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Sorry Italy condemned to World Cup play-offs

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Giorgio Chiellini’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Aleksandar Trajkovski as Italy struggled to a 1-1 draw against Macedonia in Turin on Friday, condemning the four-time champions to the World Cup play-offs.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side were jeered off the pitch at the Stadio Olympico after failing to secure the three points demanded against the modest Macedonians as Spain qualified as Group G winners after beating Albania 3-0.

Sorry Italy condemned to World Cup play-offs

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Giorgio Chiellini’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Aleksandar Trajkovski as Italy struggled to a 1-1 draw against Macedonia in Turin on Friday, condemning the four-time champions to the World Cup play-offs.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side were jeered off the pitch at the Stadio Olympico after failing to secure the three points demanded against the modest Macedonians as Spain qualified as Group G winners after beating Albania 3-0.

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.

Marchisio, Chiellini out as Italy ring Albania changes

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus pair Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini were left at home as Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura called five new players into an enlarged 27-man squad for upcoming games against Albania and the Netherlands.

Italy host Albania in Palermo in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday before facing the Dutch in Amsterdam on March 28 as Ventura looks further ahead to a possible Group G qualifying decider away to leaders Spain on September 2.

Marchisio, Chiellini out as Italy ring Albania changes

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus pair Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini were left at home as Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura called five new players into an enlarged 27-man squad for upcoming games against Albania and the Netherlands.

Italy host Albania in Palermo in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday before facing the Dutch in Amsterdam on March 28 as Ventura looks further ahead to a possible Group G qualifying decider away to leaders Spain on September 2.

Eder goal repays Conte’s as Italy reach last 16

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Italy agonized over whether Brazilian-born Eder should get a place in their Euro 2016 squad, but coach Antonio Conte's faith was repaid with the goal that sank Sweden 1-0 on Friday.

After what defender Giorgio Chiellini called a "brutal" first half, Italy came alive in the second period to secure their place in the last 16 from Group E.

Eder goal repays Conte’s as Italy reach last 16

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Italy agonized over whether Brazilian-born Eder should get a place in their Euro 2016 squad, but coach Antonio Conte's faith was repaid with the goal that sank Sweden 1-0 on Friday.

After what defender Giorgio Chiellini called a "brutal" first half, Italy came alive in the second period to secure their place in the last 16 from Group E.

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Giorgio Chiellini Becomes Latest Footballer To Pledge 1% Of Salary To Juan Mata’s Common Goal Charity Campaign

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Giorgio Chiellini has become the latest footballer to pledge 1% of his salary to charity as part of Juan Mata's admirable Common Goal campaign.

Mata launched the drive at the beginning of August with the aim of supporting grassroots football projects and vulnerable children the world over.

Friday Kickoff: Mourinho, Ozil, Pogba and more

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If Manchester United wants to hire Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils reportedly have just one month to make up their mind.

Mourinho reportedly wants to have a job by May in order to prepare for the 2016-17 season, so Man United faces a deadline to make an official move for him. (REPORT)

German international Mesut Ozil ruled out a return to Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid, saying: "There is no truth in the speculation linking me with a return to Spain.

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UEFA Champions League Tuesday Preview: Barcelona faces Juventus, Roma hosts Atletico Madrid and more

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The UEFA Champions League group stage is finally back, and it returns with a pair of mouthwatering clashes involving Spanish and Italian clubs.

Barcelona and Juventus are in the center of Tuesday's marquee as they open up play in Group D. Over in Group Group C, Roma takes on Atletico Madrid in a showdown at the Stadio Olimpico.

Chiellini doubt for Juve Champions League opener

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini could miss the Serie A title holders’ Champions League opener against Barcelona because of a calf muscle injury, the Italian club said on Saturday.

Centre-back Chiellini took a knock during training with Italy on Friday and was ruled out of World Cup qualifiers with Spain and Israel.

Champions League: Dani Alves Scores Thumping Volley To See Off Monaco As Juventus Storm Into Final (Photos & Video)

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Juventus secured themselves a secondChampions League final berth in threeyears with 2-1 homevictory over Monaco in the Tuesday night's semi-final second leg.

Already leading 2-0 from the first leg, Juve were as well marshalled as you'd expect as they nullified and eventually quashed Monaco's ever-present threat.

Champions League: Juventus Keep Barcelona At Bay With Defensive Masterclass At Camp Nou, Sail Into Semi-Finals (Photos & Video)

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After stuffing their opponents 3-0 in the first leg, Juventus put on a trademark defensive masterclass to keep Barcelona at bay for 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and book themselves a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Barca threw everything at Juve, especially in the first half, with the darting runs of Neymar (whose chosen hairstyle for the evening appeared to be a tribute to 'Joe vs.

‘Barcelona Forwards Are Like Sharks, They Smell Blood’ – Giorgio Chiellini Wary Of Luis Suarez Relapse Ahead Of Champions League Second Leg

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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has likened Barcelona's attack to blood-thirsty sharks and let's face it, he would know, having been partially devoured by one of them in the past.

The Bianconeriare heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with a commanding three-goal cushion to fall back on, but the grizzled veteran is more than aware thatLionel Messi and co.

Dybala hits double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dybala hits double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dybala scores double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dybala scores double as Juve stun Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Dybala netted twice before the midway point in the first half and Giorgio Chiellini added the third goal early in the second half in Turin to leave Juve in control of the tie ahead of next Wednesday’s return at the Camp Nou.

Dybala stars as Juventus outclass Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentine striker Paulo Dybala upstaged his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi with a brace as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

Dybala scored twice in the first 22 minutes for the Italian champions and Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Barcelona shellshocked.

Dybala stars as Juventus outclass Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentine striker Paulo Dybala upstaged his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi with a brace as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

Dybala scored twice in the first 22 minutes for the Italian champions and Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Barcelona shellshocked.

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

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Classy Kevin De Bruyne and Leonardo Bonucci among top five players in Euro 2016 Group E

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Pressure cranked up on title-chasing Juventus

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Just as Juventus have overhauled pace-setters Napoli in the race for the Serie A title, the Italian leaders are under increasing pressure as they head to Atalanta on Sunday.

The defending champions qualified for the Italian Cup final beating Inter Milan after extra-time and penalties on Wednesday in what was described as a dreadful performance by their own players.

Pressure cranked up on title-chasing Juventus

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Just as Juventus have overhauled pace-setters Napoli in the race for the Serie A title, the Italian leaders are under increasing pressure as they head to Atalanta on Sunday.

The defending champions qualified for the Italian Cup final beating Inter Milan after extra-time and penalties on Wednesday in what was described as a dreadful performance by their own players.

Champions League – Man City 1-2 Juventus: The Best Bits (Photos & Highlights)

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Manchester City's Euro-woes look like continuing for another season after the Citizens went down 2-1 at home to Juventus on Tuesday night.

With Sergio Aguero on the bench after recovering from injury, Wilfried Bony started up front for the hosts.

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However, it was £49million man Raheem Sterling who had a great chance early on to open the scoring, only for the former Liverpool star to shoot straight at Gigi Buffon in the Juve goal.

Manchester City 1-2 Juventus: Late Morata stunner sends Citizens crashing [VIDEO]

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Manchester City suffered familiar a European wobble as they surrendered a lead to lose their Champions League Group D opener 2-1 to Juventus.

City looked in control at the Etihad Stadium after taking a controversial 57th-minute lead when Giorgio Chiellini turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Vincent Kompany.

Manchester City 1-2 Juventus: Late Morata stunner sends Citizens crashing [VIDEO]

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Manchester City suffered familiar a European wobble as they surrendered a lead to lose their Champions League Group D opener 2-1 to Juventus.

City looked in control at the Etihad Stadium after taking a controversial 57th-minute lead when Giorgio Chiellini turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Vincent Kompany.

Five reasons why Manchester City can emulate Juventus’ march to the Champions League Final

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Lionel Messi, Tevez, Neuer…Names of the Champions League, Matchday 13

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Juventus To Announce New Deals For Giorgio Chiellini And Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus will hold a press conference today where it is expected the Serie A club will announce it has signed new deals with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini. The contracts are expected to keep the players with the Italian champions until 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Various reports believe that Buffon will put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep the 36-year-old shot stopper in Turin until at least 2017, with the possibility of a further extension.

Juventus To Announce New Deals For Giorgio Chiellini And Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus will hold a press conference today where it is expected the Serie A club will announce it has signed new deals with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini. The contracts are expected to keep the players with the Italian champions until 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Various reports believe that Buffon will put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep the 36-year-old shot stopper in Turin until at least 2017, with the possibility of a further extension.

Read Our Progress Report on Juventus’ Performances for October-November

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Juventus is on a roll at the present moment. Dating back to a late October road loss to Greek giants Olympiakos in the Champions League that jeopardized the team's chances in Europe, the Bianconeri have reeled off five straight wins. However, the last two victories are the most impressive Juve pulled out a 3-2 win over the same Olympiakos and thumped Parma 7-0 over the weekend.

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Luis Suarez strikes as Uruguay hold Brazil

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Luis Suarez scored on his return from a worldwide ban for biting as Uruguay fought back from 2-0 down to grab a 2-2 draw with Brazil in a pulsating World Cup qualifying battle.

Barcelona star Suarez playing his first international since infamously chomping on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup struck in the 48th minute to complete a remarkable Uruguayan fightback.

Luis Suarez strikes as Uruguay hold Brazil

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Luis Suarez scored on his return from a worldwide ban for biting as Uruguay fought back from 2-0 down to grab a 2-2 draw with Brazil in a pulsating World Cup qualifying battle.

Barcelona star Suarez playing his first international since infamously chomping on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup struck in the 48th minute to complete a remarkable Uruguayan fightback.

Luka Modric Omission From Ballon d’Or Nominations Shows Flaws in The System

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As the Ballon d'Or announcement comes closer and closer, many have debated between Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer for the prestigious award. Looking further back, however, and the 23-man shortlist for the award seems to have its own flaws. A player many felt was unfairly left off the shortlist was Luis Suarez, after his scintillating season with Liverpool, in which he almost single-handedly guided them to the Premier League title.

Luka Modric Omission From Ballon d’Or Nominations Shows Flaws in The System

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As the Ballon d'Or announcement comes closer and closer, many have debated between Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer for the prestigious award. Looking further back, however, and the 23-man shortlist for the award seems to have its own flaws. A player many felt was unfairly left off the shortlist was Luis Suarez, after his scintillating season with Liverpool, in which he almost single-handedly guided them to the Premier League title.

Ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admits shame of ban after notorious bite

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Ballon d’Or 23-Man Shortlist Revealed; Suarez Omitted And Gareth Bale Sole British Player Nominated

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FIFA hasreleased the 23-man shortlist of contenders for this year's Ballon d'Or award.

In what will come as a surprise to some fans of the sport,the world organization has omitted former Liverpool and Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez from the list of nominees for World Player of the Year.

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Liverpool: Dejan Lovren Signs Massive Four-Year Contract Extension, Now Earns More Than Most Of The Best Defenders In Europe

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Liverpool have gone and chucked a new, long-term contract at Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender, 27, was presumably as surprised as weare to be offered a new four-year extension, which the Independent reckon will see him recoup £100,000 every seven days.

✍ Liverpool FC can today announce Dejan Lovren has signed a new long-term contract with the club.