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Euro 2020 qualifying: Belgium’s Lukaku and De Bruyne see off Scotland

• Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne earn Group I win for Belgium• Germany beat Estonia 8-0 but Northern Ireland top Group CA goal in each half from Romelu Lukaku and an unerring late drive from Kevin De Bruyne consigned Scotland to a 3-0 Euro 2020 qualiifying…

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Maradona and Naples created an unearthly and sometimes dark magic. I was there | Ed Vulliamy

A new documentary about the footballer’s life doesn’t capture the way an underdog city both beatified and ensnared its favourite sonSundays would begin and end at a bar called Bollicine – bubbles – behind Piazza Leopardi station in the Fuorigrotta quar…

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Vatican launches women’s football team with pope’s blessing

Team to make its debut against AS Roma’s women’s team on 26 MayThe Vatican has launched its first women’s football team, with a debut challenge against AS Roma’s Serie A women’s squad on 26 May.More than half of the team is made up of staff working wit…

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Trieste half-marathon backtracks on exclusion of Africans

Organisers invited only Europeans to draw attention to exploitation of African athletesThe organisers of a half-marathon in the northern Italian city of Trieste have backtracked on their decision to exclude African athletes from the race following accu…

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Sicilian footballer stages own ‘kidnapping’ in retirement stunt – video

A third-tier Sicilian league match was interrupted in spectacular style by an apparent kidnapping, when a helicopter landed in the middle of the pitch and masked men burst out to seize Viagrande player Iganzio Barbagallo. But it was a stunt organised b…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Denmark and Norway claim thrilling 3-3 draws

• Switzerland 3-3 Denmark; Norway 3-3 Sweden• Gabriel Jesus scores twice in Brazil friendlyDenmark launched a stunning late comeback against Switzerland to draw their opening qualifying match for Euro 2020.Remo Freuler, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka …

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Euro 2020 qualifying roundup: Spain and Italy start with wins, Swiss beat Georgia

• Sergio Ramos scores Panenka in Spain’s 2-1 win over Norway• Italy beat Finland 2-0; Sweden defeat Romania 2-1The Spain captain Sergio Ramos scored another Panenka penalty to give his side a 2-1 home win over Norway in their opening Euro 2020 qualifie…

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Spain v Norway, Italy v Finland and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Scores and updates from the 7.45pm kick-offsLive scores: follow all Saturday’s gamesAny comments? Feel free to email Scott 7.03pm GMT Final Score. Before we immerse ourselves in this evening’s hot Euro action, let’s find out what’s already happened in …

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Four people stabbed in football-related violence in Rome

A Briton, two Spaniards and an American were injured in fighting at bar in Italian capitalA Briton was among four people stabbed in football-related clashes in central Rome, according to Italian media reports.Fighting broke out shortly after 9pm on Wed…

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Italian football coach banned for butting rival at end of Serie C match – video

Serie C coach Giancarlo Favarin has been given a five-month ban for violently butting a member of the opposing team’s staff and telling a player to break an opponent’s legs.Footage of the incident showed the coach of Lucchese butting Gaetano Mancino, a…

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Italian football coach banned for butting rival at end of Serie C match – video

Serie C coach Giancarlo Favarin has been given a five-month ban for violently butting a member of the opposing team’s staff and telling a player to break an opponent’s legs.Footage of the incident showed the coach of Lucchese butting Gaetano Mancino, a…

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Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Ara…

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Nuns on the run: Vatican launches athletics team and targets Olympics

• Vatican Athletics has blessing of Italian Olympic Committee• Priests, nuns and 62-year-old library worker among membersThe Vatican has launched an athletics team with the aim of competing in international competitions – including the Olympics – as pa…

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Nuns on the run: Vatican launches athletics team and targets Olympics

• Vatican Athletics has blessing of Italian Olympic Committee• Priests, nuns and 62-year-old library worker among membersThe Vatican has launched an athletics team with the aim of competing in international competitions – including the Olympics – as pa…

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Fascism is thriving again in Italy – and finding its home on the terraces | Tobias Jones

The kind of racist abuse aimed at Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is commonplace in Italian football – and points to a wider malaiseThis week has shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the Boxing Day g…

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Nations League and internationals: 10 talking points from this week’s games

Virgil van Dijk is leader of the flying Dutchmen, Kosovo are on the verge of something special and a fed up Britt abroadWhen Gareth Southgate needed to turn the tide against Croatia at the World Cup, his options were limited by a lack of forward player…

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Nations League and internationals: 10 talking points from this week’s games

Virgil van Dijk is leader of the flying Dutchmen, Kosovo are on the verge of something special and a fed up Britt abroadWhen Gareth Southgate needed to turn the tide against Croatia at the World Cup, his options were limited by a lack of forward player…

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USA lose to Italy last as Americans await new permanent coach

Christian Pulisic becomes youngest ever US captainDave Sarachan has been interim coach for more than a yearMatteo Politano scored his first international goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, as Italy beat the United States 1-0 in Bel…

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Italy v USA: international friendly – live!

Can a familiar name solve USA’s familiar problems?Scotland v Israel: Nations League – follow it live!Email Graham with your thoughts or tweet @grahamparkerfc 1.51pm GMT Graham will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s some transfer speculation regar…

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

Live updates from the 7.45pm GMT gamesAnd you can email Nick or tweet @NickMiller79 4.23pm GMT As it turns out, this Nations League business has been pretty good. Sport tends to be a fairly conservative business, broadly speaking happy with how things …