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Category: Serie A

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Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled at Juventus – live!

Updates, reaction and news as €100m Ronaldo arrives in TurinRonaldo at Madrid was more than just goals. The end feels coldAny thoughts? You can email John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 5.16pm BST This was Paolo Bandini’s verdict when the deal was announced las…

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Cristiano Ronaldo for €100m at 33? Indulgence or Juventus masterstroke? | Paolo Bandini

To pay such a sum for a player surely past his peak seems a risk but the Italian champions have not made many mistakes latelyCristiano Ronaldo described it in matter-of-fact terms as “the moment to begin a new cycle”. In Italy the headline writers went…

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Transfer window: deals you may have missed because of the World Cup

While events in Russia have hogged the headlines, the market has rolled along. Catch up on the summer’s big deals in Europe’s top leaguesThe Unai Emery era has begun at Arsenal, with goalkeeper Bernd Leno and full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner arriving and…

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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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Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues

All the moves in the top leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany as well as club-by-club guides for all the ins and outs this summer Continue reading…

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The Bandinis 2017: an exhaustive review of the Serie A season

A season of expected change in Italy ended in familiar fashion but Napoli’s title bid, Lazio’s resurgence and a host of young talent made for a memorable campaignThis was supposed to be a season of change in Serie A. VAR would put an end to the old pol…

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‘It can’t be true’: Parma return to Serie A after three straight promotions

Parma were declared bankrupt and relegated to Serie D in 2015. Now the club is ‘back where we belong’By Yousef Teclab for The Gentleman UltraIt took the court just 10 minutes to declare Parma FC bankrupt in March 2015. The quick decision ended months o…

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Lazio’s late implosion against Inter could haunt the club for years to come | Paolo Bandini

Inter-bound Stefan De Vrij was at the centre of a wild collapse as Lazio surrendered a Champions League place to InterStefan De Vrij folded himself up small and hid his face underneath a training top, but he could not stop the cameras from honing in on…

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Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri hints at exit amid Chelsea link

Sarri has been linked with the Chelsea jobNapoli finished second in Serie A with 91 pointsMaurizio Sarri has dropped a strong hint that his time at Napoli is drawing to a close amid reports suggesting he will leave the Serie A club.The 59-year-old coac…

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Milan’s Suso: ‘I feel like I am only at 70% of what I can achieve’

The forward talks about the shock of arriving in England as a 16-year-old, having Gennaro Gattuso as his manager and playing for Liverpool again one dayWhen Suso arrived in Italy to sign for Milan, in January 2015, there were no fans or journalists at …

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Parma return to Serie A after late drama seals third successive promotion

• Win at Spezia seals top-flight spot three years after bankruptcy• Captain Alessandro Lucarelli: ‘It can’t be real, it’s impossible’Parma will return to the Serie A next season just three years after bankruptcy, after a 2-0 win at Spezia on Friday – a…

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Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus after 17 years – video

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is to leave Juventus after a highly successful 17-year relationship with the club. After his last match this Saturday he will evaluate the ‘proposals and inspiring challenges’ he has received and will next week decid…

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Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus but is considering ‘interesting proposals’

Keeper to end 17-year stay after ‘wonderful adventure’Buffon set to defer retirement after Juve departureItaly’s talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for Juventus after 17 years at the club when they host Verona in Serie A on…

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Juventus extend ‘My7h’: a success to celebrate or a cause for lament?

The all-conquering Old Lady has no plans to abdicate her throne even with the inevitable summer changes aheadLast May, the commemorative T-shirts celebrated a “Le6end”. This year, Juventus went with “My7h”. Even as players popped champagne corks for th…

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Net spend: Buffon, De Gea and why keepers are massively undervalued | Sean Ingle

Goalkeepers are transferred for less and paid less. Is it time football finally valued them relative to outfield players?So arrivederci then, Gianluigi Buffon. Assuming there is no careering handbrake turn away from retirement, the match against Verona…

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European roundup: Barcelona lose unbeaten record after 5-4 Levante defeat

• La Liga champions Barça lose despite Philippe Coutinho hat-trick• Juventus win seventh consecutive Serie A title with Roma drawBarcelona’s hopes of an unbeaten La Liga campaign were ended in their penultimate game as they lost 5-4 at Levante. The cha…

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Juventus have Serie A (nearly) in the bag but the fight elsewhere is just hotting up | Paolo Bandini

The title will go to Juventus again after Napoli’s impressive season faded but the fight for Europe and to survive is set to go down to the wireFor the seventh season running, Juventus will be champions of Italy. The Scudetto is not officially theirs j…

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European roundup: Ademola Lookman sends Bundesliga survival fight to wire

• Everton loanee hits double to leave Hamburg and Wolfsburg in peril• Valencia qualify for Champions League after Betis lose at BilbaoThe scrap for Bundesliga survival between Hamburg and Wolfsburg will go to the final day of the season after both fell…

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The Premier League outcasts who are flourishing across Europe this season

Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne needed two attempts in the Premier League. Perhaps these players will be the sameBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkFootball clubs can be quick to write off foreign imports as flops if they do n…

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Juventus almost in seventh heaven as Napoli title bid comes undone | Paolo Bandini

The champions found a win from nowhere to heap pressure on Napoli, whose hopes were left in tatters at FiorentinaFino alla fine. Until the end. Those three words were chosen by Juventus supporters to be printed on the club’s shirts in 2014, a snippet b…