Damiano Tommasi

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Election farce mirrors state of Italian game

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Rome (AFP) – Italian football plunged further into crisis two months after the country’s dramatic World Cup exit with the failure to elect a new federation chief amid scenes of chaos in Rome.

“We’ve managed to do worse than the national side eliminated from the World Cup, and that’s a difficult feat to achieve,” said Italy’s former Ballon d’Or winner Gianni Rivera.

Election farce mirrors state of Italian game

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Rome (AFP) – Italian football plunged further into crisis two months after the country’s dramatic World Cup exit with the failure to elect a new federation chief amid scenes of chaos in Rome.

“We’ve managed to do worse than the national side eliminated from the World Cup, and that’s a difficult feat to achieve,” said Italy’s former Ballon d’Or winner Gianni Rivera.

Tommasi eyes Italian FA presidency after World Cup woe

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Rome (AFP) – Former Italy international Damiano Tommasi officially announced his candidacy Friday for the presidency of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The 43-year-old former AS Roma midfielder, now head of the Italian Players’ Union, had been touted among the possible successors to Carlo Tavecchio.

Italian FA chief resigns after World Cup fiasco

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Rome (AFP) – Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned after Italy’s World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, an FIGC official confirmed on Monday.

The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

Serie A

Tommasi ai calciatori omosessuali: “Meglio non dire nulla”

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Il Damiano Tommasi uomo c'entra pochissimo con il calcio italiano, nonostante abbia giocato ad altissimo livello e adesso sia il presidente dell'Associazione Calciatori. E' un complimento, nel caso non si fosse capito. Per questo può permettersi il lusso di dire ogni tanto la verità , anche quando non suona esattamente progressista.

Tommasi ai calciatori omosessuali: “Meglio non fare outing”

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Il Damiano Tommasi uomo c'entra pochissimo con il calcio italiano, nonostante abbia giocato ad altissimo livello e adesso sia il presidente dell'Associazione Calciatori. E' un complimento, nel caso non si fosse capito. Per questo può permettersi il lusso di dire ogni tanto la verità , anche quando non suona esattamente progressista.

Serie A Strike Called Off

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The Italian Players' Union (AIC) has called off a strike after reaching an agreement with Serie A's governing body over a collective contract. A temporary deal has been signed which will expire at the end of the season.

The dispute has centred on two issues: the payment of a solidarity tax, the players have now agreed to pay this, and the fate of players forced to train on their own when dropped.

Poll – The Serie A Strike Who Is To Blame?

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Last Friday Italian players' association president Damiano Tommasi confirmed the strike was on and a delay to the Serie A season was unavoidable. All 20 Serie A team captains signed a document this month threatening of a strike if a new collective contract was not signed before September 28th. "We tried right up until the end, but all the attempts were in vain," Tommasi said.

The Rest

Antonio Cassano tells press he hopes there are no gay players on Italian team

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Antonio Cassano built up quite a bit of goodwill after undergoing heart surgery and recovering from a stroke last season to even make it back on the pitch for Italy's Euro 2012 campaign, but his latest comments will probably damage that positive spirit. During a press conference on Tuesday, the filterless Cassano added to the already large pile of regrettable comments he's made over his career with his response to questions about reports that there are two homosexual players in the Italian squad.