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Friday July 24 2015
El Shaarawy: ‘Monaco best choice’

Stephan El Shaarawy calls Monaco ‘the best choice for me and my career’ after joining from Milan.

The Italian international has moved the principality side in a €16m deal, and believes he’s made the right choice in continuing his career in Ligue 1.

“I think coming here was the best choice for me and my career,” El Shaarawy said in his introductory Press conference.

“There’s a nice blend of youth and experience, I’m confident, and I believed we’ll do well in the future.

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Monday July 20 2015
Allegri’s new Juve test

Arturo Vidal’s departure adds to the air of uncertainty at Juventus. Luca Cetta says this is the chance for Massimiliano Allegri to solidify his legacy.

Good things, as Bayern Munich will attest, come to those who wait. Make no mistake: in Arturo Vidal the Bavarians are getting a very good thing. The transfer is yet to be made official, although fans have already been forced to wait four years. In 2011 a tug-of-war ensued between Bayern and Juventus for the talented then 24-year-old. Bayer Leverkusen and the Chilean dynamo chose the Turin giants.

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Friday July 17 2015
Conte witness in match-fixing trial

Antonio Conte has given evidence as a witness in a match-fixing trial involving former club Bari.

The Italy CT has been indicted relating to two charges of sporting fraud during his time in charge of Siena, but today’s hearing covers two Bari matches when he was Coach, and the Azzurri boss is not accused of any wrongdoing.

“The campaign with Bari in 2009 was exciting,” ANSA reports that Conte told the court, which is trying to establish whether games against Salernitana and Treviso were fixed.

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Monday July 13 2015
Giovinco: 'I hope Conte saw me'

Sebastian Giovinco “hopes” Italy Coach Antonio Conte saw his hat-trick for Toronto FC against New York City FC.

The Atomic Ant has now found the net 11 times in this MLS season and starred in last night’s 4-4 draw.

“It’s never easy to score in any League,” Giovinco told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is always difficult to do well, as it depends on the hunger and attitude you put on to the field.”

Was the hat-trick a message to Azzurri boss Conte?

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Sunday July 12 2015
Di Biagio: 'What went wrong'

Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio explains what went wrong in the European Championships, but “growing players matters more than results.”

The Azzurrini crashed out in the group phase, although they finished level on points with eventual trophy winners Sweden, eliminated by a head-to-head record.

He was expected to face the sack, but the FIGC and Antonio Conte opted to keep Di Biagio on for another two years.

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Friday July 10 2015
Conte: 'Not enough Italians'

Antonio Conte warned “it will be difficult for Italy to be competitive” if foreign players continue to dominate Serie A.

The Azzurri Coach spoke to reporters in Rome today and said his job is increasingly tough.

“My worry ahead of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is how much things have changed since 2006, when Marcello Lippi won the World Cup,” said Conte.

“Back then an Italy Coach had the possibility of choosing around 61-62 Italians from every 100 players. Today that choice has dropped to 33 Italians out of 100.

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Friday July 10 2015
'Defend Italy image with Conte'

Italy “want to defend our image in the world, above all with Antonio Conte,” said FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio.

There were question marks over the Coach after he was named as one of 104 people recommended for trial in a new match-fixing case.

A judge will now view evidence in a preliminary hearing before deciding who should be charged for a full trial.

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Friday July 10 2015
U21: Di Biagio keeps Italy job

Gigi Di Biagio will remain as Italy Under-21 Coach for the next two years, confirmed Antonio Conte.

There were doubts over his position after the Azzurrini crashed out of the European Under-21 Championship in the first round, losing 2-1 to eventual trophy winners Sweden.

“Luigi really did a great job and Coaches should not be judged solely on their results,” Conte told the media.

“I think along with his staff he worked well, so will continue to be the Coach for the next two-year cycle.

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Tuesday July 7 2015
Tavecchio 'astonished' by spending

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio reiterates he’s “astonished” by big transfer spending, but “nothing changes” with Italy Coach Antonio Conte.

Tavecchio had already said he was surprised by the money spent by the likes of Inter and Milan on the market so far this summer, considering both clubs had financial problems.

“I have no doubts in saying the state of Italian football is no worse than the rest of Europe,” Tavecchio told Il Messaggero.

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Tuesday July 7 2015
Conte: 'Bitter, but I go forward'

Italy Coach Antonio Conte is “bitterly disappointed, but I go forward” after trial was recommended in a match-fixing scandal.

Today the Cremona prosecutor suggested 104 people indicted for sporting fraud should go to trial, so now they’ll present the evidence to a judge who will decide whether or not to go ahead.

When it comes specifically to Conte’s situation, more details are emerging.

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