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‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

United in £48m bid for number one target

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Manchester United have tabled a €60m €48m for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and they've also already contacted the Chilean's agent over the financial package they are ready to offer to the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Vidal's agent, Fernando Felicevich, is due to arrive in Turin tonight to meet Juventus' manager Massimiliano Allegri and the Serie A champions' general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, and during their meeting Juventus will be made aware that United are ready to offer Vidal €8m £6.

Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci Robbed At Gunpoint, Punches Mugger In Face, Chases His Moped Up The Street

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By Chris Wright

"How's about a knuckle sandwich panini!"

According to reports in Italy this morning, Juventus and Italy centre-half Leonardo Bonucci escaped an attempted armed mugging completely unscathed earlier this week after belting the little shit in the face.

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Moratti Confirms Buy Back Clause At Inter

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Fascinating comments from former Inter president Massimo Moratti about Erik Thohir and a long-rumored buyback clause that he has.

I wrote back in November that Moratti has inserted a buyback clause in the sale to Thohir.

That article was based on a piece in La Gazzetta dello Sport and I wrote:

During the negotiations, Morratti is said to have insisted on a safeguard clause for the fans, whereby at the end of the 2014/15 season he will have the option to buy back the club at a reduced price if the Indonesians have not made the investments promised to keep the club at the top level.

Yanina Screpante de Lavezzi: "Nápoles ciudad de mierda..."

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28.11.2011 - A Yanina Screpante, ex mujer de Del Potro(?) y actual de Ezequiel Lavezzi, le dieron donde más le duele. Cuando entraba a su casa junto a una amiga fue asaltada a punta de pistola y le llevaron el Rolex de oro que le había regalado el Pocho.
A poco, Yanina estalló vía twitter: "Después dicen que en Argentina hay inseguridad.

Roberto Mancini

Manchester City Fans Buy Ad in Italian Newspaper to Thank Mancini [PHOTO]: The Daily EPL

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Manchester City supporters have returned the favor after Roberto Mancini bought an ad in a local newspaper to thank his supporters. The City fans spent $10,500 to buy an ad, written in Italian, in the newspaperLa Gazzetta Dello Sport, that reads "Thank you Mancini; Once a blue, always a blue; Manchester City Supporters.

Manchester City fans buy $10,500 ad in Italian newspaper to thank Roberto Mancini

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They say one good turn deserves another, so when former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini took out a full-page ad in the Manchester Evening News thanking fans, it was soon agreed by supporters that the act would be reciprocated.

City follower Adam Keyworth started the "Grazie Mancini" fund, with the aim of buying some space in Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport to convey some gratitude.

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Dodgy IV Drips, Mafia Break-Ins & Match-Fixing – Former Argentina International Matias Almeyda Lifts Lid On Italian Football

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By Chris Wright

Former Argentina international Matias Almeyda has written an autobiography which is currently being serialised in Gazzetta dello Sport, in which the midfielder who is currently head coach at River Plate makes some fairly scandalous claims about the state of the inner machinations of Italian football,including intravenous doping, pandemic match-fixing and mafia intimidation.

Paris has won over Carlo Ancelotti with its bread

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Carlo Ancelotti was interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport while he attended the Elite Football Club Coaches Forum at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and, like every other time the man with the world's most powerful eyebrow speaks, it turned out quite entertaining. And wonderfully odd.

Serie A : Di Matteo Attends Juventus-Udinese Thriller – Plus Pato & Barbara Berlusconi Split Rumours

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Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo was spotted at the Udinese-Juventus game yesterday in a match Sebastien Giovinco the shortest player at Euro 2012 (that needed to be said!)- scored a brace. The Turin side went on to win 4-1, sending them to the top of the Serie A table, despite the fact that Antonio Conte's ten-month ban has forced him to sit out all their upcoming games.

Milan transfer update: Pazzini for Cassano and €7 million

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That is correct. La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that the deal is virtually done. Antonio Cassano will leave for Inter along with a €7 million check written for Massimo Moratti, Giampaolo Pazzini will come the other way. Yes, it is a terrible deal. Yet, Cassano wanted to leave. That is right. The player Milan [.

Fiorentina’s Experimental Wasteland: Football Without Alice Bands

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Fiorentina is in the midst of a none-too-small upheaval, ousting their head of personnel and bringing in Vincenzo Montella as coach, with rumors of Stevan Jovetic's departure ever lingering. However, they could be rendering all that a series of non-stories by shepherding in a frightening new experiment; one which could give a glimpse into a football wasteland:

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Coach Montella has decided to implement a new code of conduct to keep his players in check.

Fiorentina manager clamps down on earrings, headbands and the rolling of shorts

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Coming off a disappointing 13th-place finish in Serie A last season and revamping the squad, new Fiorentina manager is putting some structure into the lives of his players. And that means an end to thigh tanning.

From Football Italia:

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Coach Montella has decided to implement a new code of conduct to keep his players in check.

Siena ‘match-fixer’ Emanuele Pesoli chains himself to Italian FA in protest

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An Italian footballer accused of match-fixing has chained himself to the headquarters of the Italian FA to protest against his three-year ban from the game. Former Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli, now with Hellas Verona, took the drastic measure after an FA disciplinary committee handed the ban to him on Friday.

Is Putin Looking To Make An Investment In AC Milan?

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Speculation is increasing in Italy that Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to invest in AC Milan via the partially state-owned utility company Gazprom.

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, told the club's own TV station he was willing to speak to potential investors, marking a distinct change in outlook from his previous stance.

Vargas Chase Hots Up With Genoa Ready To Rival Liverpool

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Genoa have emerged as contenders to sign Liverpool target Juan Manuel Vargas, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Vargas, 28, has been made available for transfer by his club Fiorentina, and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been tipped to make an offer for the Peru international, who can play in defence and midfield.

Boost For Liverpool In Hunt For Peru Star

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Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Juan Manuel Vargas after Fiorentina put the Peru international up for sale.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Fiorentina have decided to part ways with the 28-year-old, who is currently training on his own in Florence while his team-mates are away at a pre-season camp in Moena.

Milan Vice-President Plays Down Carroll Rumours

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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says the club will not make any further signings this summer, despite being linked to Liverpool's Andy Carroll.
Pier Silvio Berlusconi, son of club owner Silvio Berlusconi, had acknowledged that he would love to bring the 23-year-old to the San Siro - having seen him at Euro 2012.

La caricatura racista contra Mario Balotelli

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"La Gazzetta dello Sport", realizó una caricatura del futbolista Mario Balotelli, que enojo terriblemente al futbolista italiano, según dichos de su representante Mino Raiola.
En un comunicado oficial, el diario italiano salió a disculparse por la desafortunada viñeta: "Decimos honestamente que no es la mejor viñeta de nuestro gran dibujante.

Italian newspaper regrets Mario Balotelli as King Kong cartoon, but doesn’t apologize

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There were major fears of racism in Ukraine and Poland ahead of Euro 2012, but it turns out some of the most egregious offenses have come from within the visiting players' own countries. Police in England are investigating the racial abuse of Ashley Cole and Ashley Young on Twitter after the pair failed to score in England's penalty shootout against Italy and around the same time, Italy's best-selling sports paper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, decided to publish a cartoon depicting Mario Balotelli as giant gorilla King Kong.

Maurizio Galdi, who follows football corruption for sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, said up...

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Maurizio Galdi, who follows football corruption for sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, said up to 12 Serie A sides, representing more than half the division's 20 teams, could be implicated. "About 75 matches since 2009 are now being investigated and at the end of all this we could see around 50 players sent for criminal trial," said Roberto Pelucchi, who also writes for the paper

Serie A players in fear as fan violence and spectre of match-fixing return | Football | The Observer

Something is broken in Italian football.

Agent confirms Aquilani future uncertain

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AC Milan are set to send the midfielder back to England this summer after declining to make the move permanent, forcing Dalglish's side to find him a new club.

Aquilani is on loan at San Siro from Liverpool and once he completes 25 League games this season, AC Milan will be forced to sign him outright for €6m.

Tuesday Kickoff: Del Bosque signs Spain extension, Balotelli wants to stay & more

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Vicente Del Bosque will attempt to supply evidence for those opposed to coaches going through a second World Cup cycle that success can indeed be achieved under those circumstances.

The Spanish national team manager reportedly signed a contract extension that will have him in charge of La Furia Roja through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Maradona en Dubai (30): Al Wasl 4 Emirates 1

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27.03.2012 - Con goles de Rashid Essa (´26 y ´74), Mariano Donda (´33 penal) y Juan Manuel Olivera (´67), Al Wasl venció (4-1) a Emirates (H.Matroushi ´74) en el Zabeel Stadium por la 16º fecha de la Liga de Emiratos Árabes y se establece en el 5º puesto (24 puntos) a 15 unidades del puntero Al Ain (39).

Ronaldinho Included In Brazil’s Preliminary Olympic Squad

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Brazilian play maker, Ronaldinho has been included in coach Mano Menezes preliminary squad for the London Olympics games as one of the three senior players who could be given the chance to lead Brazil to their maiden Olympic honour.

Other players also considered were Barcelona's Dani Alves, Chelsea's David Luiz, FC Porto's Hulk, AC Milan's Thiago Silva and Inter Milan's Julio Cesar.

Raffaella Fico: Balotelli Does It Better

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Her rumoured former fling once supposedly spoke of his super sized sexual adventures, so it was only a matter of slow-news time until Raffaella Fico (Mario Balotelli's current girlfriend) spoke out about her own partner preferences.

La Gazzetta dello Sport originally reports:

"Apart from Balotelli, I've only been with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arriva +3, il settimanale del fantacalcista della Gazzetta dello Sport

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Arriva +3, il settimanale del fantacalcista della Gazzetta dello Sport Dal 3 Marzo, in edicola ogni settimana con la Gazzetta dello Sport, in concomitanza del primo anticipo di serie A (Sabato o Venerdì eccezionalmente), arriva "+3", il settimanale dedicato a tutti giocatori di fantacalcio. "+3" si propone di diventare un punto di riferimento per schierare al meglio la propria squadra e puntare

Book Review: Sport Italia

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Sport Italia by Simon Martin Published by I. B. Tauris August 2011, £22.50, ISBN: 9781845118204 If anyone had any doubt about sport's ability to warp society, Simon Martin's sumptuous Sport Italia will leave them without arguments. A nation, remember, only since 1861; Italy has survived its first one and a half centuries by following the path described in Benedict Anderson's influential book, Imagined Communities – and sport has played an integral part in that.

Football Agent’s Looking to Latch onto the PSG Gravy Train!

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It seem's their are alot of footie agents looking to jump on the PSG gravy-train now that the club have more money than even Manchester City.
Former Chelsea manager Ancelotti told La Gazzetta dello Sport:

"I have received hundreds of phone calls from agents offering me players ever since I signed with PSG.

Ancelotti Says Chelsea Are Trying To Flog Fernando Torres.

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Fascinating comments in the Mirror from former Chelsea boss, and new Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti about Fernando Torres.

PSG is owned by the Qatar Investment Authority and have money to spend. They are in the market for a center forward and Ancelotti says that he has been offered many of Europe's top strikers including Torres:

"I have received hundreds of phone calls from agents offering me players ever since I signed with PSG.

‘We’ve Been Offered Torres, Berbatov And Pavlyuchenko’ – PSG Boss Carlo Ancelotti Has His Pick Of Prem Stars

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By Alan Duffy


Filthy stinking rich and proud of it, Paris St Germain are now loaded enough to bid for any player on the planet, courtesy of the Qatar Investment Authority. And, according to new boss Carlo Ancelotti, the agents of some of the Premier League's most high-profile strikers have been beating down his door, looking to secure their clients a lucrative contract in the French capital.

CONFIRMED: €16m Uruguay striker IS available for January transfer...

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Paris St. Germain's new manager Carlo Ancelotti claims that prolific Napoli Striker Edinson Cavani is available for a move during the January transfer window. Cavani plays alongside Luis Suarez in the Uruguay national team, and it appears that Napoli are willing to let him go despite handing him a new 5-year contract last summer.

La Gazzetta dello Sport porta in edicola Mai Dire Story

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La Gazzetta dello Sport porta in edicola Mai Dire Story MAI DIRE STORY è l'esclusiva raccolta che propone tutto il meglio della Gialappa's Band.25 anni di risate attraverso una collezione imperdibile di personaggi leggendari, di filmati assurdi e degli sketch dei migliori comici italiani (Teo Teocoli, Aldo Giovanni e Giacomo, Antonio Albanese, Maurizio Crozza, Claudio Bisio, Luciana Littizzetto e

Galliani Says AC Milan are Barcelona’s Main Rival

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AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani claims his side are nearer to closing the gap on European champions Barcelona than Real Madrid.

Milan have already played Barca twice this season in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri earning a notable draw at the Nou Camp in September before losing 3-2 at the Giuseppe Meazza last month.

Midfielder unlikely to play for Reds again

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On-loan AC Milan midfielder Alberto Aquilani believes that it is highly unlikely that he will return to parent club Liverpool, given the simplicity involved in his release clause.

Italian champions Milan secured a loan deal for Aquilani this summer after Juventus, who had loaned him from the Reds last season, could not reach an agreement regarding the permanent signing of the player.

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Chelsea Head To Italy For Their New Manager

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In a bit of a surprise Chelsea have agreed a 'deal in principle' for Italy boss Antonio Conte to become their new manager according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Conte's contract with Italy expires at the end of Euro 2016 and the 46-year-old wants to return to club management.

Pique Believes Barcelona Was Too Dependent On Tiki-Taka Style Last Season

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Really interesting comments from Gerard Pique that Barcelona become too predictable under Tito Vilanova last season and that new coach Gerardo Martino's tactical approach gives the team more options.

"We've had a number of years with homegrown coaches in charge, first Pep and then Tito," Pique told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Francesco Totti lost his virginity when he was 12, admits nearly signing for Real Madrid

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As previously reported on DT, Thursday marks Francesco Totti's 20th anniversary as a Serie A player.

To mark the occasion, Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has published a lengthy interview with the 36-year-old Roma legend, in which he reveals he would like to reach 300 goals (he is currently on 226), he wants to play until he is 40, his strongest opponent was (Brazilian) Ronaldo and that he would like to work with Jose Mourinho.

Italian newspaper depicts Leo Messi and Diego Maradona in Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam

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Operating under the supposition that the Mayans were right and Friday December 21st will bring the end of days, Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport used it's 'final' edition on Thursday to pay tribute to some of the greatest moments in sporting history.

Nominated events include Abebe Bikila barefoot victory in the 1960 Olympic marathon, Zinedine Zidane's transfer to Juventus and Maradona's ridiculous goal against Belgium at the 1986 World Cup.