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Sky ‘suspend’ Di Canio over Mussolini tattoo

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Rome (AFP) Paolo Di Canio was removed on Wednesday from his role as a Sky Italia presenter after one of his tattoos alluding to Benito Mussolini stirred up a flurry of protest on social media.

The maverick Italian former Sunderland manager fronted Sky Italia's coverage of the English Premier League on Sunday wearing a short-sleeved shirt revealing the controversial body art "DUX" written on his arm in capital letters.

Midfielder ready for Anfield test

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Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani has expressed excitement over his return to Liverpool after negotiations with Juventus came to a halt.

Aquilani, who thrived in a loan spell with the Turin outfit last season, was poised to extend his stay in the Serie A but Juve's budget did not allow them to meet the price in the pre-agreed purchase clause, particularly after they unveiled four major signings in recent days.

Vucinic ‘Too Good’ For Blackburn

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Blackburn is finding out that even if their Indian owners are rich and can afford to spend big on players, that doesn't mean that the players want to come to Ewood Park.

The latest player to turn down Blackburn is Roma striker Mirko Vucinic whose agent says he deserves a "more prestigious" club.


€25m Chelsea target inching closer to transfer?

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Lazio winger Antonio Candreva is insistent on moving to Inter Milan, thereby snubbing the interest of Premier League club Chelsea. According to a report by Sky Italia, as relayed here by Football Italia, Candreva has his heart set on a move to the San Siro, even though his parent club are unwilling to sell for anything lower than €25 million.

Chelsea to announce Antonio Conte as Manager later today?

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Antonio Conte was spotted in London yesterday ahead of a scheduled meeting with Chelsea later today to sign on the dotted line to become our new manager with an announcement to follow shortly afterwards.

Right now it's rumour and speculation but according to Sky Italia, the deal is done and Conte is already here just waiting to sign.

Tottenham News: Spurs Interested in Juventus star

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Andrea Pirlo continues to make headlines even at the age of 34, and it is not just because of his abilities on the pitch. Rumours about the Italian international joining Tottenham have grown in the last few days after former Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli said that there has been contact between the two parties.

Hilarious David Luiz Interview With Italian TV After Champions League Win [VIDEO]

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David Luiz was interviewed by Sky Italia after the 2012 Champions League win against Bayern Munich, and it looks like he was either drunk on spirits or high on life — judging by the hilarious interview. Luiz played a pivotal ...

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Newcastle United

£10M For This Player This Summer Could Be A Good Deal

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There's news from Sky Italia today that the loan fee Newcastle are paying for 28 year-old Seydou Doumbia is £500K and there's an option to buy the Ivory Coast International and the figure for that in the loan contract is said to be a cool £10M. Seydou is a bit old for a player Newcastle [...]

Newcastle Bid For Ivory Coast Striker

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Newcastle have been reported today by Sky Italia to have put in a bidfor 28 year-old Roma striker Seydou Doumbia who we have been linked with many times in the past going back to the summer of 2013 when he was still at CSKA Moscow. He is currently back on loan at his former club [...]

This Newcastle Star Could Be Surprise Departure Tomorrow

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Sky Italia are reporting that Inter-Milan will come in and try to sign their former player Davide Santon of Newcastle United, before the transfer window closes tomorrow night. Davide Santon Inter-Milan interested? Manager Roberto Mancini is keen to bolster his squad and he has already signed Lukas Podolski from Arsenal, Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern [.


Good News For Man United Fans As Cavani Says He Will Stay At PSG

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PSG striker Edinson Cavani has been linked for months with a move to Manchester United this summer, but following PSG's 3-1 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday in their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, first leg, the 28-year-old striker quashed the speculation that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

PSG director Leonardo proposes to his TV presenter girlfriend after Champions League draw

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Following the Champions League quarterfinal draw in Nyon, Switzerland, PSG director of football Leonardo conducted an interview with Sky Italia to discuss his side match-up against Barcelona. Leonardo had a bit of a surprise planned though, and during the interview, he asked his girlfriend, Sky Italia presenter Anna Billo, to marry him.


Nani poised for Serie A switch?

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The Manchester United's 2014 summer clearout shows no sign of stopping and could soon claim a high profile casualty, with Nani firmly on AC Milan radar, according to reports in Italy.

Italian broadcaster Sky Italia reports that the Rossoneri have made the 27-year-old one of their targets, after their pursuit of Torino winger and Italy international Alessio Cerci has stalled due to Torino's refusal to sell the former Fiorentina man, whose performances last season earned him plenty of admirers.

Liverpool scout Lazio’s ice cube prankster Keita Balde Diao

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Liverpool sent scouts to watch former Barcelona youngster Keita Balde Diao in Lazio's Europa League victory over Legia Warsaw last week. Sky Italia reports that the Reds are keeping tabs on the 18-year-old, who joined the Italian side in 2011. He was rated as one of Barca's hottest prospects until he fell out with the [.

Spurs and Real Madrid ‘agree £93m deal’ for Gareth Bale

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Tottenham have agreed to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in a £93m deal, according to reports in Italy. Sky Italia are reporting that the transfer is now just a matter of time. If you're wondering why an Italian news outlet would be the first to report that, Bale's replacement-in-waiting, Roma winger Erik Lamela, is [.

Former West Ham man Alessandro Diamanti is Europe’s most fouled player

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Bologna playmaker Alessandro Diamanti is the most fouled player in Europe so far this season. While you might assume that Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would be on the receiving end of most rough treatment, it is actually the former West Ham player who's taken a bit of a battering this season. According to figures [.

Giuseppe Rossi Staying At Villarreal

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Giuseppe Rossi's agent Federico Pastorello says that the striker will stay at Villarreal and will not make his much anticipated move to Juventus.

Like most La Liga teams, Villarreal are in serious debt, but the sale of playmaker Santi Cazorla to Malaga for €19 million has eased their financial worries, and as a result they don't need to sell Rossi.

Aquilani Looking Forward To Liverpool Return

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Alberto Aquilani says he is looking forward to returning to Liverpool with "great enthusiasm".
The Italian was not offered a permanent deal by Juventus despite playing 33 times for the club last season on loan.
The 26-year-old midfielder also insists it is not true that he does not want to go back to Anfield.

Kiko: I Want To Play In The Premier League

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Federico Macheda had a dismal time on loan at Sampdoria, our young striker has told Sky Italia he hopes to return to the Premier League next season.

"Psychologically it was not easy because to go from United to Sampdoria and to fight to avoid the drop was a difficult situation," he said.

Kiko: I Want To Play In The Premier League

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Federico Macheda had a dismal time on loan at Sampdoria, our young striker has told Sky Italia he hopes to return to the Premier League next season.

"Psychologically it was not easy because to go from United to Sampdoria and to fight to avoid the drop was a difficult situation," he said.


Arsenal and Liverpool given hope on Martin Montoya signing by his agent

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Arsenal and Liverpool's chances of signing Barcelona defender Martin Montoya after his agent suggested that a free transfer away from Camp Nou is a real possibility. Jose Maria Orobitg went as far as to namecheck Brendan Rodgers' side as he explained that his client might not extend his contract beyond this season.

Is Emiliano Viviano a good choice for Arsenal? (Plus video)

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Finally, Some News About a Possible Goalkeeper – By JG Not a lot of stories or rumours surfacing about a possible goalkeeper has caused more than a few gooners to wonder what exactly is being done in regards to Arsenal only having one goalkeeper at the moment. Well, finally, there is actual credible news regarding [.

Man City agree £23m fee for Samir Nasri

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It is being reported tonight that Manchester City have agreed a fee of £25m with Arsenal for the transfer of Samir Nasri to the Eastlands, just hours after Arsene Wenger said that he "would fight to keep him". The exact translation of the article on Sky Italia (according to Google) reads: Manchester City as [.

AC Milan

Thursday Kickoff: Pots set for Champions League draw, Berbatov to Fulham & more

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The roadmap for the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League group stage will be set on Thursday, with one of the ultimate groups of death lingering as a possibility. The champions of England, Germany, Italy and Spain could all be drawn into the same group, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund put in pots 1-4, respectively.

AC Milan Accepts €65m Offer From PSG For Silva And Ibrahimovic

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Huge news out of Italy as Sky Italia are reporting that AC Milan has accepted Paris Saint-Germain's €65 million offer for Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With an agreement over a transfer fee seemingly struck between the two clubs, now PSG needs to reach agreements with the two players, something that they have struggled doing before.

Allegri understandably angered by inept Milan performance

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Milan once again failed to win in the Champions League after conceding two late goals to Viktoria Plzen as the game ended 2-2 leaving coach Max Allegri understandably angered by his team's display. "There is anger rather than bitterness [at the result]," Allegri told Sky Italia. "We had opportunities to grab a third goal, but [.

Serie A

‘He Is Not Worthy Of Our City Or Shirt’ – Fiorentina Left Seething Over Dimitar Berbatov U-Turn

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By Chris Wright

It seemed to all and sundry that Dimitar Berbatov was on the cusp of joining Fiorentina yesterday afternoon, with a three-year contract waiting for him on the boardroom table at the Artemio Franchi as he flew in from Manchester.

However, it would appear that Berba had a sudden change of heart after touching down in Italy somewhere, 'disappearing' from the airport despite Fiorentina having paid for his flight with rumours abound that his agent had begun talks with both Juventus and Fulham while they were in transit.

Mario Balotelli Wanders Into Shot, Interrupts New Inter Coach Andrea Stamaccioni’s First Press Conference (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With just one win to show for their last ten matches, Inter Milan canned Ranieri the Tinkerman last night and promoted youth team coach Andrea Stramaccioni (a man who claims to have invented 39 set-piece routines in his time!) up to the first-string to keep an eye on things until the end of the season.

Zlatan Apologises To Female Journalist By Sending Her 19 Roses – One For Every Goal He’s Scored

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By Chris Wright

Zlatan: Say it with flowers

You may remember not so very long ago when Zlatan Ibrahimovic, irked at being asked a perfectly legitimate question by Sky Italia reporter Vera Spadini, flicked his headband at her then asked 'what the f**k she was looking at?

‘What The F**k Are You Looking At?’ – Zlatan Attacks Female Journalist With Sweaty Headband (Video)

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By Chris Wright

After belting home a glorious half-volley in Milan's 2-0 victory over Lecce on Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was involved in yet another fracas with a female journalist (through no fault of his own, Ibra nearly ran a reporter over outside Milanello a few weeks back) after the game.

Alex would ‘gladly accept’ long-term move to Juventus

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This titan's reign may soon be over at Stamford Bridge. Alex has told Italian television he is open to a move away from Chelsea.

apparently loves Italian football

I've sort of been resigned to Alex leaving the club for some time. He has been somewhat marginalized in recent seasons despite some herculean performances, all of which have been well documented around here.

Sky Italia’s Serie A Campaign

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Sky Italia has nailed the preseason advertising market with some holy commercials designed to highlight the miracle that is calcio. Or miracle that it, despite the constant shitstorm, still stands as a structure.

Ambrosini, Mauri, Eto'o and a Totti statue in one, while Andrea Pirlo dons stripes (or trades a red for a white) for the first time in the other.

Inter Milan Searching For A New Manager Again

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It has been building all week and yesterday Inter officially confirmed that Leonardo would be leaving the club after six months as coach in order to take up a position as sporting director at French club Paris Saint Germain.

Inter chief executive Ernesto Paolillo told Bloomberg:

"Leonardo is going to Paris and the club is looking for a new coach.

The Rest

Milan court suspends Mediapro Serie A TV tender

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Milan (AFP) – A Milan court on Monday suspended Spanish group Mediapro’s tender for television rights for Italy’s Serie A matches for the next four years until May 4.

Sky Italia said in a statement it had requested that the court verify whether Mediapro’s tender respected Italian laws.

United very close to signing Darmian

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Reports from Italy suggest that Manchester United are very close to signing Torino's right-back, Mattheo Darmian.

United have already had one bid rejected but Sky Italia reports that a deal has now been done for £12.7m. Torino have reportedly already begun the search for his replacement, with the club under the impression that the defender will move.

The most fouled player in Europe isn’t Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo

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There's no doubt Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo often get physically abused by inferior opponents, but neither of them are even close to being the most fouled player in Europe this season. According to sports data company Opta, that painful honor goes to Bologna midfielder Alessandro Diamanti.

Lewandowski zum FC Bayern? Gerücht…

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Was für eine Meldung. Fast überall im Netz liest man von dem Transferhammer "Lewandowski zum FC Bayern München". Gemeldet haben soll das das italienische Fernsehen von SKY Italia. Ein seriöser Fernsehsender, oftmals zitiert von der deutschen Presselandschaft...möchte man meinen! Aber jetzt ist ein Screenshot im Internet aufgetaucht, der die Recherchemethoden von SKY Italia schon in [.

Italian footballer dies after collapsing on the pitch, all Serie A matches postponed

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Four weeks after Bolton's Fabrice Muamba improbably survived a cardiac arrest on the pitch during an FA Cup match, a similar scenario has played out in Italy -- but this time without the happy ending. Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest in the 31st minute of a Serie B match against Pescara (as with the Muamba incident, we will not be showing video of this).

Union Acquire Valdes' Full Rights, Officially Transfer Ruiz To Veracruz

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The Philadelphia Union announced today that the club has secured defender Carlos Valdes's full rights from Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe, while simultaneously announcing that forward Carlos Ruiz has actually, legitimately been transferred to Mexico's Veracruz. Of course, the Ruiz transfer was no surprise at all -- only logistics separated the deal from being made official over the last week, and there were suspicions that such a transaction with Ruiz would take place for the better part of two months now.

Gerald Pique does some Harry Potter stuff..

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Gerald Pique dressed like one of the quidditch players from Hogwarts gives an old lady some potion to drink which makes her display football skills that are normally beyond the reach of ladies of that age.
Pique does not get on his broom and fly away at the end - which is a bit disappointing.