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New-look Juve await resurgent Inter

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Milan (AFP) Fit-again Claudio Marchisio could be restricted to starting on the bench as Massimiliano Allegri's new-look Juventus bid to stretch their 27-game unbeaten run at home against Inter Milan on Sunday.

Allegri has both midfielder Marchisio and key defender Andrea Barzagli back from injury lay-offs that have hampered their bid for a record sixth straight Serie A title.

Dzeko to the rescue as Roma stay in title hunt

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Milan (AFP) Edin Dzeko's second-half strike kept Serie A title challengers Roma in the hunt with a 1-0 win at home Cagliari that cut the gap on leaders Juventus to one point on Sunday.

Fresh life was breathed into the race for the scudetto last week, especially for Roma and Napoli, when Juventus suffered a chastening 2-1 defeat at Fiorentina.

Pjanic answers critics as Juventus labour to Chievo win

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Milan (AFP) Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic silenced his critics with a superb free-kick winner as injury-depleted Juventus laboured to a 2-1 win at Chievo to stretch their Serie A lead Sunday.

In a hard-fought encounter that saw defender Andrea Barzagli stretchered off after just four minutes, Juventus were given another reminder their bid for a record sixth consecutive league title is far from being a formality.

Pjanic answers critics as Juve labour to Chievo win

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Milan (AFP) Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic silenced his critics with a superb free-kick winner as injury-depleted Juventus laboured to a 2-1 win at Chievo to stretch their Serie A lead Sunday.

Roma have the chance to reduce the gap to four points later when they host Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico.

Pjanic answers critics as Juve labour to Chievo win

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Milan (AFP) Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic silenced his critics with a superb free-kick winner as injury-depleted Juventus laboured to a 2-1 win at Chievo to stretch their Serie A lead Sunday.

Roma have the chance to reduce the gap to four points later when they host Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico.

Buffon, Barzagli sign new Juventus deals

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Milan (AFP) A "proud" Gianluigi Buffon hinted he is still hopeful of becoming a Champions League winner with Juventus after he and defender Andrea Barzagli signed two-year contract extensions with the Serie A champions Wednesday.

Italy goalkeeper Buffon has enjoyed another successful season with the Turin giants, helping them to a record-equalling fifth consecutive league title and an Italian Cup final with AC Milan on May 21.

Buffon, Barzagli sign new Juventus deals

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Milan (AFP) A "proud" Gianluigi Buffon hinted he is still hopeful of becoming a Champions League winner with Juventus after he and defender Andrea Barzagli signed two-year contract extensions with the Serie A champions Wednesday.

Italy goalkeeper Buffon has enjoyed another successful season with the Turin giants, helping them to a record-equalling fifth consecutive league title and an Italian Cup final with AC Milan on May 21.

Buffon, Barzagli sign new Juventus deals

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Milan (AFP) A "proud" Gianluigi Buffon hinted he is still hopeful of becoming a Champions League winner with Juventus after he and defender Andrea Barzagli signed two-year contract extensions with the Serie A champions Wednesday.

Italy goalkeeper Buffon has enjoyed another successful season with the Turin giants, helping them to a record-equalling fifth consecutive league title and an Italian Cup final with AC Milan on May 21.

Buffon, Barzagli sign new Juventus deals

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Milan (AFP) A "proud" Gianluigi Buffon hinted he is still hopeful of becoming a Champions League winner with Juventus after he and defender Andrea Barzagli signed two-year contract extensions with the Serie A champions Wednesday.

Italy goalkeeper Buffon has enjoyed another successful season with the Turin giants, helping them to a record-equalling fifth consecutive league title and an Italian Cup final with AC Milan on May 21.

Future is bright in Turin for reigning champions Juventus

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Juventus faced Barcelona in the Champions League final with what can definitively be called a veteran team. The Old Lady started Gianluigi Buffon, Patrice Evra, Andrea Barzagli, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez, all of whom are over 30 years of age.

With Pirlo and Tevez departing, the Bianconeri took the opportunity to make the squad much younger in an effort to once again reach the Champions League final and this time win it.

Analysis: How Juventus Defeated Napoli 3-0

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Juventus sit one point behind league leaders Roma after a convincing victory over Napoli.

Antonio Conte made two changes to the side that drew Real Madrid in midweek. Angelo Ogbonna joined Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli at centre back, while Mauricio Isla made an appearance as a right wingback.

Juventus Miss Chance To Set New Record Points Total

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Juventus Miss Chance To Set New Record Points Total is a post from: Serie A Weekly Juventus Miss Chance To Set New Record Points Total is a post from: Serie A Weekly Juventus missed the chance to set a new record points total as a great solo goal from Victor Ibarbo held the Champions to a 1-1 draw in Turin.

Results for Juventus ( 2 – 0 ) Parma at Juventus Stadium on August 25, 2012, 7:45 pm

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Match just over at Juventus Stadium Serie A Home Team Juventus Goals & Scorers 59′: Andrea Pirlo;55′: Stephan Lichtsteiner; Keeper Marco Storari Midfield Claudio Marchisio; Kwadwo Asamoah; Arturo Vidal; Andrea Pirlo; Forwards Sebastian Giovinco; Mirko Vucinic; Defense Leonardo Bonucci; Stephan Lichtsteiner; Andrea Barzagli; Luca Marrone; Subs [.

Italy

Confederations Cup: Brazil vs. Mexico Preview

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The second round of fixtures in Group A of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off Wednesday when host nation Brazil plays Mexico in Fortaleza. Brazil won their first match in convincing fashion, beating Japan 3-0, while Mexico lost 2-1 to Italy.

Brazil produced some moments of brilliance in the match against Japan, including a fantastic Neymar volley and a slide-rule pass from Oscar that culminated in a goal for substitute striker Jo.

Confederations Cup: Brazil vs. Mexico Preview

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The second round of fixtures in Group A of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off Wednesday when host nation Brazil plays Mexico in Fortaleza. Brazil won their first match in convincing fashion, beating Japan 3-0, while Mexico lost 2-1 to Italy.

Brazil produced some moments of brilliance in the match against Japan, including a fantastic Neymar volley and a slide-rule pass from Oscar that culminated in a goal for substitute striker Jo.

Agger & Juve Defender Praise For Feat Player Nicklas Bendtner

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Before Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between Italy & Denmark, where the Italians took the three points with a 3-1 lead but it could be said that the scoreline did somewhat flattered the hosts in a very open end to end game at the San Siro.

Bendtner played the 90 mins and had a decent game to be fair, early on he was coming deep and getting involved in the build up play and link play and showing some lovely control and touches.

Giorgio Chiellini

Ranking the Top 10 Center Backs in the World

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Defender Mats Hummels of Germany and Borussia Dortmund (Google Creative Commons)

Among the oldest adages in sports is, "defense wins championships." While every championship team also must have a solid offensive game, defensive quality is always at a premium.

Random basketball reference: For those of you who follow the NBA, why did Oklahoma City forward Thabo Sefolosha start over James Harden last season?

Euro 2012: Spain-Italy Final Live Game Thread

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Spain Lineup (4-3-3): Iker Casillas; Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa; Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez; Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva

Italy Lineup (4-3-1-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Ignazio Abate; Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio; Riccardo Montolivo; Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli

Stadium: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

Television Broadcast Information: Sunday, July 1st, 2:45 p.

Euro 2012: Germany-Italy Live Game Thread

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Germany starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira; Lukas Podolski, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil; Mario Gomez.

Italy starting lineup (4-3-1-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Balzaretti; Daniele de Rossi, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio; Riccardo Montolivo; Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli.

Italia 2 Irlanda 0 Grupo C Eurocopa 2012

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Ficha técnica: Italia: Gianluigi Buffon, Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini (Leonardo Bonucci, m.57), Federico Balzaretti, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Thiago Motta, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Di Natale (Mario Balotelli, m.75) y Antonio Cassano (Alessandro Diamanti, m.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012 Final Team lineups

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Iker Casillas Gianluigi Buffon Alvaro Arbeloa Ignazio Abate Gerard Piqué Andrea Barzagli Sergio Ramos Leonardo Bonucci Jordi Alba 21′ Giorgio Chiellini Xavi Hernandez Andrea Pirlo Sergio Busquets Claudio Marchisio Xabi Alonso 56′ Riccardo Montolivo David Silva Daniele De Rossi Cesc Fabregas Antonio Cassano Andrés Iniesta Mario Balotelli substitutions : 59′ Pedro Rodriguez 21′ Federico Balzaretti [.

Balotelli brace stuns Germany and sends Italy through to Euro 2012 final

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Italy stunned highly-fancied Germany with 2-1 win on Thursday night to book a place in the Euro 2012 final against holders Spain. Mario Balotelli was the hero, scoring both Azzurri goals in a commanding Italy performance before Mesut Ozil grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot in injury-time.

Balotelli brace stuns Germany and sends Italy through to Euro 2012 final

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Italy stunned highly-fancied Germany with 2-1 win on Thursday night to book a place in the Euro 2012 final against holders Spain. Mario Balotelli was the hero, scoring both Azzurri goals in a commanding Italy performance before Mesut Ozil grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot in injury-time.

England v Italy lineup Euro 2012

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England Italy Joe Hart Gianluigi Buffon Glen Johnson Ignazio Abate John Terry Andrea Barzagli Joleon Lescott Leonardo Bonucci Ashley Cole Federico Balzaretti James Milner Andrea Pirlo Steven Gerrard Claudio Marchisio Scott Parker Riccardo Montolivo Ashley Young Daniele De Rossi Wayne Rooney Mario Balotelli Danny Welbeck Antonio Cassano

Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Preview, England vs. Italy: Anything But Penalty Kicks Please

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Not today man.

Zack Goldman says goodbye to the quarters.

Good morning! Today we've got our last quarterfinal, England versus Italy.

Both teams traveled to Euro 2012 with somewhat muted expectations, having underachieved at the last World Cup and feeling less than confident about their current squads.

Italy, The Obstacle In England’s Path

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The Azzurri are marching with their heads held high after defying the pre-tournament critics and escaping group C. Coach Cesare Prandelli's tactical masterstroke against Spain demonstrated his vision. The Catenaccio styled Italy has been absent this tournament, and a new more adventurous side has emerged.

Italy and Tactical Flexibility

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Italy and Tactical Flexibility

On the eve of EURO 2012, Italy was an ominous cloud, surrounded by stifling winds of a Serie A match-fixing scandal and a base of supporters still disappointed from the country's performance in the 2010 World Cup. Going into this summer's tournament, defensive stalwart Andrea Barzagli had a calf injury, forcing him to miss at least the first two games of the tournament.

Draw Leaves Italian Advance On Knife Edge

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Italy were pegged back for the second consecutive match as they drew 1-1 with Croatia in their Euro 2012 Group C encounter in Poznan. A vibrant Italy took command of the opening 45 minutes and were rewarded when Andrea Pirlo curled in a free kick, only for Mario Mandzukic to equalise with 20 minutes remaining.

Will Italy Really Play Three At The Back Against Spain?

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With Andrea Barzagli looking increasingly likely to miss out on Euro 2012 due to a calf injury, there have been a lot of stories coming out of the Italy camp that Cesare Prandelli is thinking about playing a 3-5-2 formation against Spain in Italy's opening match in Euro 2012.

If Italy were to go with three at the back, Prandelli's logical back three would have been Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci as they have all played together in that role for Juventus this season.

Top 5 Goalkeepers in EURO 2012

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A common stereotype about goalkeepers is that they're a little on the crazy side. However, these five guys, the best at the position, will have to stay level-headed if they want to lead their nations to European glory this summer.

5. Joe Hart, England- The Manchester City stopper has progressed incredibly in the past two seasons, morphing into the Three Lions' number one choice at goalkeeper this summer.

Euro 2012: Italy up against it again

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*The last time Italy entered a tournament in crisis was in 2006 at the height of the Calciopoli scandal, when the dark side of that nation's football showed its face in daylight again. Gli Azzurri went to the World Cup under a cloud but came home with the trophy.

1980 saw another match-fixing expose, Totonero, blacken the name of calcio.

Monday Kickoff: Mexico downs Brazil, Colombia tops Peru, and more

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Mexico has had its fair share of success against Brazil through the years, and 'El Tri' stifled the South Americans yet again, shutting down the high-powered 'Selecao' attack on their way to a 2-0 victory on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

Giovani Dos Santos played the role of hero, scoring a goal and setting up another by drawing a penalty, to give the Mexican squad a big boost heading into World Cup qualifying.

Euro 2008 ITALY ROSTER – Official List of 23 Players

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National team coach Cesare Prandelli has made the Azzurri's roster official, and communicated his list to UEFA.

Compared his previous version, the manager has left out Andrea Ranocchia and Mattia Destro. Doubts remain on the eligibility of Leonardo Bonucci, currently under investigation in the massive betting scandal surrounding Italian soccer this week.

Euro 2012 ITALY ROSTER – Official List of 23 Players

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National team coach Cesare Prandelli has made the Azzurri's roster official, and communicated his list to UEFA.

Compared his previous version, the manager has left out Andrea Ranocchia and Mattia Destro. Doubts remain on the eligibility of Leonardo Bonucci, currently under investigation in the massive betting scandal surrounding Italian soccer this week.

Euro 2012 ITALY ROSTER – Official List of 23 Players

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National team coach Cesare Prandelli has made the Azzurri's roster official, and communicated his list to UEFA.

Compared his previous version, the manager has left out Andrea Ranocchia and Mattia Destro. Doubts remain on the eligibility of Leonardo Bonucci, currently under investigation in the massive betting scandal surrounding Italian soccer this week.

Prandelli Trims Italy’s Euro 2012 Roster to 25 Players

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Cesare Prandelli trimmed down his squad list from 32 to 25 players for the friendly against Luxembourg on Tuesday evening at Stadio Tardini of Parma. Those that didn't "make the cut" are goalkeeper Viviano, defenders Astori, Bocchetti, Criscito, and midfielders Cigarini, Schelotto, Verratti.

Prandelli Trims Italy’s Euro 2012 Roster to 25 Players

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Cesare Prandelli trimmed down his squad list from 32 to 25 players for the friendly against Luxembourg on Tuesday evening at Stadio Tardini of Parma. Those that didn't "make the cut" are goalkeeper Viviano, defenders Astori, Bocchetti, Criscito, and midfielders Cigarini, Schelotto, Verratti.

Serie A: Just Football’s Team of the Season 2011-2012

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In 4-3-3 formation....

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

A relatively easy call to make. 'Superman' has been back to his best form in Serie A this season and won his fair share of points for La Vecchia Signora with some outstanding personal performances.

The Rest

Monday Kickoff: Aubameyang, Mbappe, Ronaldo and more

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Some big name strikers continue to draw headlines as transfer season continues.

Borussia Dortmund will give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just a few more days to decide his future as links to Chelsea and AC Milan continue. (REPORT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he expects Kylian Mbappe to remain at Monaco.

Juve’s Barzagli out for two months

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Milan (AFP) The dislocated shoulder that saw Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli stretchered off at the weekend is to keep the Italy international out of action for two months, his club said on Monday.

"Further examinations at J-Medical today have confirmed the scale of the shoulder inury sustained by Andrea Barzagli five minutes into Sunday's victory over Chievo in Verona," a statement on the club's website said.