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Category: Italy

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Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti: do short-term marquee signings really have an effect?

Do Pirlo and Totti still have what it takes to play 90 minutes of intensely competitive football against A-League opposition? The reaction to news that Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti have been approached with offers to come to Australia to play in th…

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Nations League roundup: André Silva fires Ronaldo-less Portugal past Italy

• Turkey seal remarkable comeback win in Sweden• Kosovo earn historic victory on home soil against Faroe IslandsPortugal, without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, got their Nations League campaign under way with a 1-0 victory against Italy in their Group A3…

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Scotland v Albania, Portugal v Italy and more: Nations League – live!

Nations League updates from the latest set of gamesFootball Weekly: the pod on the Nations League so farAnd feel free to email Ben or tweet him @benfisherj 6.58pm BST Headline team news: Allan McGregor is preferred to Craig Gordon in goal, Stephen O’Do…

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Genoa fans stay silent to honour victims of bridge collapse

Fans watched match against Empoli for 43 minutes in near-silence to honour victimsFans of Italian football club Genoa watched the first 43 minutes of their team’s Serie A match at home to Empoli in near-silence on Sunday to honour the victims of the mo…

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Black athlete attacked as Salvini criticised for ‘climate of hate’ in Italy

Opposition politicians condemn far-right minister after series of racist assaultsOpposition politicians in Italy have accused the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, of creating a climate of hate after a series of racist attacks that have coin…

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Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters

Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s piece about the German footballer, which asked why people of colour should have to ditch their national heritageI agree with Afua Hirsch that German-born Mesut Özil should feel free to celebrate his German and his Turki…

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‘I felt anger’: why NBA star Marc Gasol helped crew a migrant rescue boat

While many of his fellow player spent the off-season on the beach, the Grizzlies center decided he could not watch a humanitarian crisis from the sidelinesMarc Gasol will never forget the terrified look on the face of Josefa, the Cameroonian woman left…

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When Italy players did national service – at the Military World Cup

Gianluca Vialli won the Military World Cup in 1987 while on national service – unlike Alessandro Del Piero and Fabio Cannavaro, who were sent off in a defeat to Cyprus in 1995By Ricci Potts for The Gentleman UltraThere is an odd tendency to conflate fo…

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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…