s nearly done. They also played at a good level.

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NEWS
Tuesday September 8 2015
‘Not enough interest in Italy’

Marcello Lippi believes fans only closely follow Italy ‘when there is an actual competition’.

The former Azzurri CT, who triumphed in the 2006 World Cup analysed the national team’s two 1-0 wins over the international break, the first of which saw a half-empty Artemio Franchi against Malta.

“Italy didn’t score much for what they created, but in the matches against Malta and Bulgaria they were never under pressure and dominated, looking like a top team,” Lippi told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

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NEWS
Tuesday September 8 2015
Trap: ‘Serie A most beautiful’

Serie A is ‘the most beautiful league in the world’ according to Giovanni Trapattoni, who also gives Azzurri Coach Antonio Conte his backing. 

The 76-year-old, who has coached Milan, Juventus, Inter, Cagliari and Fiorentina in Italy’s top flight, explained the appeal of Serie A while trying to calm doubts about the national team.

"Our league is the most beautiful in the world because it always gives you strong emotions,” he said to Tuttosport.

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Monday September 7 2015
Conte’s Italy taking shape

The Azzurri still have issues to sort out, writes Samuel Bridges, but Antonio Conte’s vision is starting to become clearer.

Two wins from their last two games and qualification for EURO 2016 is starting to look like a formality as usual for Italy. Dominating possession is something Antonio Conte has brought with him from Juventus and it's a strategy that has been proven to work. Despite that, only managing to put two goals past Malta and Bulgaria is cause for concern.

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