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Sad farewell for Italian football legend Buffon

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Milan (AFP) – It was a tearful farewell for Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, who had dreamed of bowing out with another record in a stellar career - a sixth World Cup finals appearance.

Instead, his career finished not in Russia but with a humiliating World Cup playoff exit against Sweden at Milan’s San Siro stadium, as Italy missed out on the finals for the first time in 60 years.

Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

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Milan (AFP) – Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.

Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

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Milan (AFP) – Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.

Anne Frank scandal part of Lazio fans’ dark past

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Rome (AFP) – The scandal that rocked Italian football where Lazio fans posted anti-Semitic photos of Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a Roma shirt is just the latest in a long list of outrages by the club’s supporters.

The Lazio ‘ultras’ have previously been in hot water over Celtic crosses, monkey chants and fascist salutes leading to them often being portrayed as a fascist club.

Anne Frank scandal part of Lazio fans’ dark past

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Rome (AFP) – The scandal that rocked Italian football where Lazio fans posted anti-Semitic photos of Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a Roma shirt is just the latest in a long list of outrages by the club’s supporters.

The Lazio ‘ultras’ have previously been in hot water over Celtic crosses, monkey chants and fascist salutes leading to them often being portrayed as a fascist club.

Anne Frank photo whips up storm in Italian football

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Milan (AFP) – A minute’s silence will be held and a passage from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before games in Italy this week in response to acts of anti-semitism by Lazio fans, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said.

The FIGC announced that a minute’s silence will be observed before Serie A, B and C matches during the week and amateur and youth games over the weekend.

Juventus fans in mafia grip, say Italian justice officials

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Rome (AFP) – Supporters of Italian football giants Juventus are controlled by mobsters linked to the notorious ‘Ndrangheta mafia, justice officials said Friday as the sale of tickets to hardline ultra fans was investigated.

“The ‘Ndrangheta has imposed itself within the organised groups, exercising a real control over the groups that support Juventus,” wrote Judge Giacomo Marson in a judgment reported in the Italian press.

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.

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.

Serie A

Molto Bello: Juventus To Wear Achingly Gorgeous Retro Shirt This Weekend To Celebrate 120th Anniversary (Photos)

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With a big birthday coming up, Juventus have revealed that they plan to mark turning The Big 1-2-0 by wearing a beautiful anniversary-themed shirt.

Adidas have knocked out a 'fourth strip' for the Bianconeri, that they will wear in their next Serie A match, at home against Benevento this coming Sunday.

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.

Italy

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.