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9 underrated footballers around Europe whose stock rose dramatically in 2016/17

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‘We Didn’t Expect So Many Mistakes From An International Goalkeeper’ – Torino President Delivers Lukewarm Assessment Of Joe Hart’s Loan Stint

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With Torino set to wash up in mid-table after a fairlyunremarkable season, club president Urbano Cairo has been taking stock of his lot.

Indeed, Cairo was faintly witheringwhen it came to evaluatingJoe Hart's six-month stint with the Granata, admitting that the Englandkeeper's trademark handling errors and over-zealous decisionshave been something of an issue.

‘This Will Be His Last Year’ – Roma Loyalist Francesco Totti To Retire And Move Upstairs After 25 Years On The Factory Floor

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It's been announced that, at the grand old age of 40, Roma icon Francesco Totti will be bowing out at the end of the current season.

The news was broken, perhaps prematurely, by the Giallorossi's freshly-hired sporting directorRamon 'Monchi' Rodriguez, who spake thus while discussing his new job:

In terms of Totti, I already knew that there was an agreement with the club that this would be his final year as a player, then he'd start as a director.

‘I Needed To Set An Example’ – Pescara Midfielder Sulley Muntari Gives Shirt To Youngster Who Racially Abused Him

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As you may recall, Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari somehow managed to wind up with a booking after attempting to report racist abuse to the referee during Sunday's Serie A game against Cagliari.

The Ghanaian was taunted bya group of Cagliari fans throughout the match andeventually left the pitch in protest, but only after being cautioned for dissent by Daniele Minelli, the unmoved match official.

Serie A: Pescara Midfielder Sulley Muntari Booked After Reporting Racist Abuse To Referee

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Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari walked off the pitch in disgust after claiming to have been racially abused during the final minutes of Sunday's Serie A game against Cagliari.

The 32-year-old Ghanaian was actually booked by the referee after attempting to report the abuse, prompting the former Portsmouth player to leave the pitch in protest in the 89th minute of Pescara's 1-0 defeat.

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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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.

Transfer News and Gossip

Spurs open talks to sign Dani Alves

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Tottenham Hotspur have opened discussions with Dani Alves over a summer transfer, according to Yahoo. They have offered Alves a two-year deal with an...

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Gianluigi Donnarumma set to join Man Utd or Man City

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Manchester United face competition from local rivals Manchester City to sign AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. According to The Sun, the...

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Liverpool in for former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool have revived their interest in Roma winger Mohamed Salah, according to the Daily Mail. The Reds were keen to sign the Egypt international...

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Chelsea linked with £70m double raid for Roma pair Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rudiger

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Chelsea are weighing up a £70m double bid for Roma duo Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rudiger, according to The Sun. Head coach Antonio Conte has been...

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Man Utd make Andrea Belotti approach

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Manchester United have made an approach to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to ESPN. The Red Devils have reportedly contacted the Serie...

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Man Utd keeper linked with Inter Milan move

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Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is a transfer target for Italian side Inter Milan, according to Tutto Mercato Web. The Argentina...

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Man Utd and Arsenal tracking Samu Castillejo

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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.

Alves special sends ruthless Juve into final

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A stunning Dani Alves volley helped Juventus stroll into their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday, a 2-1 win on the night completing a 4-1 aggregate victory over outclassed Monaco.

Brazilian wing-back Alves’s 25-yard strike followed Mario Mandzukic’s opener for the treble-chasing Italian champions as any semblance of a contest was snuffed out by half-time.

Alves special sends ruthless Juve into final

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A stunning Dani Alves volley helped Juventus stroll into their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday, a 2-1 win on the night completing a 4-1 aggregate victory over outclassed Monaco.

Brazilian wing-back Alves’s 25-yard strike followed Mario Mandzukic’s opener for the treble-chasing Italian champions as any semblance of a contest was snuffed out by half-time.

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.

Monaco cling to hope of miracle in Turin

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Even Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim rates it as only a one in 20 shot.

And most people in football would say that is taking an optimistic view of his young side’s chances as they seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Juventus in their Champions League semi-final, second leg here on Tuesday evening.

Monaco cling to hope of miracle in Turin

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Even Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim rates it as only a one in 20 shot.

And most people in football would say that is taking an optimistic view of his young side’s chances as they seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Juventus in their Champions League semi-final, second leg here on Tuesday evening.

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.

France

Juventus 2-1 Monaco – 5 key talking points as Juve reach Champions League final

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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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‘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.

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Serie B: Trapani Goalkeeper Mirko Pigliacelli Sparks Counter-Attack With 80-Yard Cavalry Charge Down Field (Video)

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Fans of unorthodox, unnecessarily risky goalkeeping will no doubtenjoy this sublime little nugget lifted from Sunday's Serie B encounter between Frosinone and Trapani.

After going behind after just 11 minutes, relegation-threatened Trapani found themselves chasing the game for the majority of the afternoon.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Iran Striker Mohammad Mokhtari Scores Absolutely Audacious Overhead Kick In Third-Place Play-Off (Video)

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Iran made history over the weekend bybecoming Asia's highest ever finishers at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup thanks to an emphatic 5-3 victory over Italy in the third-place play-off game.

Mohammad Mokhtari provided the undoubted highlight of the match, putting Iran 3-0 up with a truly outstanding overhead kick from the narrowest angle.

The Rest

Julian Anderson with United States U15 team at tournament in Italy

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Midfielder was one of 20 players chosen for the trip

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder Julian Anderson is currently away in Italy with the United States U15 team for the 2017 Torneo delle Nazioni.

Anderson, of Ocean Township, N.J., came off the bench for the U.S. in their first game of the tournament on Tuesday in the 64th minute.

Chelsea man celebrates reaching Champions League semi-finals

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Un corazón agradecido a ti señor y Rey Jesús

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.