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Horror Hair: Genoa Striker Goran Pandev Reveals Bald Spot Shaped Like Gentleman’s Dangly Bits (Photo)

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As far back as we care to recall, Goran Pandev has never boasted much in the way of generous pate coverage, even during his sprightly mid-20s.

Now aged 34, the full horror of the Genoa striker's follicular recession was laid bare quite literally during Sunday's Serie A tie against Udinese.

When the Macedonian forward was subbed off in the latter stages of the first half, television cameras captured what can only be described as the cock-and-ball-shaped scalp lagoon that now languishes atop his bonce.

Retro Classic: Football Italia Intro Sees Paul Gascoigne And James Richardson Combine To Create Comedy Gold, 1995 (Video)

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Paul Gascoigne explains his curious headwear to Lazio coach Zdenek Zeman, 1995

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the day that Gazzetta Football Italia aired on Channel 4 for the very first time.

We've spoken of our undying love for Football Italia before here on Pies, helping as it did to introduce a wide-eyed young fan to a world of football beyond watching Wolves grind out dull, mud-specked draws with Leicester City on Central Match Live every sodding weekend.

Diego Maradona Does Series Of Very ‘Diego Maradona’ Things Before Being Made Honorary Citizen Of Naples (Videos)

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Diego Maradona is not what you would call a wallflower.

The Argentinian hero – nay, God – has very rarely taken his foot off the pedal in a life and career that has seen it's fair share of chaos, brilliance, magic and just plain weirdness.

After finishing up his business with the Russian national ice hockey team, the diminutive wizard boarded a flight to Italy, Naples specifically, during which he wasfilmed enjoying a.

Ex-Inter Milan Star Wesley Sneijder Admits He Still Hankers To Play For ‘Legendary’ AC Milan

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Having represented Inter Milan for four years, Wesley Sneijder has taken the risky tack of admitting that he'd rather have spent that timeplaying for AC Milan.

Speaking before Sunday's Derby della Madonnina between the two great rivals, Sneijder who made 76 appearances for Inter between 2009 and 2014 before leaving under a cloud admitted that he only ever dreamed of playing for the Rossoneri as a boy.

The Outtakes From Peter Brackley’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2 Commentary Are Breathtakingly Hilarious (Audio)

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For many English football fans of a certain vintage, Peter Brackley's voice is synonymous with one thing and one thing only: Football Italia.

However, Channel 4's calciocommentator also lent his dulcet tones to most of the first incarnations of the Pro Evolution Soccer games, from Pro Evo 2 right through to Pro Evo 6 if memory serves.

Top 10 Devilishly Handsome Italian Football Shirts Of The 1990s

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Channel 4's Football Italia programmegave many an English schoolboy a glimpse into the foreign and elegant world of Serie A in the early to mid 1990's.

Pies, like many of our brethren,instantly fell head-over-heels in love with these debonair new teams, their fancy nicknames, Jimbo Richardson, his pink newspapers and ornate breakfast pastries, the sound of Peter Brackley's voice and, of course, the beautiful, beautiful kits on display.

Parma Officially Declared Bankrupt And Relegated Down To Serie D, Calcio’s Highest Amateur Division

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By Chris Wright

The fitting end to a truly miserable season,pennilessParma have been declared bankrupt and relegated from Serie A down to Serie D Italian football's highestamateur division.

As a quick recap, Parma have run the entire gamut of self-destruction over the course of the campaign; being sold not once but twice for the princely sum of€1, finding themselves unable to fulfil fixtures due to matchday costs, seeing their chairman arrested on suspicion of money laundering and even having to resort to putting their dressing room benches up for sale in a bid to raise a few desperate quid.

Interview with author and journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi about book 20 Great Italian Games II

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June marked the release of Kindle best-selling author Giancarlo Rinaldi's 20 Great Italian Games II. Since its release, 20 Great Italian Games II, has garnered praise from readers for its depiction of classic calcio and legendary players.

20 Great Italian Games II is the sequel to Rinaldi's original book released in 2013.

Interview with author and journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi about book 20 Great Italian Games II

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June marked the release of Kindle best-selling author Giancarlo Rinaldi's 20 Great Italian Games II. Since its release, 20 Great Italian Games II, has garnered praise from readers for its depiction of classic calcio and legendary players.

20 Great Italian Games II is the sequel to Rinaldi's original book released in 2013.

Alberto Zaccheroni Says Italian Football Has Collapsed And Calls For Immediate Change

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Alberto Zaccheroni is perhaps best known for winning the Scudetto with AC Milan in 1999 and for the use of his unconventional 3-4-3 formation. The 61-year-old manager recently resigned fromhis position as Japan's national team coach and spent the majority of his 30-year managerial career working in Italian football.

Alberto Zaccheroni Says Italian Football Has Collapsed And Calls For Immediate Change

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Alberto Zaccheroni is perhaps best known for winning the Scudetto with AC Milan in 1999 and for the use of his unconventional 3-4-3 formation. The 61-year-old manager recently resigned fromhis position as Japan's national team coach and spent the majority of his 30-year managerial career working in Italian football.

Juventus champions!

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With a 1-0 victory over Palermo Juventus won their second Italian Serie A title in a row. In spite of Napoli defeating Inter Milan 3-1, the runner-ups cannot catch up with Juventus. Great for Juventus, who are cementing their place back at the top of the Italian league after their disgraceful season in the lower Serie B league following the "Calciopoli" match fixing scandal.

Juventus Player Focus: Has Kojo Lost His Mojo

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Juventus Player Focus: Has Kojo Lost His Mojo is a post from: Serie A Weekly Juventus Player Focus: Has Kojo Lost His Mojo is a post from: Serie A Weekly Kwadwo Asamoah hasn't quite been the unstoppable force he was at the very start of the season. The Ghanaian has looked jaded since returning from the six weeks he spent at the African Cup of Nations with Ghana.

Serie A : AS Roma’s Francesco Totti Celebrates 225-Goal Milestone With His Children

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The 'Prince of Rome' and overall legend Francesco Totti -created Italian football history again by scoring his 225th goal in the championship last night. He is now the Serie A's second top-scorer of all-time, and in a "Proud Family" moment, his son and daughter Christian and Chanel both ran out to celebrate this historic achievement with their father during AS Roma's 3-1 win over Genoa last night.

Blessed were the cheesemakers: the glory days of Parma

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By Giancarlo Rinaldi

A couple of decades ago, in a golden age of Italian football, there was a bunch of credible contenders for the Serie A title dubbed Le Sette Sorelle, which translates to ‘The Seven Sisters'. Six of them were traditional powerhouses - Milan, Juventus, Inter, Fiorentina, Lazio and Roma - but one was a team from a place previously best known for its cured hams and cheeses.

Napoli Face Point Deduction For Match Fixing

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The fallout out from the latest match fixing scandal that has rattled around Italian Football since the summer is tat the Italian Football Federation prosecutor have recommended a one-point penalty for Serie A title hopefuls Napoli.

Former Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello has confessed to attempting to fix the outcome of Napoli's Serie A match at Sampdoria in 2010.

When Soccer Gets Me Down I Remember: The Golden Era of 1990′s Italian football

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A Golden Era In Italian Football.

Italian Football was once at the top of thetotempole in Europe. It was the destination for the best talent of Europe and South America. It was choc-full of great players and as competitive a league as you could find.

Christian Vieri Awarded €1m Damages After Having Phone Tapped By Inter Milan

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By Chris Wright

Italy's former battering ram of a striker, Christian Vieri has been awarded €1 million (£800,000) in damages after it was found that former employers Inter Milan and Italian communications company Telecom Italia conspired to tap the player's phone during his six years at the club.

Rip it Up and Start Again: Fiorentina’s transfer revolution

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By Giancarlo Rinaldi

There is still something exciting about opening up a fresh page in a brand new notebook and starting to write. No matter how many times you may have messed up before, you can convince yourself that this time around you will get it right.

Italy

Racism clouds Italian football renaissance

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – These should be the best of times for Italian football.

Juventus reached their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday evening, new investors are promising a revival of AC Milan and and Serie A is casting off its reputation for sterile defensive fare.

Racism clouds Italian football renaissance

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – These should be the best of times for Italian football.

Juventus reached their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday evening, new investors are promising a revival of AC Milan and and Serie A is casting off its reputation for sterile defensive fare.

Racism clouds new era for Italian football

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – These should be the best of times for Italian football.

Juventus are on the verge of their second Champions League final in three years, new investors are promising a revival of AC Milan and Inter Milan and Serie A is slowly casting off its reputation for sterile defensive fare.

Racism clouds new era for Italian football

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – These should be the best of times for Italian football.

Juventus are on the verge of their second Champions League final in three years, new investors are promising a revival of AC Milan and Inter Milan and Serie A is slowly casting off its reputation for sterile defensive fare.

In Italy And England Matchfixing Is Orchestrated By Mafia

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Italian football is besmirched by mafia, matchfixing, money laundering and linkage to transglobal crime syndicates and bookmakers...
... and so is English football.

The difference is that, in Italy, the authorities attempt to do something about these crimes, while the criminals in England laugh all the way to their offshore tax havens.

Who Are Ya? Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emanuele Giaccherini Age: 28 Position: Winger Signed from: Juventus Fee: £6.8m Did you know? Giaccherini scored the fastest goal in Italy's international history when he netted against Haiti after 19 seconds... What's the deal? Juve were keen to sell Giaccherini to raise funds for some [.

Gigi tops off 20 years of Totti Dear Francesco, you have made​...

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Gigi tops off 20 years of Totti

Dear Francesco, you have made​ Italian football history...We're friends, you know how much I care about you. We started together with the Under-15 side, we had some splendid years together in the national team and we continue to meet as opponents in Serie A.

Still an apoplectic nutcase! Tiziano Crudelli explodes in reaction to Phillipe Mexes overhead goal

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With his lung-bursting wails of sportingecstasynow common place on our television screens courtesy of a binge of betting advertisements the charm of Tiziano Crudelli is wearing a little thin. The genie is out of the bottle and the Italian football commentator is no longer just the preserve of the football-blogging fraternity.

POTD : An Upclose Look At Del Piero’s Sydney FC Portrait

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You're looking atAlessandro Del Piero's new portrait photo for his new club, Sydney FC. The A-League, of course, has been trying to feed off the hype of Emile Heskey, Shinji Onoand the Italian football legend's arrival by getting them to pose in awkward photos, among other things.

POTD : Del Piero ‘Mania’ Arrives Down Under – Plus Kangaroo Talk & More

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Italian football legend Alessandro del Pieroarrived in Australia to kick off his new adventure with A-League side, Sydney FC yesterday. His wife,Sonia(seen above with their children) was also greeted by an army of Juventus and Sydney FC fans at the airport.

Football glossary: Azzurri

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Football glossary: Azzurri - the nickname of the Italian football side

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Players’ union wants Muntari yellow quashed

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The Hague (AFP) – World players’ union FIFPro urged Italian football powers Tuesday to quash Sully Muntari’s yellow card for leaving the pitch over the weekend, after fans hurled racial abused at the Ghanaian player.

The former AC Milan and Inter midfielder dramatically left the field Sunday while playing for Pescara at Cagliari after he angrily confronted Cagliari fans, claiming to have been racially abused before being booked.

Players’ union wants Muntari yellow quashed

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The Hague (AFP) – World players’ union FIFPro urged Italian football powers Tuesday to quash Sully Muntari’s yellow card for leaving the pitch over the weekend, after fans hurled racial abused at the Ghanaian player.

The former AC Milan and Inter midfielder dramatically left the field Sunday while playing for Pescara at Cagliari after he angrily confronted Cagliari fans, claiming to have been racially abused before being booked.

Players union want Muntari yellow quashed

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The Hague (AFP) – World football players’ union FIFPro urged Italian football powers Tuesday to quash Sulley Muntari’s yellow card for leaving the pitch over the weekend, after fans hurled racial abused at the Ghanian player.

The former AC Milan and Inter midfielder dramatically left the field Sunday while playing for Pescara at Cagliari after he angrily confronted Cagliari fans, claiming to have been racially abused before being booked.

Qatar to stage Italian SuperCup

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Milan (AFP) The Italian SuperCup final between league champions Juventus and beaten Cup finalists AC Milan will be held in Qatar for the second time this December, Serie A officials announced on Friday.

Napoli beat Juventus on penalties at Doha's Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in 2014 and an agreement has been signed between both parties that will see the SuperCup played on foreign soil for the ninth time.

English Premier League

Mazzarri Claims Serie A’s UCL Struggles Due To Lack Of Money

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The inability of any Italian club to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season is due to finances says Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri.

It has been a bad season all around for Italian sides in the Champions League. Juventus and Napoli did not make it out of the group stages while AC Milan are thumped 5-1 by Atletico Madrid in their last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid.

Serie A Owners Blow €2.5 billion In The Last 17 Years

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If you ever wondered why Serie A clubs are such big fans of Uefa's Financial Fair Play Rules, consider that over the last 17 years the patrons ofItaly‘s biggest clubs have ‘invested"€2.5 billion in Italian football, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Serie A's owners have to view FFP as a way to stop themselves from the reckless spending that has driven Italian football for almost two decades.

The Rest

Shit Football Kits: The Serie B Edition – Avellino’s New Home Shirt Has A Mad Cartoon Dragon On It (Photo & Video)

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Proving that it's not just Spanish lower league teams that are adept at pulling curious kits out of the bag, Italian second tier side Avellino have gone and launched a weird new jersey of their very own.

The Serie B side helda grand event to formally announce their 2016/17 first-team squad this week, unveiling their new shirt on stage in the process.

Italian Amateur Game To Be Replayed After Referee Mistakenly Sends Off Wrong Twin Brother

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An amateur game in Italy is to be replayed in its entirety after the local football authority declared the referee had sent off the wrong twin brother by mistake.

According to the Guardian, Michele Rossi, who plays for amateur league side SSD Castello in the ninth tier of Italian football, was sent off during a recent game against GS Alviano despite the fact that it was his twin brother, Matteo, had committed.

Italian club fined after president shouts insults at referee over loudspeaker during match

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Italian side Nuovo Campobasso has been fined €10,000 after club president Ferruccio Capone insulted a referee over the stadium's loudspeaker during a match. The incident occurred during the second half of a Seconda Divisione (the fourth tier of Italian football) match against Arzanese. According to Sky Sports Italia, Capone was enraged by the referee's decisions, including the sending off of one of his players, so he invaded the announcer's room and grabbed the microphone to share his feelings with everyone in attendance.

CAVANI: "I'm worth £150K per week!" - Chelsea: No your not!

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If reports are to be believed, Edinson Cavani believes that he is worth £150,000 per week in addition to the £35m that Napoli are asking from Chelsea for the hit man!

Now I don't know if any of you watched him play against Team GB in the Olympic Football but he is worth nowhere near that at all is he?