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Italy make flying start to Euro 2020 with dominant opening win over Turkey

Well hello there, Italy. It’s good to have you back. On a taut and muggy night in Rome, a statement performance from what we now have to describe as one of the favourites: a vivid and thrilling display of smart attacking football. Five years after thei…

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Turkey v Italy: Euro 2020 opener – live!

Euro 2020 updates from the 8pm BST kick-off in RomeThe Fiver: sign up to get the Guardian’s daily football emailAnd feel free to send your thoughts to Scott via email 6.40pm BST Italy coach Roberto Mancini is looking to put on a show tonight, and for t…

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After delays and dashed hopes, wait is over and Euro 2020 party is here | Jonathan Liew

Italy, the first country in Europe to be hit by Covid, host Turkey in the tournament’s opening match, with both hoping to go farThe first thing you notice about Rome on the eve of Europe’s biggest carnival is that it does not exactly feel like a place …

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Renaissance man: how Mancini turned Italy from mess to winning machine | Nicky Bandini

The Azzurri were at a low when Mancini took over in 2018 but they are heading into the Euros on a 27-match unbeaten runRoberto Mancini has never been content to just take part. Aged nine, he became so frustrated at losing a table tennis game that he th…

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Francesco Acerbi: the ‘lion’ who beat cancer to be a pillar in Italy’s defence

Lazio centre-back and one-time party animal believes cancer saved his life and is ready to play in his first Euros aged 33This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from…

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Francesco Acerbi: the ‘lion’ who beat cancer to be a pillar in Italy’s defence

Lazio centre-back and one-time party animal believes cancer saved his life and is ready to play in his first Euros aged 33This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from…

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Euro 2020 team guides part 1: Italy

Roberto Mancini has got Italy believing again but they need one of their strikers to have the month of their lives to go farThis article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations fr…

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Chris Smalling and his family targeted by armed robbers at home – reports

Italian media reports robbery at Smalling’s house in RomeRoma defender and family were in property during break-inChris Smalling and his family were robbed at gunpoint inside their home in the early hours of Friday morning, according to media reports i…

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Chris Smalling and his family targeted by armed robbers at home – reports

Italian media reports robbery at Smalling’s house in RomeRoma defender and family were in property during break-inChris Smalling and his family were robbed at gunpoint inside their home in the early hours of Friday morning, according to media reports i…

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North Macedonia inflict historic World Cup qualifying defeat on Germany

Germany suffer first home World Cup qualifying loss since 2001Spain see off Kosovo despite error from goalkeeper Unai SimónNorth Macedonia stunned Germany with a 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory in Duisburg, as Eljif Elmas’s 85th-minute winner earned t…

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Northern Ireland battle hard but are punished by Ciro Immobile and Italy

Northern Ireland made a losing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign as they were beaten 2-0 by Italy, but there were promising signs for the visitors in Parma.On the night when captain Steven Davis matched Peter Shilton’s British record of 125 …

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Italian volleyball club sues player for contract breach over pregnancy

Politicians and Olympics chief back Lara Lugli, who was fired and is now being sued after requesting back payAn Italian volleyball player who is being sued by her club for allegedly breaking her contract after becoming pregnant said she was being treat…

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Iranian women’s ski coach barred from going to world championships by husband

Husband of Samira Zargari prevents her from travelling to Italy, according to reports in Iranian pressSamira Zargari, the coach of the Iranian women’s Alpine skiing team, has been barred by her husband from travelling to Italy for the world skiing cham…

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Italy’s Stefano Okaka: ‘I need people to love me – this is how I am’

The striker is thriving at Udinese after a tough spell at Watford and has forced his way back into the national team“You cannot understand what it means for me to be back in the national team at 31 years old after a few troubles on my way,” Stefano Oka…

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Italy’s Stefano Okaka: ‘I need people to love me – this is how I am’

The striker is thriving at Udinese after a tough spell at Watford and has forced his way back into the national team“You cannot understand what it means for me to be back in the national team at 31 years old after a few troubles on my way,” Stefano Oka…

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Great-grandson of fascist dictator Mussolini joins Lazio’s under-19 team

Romano Floriani Mussolini brought into youth team Lazio have a history of links to the far right The great-grandson of Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini has officially joined Lazio’s under-19 team.Romano Floriani Mussolini, son of the former Eu…

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Maradonaland: Naples plans statues and museum to honour ‘Saint Diego’

City’s murals of Maradona have become pilgrimage sites since footballer’s death in NovemberA month since the death of Diego Armando Maradona and the southern Italian city of Naples is looking more like a Maradonaland each day.After renaming Napoli foot…

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Paolo Rossi obituary

Italian footballer who went from match-fixing shame to national hero after his goal-scoring prowess at the 1982 World CupThe footballer Paolo Rossi, who has died aged 64 of lung cancer, became a national hero in Italy after scoring six times in the 198…

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Paolo Rossi: Italy’s World Cup hero whose quick feet earned redemption | Nicky Bandini

The forward’s goals made him a national hero in 1982 after a two-year ban threatened to destroy his playing careerPaolo Rossi scored more than 150 goals in his career but if you wanted to understand the brilliance of a player whose death at the age of …

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A life in pictures: Paolo Rossi

Best remembered for his performance at the 1982 World Cup, the legendary Italian forward has died at the age of 64. We take a look at his careerWorld Cup winner Paolo Rossi dies aged 64 Continue reading…