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Italy’s stars fall back to earth in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Italy’s stunned internationals return to the mundane setting of Serie A this weekend days after their star status in world football imploded with a shocking World Cup exit.

Goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon was back training with Juventus after his emotional retirement from international duty after two decades, preparing for Sunday’s game at Sampdoria, along with fellow 2006 World Cup winner Andrea Barzagli, and Giorgio Chiellini.

Reports: Italy Coach Gian Piero Ventura ‘Refuses To Resign’ Despite Overseeing Calamitous World Cup Failure

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As you may have heard, Italy came up short in their attempts to reach the 2018 World Cup after failing to breach Sweden's defence in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro on Monday night.

The Azzurri racked up 76% of the possession and mustered 27 shots as they grew increasingly desperate, but still the evening ended with Gianluigi Buffon weeping down the camera like a grieving walrus his magisterial 20-year, 175-cap international career petering out with the most meagre of dull splutters.

Buffon reaches 1,000 as Italy and Spain cruise in World Cup qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) – Italy kept pace with Spain in European World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon played his 1,000th professional match in a 2-0 victory over Albania on Friday.

A first-half Daniele De Rossi penalty and late second from Ciro Immobile was enough to earn the Azzurri three points but they remain behind Spain on goal difference at the top of Group G after La Rioja downed Israel 4-1.

‘Work to do’ for outclassed Italy, says Ventura

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Italy coach Giam Piero Ventura admitted there's work to do after an outclassed Azzurri stumbled to a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with Spain on Thursday.

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point after Sevilla forward Vitolo had given La Roja a 55th minute lead after pouncing on a rare blunder from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

‘Work to do’ for outclassed Italy, says Ventura

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Italy coach Giam Piero Ventura admitted there's work to do after an outclassed Azzurri stumbled to a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with Spain on Thursday.

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point after Sevilla forward Vitolo had given La Roja a 55th minute lead after pouncing on a rare blunder from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

De Rossi saves outclassed Italy against Spain

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point in a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with dominant Spain on Thursday.

Italy's 2-0 defeat of La Roja in the last 16 of the European Championships this year ended Spanish hopes of challenging for a record third consecutive title.

De Rossi saves outclassed Italy against Spain

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point in a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with dominant Spain on Thursday.

Italy's 2-0 defeat of La Roja in the last 16 of the European Championships this year ended Spanish hopes of challenging for a record third consecutive title.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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Pelle strikes as pale Azzurri beat Scots

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Ta' Qali (Malta) (AFP) Southampton striker Graziano Pelle hit a second-half winner as an injury-depleted Italy beat Scotland 1-0 in a disjointed Euro 2016 friendly in Malta on Sunday.

With his midfield decimated through injuries to Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti, and Thiago Motta and Riccardo Montolivo resting due to calf problems, Italy coach Antonio Conte gave Roma's Daniele De Rossi a chance to impress before announcing his 23-man Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday.

Pelle strikes as pale Azzurri beat Scots

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Ta' Qali (Malta) (AFP) Southampton striker Graziano Pelle hit a second-half winner as an injury-depleted Italy beat Scotland 1-0 in a disjointed Euro 2016 friendly in Malta on Sunday.

With his midfield decimated through injuries to Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti, and Thiago Motta and Riccardo Montolivo resting due to calf problems, Italy coach Antonio Conte gave Roma's Daniele De Rossi a chance to impress before announcing his 23-man Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday.

The Impossible Farewell: Why Francesco Totti deserves one more season at AS Roma

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by Franco Ficetola 'The king of Rome is not dead' was the statement printed on the white t-shirt Francesco Tottidisplayed almost exactly five years ago. It came after aSerie A match...

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Daniele De Rossi Leaves 2006 World Cup-Winner’s Medal In Late Italy Kitman’s Coffin

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Sadly, Wednesday saw one of the Italian national team's most popular figures, Pietro Lombardi, laid to rest after the legendary Azzurri kitman passed away aged 92.

Lombardi, who wasknown as Spazzolino -'The Toothbrush' due to his rigorousboot-cleaning approach,served as kitman for many years and was an integral part of the back-room team at the 2006 World Cup, which Italy went on to win.

The Pot 4 Club – Everything you need to know about… AS Roma

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We all know everything about the major clubs that play Champions League football year-in, year-out, right? Pot 1 – with its Chelseas, Arsenals and Real Madrids – is old news. Pot 4 is where the fun's at.

International Rewind: Italy surges past Dutch; France tops Spain; and more

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The Guss Hiddink era at the helm of the Netherlands is off to a rocky start. As promised, Hiddink fielded the Dutch in a traditional 4-3-3 system against Italy on Thursday and he had very little to show for it.

Within 10 minutes, Italy punished the 2014 World Cup's third place team, scoring twice for a 2-0 lead that would hold to the end.

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Wednesday Kickoff: Big offers for Mbappe, Chelsea eyes Bonucci and more

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Offers have begun to roll in for one of the brightest prospects in the game.

Two clubs have reportedly made bids over €100 million for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe. (REPORT)

Chelsea is reportedly interested in making a move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. (REPORT)

Mario Balotelli's agent says the forward could sign for Borussia Dortmund.

Evening Ticker: Potential Balotelli transfer, EPL changes and more

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One of Italian soccer's most controversial strikers could be on the move to China, while proposed changes to the FA Cup and English Premier League are currently ongoing as the weekend begins.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, currently on loan with Serie A side AC Milan, is reportedly being shopped by the Reds to various Chinese Super League clubs.

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.

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.

Roma

Totti all smiles as defiant Roma keep Juve waiting

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Milan (AFP) – Club icon Francesco Totti applauded from the sidelines then celebrated at the whistle as Roma kept Juventus waiting for the Serie A title with a defiant 3-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Treble-chasing Juventus travelled to the capital hoping to secure at least a point to mathematically ensure a record sixth consecutive scudetto with two games to spare.

Totti all smiles as defiant Roma keep Juve waiting

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Milan (AFP) – Club icon Francesco Totti applauded from the sidelines then celebrated at the whistle as Roma kept Juventus waiting for the Serie A title with a defiant 3-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Treble-chasing Juventus travelled to the capital hoping to secure at least a point to mathematically ensure a record sixth consecutive scudetto with two games to spare.

Roma fire blanks as Milan, Lazio move up

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Milan (AFP) Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko fired blanks as Roma were held to a scoreless draw at Empoli on Sunday, leaving champions Juventus four points clear at the top of Serie A.

Roma travelled to the Castellani stadium looking to close the gap on a Juventus side which secured a 2-1 win over title rivals Napoli on Saturday when former Azzurri striker Gonzalo Higuain hit the winner in Turin.

Roma fire blanks as Milan, Lazio move up

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Milan (AFP) Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko fired blanks as Roma were held to a scoreless draw at Empoli on Sunday, leaving champions Juventus four points clear at the top of Serie A.

Roma travelled to the Castellani stadium looking to close the gap on a Juventus side which secured a 2-1 win over title rivals Napoli on Saturday when former Azzurri striker Gonzalo Higuain hit the winner in Turin.

Totti to the rescue as Roma drop points at Atalanta

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Francesco Totti came off the bench to hit a late, precious leveler as Champions League-chasing Roma dropped two points in a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Atalanta on Sunday.

Roma travelled to Bergamo feeling the pressure after Inter Milan stunned Napoli 2-0 on Saturday to close the gap on third place to three points.

Totti to the rescue as Roma drop points at Atalanta

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Francesco Totti came off the bench to hit a late, precious leveler as Champions League-chasing Roma dropped two points in a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Atalanta on Sunday.

Roma travelled to Bergamo feeling the pressure after Inter Milan stunned Napoli 2-0 on Saturday to close the gap on third place to three points.

Italian FA asked to punish Daniele De Rossi over gypsy slur

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Italian soccer bosses should punish Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi for allegedly calling Juventus midfielder Mario Mandzukic "a shitty gypsy" during a heated Serie A clash, rights groups said Monday. The Associazione 21 lluglio and Popica Onlus, organizations which defend the rights of ethnic Roma and Sinti people in Italy, said De Rossi should be sanctioned as swiftly and severely as Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri was last week for homophobic abuse.

Italian FA asked to punish Daniele De Rossi over gypsy slur

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Italian soccer bosses should punish Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi for allegedly calling Juventus midfielder Mario Mandzukic "a shitty gypsy" during a heated Serie A clash, rights groups said Monday. The Associazione 21 lluglio and Popica Onlus, organizations which defend the rights of ethnic Roma and Sinti people in Italy, said De Rossi should be sanctioned as swiftly and severely as Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri was last week for homophobic abuse.

From Del Piero to Totti: Roma-Juventus and Letting Go of Legends

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There sat Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi on the Roma bench, a pair of anguished sons of the Eternal City. No further part would the duo play as their beloved Lupi laboured away fruitlessly against Juventus, down both a man and a goal.

Midfield Maestro feels proud to snub Manchester United

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DanieleDe Rossi's love affair with Roma continues. The veteran midfielder who has now spent 14 years at the Italianclubhas recently claimed that he has no regrets over snubbing numerous offers to stay at the Giallorossi.

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Hot-shot Icardi extends Inter Milan stay

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Rome (AFP) Striker and captain Mauro Icardi has extended his contract with Inter Milan until June 2021, the Serie A giants said on Friday, disappointing some of Europe's biggest clubs.

The Argentine, who has hit 58 goals in 114 games in all competitions since joining Inter in 2013, has reportedly pocketed a salary increase to 5.

Hot-shot Icardi extends Inter Milan stay

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Rome (AFP) Striker and captain Mauro Icardi has extended his contract with Inter Milan until June 2021, the Serie A giants said on Friday, disappointing some of Europe's biggest clubs.

The Argentine, who has hit 58 goals in 114 games in all competitions since joining Inter in 2013, has reportedly pocketed a salary increase to 5.

AS Roma

Football Art: Roma Players Painted As Historical Figures Of Old (Photos)

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As featured on the club's official website, local painter and Roma fanFabrizio Birimbelli has produced a series of work that sees a whole batch of Giallorossi stars re-imagined as historical figures of yore.

The likes of Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi et al haveall been captured in classic renaissance oil portrait style,dressed in their military finery and staring defiantly off into middle distance.

Petr Cech, Kevin De Bruyne, Rakitic… Names of the Champions League, Matchday 3

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Petr Cech, Kevin De Bruyne, Rakitic… Names of the Champions League, Matchday 3

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AS Roma Joins Real Madrid And Man City In International Champions Cup in Australia

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Three-time Serie A champion AS Roma have been confirmed as the final team to complete the International Champions Cup Australia, which will be held in July 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Legendary forwardFrancesco Totti, Daniele de Rossi and the rest of Roma's squad will open the tournament against Real Madrid on July 18th, before facing Manchester City on July 21st.

AS Roma Joins Real Madrid And Man City In International Champions Cup in Australia

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Three-time Serie A champion AS Roma have been confirmed as the final team to complete the International Champions Cup Australia, which will be held in July 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Legendary forwardFrancesco Totti, Daniele de Rossi and the rest of Roma's squad will open the tournament against Real Madrid on July 18th, before facing Manchester City on July 21st.

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Pfeffer named to provisional US U-20 roster, more news

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Pfeffer named to provisional US roster for CONCACAF U-20 championships. More news.

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

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Shit Football Ink: 20 Of The Worst Footballer’s Tattoos Ever Committed To Skin (Photos)

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He's even included the trademark symbol for crying out loud!

As a doff of the cap to Mark Clattenburg's outstanding new UEFA-approved tattoos, Pies deemed now to be as good a time as any to examine some of the very worst, most misguided examples of footballing body art to have been committed toepidermis in recent years.

That call, what Blake needs, league results, US qualifies for U-17 WC, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's draw at RSL. League results. US U-17s qualify for WC after PK shootout. More news.

World Cup Man of the Match: Christian Bolaños

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By TYLER GRAY

Costa Rica was supposed to be an afterthought in the aptly named World Cup "Group of Champions," but thanks in large part to Christian Bolaños, Los Ticos are top of the group.

Bolaños measured presence in the midfield steadied Costa Rica in their 1-0 victory over Italy and helped them both defend pressure from the Italians and relieve that pressure with a wide range of passing and plenty of poise on the ball in tight situations.