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Italy bosses confirm Ancelotti talks, insist no front-runner

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Milan (AFP) – Italian football federation (FIGC) chiefs on Tuesday confirmed talks had taken place with Carlo Ancelotti concerning the vacant Italy coaching job but insisted there was no front-runner yet.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday.

Ancelotti offered job of Italy coach: reports

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Milan (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team, according to reports on Tuesday.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with Italian Football Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday, Corriere dello Sport reported.

Ancelotti offered job of Italy coach: reports

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Milan (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team, according to reports on Tuesday.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with Italian Football Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday, Corriere dello Sport reported.

‘Surprise names’ in line for Italy coaching job

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Florence (Italy) (AFP) – Italian football federation commissioner Roberto Fabbricini said Saturday to expect “some surprise names” to emerge for the vacant job of Italy coach.

“No one is now in pole position, some surprise names could emerge. We are not ruling anyone out,” Fabbricini said at the Italian national team’s training camp at Coverciano in Florence.

Di Biagio to put Italy through paces in first training camp

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Milan (AFP) – New interim Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio has organised his first training camp ahead of friendlies against Argentina and England, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said Thursday.

The three-day training camp from Monday, February 26 to Wednesday, February 28 will take place at Italy’s Technical Centre at Coverciano in Florence.

Six in running for Italy coaching job – Costacurta

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Milan (AFP) – Italian football federation sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Thursday there were “six or seven names” in the hat for the Italy coaching job.

Former AC Milan defender Costacurta has been given the task of finding a successor to Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Conte out of running for Italy job, Di Biagio an option

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Milan (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ruled himself out as Italy coach but interim boss Luigi Di Biagio could be an option, Italian football federation (FIGC) assistant commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Sunday.

Former AC Milan star Costacurta has been given the task of finding a replacement for Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy’s embarrassing World Cup exit.

Conte out of running for Italy job, Di Biagio an option

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Milan (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ruled himself out as Italy coach but interim boss Luigi Di Biagio could be an option, Italian football federation (FIGC) assistant commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Sunday.

Former AC Milan star Costacurta has been given the task of finding a replacement for Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy’s embarrassing World Cup exit.

Italian Olympic committee steps in to run crisis-ridden FA

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Rome (AFP) – Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI) on Thursday stepped in to appoint a team including former AC Milan star Alessandro “Billy” Costacurta to oversee the crisis-ridden Italian football federation (FIGC).

CONI secretary general Roberto Fabbricini was appointed commissioner and will be assisted by deputies ex-Italy defender Costacurta and legal expert Angelo Clarizia.

Italian Olympic committee steps in to run crisis-ridden FA

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Rome (AFP) – Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI) on Thursday stepped in to appoint a team including former AC Milan star Alessandro “Billy” Costacurta to oversee the crisis-ridden Italian football federation (FIGC).

CONI secretary general Roberto Fabbricini was appointed commissioner and will be assisted by deputies ex-Italy defender Costacurta and legal expert Angelo Clarizia.

Election farce mirrors state of Italian game

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Rome (AFP) – Italian football plunged further into crisis two months after the country’s dramatic World Cup exit with the failure to elect a new federation chief amid scenes of chaos in Rome.

“We’ve managed to do worse than the national side eliminated from the World Cup, and that’s a difficult feat to achieve,” said Italy’s former Ballon d’Or winner Gianni Rivera.

Election farce mirrors state of Italian game

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Rome (AFP) – Italian football plunged further into crisis two months after the country’s dramatic World Cup exit with the failure to elect a new federation chief amid scenes of chaos in Rome.

“We’ve managed to do worse than the national side eliminated from the World Cup, and that’s a difficult feat to achieve,” said Italy’s former Ballon d’Or winner Gianni Rivera.

Lazio fined but avoid stadium ban for Anne Frank photo

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Rome (AFP) – Lazio have been fined 50,000 euros ($61,000) but avoided a stadium ban over posters created by their fans featuring Holocaust victim Anne Frank, the Italian football federation (FIGC) announced on Thursday.

FIGC prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro had demanded a fine and two games be played behind closed doors after Lazio’s infamous ultra fans fly-posted photographs of Anne Frank in a shirt of bitter city rivals Roma during a game against Cagliari last October.

Lazio fined but avoid stadium ban for Anne Frank photo

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Rome (AFP) – Lazio have been fined 50,000 euros ($61,000) but avoided a stadium ban over posters created by their fans featuring Holocaust victim Anne Frank, the Italian football federation (FIGC) announced on Thursday.

FIGC prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro had demanded a fine and two games be played behind closed doors after Lazio’s infamous ultra fans fly-posted photographs of Anne Frank in a shirt of bitter city rivals Roma during a game against Cagliari last October.

Tommasi eyes Italian FA presidency after World Cup woe

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Rome (AFP) – Former Italy international Damiano Tommasi officially announced his candidacy Friday for the presidency of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The 43-year-old former AS Roma midfielder, now head of the Italian Players’ Union, had been touted among the possible successors to Carlo Tavecchio.

Juventus president Agnelli’s ticket scam ban reduced

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus president Andrea Agnelli saw his one-year ban over a ticket sales scandal ended after less than three months on Monday, following an appeal to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

However, his 20,000 euro ($23,600) fine for his role in the bulk sale of tickets to ‘ultras’ fans with links to organised crime, was increased to 100,000 euros.

Juventus president Agnelli’s ticket scam ban reduced

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus president Andrea Agnelli saw his one-year ban over a ticket sales scandal ended after less than three months on Monday, following an appeal to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

However, his 20,000 euro ($23,600) fine for his role in the bulk sale of tickets to ‘ultras’ fans with links to organised crime, was increased to 100,000 euros.

Former Italian football head denies harassment

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Rome (AFP) – Former Italian football chief Carlo Tavecchio has denied claims of sexual harassment made by a former executive of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) that were published in Italian media on Tuesday.

“In relations to what has been reported in some press articles, I maintain that I behave in a correct manner and in order to protect my image and honour I have asked my lawyers to act in the appropriate forums,” Tavecchio told ANSA news agency.

Former Italian football head denies harassment

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Rome (AFP) – Former Italian football chief Carlo Tavecchio has denied claims of sexual harassment made by a former executive of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) that were published in Italian media on Tuesday.

“In relations to what has been reported in some press articles, I maintain that I behave in a correct manner and in order to protect my image and honour I have asked my lawyers to act in the appropriate forums,” Tavecchio told ANSA news agency.

Italy football federation chief Tavecchio resigns amid World Cup chaos

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Rome (AFP) – Italian football federation chief Carlo Tavecchio became the latest victim of the Azzurri’s World Cup qualifying disaster falling on his sword Monday, days after the sacking of coach Gian Piero Ventura.

A week after missing out on qualifying for the World Cup final for the first time since 1958, former World Cup superstars Italy find themselves in a power vacuum.

Italy sack Ventura, target Ancelotti

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Milan (AFP) – Gian Piero Ventura’s reign as Italy coach ended on Wednesday after a World Cup qualifying fiasco during which the four-time champions failed to reach next year’s finals in Russia.

The 69-year-old’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome, with former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti among the favourites to take over and rebuild the Azzurri.

Italy coach Ventura axed after World Cup disaster

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Milan (AFP) – Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as Italy coach on Wednesday after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup finals.

The veteran coach’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

The 69-year-old had refused to resign despite a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden on Monday saw Italy miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Italy coach Ventura axed after World Cup disaster

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Milan (AFP) – Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as Italy coach on Wednesday after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup finals.

The veteran coach’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

The 69-year-old had refused to resign despite a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden on Monday saw Italy miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

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.

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.

Verratti ruled out of Italy’s World Cup qualifier

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has been ruled out of Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia in Turin next week, the Italian football federation announced Sunday.

Coach Giampiero Ventura has called up Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella in his place for the clash on October 6 and a friendly against Albania three days later, the federation said without giving any explanation.

Juventus president risks suspension over ‘illegal’ ticket sales

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus president Andrea Agnelli could be banned for two and a half years after disciplinary proceedings began Friday into alleged ticket sales to ultras fan groups, some with links to organised crime.

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro has requested a 30-month suspension and 50,000 euro ($59,000) fine against Agnelli, according to reports in the Italian media.

Juventus president risks suspension over ‘illegal’ ticket sales

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus president Andrea Agnelli could be banned for two and a half years after disciplinary proceedings began Friday into alleged ticket sales to ultras fan groups, some with links to organised crime.

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro has requested a 30-month suspension and 50,000 euro ($59,000) fine against Agnelli, according to reports in the Italian media.

Chiellini injury deals Italy late blow for Spain qualifier

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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.

The Juventus centre-back has been ruled out for both the trip to Madrid and Tuesday’s qualifier at home to Israel.

Chiellini injury deals Italy late blow for Spain qualifier

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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.

The Juventus centre-back has been ruled out for both the trip to Madrid and Tuesday’s qualifier at home to Israel.

Ventura rewarded with new Italy deal

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Rome (AFP) – Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has signed a new two-year contract to lead the Azzurri to the 2020 European Championship, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced Wednesday.

The 69-year-old former Torino boss took over on a two-year deal after Antonio Conte left to join Chelsea in June last year.

Ventura rewarded with new Italy deal

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Rome (AFP) – Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has signed a new two-year contract to lead the Azzurri to the 2020 European Championship, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced Wednesday.

The 69-year-old former Torino boss took over on a two-year deal after Antonio Conte left to join Chelsea in June last year.

De Rossi set for 100-cap UEFA honour

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Milan (AFP) Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi will be honoured by UEFA on Thursday in recognition of having passed the 100-cap mark with the Azzurri.

Italy host Spain in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin in what will be the first meeting between the sides since Spain lost 2-0 in the last 16 of Euro 2016 at the Stade de France in June.

Italy without Belotti for Israel qualifier

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Rome (AFP) Torino striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out of Italy's opening World Cup qualifier in Israel on Monday due to injury, the Italian Football Federation confirmed.

The 22-year-old Belotti, who won his first cap in Thursday's 3-1 friendly defeat to France in Bari, has a thigh injury.

Italy without Belotti for Israel qualifier

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Rome (AFP) Torino striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out of Italy's opening World Cup qualifier in Israel on Monday due to injury, the Italian Football Federation confirmed.

The 22-year-old Belotti, who won his first cap in Thursday's 3-1 friendly defeat to France in Bari, has a thigh injury.

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‘I Should Have Sacked Ventura At Half-Time!’ – Italian FA President Carlo Tavecchio Announces Resignation, Goes Out With Bang (Video)

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As the fallout from Italy's failure to reach a World Cup finals for the first time in nigh-on 60 years continues to churn, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced that they are now looking for a new president, as well as a new national team coach.

While he initially refused to budge, manager Giampietro Ventura resigned a few days after the Azzurri saw their final shot at earning a place in Russia go up in smoke with a two-leg defeat against Sweden in their World Cup play-off.

Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri Inducted Into Italian Football Federation Hall Of Fame (Photo)

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Not that he looks overly enthused about it, but Claudio Ranieri has been inducted into the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Hall of Fame.

Unsurprisingly, Ranieri was honoured for somehow winning the Premier League title last season with a Leicester City team that are currently staving off relegation this time round.