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Galatasaray meets Arsenal again!

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Galatasaray will be looking to take advantage of Arsenal's midfield injury crisis today as they look to pick up their first ever win in England

Galatasaray never won in England in nine attempts, although they have defeated Arsenal before in the UEFA Cup final in 2000.

Arsenal are also without long-term absentees Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mathieu Debuchy.

Galatasaray hosts Anderlecht

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Galatasaray starts its Champions League campaign with a home match against Anderlecht.

Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli has refused to label his side's opening Champions League opponents Anderlecht as the weak link in Group D.
"We'll play against an organised, very young and interesting team.

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Antonio Conte Named New Italy Manager

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The stars aligned perfectly for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as they were able to name former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Italian national team. Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli who resigned at the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil after seeing his Azzurri side fail to progress from a group which also contained England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Antonio Cassano Stopped Eating Focaccia To Lose 10kg And Slink His Way Into Italy’s World Cup Squad

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By Chris Wright

"Num nums!"

Perhaps surprisingly, Antonio Cassano has never played a single minute of World Cup football, with his inclusion in Italy's 2014 squad being the Parma striker's first ever call-up to an Azzurri World Cup squad.

Now aged 31, Cassano has admitted that he thought his chance to appear at a World Cup had passed, but thanks to a serious show of dedication he was able to persuade coach Cesare Prandelli that he was worth taking to Brazil largely due to him scoring 12 goals and dropping 10kg over the course of the 2013/14 season.


Friday Kickoff: Italy announce Conte as manager; Wenger looking to keep Campbell; and more

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After falling short of the knockout round for the second straight World Cup,the Italian national team has announced the man they hope will guide them back to the heights of the team's2006 World Cup triumph.

Antonio Conte has been named manager of the Italian national team after the team partedways with former manager Cesare Prandelli shortly following the World Cup.

Italy Appoints Antonio Conte As Head Coach On 2-Year Deal

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Former Juventus coach, Antonio Conte, has been appointed as the new coach for the Italian national team, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed today. Since the unexpected resignation of former Italian coach, Cesare Prandelli, in the wake of their dismal World Cup 2014 group stage elimination, the position had remained vacant.

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Italy

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The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

Italy Manager Cesare Prandelli’s Resignation Does Not Solve Team’s Woes

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Cesare Prandelli's path as Italy coach begun four years ago, just after the South African World Cup fiasco, which was led by the former World Cup winner Marcello Lippi.

During his four years in charge as Italy's coach, the former Fiorentina manager led Italy to second place at Euro 2012 and the third place at last year's Confederations Cup.

Cesare Prandelli Resigns As Italy Boss

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Well that did not take long. Just minutes after seeing his team lose to to Uruguay on Tuesday and fail to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli resigned.

Prandelli stepped down in his post-match news conference.

"Above and beyond, at the end of the match, I spoke to the president of the federation, and because the technical plan is under my responsibility, I have told them that I am going to resign from my position because when the technical plan and strategy fails, it is only fair for the person in question to take responsibility," Prandelli said.

Cesare Prandelli’s Tactics, Not Luis Suarez Or The Referee, Hurt Italy

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Cesare Prandelli's decision to resign in the wake of the Azzurri's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay was a noble one, premised on the idea that he was responsible for Italy's poor showing in the World Cup. Setting aside his tenure as the Italian coach this cycle, if we focus on this match, then it was the correct decision to shoulder the blame.

Italy Manager Cesare Prandelli Resigns After Rant Against Fans And Italian FA

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After a controversial 1-0 loss to UruguayTuesday in the Group stages of the World Cup, Italian manager Cesare Prandelli has resigned from his position. His Italian squad came in third in the group after two consecutive losses against Costa Rica and Uruguay.

In 2010, Prandelli replaced Marcelo Lippi as head coach of the Azzurri after the 2006 World Cup.

Why Italy Shouldn’t Panic After Costa Rica Loss

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Italy lost to Costa Rica at the World Cup. It happened, big deal. The loss will only help the Italians moving forward, and because of that they shouldn't panic about it.

The loss exposed a few issues for Cesare Prandelli's team. One was that Italy seemed slow and tired. Playing in Manaus against the British was draining.

Italy Establishes Its Credentials As a World Cup Favorite

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It's the definition of premature to say a team can win it all after one game. Even after one strong performance against a good team. Even if said performance was in an environment in which the temperature rivaled that of a sauna.

It's premature, and yet I'm trudging along with the point anyway.

Italy vs England Preview

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In the blistering heat and humidity in the Amazonian city of Manaus, Italy will take on England to open up their 2014 World Cup campaign.

The Italians will be looking to rebound after a disappointing performance in the 2010 World Cup where they earned only two points against a weak group, consisting of Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand, and failed to advance past the group stage for the first time since 1974.

Strengths and Weaknesses Of Italy’s World Cup Team

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After the 2010 South African World Cup sham, Italy arrives at the World Cup as the Euro 2012 runners-up and one of the most talented teams in the tournament. The Azzurri will play into the group D, together with England, Costa Rica and Uruguay.

On the eve of the first game against England, Italians have been debating a lot over Cesare Prandelli's choices.

Italy back-ups fail to impress vs Ireland

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Italy's winless streak is continuing at the worst possible time.

On Saturday evening at Craven Cottage, two weeks on the dot from their World Cup opener versus England, Italy made it six games without a win as they settled for a 0-0 draw againstIreland. Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli opted to rest his starters in favor of young, up-and-coming talent and fringe players just one day before the deadline to name his 23-man roster for Brazil.

World Cup 2014: Predicting Italy’s Squad

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With the World Cup in Brazil just weeks away, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has some extremely difficult decisions on his hands. Italy is considered by many to be a dark horse, but some (self-included) even consider them to be a serious threat to win. The Azzurri face a demanding group that features England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, and there is a possibility that Italy may fail to get out of the group stage for the second straight World Cup.

World Cup Draw Rehearsal & Pot Previews

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A rehearsal was held for the 2014 World Cup draw taking part on Friday in Bahia, which meant a simulated draw was whipped out of the bowls or hats or whatever the hell they'll use. Judging by that draft draw, there are a lot of federations which won't be sleeping tonight. There was one Group of Death, which included Brazil, Italy, and France with Australia for the parting gifts.

Tuesday Kickoff: Prandelli wants Rossi-Balotelli partnership; Costa withdraws from Spain squad; and more

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Italy National Team head coachCesare Prandelli is planning on going with a new striker partnership when his side take on Germany in Milan on Friday.

With the return to fitness after two serious knee injuries and his red-hot scoring form for Fiorentina, Prandelli told reporters in Italy that he'd like to start Guiseppe Rossi alongside Mario Balotelli for the match against the Germans.

Latest FIFA World Ranking – Five Winners And Losers

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Latest FIFA World Ranking Five Winners And Losers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The release of today's updated FIFA World Rankings following the end of normal World Cup qualifying saw England miss out on a spot as one of the seeds for the draw.

With that to come in December after the playoffs for the remaining spots have been decided, Soccerlens looks at other winners and losers:


Ottmar Hitzfled masterminded Borussia Dortmund's period of dominance, now he coaches Switzerland.

Balotelli out of Denmark game injured

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Mario Balotelli has been Italy's first-choice striker under Cesare Prandelli.

Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's FIFA World Cup qualifier away in Denmark with a thigh problem.

Former Manchester City striker Balotelli, 23, missed the Azzurri training session on Wednesday and went to a local hospital after complaining of pain.

Wednesday Kickoff: Prandelli could leave Italy post after World Cup; Ronaldo upset with Özil sale; and more

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Cesare Prandelli, who lead Italy to second-place at the 2012 European Championships, could leave his managerial post with the Italian National Team following the 2014 World Cup, according to reports in Italy.

The 56-year-old head coach has been in charge of a rejuvenated Italy side, one that also finished in third-place at the Confederations Cup this summer, but he could be off to a new challenge come July, 2014.

Mario Balotelli sent home from Brazil with injury, tournament 60 percent less interesting

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Mario Balotelli has been sent home from the Confederations Cup with a thigh injury ahead of Italy's semifinal revenge match against Spain and suddenly the heavily protested tournament doesn't seem worth playing anymore. Balotelli had already been ruled out of Italy's attempt to improve on their 4-0 loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 final, so manager Cesare Prandelli decided to send him home so as not to risk further damage to his thigh or anything else that could be damaged by an unoccupied Mario Balotelli.

Italy v Brazil: World Cup hosts to be tested

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Italy v Brazil
Match 9, 2013 Confederations Cup
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Bahia
Saturday, 22nd June, 2013
16:00 Local Time (UTC 03:00)

Brazil and Italy are set to play each other in the Confederations Cup this Saturday, in what should be a mouth-watering affair.

Confederations Cup : Italy’s National Players Turn Tourists With ‘Christ The Redeemer’

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The Italian national team arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the Confederations Cup four days ago. Naturally, Cesare Prandelli's men have settled in and done the tourist rounds! Their first stop this morning was the city's iconic 'Christ the Redeemer' or 'Cristo Redentor' statue, which is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world.

Haiti score twice in final 10 minutes to earn draw against Italy

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Haiti shocked Italy by coming up with equalizer in the second minute of injury time to earn a 2-2 draw in Rio. It was Italy's final warm-up match before they take part in the Confederations Cup and though they started with a very experimental line-up, manager Cesare Prandelli still called the result "an embarrassment.


Brasile 2014: La lista dei pre-convocati di Cesare Prandelli

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Dopo una lunga attesa siamo ora a conoscenza dei 30 pre-convocati di Cesare Prandelli per i Mondiali in Brasile. I calciatori scelti dal tecnico azzurro si raduneranno a Coverciano il 19 Maggio p.v. (entro il 2 Giugno la lista definitiva, ndr). Non sono mancate le sorprese nè, tantomeno, le esclusioni eccellenti.

Previa México vs Italia confederaciones 2013

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Solo las dos primeras de grupo pasarán a semifinales. Por eso, un paso en falso ahora dejaría a la desafortunada perdedora a merced de Brasil y Japón en los otros dos encuentros de la fase de liguilla.Méxicotiene a su favor una dilatada experiencia en este certamen,Italiala confianza. En once choques directos, los americanos solo se han impuesto a los europeos en una ocasión, la última hasta la fecha, un amistoso celebrado en 2010 (1-2).

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Confederations Cup Shows How Media Overreacts Rather Than Follows International Soccer

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The media narrative constantly changes when it comes to international soccer. Previously, we've been subjected to massive over-reaction to every Spanish triumph, but now as we sit two days removed from Spanish defeat at Maracana, we are hearing about how Spain was never that dominant and how a European country cannot win in South America.

Italia - Spagna: Azzurri senza Balotelli, l'impresa è difficile

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Italia - Spagna: Azzurri senza Balotelli, l'impresa è difficile Di Fabrizio Landolfi Giovedì sera la nazionale italiana, guidata da Cesare Prandelli, giocher la semifinale di Confederations Cup contro la Spagna campione d'Europa e del mondo, allo stadio Castelao di Fortaleza. Gli azzurri sono chiamati a compiere un'impresa davvero difficile, di fronte agli stessi avversari con cui un

Italia - Messico 2 - 1: Buona prova degli Azzurri, decisivi Pirlo e Balotelli

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Italia - Messico 2 - 1: Buona prova degli Azzurri, decisivi Pirlo e Balotelli Di Fabrizio Landolfi Domenica sera l'Italia di Cesare Prandelli ha fatto il suo esordio nella Confederations Cup, vincendo 2-1 contro il Messico al Maracan di Rio de Janeiro. Gli azzurri sono andati in vantaggio al 27' grazie all'ennesima prodezza su punizione di uno straordinario Andrea Pirlo, per poi subire il

Confederations Cup Recap: Mexico-Italy A Pirlo Balotelli Show

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Confederations Cup Recap: Mexico-Italy A Pirlo Balotelli Show is a post from: Serie A Weekly Confederations Cup Recap: Mexico-Italy A Pirlo Balotelli Show is a post from: Serie A Weekly A sublime free-kick from Andrea Pirlo and a second half strike from Mario Balotelli allowed Italy to kick-off their Confederations Cup campaign on a winning note.

2013 Confederations Cup Brazil – Step One Defeat Mexico For Italy

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2013 Confederations Cup Brazil Step One Defeat Mexico For Italy is a post from: Serie A Weekly 2013 Confederations Cup Brazil Step One Defeat Mexico For Italy is a post from: Serie A Weekly Italy kick off their 2013 Confederations Cup campaign with a tricky tie against Mexico on Sunday. The Azzurri are coming off two disappointing draws but are still favourites to win their.

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United back in the hunt for £15m midfielder?

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It's summer, Manchester United are looking for a midfielder, their new manager is a Dutchman. Step forward, Wesley Sneijder. Yes, that Wesley Sneijder, the man who, alongside Ezequiel Garay, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for the last four summers is again at the centre of speculations.

World Cup Focus – Final Look At Team Italy Before England

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World Cup Focus Final Look At Team Italy Before England is a post from: Serie A Weekly World Cup Focus Final Look At Team Italy Before England is a post from: Serie A Weekly It has been a long four years since the putrid results of South Africa and while the memory of that tournament may still haunt some players, this tournament should leave a better taste in their mouths.

Pfeffer on time in Germany, MLS Cup final notes, World Cup draw news, Mandela’s passing, more

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Zach Pfeffer on his time in Germany and goals for 2014. News and notes ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final. World Cup draw today. Sporting world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. More news.

Argentina: Convocados de Sabella vs Perú y Uruguay.

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Alejandro Sabella (DT) hizo pública la lista de convocados para la última doble fecha de eliminatorias mundialistas (2014), a jugarse el 11.10.2013 vs Perú (Buenos Aires) y el 15.10.2013 vs Uruguay (Montevideo).
Ya clasificada, Argentina no contará con la presencia de Lionel Messi (lesionado) en cuya plaza fue nombrado Mauro Icardi (Inter), quien fuera tentado por el entrenador Cesare Prandelli para formar parte de la selección italiana.

Calcio Confidential: Momentous Moments and Social Media Shenanigans

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A lot can happen over an international break – and this one was no exception. On Tuesday, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, gli Azzurri defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 to secure their berth to Brazil. The Azzurri have officially qualified for the World Cup (as if there was any doubt)!

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A momentous moment, indeed – and one particular player had two reasons to celebrate.

Confederations Cup Review: Illustrious Italians prove they can be a threat in Brazil 2014

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The 2013 Confederations Cup has been run and won. Despite not clinching the title, the Azzurri have left a solid enough impression to indicate that they will be a genuine contender at next year's World Cup finals...

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After soaking up and reviewing what undoubtedly was the most talked about Confederations Cup, there were a number of key talking points to emerge.

Serie A Weekly With Five-A-Day Football Tuesday May Two-Eight

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Serie A Weekly With Five-A-Day Football Tuesday May Two-Eight is a post from: Serie A Weekly Serie A Weekly With Five-A-Day Football Tuesday May Two-Eight is a post from: Serie A Weekly Reason number 1,465 why you should watch what you Tweet – Cesare Prandelli has admitted he will drop Pablo Osvaldo from the national team picture due to his Tweet war with his head coach, according to Forza.