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Allegri and Spalletti not interested in Italy job

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti both distanced themselves from taking up the vacant Italian national team post on Saturday.

“Coaching the national team is one of my ambitions, but not right now,” the 50-year-old told a press conference ahead of Juventus’s game at Sampdoria Sunday.

Allegri and Spalletti not interested in Italy job

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti both distanced themselves from taking up the vacant Italian national team post on Saturday.

“Coaching the national team is one of my ambitions, but not right now,” the 50-year-old told a press conference ahead of Juventus’s game at Sampdoria Sunday.

Friday Kickoff: Italy announce Conte as manager; Wenger looking to keep Campbell; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After falling short of the knockout round for the second straight World Cup,the Italian national team has announced the man they hope will guide them back to the heights of the team's2006 World Cup triumph.

Antonio Conte has been named manager of the Italian national team after the team partedways with former manager Cesare Prandelli shortly following the World Cup.

Italy Appoints Antonio Conte As Head Coach On 2-Year Deal

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Former Juventus coach, Antonio Conte, has been appointed as the new coach for the Italian national team, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed today. Since the unexpected resignation of former Italian coach, Cesare Prandelli, in the wake of their dismal World Cup 2014 group stage elimination, the position had remained vacant.

Why Antonio Conte Should Take the Italy National Team Job

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With Juventus coach Antonio Conte's departure from Juventus sending shockwaves around the soccer world, there is one silver-lining to be taken from the situation. Yes it will be a quick period of change for Juve, but considering the experience of the team, they should recover quickly. After all, they have aspirations for a fourth consecutive Serie A title.

Thursday Kickoff: Prandelli could remain Italy manager; Özil back in Arsenal squad; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Cesare Prandelli is expected to discuss his future with the Italian National Team next month, but he may have already made up his mind.

According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, Prandelli has decided to accept a four-year contract extension from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

Wednesday Kickoff: Prandelli could leave Italy post after World Cup; Ronaldo upset with Özil sale; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Cesare Prandelli, who lead Italy to second-place at the 2012 European Championships, could leave his managerial post with the Italian National Team following the 2014 World Cup, according to reports in Italy.

The 56-year-old head coach has been in charge of a rejuvenated Italy side, one that also finished in third-place at the Confederations Cup this summer, but he could be off to a new challenge come July, 2014.

Confederations Cup : Italy’s National Players Turn Tourists With ‘Christ The Redeemer’

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The Italian national team arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the Confederations Cup four days ago. Naturally, Cesare Prandelli's men have settled in and done the tourist rounds! Their first stop this morning was the city's iconic 'Christ the Redeemer' or 'Cristo Redentor' statue, which is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world.

Red Hot Mario Balotelli Leading the Charge for AC Milan and Italy

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Since joining AC Milan, Mario Balotelli has been nothing but superb. "Super Mario" as he is called by the media, was on a slump earlier this year with Manchester City. However, Balotelli had a "renaissance" when he moved back to Italy.

Nothing was clicking for Balotelli when this season started.

Juventus Fans Pray for Health as ItalJuve Gears Up for Another Test

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Italy players line up for a team photo (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

As the Italian national team gets set for their World Cup 2014 Group B challenges against Armenia and Denmark, Juventus fans will wait with baited breath for the end of 180 minutes.

ItalJuvehas always been the core of the Nazionale, but as much of a point of pride as that is for Juventini, it is also a source of much anxiety.

Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone makes bold statements in regards to his future

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Vito Mannone of Arsenal (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Arsenal has a great asset in their back up goal keeper Vito Mannone. The 24-year-old Italian shot stopper has done very well this season in the absence of Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny. So well in fact that he is likely to run a good chance of taking over the first team spot for a good bit while his competition recovers.

Spain Are 2012 EURO Champions

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In convincing fashion Spain defeated Italy 4-0 on Sunday in Ukraine and became the EURO Champions for 2012. In doing so they also set history by becoming the first-ever team to be a two-time reigning European champion and World Cup Champion. All credit to Italy who had an amazing run, despite a rash of injuries, [.

The 90th Minute Podcast – Episode 27 – Jeff Carlisle previews Euro 2012 Final

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ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle previews the upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy. You can follow Jeff on twitter @JeffreyCarlisle and read his work on ESPNFC.com.

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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.

Manchester United

Six potential Jose Mourinho jobs that nobody’s talking about

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The other shoe has dropped and the formally regarded "Special One" has been let go; or, technically, mutually parted ways with. Speculation is already buzzing about his next position and without a doubt the man, despite being hard to work with, will have tons of currency thrown at him to be a manager at a well-regarded, very rich club.

Six potential Jose Mourinho jobs that nobody’s talking about

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The other shoe has dropped and the formally regarded "Special One" has been let go; or, technically, mutually parted ways with. Speculation is already buzzing about his next position and without a doubt the man, despite being hard to work with, will have tons of currency thrown at him to be a manager at a well-regarded, very rich club.

Arsenal Art - Can You Guess the Gooner?

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Talented graphic designer Mark Yesilevskiy is doing special things in Philadelphia. The Bolton Wanderers/Philadelphia Union fan has taken creativity to new heights with his artwork, which features iconic photographs-turned-illustrations of some of the biggest players in the world...without the actual player.

Manchester United Keen on Italian International

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According to Express, Manchester United are preparing a bid for Cagliari centre-back Davide Astori as David Moyes looks to bolster the Red Devils' back-line.

Also a target of Liverpool, Southampton and Milan, the 26-year-old has been at Cagliari since 2008, making 140 league appearances for the Sardinian outfit.

Liverpool and Manchester United chasing Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna

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Angelo Obinze Ogbonna of Torino FC (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Torino have made a solid start in their return season to the Italian Serie A top flight after a season down in the second division. Part of the club's success has been due to a superb defensive presence that has been anchored in the center of defense.

Toronto FC

‘The Big Three’ era has arrived in MLS – I hope it doesn’t last

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In the space of a week, Toronto FC have gone from the laughing stock of Major League Soccer to headline makers. The club, which has failed to reach the playoffs in any of their eight seasons, has committed a reported $70 million in wages over the next five years to bring in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco as designated players.

‘The Big Three’ era has arrived in MLS – I hope it doesn’t last

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In the space of a week, Toronto FC have gone from the laughing stock of Major League Soccer to headline makers. The club, which has failed to reach the playoffs in any of their eight seasons, has committed a reported $70 million in wages over the next five years to bring in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco as designated players.

English Premier League

Wednesday Kickoff: Balotelli close to shock Liverpool move; Di Maria, Khedira reject extensions; and more

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It looks like Liverpool has found their replacement for Luis Suarez.

According to multiple reports in both England and Italy, Liverpool and AC Milan have agreed a transfer fee for one Mario Balotelli, the mercurial Italian National Team forward. If the transfer goes through it would mean Balotelli's return to the English Premier League for the first time since Jan.

Is Mario Balotelli headed for Manchester City exit door in January Transfer Window

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Mario Balotelli of Italy (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Manchester City has not seen a lot of Mario Balotelli this season so far, and it looks as though they may not being seeing much of from him at all if rumors about the club potentially dropping him in January are true.

Statements from club official Brian Marwood quoted by the Daily Mirror on Oct.

Football at Fenway on ESPN2

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BOSTON, Mass. Fenway Park will be featured on national television on ESPN2 on Wednesday, July 25th, and for once, it's not for a Boston Red Sox game. Instead, the now annual Football at Fenway event – this year featuring England's Liverpool F.C. and Italy's AS Roma – will be shown live nationally on ESPN2.

Juventus

Five-A-Day Football News Wednesday June One-Two

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Five-A-Day Football News Wednesday June One-Two is a post from: Serie A Weekly Five-A-Day Football News Wednesday June One-Two is a post from: Serie A Weekly Italy swung by Haiti to play an international friendly for charity and the result was a 2-2 draw against a poor opponent. Enzo Misuraca breaks down the performance and grades some players.

Friday Kickoff: Juventus coach banned, Spurs' Parker has surgery and more

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Defending Serie A champion Juventus will have to embark on their quest to repeat with a new coach.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte was banned for 10 months by the Italian soccer federation as part of a widespread match-fixing scandal that dates back to his time as manager of Siena.

ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri

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ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri is a post from: Serie A Weekly ItalJuve at the forefront for the Azzurri is a post from: Serie A Weekly When Juventus are strong so too are the Italian national team, as the old calcio legend goes. And when reviewing past tournaments it is hard to argue with that.

Euro 2012

Wednesday Kickoff: Aguero out a month, Juventus coach's appeal denied & more

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Manchester City have avoided the worst-case scenario involving star striker Sergio Aguero.

Aguero will miss about a month with a knee injury, but he reportedly avoided any major tears after going down in the first half of City's 3-2 win over Southampton following a tackle by Nathaniel Clyne.

Mid-Day Ticker: UEFA fines Cassano; Champions, Europa League draws & more

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Euro 2012 is almost three weeks in the rear-view mirror, but punishment is still being handed down for remarks made during the tournament.

Italy forward Antonio Cassano was fined €15,000 by UEFA for his anti-gay remarks. Cassano's comments were made when answering questions of whether he thought he had any gay teammates on the Italian national team.

Euro 2012: Spain confirm dominance with historic triumph

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Spain won its third UEFA European Championship with a 4-0 drubbing of Italy

The Spanish national football team did what so many people expected and won the 2012 UEFA European Championship. Spain defended their European title with a 4-0 hammering of Italy with goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata and helped to create history in the process.

Spain 4-0 Italy – Match Recap – Euro 2012 Final – 1 July 2012

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Spain won their third major tournament in a row with an impressive 4-0 result over Italy in the UEFA Euro 2012 final. It was a dominating performance from start to finish with Italy rarely having a realistic chance to lift the trophy.

Opposite of the Portugal match, Spain started the final very quickly and had a 1-0 lead by the 14th minute.

Spain 4-0 Italy – Player Ratings – Euro 2012 Final – 1 July 2012

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Below are player ratings for the UEFA Euro 2012 Final between Spain and Italy. Spain won the match 4-0 and have now won three major titles (2008 & 2012 Euro, 2010 World Cup).

Spain

Casillas 7 Was tested a few times and always up to the challenge

Arbeloa 5.5 Didn't have much to do as Spain dominated most of the match

Piqué 6 Solid as usual and didn't have to do much defending

Ramos 5.

Italy’s path to the UEFA Euro 2012 Final

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Italy did not have high expectations heading into Euro 2012 but have impressed by reaching the final. Below is how they've reached the final starting with the group stage and into the knockout stage.

Group Stage

Spain 1-1 Italy

A good opening match for Italy who stunned Spain by taking a 1-0 lead and held on for the draw.

Spain v Italy – Keys To The Match – Euro 2012 Final – 1 July 2012

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Italy faces Spain the Euro 2012 Final but what will the be the important factors determining who lifts the trophy? Below are a some keys to the match.

Fernando Torres

Spain have struggled to find a formation that works as Fernando Torres has been inconsistent up top.

England 0-0 (2-4 on penalties) Italy – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 24 June 2012

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England once again were knocked out on penalty kicks in a major tournament. Italy were the stronger side throughout the entire match and really deserved to advance.

The match started out with a frantic pace as both teams had very good chances including Italy's Daniel De Rossi hitting the woodwork.

England v Italy – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 24 June 2012

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The last spot in the semifinals is up for grabs as Group D winner England faces Group C runner-up Italy. The match will take place at the Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

England manager Roy Hodgson

"We're very impressed by Italy, like everyone is.

Italy 2-0 Ireland – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 18 June 2012

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Italy clinched a spot in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win the Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2012 group stage. It was a dominating performance from the Italians who had 17 shots on goal compared to Ireland's two.

Antonio Cassano gave Italy a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute and Mario Balotelli sealed the three points with a 90th minute goal.

The Rest

Antonio Conte Rumored To Be Leaving Italian National Team for Chelsea After Euro 2016

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Former Juventus manager and Italian national team manager Antonio Conte continues to refuse to talk about the rumours that he will be named the next manager at Chelsea. The fact that he announced that he will be stepping down as the national team manager after the Euro 2016 tournament adds more fuel to the rumours that he is going to England.

The Azzurri Meet The Pope. And Jesus.

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In honor of Pope Francis (Francesco to the other guys in the photo), born of Argentina, now currently landlocked in the Vatican, the Italian and Argentine national teams will partake in a friendly tomorrow to celebrate him, what with the Pope being a big football fan and all. So the Azzurri got to meet him and being a man of such holy standing, you'll notice someone else also made a special visit.

Italian Players Singing Their National Anthem

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Gigi Buffon and the Italian national team singing their national anthem with passion.