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Marco Materazzi: ‘The secret to winning a World Cup is unity’

You can win the World Cup only if everyone is together as Italy were under Marcello Lippiin 2006, says the still glowing defenderWinning a World Cup is the best feeling that a footballer can experience. It is something I – and so many people – dreamed …

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Luis Monti: the man who played in two World Cup finals for two countries

Luis Monti lost the World Cup final in 1930 with Argentina but made amends four years later as an Italy international By Gary Thacker for These Football TimesQuiz time. How many players have played in consecutive World Cup finals? The Italians did it i…

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Friendlies roundup: France too fast for Italy, while Tunisia draw with Turkey

• France 3-1 Italy • Tunisia 2-2 TurkeyFrance showed they will be a force in Russia by blowing away Italy in a World Cup warm-up match in Nice.France took the lead in the eighth minute when Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick was only half cleared to the rig…

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Italy’s political crisis spells problems for 2022 Ryder Cup host | Ewan Murray

Italian project is being been undermined by imminent economic turmoil and the absence of renovation work at the Marco Simone course north of RomeIt is unlikely the Ryder Cup features prominently in the minds of Italian politicians as they seek a soluti…

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Mario Balotelli hits back at supporters over ‘Italian blood’ racist banner

• Striker urges fans to ‘wake up’ after spotting offensive message• Balotelli dedicates goal against Saudi Arabia to Davide AstoriMario Balotelli has urged Italy supporters to “wake up” after his goalscoring return to the national team was soured by an…

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World Cup stunning moments: Italy shocked by South Korea in 2002 | Paolo Bandini

The Azzurri’s controversial second-round defeat in Daejeon was just the start of a barely believable series of eventsFrancesco Janich felt the first tomato fly past his head. Drunk on cognac and disoriented by the darkness as he stumbled down onto the …

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Roberto Mancini is new Italy head coach after World Cup failure

• Former Manchester City manager succeeds Gian Piero Ventura• Italy failed to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1958Roberto Mancini, the former Manchester City manager, has been confirmed as the new head coach of Italy. He succeeds Gian Piero …

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World Cup stunning moments: Haiti stun Dino Zoff’s Italy | Simon Burnton

Italy should have seen off Haiti with ease in 1974 but the group game burst into life through the unheralded Emmanuel Sanon …The win-or-bust, tension-ratcheting final rounds of the World Cup allow memorable moments and dramatic sub-plots to breed like …

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World Cup stunning moments: Mussolini’s blackshirts’ 1938 win

In 1938 Italy went to France and shrugged off protests and wild unpopularity to successfully defend their World Cup crownThe critical moment was … when our players raised their hands to give the fascist salute … I entered the stadium with our players, …

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We have to accept VAR ruling, says England’s Gareth Southgate – video

Gareth Southgate calls for improvements in the VAR system after Italy were awarded a late penalty to claim a 1-1 draw with England. Jamie Vardy had given England a first-half lead before Lorenzo Insigne equalised two minutes from time – the first goal …

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International football: talking points from the latest friendlies

Argentina are in a mess, England should go for all-out attack and Kylian Mbappé’s heroics are papering over French cracksBefore this game, Jorge Sampaoli had said that when it comes to the World Cup, Lionel Messi has a revolver pressed against his head…

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Raheem Sterling’s craft offers key for England to throw off the shackles | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate’s most pressing need at Wembley was for his players to show something in attack against Italy – Sterling and Vardy were happy to obligeOn Wembley Way before kick-off a louche, drowsy New Orleans?style jazz band dressed in Three Li…

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Gareth Southgate: Italy’s penalty was not ‘clear and obvious’ for VAR

• Manager concerned by ‘debatable’ decision late on• Dele Alli did not play due to injury niggle in trainingGareth Southgate has expressed doubts over whether James Tarkowski’s challenge on Federico Chiesa should have been referred to the video assista…

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Jamie Vardy rewards quick-witted England but late Italy penalty denies win

The striker gave England a first-half lead from a smart Lingard assist only for Italy to earn a 1-1 draw through an 88th-minute VAR decisionJust as it was going so well for Gareth Southgate and his players, England had their first experience of VAR. Fo…

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England v Italy: international football – live!

Live updates from the Wembley friendly (8pm BST kick-off)David Squires on … England’s World Cup preparationsAnd feel free to email Scott with your thoughts 5.06pm BST And here’s some early breaking team news from our man Dominic Fifield:Dele Alli is ex…

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What next for Italy after their failure to qualify for the World Cup?

Four Italian football writers – Luca Hodges-Ramon, Blair Newman, Emmet Gates and Neil Morris – debate the AzzurriBy The Gentleman Ultra, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIs Italy’s failure a one-off or the start of something more long-term?Neil Morris…

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Gareth Southgate looking to add edge to England’s impressive defensive work

• Manager says goals will come as players adapt to playing system • ‘We will create more chances the more the guys play together’Gareth Southgate believes England will find their cutting edge as they grow more accustomed to the fluid style of play bein…

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Raheem Sterling ready to end England goal drought with fans’ help | Nick Ames

Manchester City winger has not scored for his country since 2015 but has hit new heights this season thanks to Pep GuardiolaIt underlined the lightness that pervades the England camp nowadays when, answering a question about an international goal droug…

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Leonardo Bonucci says Italy need to take a leaf out of England’s book

• Captain says future is in the hands of country’s young players • ‘We need to understand that Italy starts not very far from zero’The Italy captain, Leonardo Bonucci, is looking to England’s example as his team try to rebuild in the wake of their fail…

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England keeper trial a great way to go into World Cup, says Jack Butland

• Stoke No1 out to stake his claim against Italy at Wembley• ‘Whoever is selected comes in off a battle, which is what you want’Jack Butland has welcomed the competition for places for the England goalkeeper’s jersey, with only three games to play befo…