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‘I Should Have Sacked Ventura At Half-Time!’ – Italian FA President Carlo Tavecchio Announces Resignation, Goes Out With Bang (Video)

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As the fallout from Italy's failure to reach a World Cup finals for the first time in nigh-on 60 years continues to churn, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced that they are now looking for a new president, as well as a new national team coach.

While he initially refused to budge, manager Giampietro Ventura resigned a few days after the Azzurri saw their final shot at earning a place in Russia go up in smoke with a two-leg defeat against Sweden in their World Cup play-off.

Could Jorginho be Arsenal’s saviour as well as Italy’s?

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Italy national team boss Giampiero Ventura has been under serious scrutiny in recent months. Due to a draw with Macedonia and a 3-0 defeat to Spain, he was unable to lead the Azzurri to next summer's World Cup automatically, meaning they must face a tough play-off against Sweden. The pressure surrounding the head coach only [.

Verratti ruled out of Italy’s World Cup qualifier

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has been ruled out of Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in Turin next week, the Italian football federation announced Sunday.

Coach Giampiero Ventura has called up Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella in his place for the clash on October 6 and a friendly against Albania three days later, the federation said without giving any explanation.

Italy call up Verdi as play-offs loom

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Rome (AFP) – Italy’s under-pressure coach Giampiero Ventura on Saturday recalled Bologna midfielder Simone Verdi to his squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania.

After losing 3-0 to Spain in Madrid earlier this month, Ventura’s squad has given up hope of winning Group G and automatic qualification for next summer’s finals in Russia.

Ventura defends record as Italy slide in world football rankings

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Milan (AFP) – Coach Giampiero Ventura has defended his record despite a mixed World Cup qualifying campaign which has seen Italy slip in the world rankings.

Four-time world champions Italy are second behind Spain in European qualifying Group G for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A 3-0 defeat in Madrid last week all but ended their hopes of automatic qualification.

Ventura defends record as Italy slide in world football rankings

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Milan (AFP) – Coach Giampiero Ventura has defended his record despite a mixed World Cup qualifying campaign which has seen Italy slip in the world rankings.

Four-time world champions Italy are second behind Spain in European qualifying Group G for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A 3-0 defeat in Madrid last week all but ended their hopes of automatic qualification.

Immobile lifts Italy closer to World Cup

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) – Ciro Immobile’s second half header got Italy back to winning ways in a 1-0 victory over Israel in Reggio Emilia on Tuesday to move them closer to the 2018 World Cup.

After losing 3-0 to Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, Italy needed a win to continue to aspire to first place in Group G, leading to automatic qualification.

Immobile lifts Italy closer to World Cup

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) – Ciro Immobile’s second half header got Italy back to winning ways in a 1-0 victory over Israel in Reggio Emilia on Tuesday to move them closer to the 2018 World Cup.

After losing 3-0 to Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, Italy needed a win to continue to aspire to first place in Group G, leading to automatic qualification.

Isco show breathes new life into Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Following a demolition job on Italy, Spain look to cement their status as one of the favourites for next year’s World Cup with another thrashing of Liechtenstein on Tuesday.

Inspired by Isco’s array of silky skills and clinical finishing, La Roja swept aside Italy 3-0 on Saturday night to take a commanding three-point lead at the top of Group G of European qualifying.

Italy play Russian roulette for World Cup ticket

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Milan (AFP) – Italy were outclassed by Spain in a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Madrid which leaves the four-time champions facing a precarious play-off in November to reach Russia.

Giampiero Ventura’s side were lambasted in the press Sunday for his tactics but also individual performances including midfielder Marco Verratti and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Chiellini deals Italy late blow for Spain showdown

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Madrid (AFP) – Italy’s plans for a vital World Cup qualifier away to Spain on Saturday were dealt a huge blow when veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini injured a calf muscle in training on Friday.

Victory for either side at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu is likely to be decisive in deciding which side qualifies directly for the World Cup in Russia next year.

Chiellini deals Italy late blow for Spain showdown

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Madrid (AFP) – Italy’s plans for a vital World Cup qualifier away to Spain on Saturday were dealt a huge blow when veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini injured a calf muscle in training on Friday.

Victory for either side at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu is likely to be decisive in deciding which side qualifies directly for the World Cup in Russia next year.

Ventura rewarded with new Italy deal

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Rome (AFP) – Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has signed a new two-year contract to lead the Azzurri to the 2020 European Championship, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced Wednesday.

The 69-year-old former Torino boss took over on a two-year deal after Antonio Conte left to join Chelsea in June last year.

Ventura rewarded with new Italy deal

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Rome (AFP) – Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has signed a new two-year contract to lead the Azzurri to the 2020 European Championship, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced Wednesday.

The 69-year-old former Torino boss took over on a two-year deal after Antonio Conte left to join Chelsea in June last year.

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Italy's head coach spells things out pretty clearly for Giovinco: MLS = no call-up.

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After being snubbed by MLS' list of finalists for MVP, Sebastian Giovinco is being told in no uncertain terms why he has been left out of Italy's latest squad.

Italy axe ‘disrespectful’ striker Graziano Pelle

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has axed Graziano Pelle for this weekend's World Cup qualifier against Macedonia, accusing the striker of "disrespect".

The Chinese-based former Southampton forward has paid the price for failing to shake his coach's hand when he was substituted in Thursday's 1-1 draw against Spain.

Italy axe ‘disrespectful’ striker Graziano Pelle

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has axed Graziano Pelle for this weekend's World Cup qualifier against Macedonia, accusing the striker of "disrespect".

The Chinese-based former Southampton forward has paid the price for failing to shake his coach's hand when he was substituted in Thursday's 1-1 draw against Spain.

Arrivederci: Graziano Pelle Sent Home By Italy After Refusing To Shake Coach Giampiero Ventura’s Hand

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It's been confirmed that Graziano Pelle has been shunted out of the Italy squad for his refusal to shake coach Giampiero Ventura's hand.

Pelle was withdrawn on the hour mark during Italy's drudgerous 1-1 World Cup qualifier against Spain last night, but snubbed Ventura as he sulked his way back to the bench.

Italy expect vengeful, ‘more motivated’ Spain in W. Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci expects a "more motivated" Spain to come seeking revenge for their early exit at Euro 2016 when the sides meet in a mouthwatering 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Italy host 'La Roja' at Juventus Stadium in what is their first meeting since Spain's 2-0 last-16 defeat to the Azzurri at the Stade de France in June ended their hopes of a record third consecutive European Championship crown.

Italy expect vengeful, ‘more motivated’ Spain in W. Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci expects a "more motivated" Spain to come seeking revenge for their early exit at Euro 2016 when the sides meet in a mouthwatering 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Italy host 'La Roja' at Juventus Stadium in what is their first meeting since Spain's 2-0 last-16 defeat to the Azzurri at the Stade de France in June ended their hopes of a record third consecutive European Championship crown.

Mario Balotelli targets Italy recall

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Milan (AFP) Mario Balotelli said he plans an explosive return to the Italy national team in an interview in which he also hit out at former clubs Liverpool and AC Milan.

Balotelli has not played for Italy since defeat to Uruguay in the final group match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil sent the Azzurri crashing out of the tournament at the first hurdle.

Ventura confident Italy will bounce back against Israel

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Haifa (Israel) (AFP) New Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said he was unconcerned by Thursday's home defeat to France ahead of his team's opening World Cup qualifier in Israel on Monday.

The 2006 World Cup champions slumped to a 3-1 defeat in Bari on Thursday but Ventura, who took over the Azzurri hotseat from new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, does not expect such a stern test in Haifa.

Ventura confident Italy will bounce back against Israel

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Haifa (Israel) (AFP) New Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said he was unconcerned by Thursday's home defeat to France ahead of his team's opening World Cup qualifier in Israel on Monday.

The 2006 World Cup champions slumped to a 3-1 defeat in Bari on Thursday but Ventura, who took over the Azzurri hotseat from new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, does not expect such a stern test in Haifa.

Italy stunned as Lippi walks away from federation post

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) Italy's plans for a smooth build-up to their crunch Euro 2016 clash with Spain on Monday suffered a blow after World Cup-winning coach Marcelo Lippi walked away from a key post with the Italian football federation (FIGC).

Lippi, who led the Azzurri to their fourth World Cup triumph in 2006, was set to become Italy's new technical director, a post that would have seen him oversee an all-new federation programme.

Italy stunned as Lippi walks away from federation post

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) Italy's plans for a smooth build-up to their crunch Euro 2016 clash with Spain on Monday suffered a blow after World Cup-winning coach Marcelo Lippi walked away from a key post with the Italian football federation (FIGC).

Lippi, who led the Azzurri to their fourth World Cup triumph in 2006, was set to become Italy's new technical director, a post that would have seen him oversee an all-new federation programme.

Italy opt for low-key Ventura to replace Conte as head coach

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Rome (AFP) Giampiero Ventura takes over as Italy head coach after Euro 2016 as the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) opted Tuesday for a low-key manager, radically different from Antonio Conte for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 68-year-old former Torino coach's anticipated appointment was confirmed by FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio after a meeting of the body's federal council.

Italy opt for low-key Ventura to replace Conte as head coach

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Rome (AFP) Giampiero Ventura takes over as Italy head coach after Euro 2016 as the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) opted Tuesday for a low-key manager, radically different from Antonio Conte for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 68-year-old former Torino coach's anticipated appointment was confirmed by FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio after a meeting of the body's federal council.

Ventura to coach Italy after Euro 2016 – reports

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Rome (AFP) Giampiero Ventura will take over as Italy coach after Euro 2016, Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio announced on Tuesday, Italian media reported.

Former Torino coach Ventura, 68, replaces Antonio Conte, who heads for English Premier League giants Chelsea next season, after the European Championships in France from June 10-July 10.

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Balotelli must change for Italy future, says coach

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Mario Balotelli has “a choice to make” if he wants to resurrect his international career, Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said on Tuesday.

Ventura has never picked the controversial Nice forward since taking over the Italy reins following Euro 2016.

And even though the Azzurri are playing Uruguay in Nice on Wednesday, where Balotelli has just enjoyed a successful season, the notorious combustible striker will play no part.

Balotelli must change for Italy future, says coach

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Nice (France) (AFP) – Mario Balotelli has “a choice to make” if he wants to resurrect his international career, Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said on Tuesday.

Ventura has never picked the controversial Nice forward since taking over the Italy reins following Euro 2016.

And even though the Azzurri are playing Uruguay in Nice on Wednesday, where Balotelli has just enjoyed a successful season, the notorious combustible striker will play no part.

Donnarumma debuts as Ventura begins with France loss

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Giampiero Ventura handed teenaged AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma his debut but began his reign with a 3-1 defeat to France in Bari on Thursday.

Ventura replaced Antonio Conte last month and pledged to carry on the good work of the current Chelsea manager following the Azzurri's impressive march to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

Ventura to coach Italy after Euro 2016 – reports

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Rome (AFP) Giampiero Ventura will take over as Italy coach after Euro 2016, Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio announced on Tuesday, Italian media reported.

Former Torino coach Ventura, 68, replaces Antonio Conte, who heads for English Premier League giants Chelsea next season, after the European Championships in France from June 10-July 10.

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Pontius on having a healthy season. Fan vote open for Union Player of the Year.

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The Miserable Life of a Relegated Bari Fan in America

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As the summer transfer window opens and teams across Europe begin their annual spending spree/discount sale, I wanted to share the perspective of American fans of Bari, Brescia, and Sampdoria, or the "Relegated Three" for the 2011-2012 season. Relegation is a part of soccer life, and much has been written on the pain of seeing your favorite team descending into lower league hell after the glories of top flight redemption.

Torino Appoint Former Bari Coach Giampiero Ventrone

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After a disappointing season with yet more fan unrest and another failed promotion attempt, Serie B side Torino have made an interesting appointment for next term, we invited Rob Gillman (the excellent Torino Blogger) to tell us more. In just six years as Torino President Urbano Cairo has overseen the appointment of a remarkable fourteen coaches, with former Bari boss Giampiero Ventura the latest.

3 Things You Shouldn’t Forget From This Season: Part 1, Milan Clubs Edition

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There are many things that will be remembered about the 2010-2011 Serie A season, both fondly and infamously. Of course, people will remember Milan's Scudetto and Bari's relegation, Inter and Roma's thrashings in the Champions' League and Napoli's dramatic late goals. Here's a series that focuses on some of the other things that should be remembered about a fantastic season, full of both the bizarre and the unbelievable.

Bari and the Zebra Within

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In Yann Martel's Life of Pi, four animals find themselves shipwrecked. An orangutan, a zebra, a hyena, and a tiger, along with the protagonist, are crammed into a tiny lifeboat together, eventually eating each other as the story progresses and hunger becomes a large concern. The zebra is the first to be eaten, torn apart bit by bit by the hyena.

Bari: Ventura saluta il San Nicola. Al suo posto Bortolo Mutti

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Come avevamo anticipato, nel giorno della contestazione dei tifosi a tecnico e giocatori, l'avventura del 63enne mister genovese, Giampiero Ventura, alla guida del Bari in Serie A, è arrivata al capolinea dopo due anni caratterizzate da alterne soddisfazioni. Al suo posto il 57enne tecnico bergamasco Bortolo Mutti, che lo scorso anno non è riuscito nell'impresa [.

Five Things To Note From Serie A This Weekend

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Serie A is becoming more and more interesting, and with Lazio continuing their winning streak, could we see a surprise winner for the scudetto? Lazio are currently first in the table with a four point lead on second placed Inter Milan. While we're just nine games into the season, maybe Lazio can manage second place?