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Monday July 2 2018
World Cup: Brazil through to quarters

Brazil are through to face Belgium or Japan in the World Cup quarter-finals, after beating Mexico 2-0 in Samara.

The Selecao finished ahead of Switzerland and Serbia to top Group E, while a final day loss to Sweden saw Mexico fall to runners-up in Group F.

It was the Central American side who started the better though, with Inter defender Miranda forced to block from Hirving Lozano after fine work from Andres Guardado.

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Saturday June 30 2018
Rocchi ref for Brazil-Mexico

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi has been assigned for Monday’s World Cup Round of 16 tie between Brazil and Mexico.

The official will be aided by Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini as linesmen, with Spain’s Antonio Mateu as fourth official.

It will be played in Samara on July 2, kicking off at 15.00 UK time.

Rocchi already received a message via Mexico captain Andres Guardado during a Press conference.

“We all know Neymar. It's not up to me or us to judge, but the referees and FIFA.

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Tuesday June 26 2018
Pastore: ‘Wanted Italy return’

Javier Pastore confirms “I wanted to go back to Italy”, and praises the passion of the Roma fans.

The midfielder signed for the Giallorossi today in a €25m move from Paris Saint-Germain, and he was officially presented this afternoon.

“The reasons are simple, this is a great team which is growing a lot,” Pastore explained in the Press conference.

“Monchi and I have been talking for a couple of months, and the choice was easy. It’s a great team, a great city and I wanted to go back to Italy.

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Friday June 22 2018
FFP a work in progress

Since 2010, UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations have raised many questions, but have shown improvement, argues Matthew Santangelo.

It looks as if Milan will be excluded from Europe after they were refused both a voluntary and settlement agreement by UEFA, yet Paris Saint-Germain continue to spend with wild abandon and seemingly no consequences. Is it that simple, though?

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Sunday June 3 2018
Alisson chooses ideal XI

Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker chose his all-time dream team, including Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti.

The shot-stopper gave his ideal XI for Roma TV and showed his admiration for Italian football.

Defenders Maldini and Cannavaro were given roles, as was midfielder Pirlo and Alisson’s former Roma teammate Totti.

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Wednesday May 30 2018
Barca admit Rabiot interest?

Barcelona director Ariedo Braida ‘really likes’ Napoli target Adrien Rabiot but doubts Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar can coexist at Paris Saint-Germain.

Rabiot had reportedly issued a come-and-get-me plea to Napoli, whereas Ronaldo suggested he could leave Real Madrid after their Champions League triumph, possibly opening the door to a reunion with his former Barca rival at PSG.

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Tuesday May 22 2018
Alisson: ‘I want to make history’

Roma goalkeeper Alisson declares “I want to go to the World Cup to write my name in the history of the national team”.

The 25-year-old is Brazil’s number one, and barring injury he’ll represent them in Russia this summer.

“I want to go to the World Cup to write my name in the history of the national team,” Alisson told Premium Sport.

“I’m not superstitious, I think I’ve had a good season and I’m confident. I put everything in the hands of God.

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Sunday April 15 2018
Verratti: 'Ancelotti for Italy job'

Marco Verratti reiterated he wants to remain at Paris Saint-Germain and would pick Carlo Ancelotti as the new Italy Coach.

“I am very happy with the decision that I made and I am even more convinced today that it was the right choice. I really want to stay here and win what everyone is waiting for,” the midfielder told Canal+.

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Saturday March 31 2018
Balotelli: 'Same level as Neymar'

Mario Balotelli wants Roberto Mancini as the new Italy Coach, discussed his a future in Serie A and put himself “on the same level as Neymar and Paulo Dybala.”

You can read Part 1 of this interview with Sportweek here.

Everyone assumed SuperMario would be called back to international duty under Gigi Di Biagio after scoring 14 goals in 21 Ligue 1 games and six in seven Europa League matches.

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Thursday January 18 2018
Ex agent: ‘Verratti doesn’t exist for me’

Marco Verratti’s former agent says the Paris Saint-Germain star “swept me aside like a grain of sand” and “no longer exists for me”.

The Italian international dropped his long time agent in favour of Mino Raiola in the summer, and his former representative has spoken out.

“It was the worst experience in my life with PSG,” Donato Di Campli lamented, speaking to Tuttosport.

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