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Wednesday December 13 2017
Buffon: ‘Thank you Casillas’

Iker Casillas sent Gianluigi Buffon a video message at the Gazzetta dello Sport awards, which the Juventus goalkeeper says “really touched me”.

Buffon was awarded the Athlete of the Year prize at last year’s ceremony, and was treated to video message from the Spaniard, and a visit from his hero, Thomas N’Kono.

Gazzetta reports that Buffon was visibly moved by Casillas’ message, stating afterward “the first time we faced each other he asked for me shorts - he used them as pyjamas”.

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Monday November 27 2017
Official: Alaves sack De Biasi

La Liga strugglers Alaves have sacked Coach Gianni De Biasi after he failed to inspire an upturn in their fortunes.

De Biasi only took over Alaves in mid-September, but despite three wins in his eight games at the helm, the Italian leaves the side back where they started under him – bottom of the Spanish top flight.

The 61-year-old spent six years in charge of Albania before his spell at Mendizorroza, most notably guiding the Balkan nation to Euro 2016, their first-ever major tournament.

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Thursday November 23 2017
Xavi: ‘I’m sorry for Buffon’

Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi is “very sorry” for Gianluigi Buffon, after Italy missed out on the World Cup.

The Azzurri were beaten 1-0 by aggregate by Sweden in the play-offs, meaning they’ll miss out for the first time in 60 years.

Buffon had planned to play in the tournament before hanging up his gloves, but it now appears the play-off second leg was his final match for his country.

“It really is a shame,” Xavi told Premium Sport.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Suso given Spain debut

Milan star Suso was given his full Spain debut in a 3-3 friendly with Russia, also featuring Napoli winger Jose Callejon.

These two players will face off against each other in Serie A on Saturday, but were teammates for La Roja this evening.

Suso was in the starting XI for his first senior Spain cap, just a few days before his 24th birthday.

He was replaced at half-time by Napoli wide man Callejon in the 4-3-3 formation.

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Tuesday November 14 2017
Disgr-Ace Ventura - His Italy timeline

The CT has become the first man to fail to take Italy to a World Cup, and Football Italia looks back at his disastrous reign.

Words: Gaby McKay

“The idea of not qualifying for the World Cup would be an apocalypse,” FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio said in September. “But we’ll get there.”

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Monday November 13 2017
Ventura entirely to blame

Italy are out of the World Cup for the first time in 60 years and Adam Digby lays the blame squarely at the feet of Coach Giampiero Ventura.

For the first time since 1958, Italy will not be at the World Cup finals. After a qualification campaign that never saw them look confident or cohesive, the Azzurri will spend next summer watching the tournament on television. As they do so, the players will reflect on their part in what has undoubtedly been one of the worst two-year stints in the history of a proud national team of one of the game’s most prominent footballing countries.

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Sunday November 12 2017
Luis Alberto: 'Spain dream come true'

Lazio midfielder Luis Alberto experienced a “dream come true” after making his senior Spain debut at the age of 25.

“It’s a dream come true,” he told Cadena Cope.

“The whole world knows what a marvel it is to see these players train and compete up close.”

The former Sevilla, Liverpool, Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna man previously had just two caps for his country at Under-19 level and one with the Under-21 side.

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Thursday November 9 2017
Ventura: 'Satisfied with Italy record'

Giampiero Ventura defended his Italy record ahead of their World Cup play-off with Sweden. “I am satisfied with what we did since my arrival.”

The first leg of the World Cup play-off is in Stockholm tomorrow at 19.45 GMT, with the decider in Milan’s San Siro on Monday evening.

“I feel very calm. It is the most exciting and the most important match of my career, but just as risky as any other,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Luis Alberto: 'Don't stop believing'

Luis Alberto said his recall to the Spain squad after impressing with Lazio is “the best thing that has ever happened to me in football.”

The former Liverpool midfielder has contributed three goals and seven assists in 16 competitive games for the Aquile this season, earning him a recall to the Spain squad.

“This is the best thing that has ever happened to me in football,” the 25-year-old told Marca.

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Wednesday November 8 2017
Bonucci: 'Missing World Cup not an option'

Leonardo Bonucci warned Italy that “missing out on the World Cup is not an option” ahead of their crunch play-off with Sweden.

The Azzurri visit Stockholm for the first leg on Friday evening, then the decider is at Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Monday.

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