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Marcus Rashford, Divock Origi and Bayern Munich’s next new boy star in our #JF70 young talents of weeks 16 & 17

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As leagues across Europe head into their final phases, plenty of the #JF70 youngsters are hitting the heights for their clubs. Which wonderkids have caught the eye lately? Week 17 Marcus Rashford...

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‘Whoever Wants It Can Have It’ – Germany 2006 World Cup Winner’s Podium Found Dumped In Berlin Park (Photo)

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Rather strangely, the very podium on which Italy celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup has been discovered dumped in a park in Berlin.

The white podium, stamped with the FIFA marque, was found tossed by the wayside in theBerlin Olympiapark, close to the Olympiastadion where the final was played.

‘I’ll Headbutt Somebody On The Pitch Like Zidane’ – Gianluigi Buffon Plans To Retire In Style As And When The Time Comes

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Having already been on this Earth for 39 wholeyears, Gianluigi Buffon has reluctantly acknowledged that he might notactually be able to play on forever.

Indeed, Buffon is all set to makethe 1,000th appearanceof his career when Italy play Albania on Friday evening 220 for Parma, 612 for Juventus and 168 for the Azzurri.

Andre Belotti, Kylian Mbappe and the Manchester City loan star – #JF70 young talents of the week, week 13

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With plenty of football action going on across Europe, our young #JF70 stars were shining everywhere. Which players really caught the eye, though? Deji Faremi picks the best of an...

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Chelsea man celebrates reaching Champions League semi-finals

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Un corazón agradecido a ti señor y Rey Jesús

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Born to run

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Conte ‘here to stay’ at Chelsea

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London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was adamant Friday he was “here to stay” despite persistent rumours linking him with a move to Inter Milan after the end of the season.

The 47-year-old former Juventus and Italy head coach has impressed in his first season in England, which could yet end with Chelsea completing a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in World Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in World Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Buffon reaches 1,000 as Italy and Spain cruise in World Cup qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) – Italy kept pace with Spain in European World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon played his 1,000th professional match in a 2-0 victory over Albania on Friday.

A first-half Daniele De Rossi penalty and late second from Ciro Immobile was enough to earn the Azzurri three points but they remain behind Spain on goal difference at the top of Group G after La Rioja downed Israel 4-1.

Buffon set to make it 1,000 not out

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Rome (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon will make his 1,000th career appearance when the legendary goalkeeper pulls on the gloves once more for Italy on Friday against Albania.

The 39-year-old Juventus stopper made his professional debut in 1995 as a 17-year-old in goal for Parma and has gone on to become a football icon at home and abroad.

Italy coach wary of Albania slip-up

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Milan (AFP) – Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has warned a slip-up against minnows Albania would dent the Azzurri’s 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes even before a likely group decider away to Spain.

Ventura, who succeeded Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after he led Italy to a commendable quarter-place finish at Euro 2016, has steered Italy to three wins and a draw in their four qualifiers so far.

Italy coach wary of Albania slip-up

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Milan (AFP) – Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has warned a slip-up against minnows Albania would dent the Azzurri’s 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes even before a likely group decider away to Spain.

Ventura, who succeeded Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after he led Italy to a commendable quarter-place finish at Euro 2016, has steered Italy to three wins and a draw in their four qualifiers so far.

Marchisio, Chiellini out as Italy ring Albania changes

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus pair Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini were left at home as Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura called five new players into an enlarged 27-man squad for upcoming games against Albania and the Netherlands.

Italy host Albania in Palermo in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday before facing the Dutch in Amsterdam on March 28 as Ventura looks further ahead to a possible Group G qualifying decider away to leaders Spain on September 2.

Marchisio, Chiellini out as Italy ring Albania changes

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus pair Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini were left at home as Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura called five new players into an enlarged 27-man squad for upcoming games against Albania and the Netherlands.

Italy host Albania in Palermo in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday before facing the Dutch in Amsterdam on March 28 as Ventura looks further ahead to a possible Group G qualifying decider away to leaders Spain on September 2.

Dybala fires Juve past depleted Porto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala helped fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday after a 1-0 win sent the Serie A champions through 3-0 on aggregate.

Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo had hailed Juve’s 20-game unbeaten home run in Europe as he played down the Portuguese side’s chances of overturning a 2-0 first leg defeat at the Estadio do Dragao.

Late Belotti brace for Torino stuns Fiorentina

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Milan (AFP) – Italy striker Andrea Belotti made amends for missing a second-half penalty for Torino with a late brace that secured a share of the points in a 2-2 draw at Fiorentina in Serie A Monday.

In a clash helpful to both sides’ chances of qualifying for Europe next season, Fiorentina raced to a two-goal lead before half-time after Riccardo Saponara, in the eighth minute and Nikola Kalinic, with a 38th minute header, beat Joe Hart in the Torino net.

Talented Balotelli needs attitude change – Italy coach

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Milan (AFP) – Controversial striker Mario Balotelli has shown few signs of wanting to fight his way back into the national side, Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura warned on Wednesday.

Balotelli last played for Italy at their ill-fated 2014 World Cup campaign, but his international and club career have been in a tailspin since then.

Talented Balotelli needs attitude change – Italy coach

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Milan (AFP) – Controversial striker Mario Balotelli has shown few signs of wanting to fight his way back into the national side, Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura warned on Wednesday.

Balotelli last played for Italy at their ill-fated 2014 World Cup campaign, but his international and club career have been in a tailspin since then.

Serie A

Torino Salute Andrea Belotti’s Outstanding Debut Season By Presenting Striker With Swarovski Crystal Rooster (Photo)

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While the name might not be instantly familiar, Andrea Belotti has been enjoying a proper old-fashioned breakthrough debut season at Torino this term.

Having signed from Palermo for the earnest fee of just€7.5million back in August,the 23-year-old striker is currently level-pegging with Edin Dzekoat the top of the Serie A goalscoring charts, with 23 goals to his name so far.

Impact Sub: Napoli’s Dries Mertens Scores Roughly Eight Seconds After Coming On As Substitute Against Juventus (Video)

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Juventus just about squeaked through to the Coppa Italia final by edging out Napoli on aggregate come the end ofWednesday evening's semi-final second leg.

Carrying over a 3-1 lead from the first leg, Juvefell to a 3-2 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo two goals from popular Napoli old boy Gonzalo Higuain ensuringanoverall victory for the Old Lady.

AS Roma, Monaco and Manchester City starlets shine in our #JF70 young talents of week 15

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Bored of the international break? Never fear, dear reader: occupy yourself with a look at how our #JF70 best young players around Europe got on this week. After Kylian Mbappé won our #JF70 young...

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FEATURE: Trip to Turin

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So on Saturday 18th March I ticked off a major item on my bucket list, I got to see a live Serie A match. For those who don't know I've had a somewhat unhealthy obsession with anything Italian since I was a young kid. The obsession with Italian football in particular started when I was about eight or nine after my Mom brought me home a fake Totti shirt she'd picked up as a treat for me whilst shopping.

Mbappe leads the French revolution, AC Milan and Ajax stars shine – JF70 young talents of week 14

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Which #JF70 youngsters impressed for their clubs across Europe this week? Among the wonderkids who caught the eye include an Ajax striker, AC Milan's ever-impressive teenage goalkeeper and...

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Palermo’s New Club President Casually Shows Off Nipple Tattoo In First Press Conference (Photos)

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Palermo parted company with notoriously fidgety club president Maurizio Zamparini last month, thus bringing to an end 15 years of utterly manic managerial chopping and changing.

With a vancancy to fill right at the top, the Rosanero are now hoping to usher in a new era of serenity by appointing a younger, more level-headedreplacement.

End Of An Era: Palermo President Maurizio Zamperini Steps Down After Hiring (And Firing) 40 Coaches In 15 Years

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Palmero president Maurizio Zamparini has announced that he is stepping down after 15 fun-filled, zany years in the role.

In that relatively short time, Zamparini has made roughly 40 coaching changes even sacking the same manager three times in the same season last year.

With the side currently 18th and three points off the bottom of Serie A, the 75-year-oldhas announced that he is officially done and that a new owner will be in place "within 15 days".

Transfer News and Gossip

Man Utd and Arsenal tracking Samu Castillejo

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Villarreal winger Samu Castillejo is a transfer target for Manchester United and Arsenal, according to Italian publication Il Mattino. The...

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Spurs interested in former Liverpool man Suso

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Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for former Liverpool winger Suso, according to the Daily Mirror. The Spaniard is currently playing for...

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Video: Man Utd’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t rule out Napoli move

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A post shared by I ❤️ Zlatan! (@zlatan_z9) on Mar 16, 2017 at 6:51am PDT Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has refused to rule out joining...

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Chelsea and Man City bid €60m for Kingsley Coman

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Chelsea and Manchester City have both lodged bids worth around €60m for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, according to French broadcaster...

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Man Utd close to signing Kevin Strootman

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Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to Dutch website SoccerNews.nl. The Red Devils are said...

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Chelsea transfer target’s agent hints at summer move

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly's agent has refused to commit his future to the club beyond the end of the current season. The Sun reports...

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Napoli’s Dries Mertens holds meeting with Man Utd

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Napoli star Dries Mertens has been spotted holding a meeting with representatives from Manchester United, according to Italian newspaper Il Mattino....

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Italian striker Pierpaolo D’Errico joins Man Utd on trial, meets Zlatan

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Manchester United have taken teenage striker Pierpaolo D'Errico on trial. The 16-year-old confirmed his arrival at United by posing for a photo...

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Chelsea scout Torino’s Andrea Belotti

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Chelsea had a scout in the stadium to watch Torino striker Andrea Belotti in action last night, according to Italian website Tuttomercatoweb. The...

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Franck Kessie says he would prefer to join Man Utd than Chelsea

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Highly-rated Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie says he dreams of a transfer to Manchester United. The Ivory Coast international has indicated he...

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Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri Reveals ‘Bitter Shock’ Of Sacking To Audience Of Prison Inmates

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"King Power, I hate every inch of you"

Claudio Ranieri has spoken of the "shock" he felt after being sacked by Leicester City, less than nine months after winning the Premier League title.

Strangely, Ranieri did so while appearing on stage in front of inmates at the Rebibbia prison on the outskirts of Rome.

Video: Sir Alex Ferguson reveals he tried to sign Paolo Maldini for Man Utd

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