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Italy face World Cup nightmare against Sweden

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Milan (AFP) – For football giants Italy the next few days could be a nightmare as they face a double-headed playoff against Sweden to avoid the humiliation of missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

“A World Cup without Italy isn’t a World Cup” has become the catchphrase of many Italians - four-time world champions - who are perplexed at how the once-mighty Azzurri have fallen so low.

Montella looking for Milan ‘spark’ against AEK

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella defended blundering skipper Leonardo Bonucci and said his team just needed to find a “spark’ ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against AEK Athens.

“It’ll come, right now we need a flame, and we have to be good to spark it,” said Montella ahead of the game in the San Siro.

Montella looking for Milan ‘spark’ against AEK

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Milan (AFP) – AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella defended blundering skipper Leonardo Bonucci and said his team just needed to find a “spark’ ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against AEK Athens.

“It’ll come, right now we need a flame, and we have to be good to spark it,” said Montella ahead of the game in the San Siro.

Juve’s Bonucci in shock Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci is joining AC Milan in a shock move from Italian champions Juventus, the San Siro side announced on Friday.

“Bonucci in Milan,” the buying club reported on their official website, alongside pictures of the smiling defender being enthusiastically welcomed by Rossoneri supporters.

Juve’s Bonucci nears shock AC Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci is on the verge of a shock transfer to AC Milan from Italian champions Juventus after he arrived in Milan on Friday.

Bonucci has won six successive Serie A titles with Juve but is close to finalising a move to Milan that Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport says is worth 40 million euros ($45.

Juve’s Bonucci nears shock AC Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci is on the verge of a shock transfer to AC Milan from Italian champions Juventus after he arrived in Milan on Friday.

Bonucci has won six successive Serie A titles with Juve but is close to finalising a move to Milan that Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport says is worth 40 million euros ($45.

Porto win puts vintage Allegri on display

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Milan (AFP) – A perfectly-orchestrated 2-0 win over depleted Porto has put Juventus on the cusp of the Champions League quarter-finals, and underlined Massimiliano Allegri’s credentials amid rumours of an eventual move England’s Premier League.

Croatia starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late and ease the beaten 2015 finalists to victory over the Portuguese, who had been reduced to 10 men following Alex Telles’ 27th minute expulsion.

Juve’s Barzagli out for two months

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Milan (AFP) The dislocated shoulder that saw Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli stretchered off at the weekend is to keep the Italy international out of action for two months, his club said on Monday.

"Further examinations at J-Medical today have confirmed the scale of the shoulder inury sustained by Andrea Barzagli five minutes into Sunday's victory over Chievo in Verona," a statement on the club's website said.

Italy expect vengeful, ‘more motivated’ Spain in W. Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci expects a "more motivated" Spain to come seeking revenge for their early exit at Euro 2016 when the sides meet in a mouthwatering 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Italy host 'La Roja' at Juventus Stadium in what is their first meeting since Spain's 2-0 last-16 defeat to the Azzurri at the Stade de France in June ended their hopes of a record third consecutive European Championship crown.

Italy expect vengeful, ‘more motivated’ Spain in W. Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci expects a "more motivated" Spain to come seeking revenge for their early exit at Euro 2016 when the sides meet in a mouthwatering 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Italy host 'La Roja' at Juventus Stadium in what is their first meeting since Spain's 2-0 last-16 defeat to the Azzurri at the Stade de France in June ended their hopes of a record third consecutive European Championship crown.

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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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Top 10: Leonardo Bonucci Joins Exclusive Club Of Footballers Who Have Played For AC Milan, Inter Milan And Juventus

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Christian Bonucci is now officially under the employ of AC Milan after completing his shock €42milliontransfer from Juventus today.

The 30-year-old defender has signed a five-year contract at the Rossoneri, with full-back Mattia De Sciglio going to Juve as part of the overall deal.

Bonucci bids Juventus farewell after AC Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci took out a page in a local newspaper on Saturday to thank Juventus fans for their support after agreeing a shock move to rivals AC Milan.

Bonucci, 30, is joining Milan on a five-year deal after seven seasons in Turin, where he won six successive Serie A titles with Juventus and played in two Champions League finals.

Bonucci bids Juventus farewell after AC Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci took out a page in a local newspaper on Saturday to thank Juventus fans for their support after agreeing a shock move to rivals AC Milan.

Bonucci, 30, is joining Milan on a five-year deal after seven seasons in Turin, where he won six successive Serie A titles with Juventus and played in two Champions League finals.

Bonucci al Milan, sarà capitano. Colpo grosso del Diavolo

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Colpo grosso del Milan che, con un'operazione lampo, si assicura le prestazioni di Leonardo Bonucci, in arrivo alla corte di Montella dalla Juve di Allegri. Il forte difensore bianconero è, infatti, a Milano per definire gli ultimi dettagli e firmare il contratto che lo legher ai rossoneri per i prossimi 5 anni a circa 6,5 [.

Juventus Launch New Home Kit Complete With New Corporate-Friendly Club Crest (Photos)

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In the wake of a hobblingChampions League final defeat, Juventushave bucked themselves up with a bit of sartorial therapy.

Indeed, the Bianconeri have unveiled their dandy new strip for 2017/18, the very first to feature their new minimalist, market-friendly club crest.

Five key duels in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Real Madrid face Juventus in Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff aiming to become the first side ever to retain the trophy in its current format.

However, the Italian champions have already shown their might in dumping out Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona on route to the final.

Bonucci on target as four-star Juventus go 11 clear

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Milan (AFP) – Premier League target Leonardo Bonucci hit an impressive fourth on the night as Juventus moved 11 points clear at the top of Serie A with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Genoa on Sunday.

Bonucci, a former target for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, has been linked in recent days with a big-money move to Manchester City.

Bonucci on target as four-star Juventus go 11 clear

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Milan (AFP) – Premier League target Leonardo Bonucci hit an impressive fourth on the night as Juventus moved 11 points clear at the top of Serie A with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Genoa on Sunday.

Bonucci, a former target for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, has been linked in recent days with a big-money move to Manchester City.

UEFA Champions League, Mal Pugh news, and cats: Thursday Freedom Kicks

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Champions League: Juventus Keep Barcelona At Bay With Defensive Masterclass At Camp Nou, Sail Into Semi-Finals (Photos & Video)

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After stuffing their opponents 3-0 in the first leg, Juventus put on a trademark defensive masterclass to keep Barcelona at bay for 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and book themselves a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Barca threw everything at Juve, especially in the first half, with the darting runs of Neymar (whose chosen hairstyle for the evening appeared to be a tribute to 'Joe vs.

Juventus vs. AC Milan predicted lines, preview and TV times

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Juventus have the opportunity to move a whopping 11 points clear at the top of Serie A on Friday night when they welcome historical rivals AC Milan to the J Stadium.

The league leaders actually slipped up in their previous outing, saved by a second-half goal from Leonardo Bonucci and stumbling to a 1-1 draw against Udinese.

Juventus vs. AC Milan predicted lines, preview and TV times

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Juventus have the opportunity to move a whopping 11 points clear at the top of Serie A on Friday night when they welcome historical rivals AC Milan to the J Stadium.

The league leaders actually slipped up in their previous outing, saved by a second-half goal from Leonardo Bonucci and stumbling to a 1-1 draw against Udinese.

3 defenders Antonio Conte is keen on signing for Chelsea this summer

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Juventus Bonucci drop for Porto clash after Allegri row

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will watch his team’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Porto in Portugal on Wednesday from the stands after a row with Massimiliano Allegri, his coach said.

“Bonucci will be in the stand tomorrow. It is a justified decision, out of respect to the team, the supporters and the club.

Juventus Bonucci drop for Porto clash after Allegri row

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will watch his team’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Porto in Portugal on Wednesday from the stands after a row with Massimiliano Allegri, his coach said.

“Bonucci will be in the stand tomorrow. It is a justified decision, out of respect to the team, the supporters and the club.

Bonucci blow for Juventus takes ‘BBC’ defence off air

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Milan (AFP) Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been ruled out for up to two months, leaving the injury-ravaged Serie A champions without their formidable three-man defence.

Bonucci, a reported target for Premier League giants Chelsea, has suffered several injury knocks this season and on Monday was diagnosed with a hamstring injury after being forced off during a shock 3-1 defeat at Genoa a day earlier.

Bonucci blow for Juventus takes ‘BBC’ defence off air

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Milan (AFP) Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been ruled out for up to two months, leaving the injury-ravaged Serie A champions without their formidable three-man defence.

Bonucci, a reported target for Premier League giants Chelsea, has suffered several injury knocks this season and on Monday was diagnosed with a hamstring injury after being forced off during a shock 3-1 defeat at Genoa a day earlier.

Higuain smashes Juve winner over old club Napoli

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Milan (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain hit a fairytale winner as Juventus edged the Argentine's former club Napoli 2-1 in Turin on Saturday to stretch their lead to five points at the top of Italy's Serie A.

Higuain, who hit a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli last season, has become a hate figure at the San Paolo stadium after moving to Juventus for an Italian transfer record fee of 90m euros.

Higuain smashes Juve winner over old club Napoli

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Milan (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain hit a fairytale winner as Juventus edged the Argentine's former club Napoli 2-1 in Turin on Saturday to stretch their lead to five points at the top of Italy's Serie A.

Higuain, who hit a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli last season, has become a hate figure at the San Paolo stadium after moving to Juventus for an Italian transfer record fee of 90m euros.

Conte willing to offload Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ready to offload Eden Hazard to Juventus if it boosts his chances of a reunion with compatriot Leonardo Bonucci at Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.

The Blues boss was vocal in his desire to add a new central defender to his ranks over the summer, with David Luiz returning to the Premier League club from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day.

Antonio Conte could transform Chelsea's fortunes if he can sign these three players in January

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It’s fair to say that things haven’t quite gone to plan for Antonio Conte since his arrival at Chelsea.

The Italian arrived at Stamford Bridge with the reputation of a man who prioritises defensive strength and builds from the back.

However quite frankly, the Blues have been dreadful at the back this season, and they must make a change in January.

Emotional Bonucci calls on spirit of Euro for Spain test

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Milan (AFP) Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci believes Italy will have to reproduce their stirring Euro 2016 last 16 victory over Spain if they are to beat 'La Roja' in Turin on Thursday.

Italy began their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign against Israel last month when Bonucci, despite undergoing a family crisis, was part of the team that secured a precious won 3-1 in Haifa.

Emotional Bonucci calls on spirit of Euro for Spain test

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Milan (AFP) Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci believes Italy will have to reproduce their stirring Euro 2016 last 16 victory over Spain if they are to beat 'La Roja' in Turin on Thursday.

Italy began their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign against Israel last month when Bonucci, despite undergoing a family crisis, was part of the team that secured a precious won 3-1 in Haifa.

Juve warm up for Dinamo with cagey win at Palermo

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Milan (AFP) Dani Alves's deflected strike kept Juventus top of Serie A as they warmed up for a Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb with a cagey 1-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to Sicily looking to protect a one-point lead on Napoli but with one eye on claiming a win in Croatia on Tuesday after a scoreless draw at home to Sevilla in their Group H opener.

Juve warm up for Dinamo with cagey win at Palermo

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Milan (AFP) Dani Alves's deflected strike kept Juventus top of Serie A as they warmed up for a Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb with a cagey 1-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to Sicily looking to protect a one-point lead on Napoli but with one eye on claiming a win in Croatia on Tuesday after a scoreless draw at home to Sevilla in their Group H opener.

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Kaka Bullish On AC Milan This Season

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AC Milan legend Kaka believes that his former side have the firepower to compete for the Serie A this season and return to their former greatness.

The former Milan player, who currently features in the MLS for Orlandy City, made over 300 appearances for AC, scoring 104 goals, has spoken out regarding the Italian giant's summer spending spree.

Introducing the new improved AC Milan: Is this the year they topple Juventus?

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Virgil Van Dijk or Leonardo Bonucci? I know who I would rather sign. Liverpool you can have him.

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It's the biggest no-brainer of the week in football for me, Virgil Van Dijk or Leonardo Bonucci at roughly the same price?

According to various UK reports in recent days, Chelsea have missed out on the signing of Virgil Van Dijk and I am heartbroken! Well, that's what the press would have you believe as Liverpool rejoice at the fact that he has made a decision to turn us down!

Wednesday Kickoff: Big offers for Mbappe, Chelsea eyes Bonucci and more

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Offers have begun to roll in for one of the brightest prospects in the game.

Two clubs have reportedly made bids over €100 million for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe. (REPORT)

Chelsea is reportedly interested in making a move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. (REPORT)

Mario Balotelli's agent says the forward could sign for Borussia Dortmund.