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Donnarumma row reopens old wounds for AC Milan

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Milan (AFP) – The contract soap opera that engulfed AC Milan and their promising young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer has come back to haunt the Serie A giants just as they try to get their faltering season back on track.

Milan, seventh and 11 points off the Champions League places, travel to Verona on Sunday looking to build on two wins in a row in league and cup after a torrid first half to their campaign.

Donnarumma row reopens old wounds for AC Milan

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Milan (AFP) – The contract soap opera that engulfed AC Milan and their promising young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer has come back to haunt the Serie A giants just as they try to get their faltering season back on track.

Milan, seventh and 11 points off the Champions League places, travel to Verona on Sunday looking to build on two wins in a row in league and cup after a torrid first half to their campaign.

Juventus crash as Buffon, Barzagli rested

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Milan (AFP) – Captain Gianluigi Buffon and defender Andrea Barzagli were rested by Juventus in the wake of Italy’s World Cup exit as the Serie A champions lost 3-2 at Sampdoria on Sunday.

Juventus were three goals down heading into injury time after Colombian Duvan Zapata, Uruguayan Lucas Torreira and Italian defender Gian Marco Ferrari scored in the second half for the Genoa side.

Juventus crash as Buffon, Barzagli rested

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Milan (AFP) – Captain Gianluigi Buffon and defender Andrea Barzagli were rested by Juventus in the wake of Italy’s World Cup exit as the Serie A champions lost 3-2 at Sampdoria on Sunday.

Juventus were three goals down heading into injury time after Colombian Duvan Zapata, Uruguayan Lucas Torreira and Italian defender Gian Marco Ferrari scored in the second half for the Genoa side.

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.

Heartbroken Italians demand answers after World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – After the initial shock and disbelief, heartbroken Italians on Tuesday demanded answers as to why the one-time stars of the global game had missed the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the four-time world champions, who failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup but have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Heartbroken Italians demand answers after World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – After the initial shock and disbelief, heartbroken Italians on Tuesday demanded answers as to why the one-time stars of the global game had missed the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the four-time world champions, who failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup but have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Italian despair at World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – Stunned Italians awoke Tuesday to the nightmarish realisation they will miss out on the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

Distraught fans of the one-time top dogs of the global game reacted with shock and disbelief.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the team, who last failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Italian despair at World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – Stunned Italians awoke Tuesday to the nightmarish realisation they will miss out on the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

Distraught fans of the one-time top dogs of the global game reacted with shock and disbelief.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the team, who last failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus rallied from a bizarre Alex Sandro own goal to battle past Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Wednesday and move second behind Barcelona in Champions League Group D.

The Portuguese visitors surged ahead after 12 minutes in the Allianz Stadium when the ball accidentally bounced off the Brazilian left-back and into his own net after Gianluigi Buffon had saved from Gelson Martins.

Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus rallied from a bizarre Alex Sandro own goal to battle past Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Wednesday and move second behind Barcelona in Champions League Group D.

The Portuguese visitors surged ahead after 12 minutes in the Allianz Stadium when the ball accidentally bounced off the Brazilian left-back and into his own net after Gianluigi Buffon had saved from Gelson Martins.

Immobile brace ends Juventus run

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile scored a second-half brace as Lazio won 2-1 in Turin to inflict a first home defeat in two years on Serie A champions Juventus on Saturday.

Juventus’ top scorer Paulo Dybala missed a late penalty as Juventus lost at home for the first time since against Udinese in August 2015.

Immobile brace ends Juventus run

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile scored a second-half brace as Lazio won 2-1 in Turin to inflict a first home defeat in two years on Serie A champions Juventus on Saturday.

Juventus’ top scorer Paulo Dybala missed a late penalty as Juventus lost at home for the first time since against Udinese in August 2015.

Bruised Juventus, Napoli seek Serie A lift

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Milan (AFP) – Battered Italian heavyweights Juventus and Napoli turn their focus back to the home comforts of Serie A this weekend after opening-round flops in the Champions League.

Juventus fell 3-0 in Barcelona with Napoli suffering a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Roma’s goalless draw to Atletico Madrid left Serie A sides with just one point between them from the first round of games in the elite European competition.

Bruised Juventus, Napoli seek Serie A lift

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Milan (AFP) – Battered Italian heavyweights Juventus and Napoli turn their focus back to the home comforts of Serie A this weekend after opening-round flops in the Champions League.

Juventus fell 3-0 in Barcelona with Napoli suffering a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Roma’s goalless draw to Atletico Madrid left Serie A sides with just one point between them from the first round of games in the elite European competition.

Messi double inspires Barcelona to Juventus revenge

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona defied an outgoing off-field crisis as another Lionel Messi-inspired display exacted revenge on Juventus to open their Champions League campaign with a resounding 3-0 win on Tuesday.

Messi was involved in all three goals as he beat Gianluigi Buffon for the first time in his career to open the floodgates just before half-time.

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.

Buffon saves VAR penalty as Juve overrun Cagliari

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Milan (AFP) – Goals from Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain handed Juventus a 3-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday, as the Italian champions defied a video assistant referee (VAR) penalty decision to open their Serie A campaign in commanding fashion.

Juventus, who sealed a record sixth consecutive Serie A title last season but lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid, take a familiar spot at the top of the fledgling table.

Buffon saves VAR penalty as Juve overrun Cagliari

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Milan (AFP) – Goals from Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain handed Juventus a 3-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday, as the Italian champions defied a video assistant referee (VAR) penalty decision to open their Serie A campaign in commanding fashion.

Juventus, who sealed a record sixth consecutive Serie A title last season but lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid, take a familiar spot at the top of the fledgling table.

‘Keeper Szczesny seals Juve move

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London (AFP) – Poland stopper Wojciech Szczesny has completed a move from Arsenal to Italian champions Juventus for an undisclosed fee, both clubs confirmed Wednesday.

Having passed a medical in Turin Szczesny put pen to paper on a four-year deal expected to be worth around £13.3 million ($17.

‘Keeper Szczesny seals Juve move

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London (AFP) – Poland stopper Wojciech Szczesny has completed a move from Arsenal to Italian champions Juventus for an undisclosed fee, both clubs confirmed Wednesday.

Having passed a medical in Turin Szczesny put pen to paper on a four-year deal expected to be worth around £13.3 million ($17.

Manchester City sign goalkeeper Ederson: Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s summer recruitment drive continued apace on Thursday as Manchester City signed the up-and-coming Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica, the Portuguese champions announced.

The 40-million-euro (£34.85m, $44.87m) deal makes the 23-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper since Juventus paid Parma 52 million euros for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.

Manchester City sign goalkeeper Ederson: Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s summer recruitment drive continued apace on Thursday as Manchester City signed the up-and-coming Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica, the Portuguese champions announced.

The 40-million-euro (£34.85m, $44.87m) deal makes the 23-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper since Juventus paid Parma 52 million euros for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.

Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon seeks to get gloves on elusive prize

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Cardiff beckons for Gianluigi Buffon and an elusive Champions League winners’ medal is not the only prestigious prize within the gangly reach of one of the great goalkeepers.

At 39, Buffon feared his chance to win club football’s biggest competition might have gone after featuring in losing Juve teams in the 2003 and 2015 finals.

Italy

The Fall of Rome 2017

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THE AZZURRI'S ABSENCE FROM RUSSIA IS A LOSS TO THE GAME

"Here sighs and lamentations and loud cries were echoing across the starless air...strange utterances, horrible pronouncements, accents of anger, words of suffering and voices shrill and faint, and beating hands." Canto III, The Inferno, Dante
Russia 2018 has already written itself into the history books.

World Cup 2018 heartbreak: What went wrong for Italy and Ventura?

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It's arguably the big story of the whole World Cup 2018 qualification process. Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 (which was also the last time Bolton...

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Italy didn’t deserve to qualify for World Cup after poor performances in qualification

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Welcome to the apocalypse. For the first time since 1958, Italy has failed to qualify for the World Cup.

It’s a shock to the system. No team apart from Germany had qualified more World Cups consecutively, and only one, Brazil, has won the tournament more times. Italy is a giant of world soccer in a way that only a handful of other countries are.

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.

UEFA WCQ Playoff First Leg Rewind: Sweden downs Italy, Croatia defeats Greece, and more

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The first legs of UEFA's World Cup Qualifying playoff round concluded on Saturday with several countries earning an advantage in the two-legged matchup. Sweden took a huge first step towards qualification after a 1-0 home win over Italy on Friday. Jakob Johansson's right-footed effort in the 61st-minute proved to the be the winning goal.

Milan Goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma, 18, Signs New Contract To Become Third Highest Paid Player In Italy

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After weeks of wrangling, Gigio Donnarumma has reportedly agreed a new five-year contract to stay put at AC Milan.

With a word in his ear from agent Mino Raiola, the 18-year-old goalkeeper turned his nose up at an improved contract offer from Milan last month, instead opting to tout his wares around Europe's elite in a bid to leverage more money out of the Rossoneri.

Juventus

Over And Out: Juventus Leggenda Gianluigi Buffon Announces Plan To Retire At The End Of 2017/18 Season

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Gianluigi Buffon has announced that he is planning to call it quits and retire at the end of the current season.

Speaking to Sky Italia, the Juventus stalwart said that he fully intends on bowing out after representing Italy at the 2018 World Cup in June/July.

Juventus Launch New Home Kit Complete With New Corporate-Friendly Club Crest (Photos)

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In the wake of a hobblingChampions League final defeat, Juventushave bucked themselves up with a bit of sartorial therapy.

Indeed, the Bianconeri have unveiled their dandy new strip for 2017/18, the very first to feature their new minimalist, market-friendly club crest.

Reports: Juventus Agree €16m Deal To Sign Arsenal’s Fourth-Choice Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

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After spending the last two seasons on loan at Roma, it looks like Arsenal's cast-off 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny will be staying on in Italy for the foreseeable future.

Indeed, Sky Sports are reporting that Juventus have struck a €16million deal with the Gunnersto sign Szczesny on a permanent basis.

Real Madrid make Champions League history as Ronaldo and co too good for Juventus

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Real Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League in the modern era on Saturday night, beating Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff to complete a momentous double in 2016-17.

The Spanish side’s supreme second-half performance in the final assured victory, with a Cristiano Ronaldo brace and goals from Casemiro and Marcos Asensio confirming the Spaniards as the champions of Europe.

Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

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As you're probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours' time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we'd gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin' well be, presentedin no particular order.

Dani Alves vows to keep his Champions League promise to Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus full back Dani Alves has vowed to keep his Champions League promise to veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ahead of the mega finale against Real Madrid on Saturday night.

Since his controversial exit from Barcelona last summer, Alves has been an integral part of Allegri’s side this season who are now on the verge of a historic treble.

Major Link Soccer: Can Juventus get Gianluigi Buffon that elusive Champions League Trophy?

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The Italian legend has a chance to add a missing trophy to his collection. Meanwhile, his compatriot Francesco Totti might be coming to NASL.

Seattle

Three young Sounders were invited to the US Soccer Boys National Team Futures Camp, which just concluded in Carlsbad, California. The camp is held for players born in the second half of their birth year who may have been missed for being a little underdeveloped during earlier camps.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo Crowned Best Male Player In The World, Women’s Football Pitifully Underrepresented At Latest FIFA Award Thing (Photos)

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It's no Ballon d'Or, but Cristiano Ronaldo was ordained as the best male player in the world at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards back-slapping buffet in London last night.

By virtue of winning the double with Real Madrid last season, Ronaldo pipped Lionel Messi and Neymar into second and third place, while Zinedine Zidane took first prize in the male coaching stakes.

Real Madrid seals back-to-back Champions League titles behind second half surge

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Real Madrid became the first team to win back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles, and it was the team's biggest star that led the way in Saturday's UEFA Champions League Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal in each half on Saturday as Real Madrid toppled Juventus, 3-1, to win the UEFA Champions League.

The Rest

Wednesday Kickoff: Gianluigi Buffon reiterates plan to retire; Arsenal, Man U after Marco Reus and more

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One of the game's big stars continues to lean towards retirement following what may have been his best season yet.

Gianluigi Buffon reiterated that he expects to retire after this season. (REPORT)

Despite his injury issues, Marco Reus reportedly remains a target for Arsenal and Manchester United.