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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.

Inter Milan Sell Stake To Chinese Investors And Plan New Stadium

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The Moratti family have sold a 15% stake in Inter to the China Railway Construction Corp. (1186) for 75 million euros, in a deal that values the club at 500 million euros.

The transaction would include debt from the 18-time Italian champion. Hong Kong-based QSL Sports Ltd. will also be part of China Railway's investment group, the people said.

Top Ten Best Paid Footballers In The World

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With today's confirmation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has moved from AC Milan to Paris St-Germain here is a list of the top ten highest paid footballers in the world. Note that this club wages, and doesn't any taxes that some teams pay on behalf of their players:

  1. Samuel Eto'o (Anzhi) €20m
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) €13m
  3. Didier Drogba (Shangai Shenua) €13m
  4. Zltan Ibrahimovic (PSG) €13m
  5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) €12m
  6. Waybe Rooney (Manchester United) €11.

Italy v England Preview

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Italy and England meet in the Euro quarter-finals on Sunday and to help me preview the game I have brought in two experts, Earl Reed and David Schiavone

Earl writes for EPL Talk, the number one Premier League blog with daily news and analysis of the world's most popular sports league.

England v Italy Preview

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England and Italy meet in the Euro quarter-finals on Sunday and to help me preview the game I have brought in two experts, Earl Reed and David Schiavone

Earl writes for EPL Talk, the number one Premier League blog with daily news and analysis of the world's most popular sports league.


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.

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.

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.

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

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Roberto Baggio (Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

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

The idea of Catenaccio, criticisms of calcio, and how wrong they are

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By Kieran Dodds, writing from Cambridge

Saturday morning. I, still a wee lad, run downstairs as fast as my little legs will carry me. No weekend lie in for me. James Richardson and Channel 4 are calling. On goes the television. There's the music!

Big name completes PSG switch

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French giants Paris St. Germain have completed the signing of Argentine winger Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli for a fee reported to be in the region of €30 million.

Lavezzi made a total of 188 appearances for Napoli but his break-through form shone brightly in the last two seasons, where he racked up 20 goals and 26 assists across all competitions.

Spain v Italy – Match Preview – Euro 2012 Final – 1 July 2012

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Defending champions Spain look for a re-peat as they face Italy in the UEFA Euro 2012 final. The match will take place at the Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque

"We've worked very hard for many years and we'd like victory to crown that work.

City target considered more English clubs

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Italian midfield star Daniele De Rossi insists that Manchester City were not the only Premier League team interested in his services before he agreed to sign a long-term extension with hometown club AS Roma in February.

De Rossi, 28, told reporters in his conference on Wednesday that despite his confidence in Italy's national team ahead of their Euro 2012 quarterfinal meeting with England on Sunday, the quality of English football has now clearly exceeded that of the controversy-embattled Serie A.

Milan: We have retained ‘best’ striker

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AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has declared Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best striker in the world and insists that even if a gargantuan bid was received for the Swede, the club won't sell due to the lack of an adequate replacement.

In a recent column, this writer contemplated a direct swap of Ibrahimovic for Edin Dzeko between Milan and English champions Manchester City.

Serie A

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.

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.

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.

AC Milan Offer Season Ticket Refunds After Flogging Zlatan Ibrahimovic And Thiago Silva

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By Alan Duffy

Italian football may not have the most squeaky-clean image, but Serie A giants Milan have shown a decent amount of generosity by agreeing to refund the season tickets of Rossoneri fans disgruntled by the sale of two the club's biggest star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.


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?

Santon reveals on Roma rumours and Pardew’s right back conspiracy

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Davide Santon has given an "exclusive" interview for Italian football site, "Calciomercato" (football market) which was published yesterday. In it, he lifts the lid on rumours linking him with Rome, as well as a making some telling remarks about Alan Pardew's plans for the right back position amongst other things.

Wrigley Field

Upside: To be honest

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Their Words "I didn't think we played bad to be honest. It's a difficult surface and it has a different feel. It's not easy to play on." San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop. Other Sources Bradley Shines at Wrigley Field in Roma Debut - from The NY Times' Ben Strauss: "He knows Italian football, and it helped him a lot.

Bradley notches assist as AS Roma roll Zaglebie Lubin in International Friendly at Wrigley Field

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CHICAGO - Despite the change in scenery, it appears Michael Bradley won't have too much trouble adjusting to life at AS Roma. The American midfielder, who signed with the club last week from Serie A rival Chievo Verona in a $4.6 million transfer, picked up an assist in Roma's 4-0 win over Polish club Zaglebie Lubin in front of 22,181 at Wrigley Field.

Euro 2012

Watford’s Big Picture Problems

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The take-over of an English football club by the owner of an Italian club passed somewhat quietly on account of the European Championships but, as Paul Grech, writes Watfords tie-in with Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo might just end up having a significance that reaches some way beyond Vicarage Road.

‘I Wanted To Make Her Happy’ – Mario Balotelli Dedicates Germany Brace To His Mum

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By Chris Wright

The Postman always scores twice! Safe to say Mario Balotelli had an emotional old night on Thursday eve, rolling Bild's pompous plane gag up and sticking up their collective arschs by sending Germany sprawling out of Euro 2012 with a couple of smart goals goals which he later dedicated to his adoptive mother, Silvia, who made the trip to Warsaw to watch her boy play last night.

Competition heats up for Golden Foot

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The prestigious 2012 Golden Foot award to honor the career accomplishments of a player within European football will be handed out later this summer and the list of nominees for the award has already been finalized.

This year's competition boasts of an exciting group of candidates, from world-class goalkeepers all the way to prolific strikers.

The Rest

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

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By Chris Wright

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.

Juventus Boss Banned For Match Fixing

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Juventus manager Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months for alleged match fixing dating back to the scandal that rocked Italian football just over a year ago with previous club Siena.

Conte has since been installed as the Juventus boss, and last season won Serie A without losing a single match.

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3 Football Tumblrs we’re enjoying this week: Calcio, Middlesbrough and Pele in goal!

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After the first in a new series introduced last week on Just Football, in which we bring you a regular dose of the finest football Tumblrs around, here are three more that have been keeping us mightily entertained this week:

1) I Got Cider in my Ear - Heavy on vintage photos, Inter, Serie A and Gli Azzurri, with occasional appearances from Brazil, Ligue 1, Frenchies, old Brits and assorted Russians.

Super Mario Sends Italy Into Euro FInals

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Two brilliant goals from Mario Balotelli destroyed Germany on Thursday and set up a final showdown with Spain in Kiev on Sunday.

This was the best we have ever seen of Balotelli — and the Germans could not handle him.

Much was made of the fact the Germans had two extra days rest following their quarter-final win over Greece while Italy had to go on extra time and penalties to beat England.

Thiago Silva: Milan’s ‘il capitano del futuro’ is here to stay

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It is over. The transfer that looked set to rock the world of football, that looked set to signal the continuing decline of Italian football and the end of AC Milan as a true power in the game as a brave new world arose has come to an end. And, to the relief of Milan [...]