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Homesick Conte ready to return to Italy

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Milan (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he misses his native Italy and plans to return home soon.

“Yes, I miss Italy. And in my mind, there’s no doubt I will be home before long,” Conte said in an interview Monday with Italian radio station Anch’io Sport.

“Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back.

Homesick Conte ready to return to Italy

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Milan (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he misses his native Italy and plans to return home soon.

“Yes, I miss Italy. And in my mind, there’s no doubt I will be home before long,” Conte said in an interview Monday with Italian radio station Anch’io Sport.

“Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back.

Everton humbled in Europa League, AC Milan win big

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Paris (AFP) – Everton’s Europa League group-stage campaign got off to a disastrous start on Thursday as Ronald Koeman’s side were taken apart in Italy, losing 3-0 to Atalanta.

The Serie A club - back in Europe after a 26-year absence - were forced to entertain their English visitors in Reggio Emilia, a two-hour drive south of their base in Bergamo, because their own stadium does not have a licence for European games.

Everton humbled in Europa League, AC Milan win big

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Paris (AFP) – Everton’s Europa League group-stage campaign got off to a disastrous start on Thursday as Ronald Koeman’s side were taken apart in Italy, losing 3-0 to Atalanta.

The Serie A club - back in Europe after a 26-year absence - were forced to entertain their English visitors in Reggio Emilia, a two-hour drive south of their base in Bergamo, because their own stadium does not have a licence for European games.

Ventura defends record as Italy slide in world football rankings

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Milan (AFP) – Coach Giampiero Ventura has defended his record despite a mixed World Cup qualifying campaign which has seen Italy slip in the world rankings.

Four-time world champions Italy are second behind Spain in European qualifying Group G for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A 3-0 defeat in Madrid last week all but ended their hopes of automatic qualification.

Ventura defends record as Italy slide in world football rankings

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Milan (AFP) – Coach Giampiero Ventura has defended his record despite a mixed World Cup qualifying campaign which has seen Italy slip in the world rankings.

Four-time world champions Italy are second behind Spain in European qualifying Group G for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A 3-0 defeat in Madrid last week all but ended their hopes of automatic qualification.

Relief as Immobile saves stuttering Italy

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) – The relief was palpable on Wednesday after Ciro Immobile kept Italy’s World Cup campaign on track despite an unconvincing 1-0 qualifying win by the four-time champions over Israel in Reggio Emilia.

A shell-shocked Azzurri needed to hit back hard after falling to a 3-0 defeat to Spain in Madrid on Saturday, which all but ended their hopes of automatic qualification to the tournament in Russia.

Relief as Immobile saves stuttering Italy

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) – The relief was palpable on Wednesday after Ciro Immobile kept Italy’s World Cup campaign on track despite an unconvincing 1-0 qualifying win by the four-time champions over Israel in Reggio Emilia.

A shell-shocked Azzurri needed to hit back hard after falling to a 3-0 defeat to Spain in Madrid on Saturday, which all but ended their hopes of automatic qualification to the tournament in Russia.

Immobile lifts Italy closer to World Cup

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) – Ciro Immobile’s second half header got Italy back to winning ways in a 1-0 victory over Israel in Reggio Emilia on Tuesday to move them closer to the 2018 World Cup.

After losing 3-0 to Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, Italy needed a win to continue to aspire to first place in Group G, leading to automatic qualification.

Immobile lifts Italy closer to World Cup

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) – Ciro Immobile’s second half header got Italy back to winning ways in a 1-0 victory over Israel in Reggio Emilia on Tuesday to move them closer to the 2018 World Cup.

After losing 3-0 to Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, Italy needed a win to continue to aspire to first place in Group G, leading to automatic qualification.

Italy turn to Israel after World Cup qualifying defeat to Spain

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Reggio Emilia (Italy) (AFP) – A bruised Italy will look to turn the page on a morale-sapping World Cup qualifying defeat to Spain when they host Israel in Reggio Emilia on Tuesday.

The Azzurri need three points to consolidate second place in Group G behind Spain and stay safely clear of third-placed Albania as they look to make it to the finals in Russia next year.

Isco show breathes new life into Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Following a demolition job on Italy, Spain look to cement their status as one of the favourites for next year’s World Cup with another thrashing of Liechtenstein on Tuesday.

Inspired by Isco’s array of silky skills and clinical finishing, La Roja swept aside Italy 3-0 on Saturday night to take a commanding three-point lead at the top of Group G of European qualifying.

Italy play Russian roulette for World Cup ticket

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Milan (AFP) – Italy were outclassed by Spain in a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Madrid which leaves the four-time champions facing a precarious play-off in November to reach Russia.

Giampiero Ventura’s side were lambasted in the press Sunday for his tactics but also individual performances including midfielder Marco Verratti and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Isco sparks Spain rout of Italy to close on World Cup

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain took a giant step towards qualifying for next year’s World Cup as Isco’s double and Alvaro Morata’s late strike swept aside Italy 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Isco was the star performer in a brilliant team display from the hosts as his early free-kick and long-range effort before half-time put Spain in control before Morata came off the bench to rub salt in Italian wounds.

Chiellini deals Italy late blow for Spain showdown

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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.

Victory for either side at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu is likely to be decisive in deciding which side qualifies directly for the World Cup in Russia next year.

Chiellini deals Italy late blow for Spain showdown

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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.

Victory for either side at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu is likely to be decisive in deciding which side qualifies directly for the World Cup in Russia next year.

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.

Spain turn to Asensio to oust old foe Italy

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish football’s golden boy Marco Asensio will carry the expectation of a nation as La Roja seek revenge against bete noire Italy at a packed Santiago Bernabeu with World Cup qualification on the line on Saturday (1845GMT).

Yet, despite his tender age of 21, there is little evidence Real Madrid’s rising star will be fazed by the burden placed upon him.

Vazquez replaces injured Vitolo in Spain squad

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez was called into the Spain squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein on Monday after Vitolo was forced to withdraw with a knee injury.

Atletico Madrid winger Vitolo, who is on loan at Las Palmas until January, has been a key player for Spain since Julien Lopetegui took charge just over a year ago, scoring four times in five games in qualifying.

Vazquez replaces injured Vitolo in Spain squad

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez was called into the Spain squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein on Monday after Vitolo was forced to withdraw with a knee injury.

Atletico Madrid winger Vitolo, who is on loan at Las Palmas until January, has been a key player for Spain since Julien Lopetegui took charge just over a year ago, scoring four times in five games in qualifying.

Transfer News and Gossip

Paulo Dybala: Man Utd preparing £155m bid for Juventus striker

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Juventus star Paulo Dybala is a £155m transfer target for Manchester United, according to The Sun. The Argentina international, aged 23, is...

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Edinson Cavani: Chelsea and Everton interested in Uruguay international

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani is being targeted by Chelsea and Everton following his bust-up with Neymar, according to the Daily Mail....

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Lorenzo Pellegrini: Man Utd make enquiry over Roma midfielder’s release clause

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Roma starlet Lorenzo Pellegrini has established himself as a transfer target for Manchester United, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello...

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Pietro Pellegri: Man Utd linked with Genoa starlet, agent in UK

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Manchester United are being linked with a January bid for Genoa starlet Pietro Pellegri. Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport says the Red Devils...

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic: Man Utd pushed for summer signing, says ex-Chelsea striker

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Manchester United made an attempt to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to his agent, the former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman....

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Saul Niguez and Radja Nainggolan scouted by Man Utd

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Manchester United are lining up Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Roma's Nainggolan to replace captain Michael Carrick, according to the...

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Benedikt Howedes: Arsenal held talks to sign German defender

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Arsenal held talks over a deal to sign Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes in the summer transfer window, according to his agent. Volker Struth, of the...

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Man Utd transfer target signs contract

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Manchester United target Ivan Perisic has signed a new contract at Inter Milan. The Croatia international was strongly linked with a move to Old...

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Marek Hamsik talks up Man Utd move

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Napoli star Marek Hamsik has declared his interest in moving to Manchester United. The Slovakia international says he would have a tough decision to...

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Arsenal set to sell Shkodran Mustafi to Inter Milan

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Arsenal are ready to offload defender Shkodran Mustafi to Inter Milan, according to ESPN. The Germany international joined the Gunners from Valencia...

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Serie A

Serie A: Dries Mertens Scores Exquisitely Perfect Lob As Napoli Stick Four Past Lazio At Stadio Olimpico (Video)

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Table-topping Napoli continued their fine form with a 4-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday night, thanks largely to a whirlwind of second-half goals.

Trailing 1-0 from the 29th minute, the away side then raced into the lead with a flurry of goals after the break three in five minutes from Kalidou Koulibaly (54′), Jose Callejon (56′) and this absolute beauty from Dries Mertens (59′).

Introducing Han Kwang-song: the North Korean missile attracting Everton and Leeds

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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.

From Pyongyang to Sardinia: meet Han Kwang-song, Asian football’s next big thing

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Serie A summer transfers: 10 signings to get excited about in 2017/18 from Bonucci to Kolarov

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Call it a "boring" league if you want, but the Serie A summer transfer window has been one of the most exciting ever, packed with top players who switched teams, or came from...

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Spain

Where to find Spain vs. Italy World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Spain vs. Italy in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Both Spain and Italy are tied for first place in Group G qualifying, so a win for either side will put them into the driving seat with a strong chance of finishing atop the group depending on how their remaining results go.

Where to find Spain vs. Italy World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Spain vs. Italy in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Both Spain and Italy are tied for first place in Group G qualifying, so a win for either side will put them into the driving seat with a strong chance of finishing atop the group depending on how their remaining results go.

SPAIN 3 - ITALY 0 | U-21 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH

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The Rest

Giovinco's agent: 'Absurd' TFC forward hasn't earned Italy call-ups

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For Andrea D'Amico, Sebastian Giovinco's agent, the fact that Toronto FC's talisman is yet again absent from the Italian national team list ahead of the Azzurri's matches against Israel and Spainis "absurd."

Following his absence Giampiero Ventura's list, Giovinco continued to make his statement with another genius match as his brace led Toronto over the Montreal Impact, 3-1.