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Juventus end AC Milan unbeaten run
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Juventus end AC Milan unbeaten run

  Federico Chiesa scored twice as champions Juventus produced a superb display to end AC Milan's unbeaten league run this season. The 23-year-old opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he played a fantastic one-two with Paulo Dybala before drilling home. Davide Calabria levelled with a great side-foot finish before Chiesa gave Juve the lead again with his low drive. Weston McKennie made certain of victory with a strike from close range. Milan remain top of Serie A by a point from city rivals Inter who earlier lost 2-1 at Sampdoria. Juve, who have endured a mixed start to the campaign, are now up to fourth - seven points behind Milan. Juve have won the past nine championships but hopes of making it 10 have taken a big knock this season after a handful of erratic d...
Sampdoria 1-2 Milan: Kessie and Castillejo clinch gritty win
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Sampdoria 1-2 Milan: Kessie and Castillejo clinch gritty win

Goals from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo gave Milan a 2-1 win over Sampdoria to strengthen their position at the top of Serie A. Milan strengthened their grip on top spot in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Sunday thanks to goals from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo. Ivory Coast midfielder Kessie gave the Rossoneri the lead from the penalty spot after Jakub Jankto handled inside the area. Spaniard Castillejo scored with his first touch of the game to notch Milan's second before Albin Ekdal ensured a tense finish when he bundled in from a corner.
Inter 3-1 Bologna: Hakimi strikes twice to close the gap on Milan
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Inter 3-1 Bologna: Hakimi strikes twice to close the gap on Milan

Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku were on target as Inter made it three wins from three in Serie A to move within two points of leaders Milan. Inter closed the gap on Serie A leaders Milan as Achraf Hakimi scored twice to help Antonio Conte's team to a 3-1 victory over Bologna. With Milan not playing until Sunday, Inter took the chance to move to within two points of their city rivals as they claimed a third straight league win. Romelu Lukaku got the ball rolling with his 12th goal of the season in all competitions, before Marcelo Brozovic's sublime pass played in Hakimi for a second.
Pirlo stresses the importance of Juventus DNA in late Torino win
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Pirlo stresses the importance of Juventus DNA in late Torino win

The Turin derby was a real battle with the Serie A giants ultimately prevailing after having to dig deep Andrea Pirlo insists Juventus' never-say-die spirit was to thank for their late 2-1 comeback win over Torino in Saturday's Derby della Mole clash. Juve trailed to Nicolas Nkoulou's ninth-minute strike at the Allianz Stadium and would have been two down had Simone Zaza beat Wojciech Szczesny from a one-on-one. But the hosts rallied late on and scored two headed goals from Juan Cuadrado crosses – Leonardo Bonucci netting an 89th-minute winner after Weston McKennie had equalised 12 minutes earlier.
‘Ronaldo has a different head to everyone else’ – Allegri says Juventus star has best mentality of all his former players
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‘Ronaldo has a different head to everyone else’ – Allegri says Juventus star has best mentality of all his former players

The Italian coach managed the forward during his first year in Serie A, having worked with a host of stars during his time at Juve and AC Milan Cristiano Ronaldo ‘has a different head to everybody else’, according to former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri – who says the Portuguese has the best mentality of any player he has worked with. Allegri managed Ronaldo during his last year as Juve boss in 2018-19, and the pair enjoyed a fruitful relationship in their short time together. Ronaldo scored 21 goals to help the Turin giants to another Serie A title, but even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wasn’t immune to being the butt of the playful Allegri’s jokes when things didn’t go his way.
Juventus claim innocence after police confirm irregularities in Suarez citizenship test during failed transfer from Barcelona
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Juventus claim innocence after police confirm irregularities in Suarez citizenship test during failed transfer from Barcelona

The Perugia Prosecutor's Office has confirmed the Serie A giants were 'activated to accelerate the recognition of Italian citizenship' for the forward Juventus have claimed their innocence after it was confirmed the club's management is under further investigation by Italian police over the collapsed transfer of Luis Suarez from Barcelona. The Serie A giants looked well-placed to sign the forward over the summer but the deal fell through. Juve had already filled their quota of non-EU players in their squad so Suarez took a ‘B1’ citizenship test. Suarez’s wife, Sofia Balbi, has an Italian passport so passing the test would mean he did not take up a non-EU place in their squad, but in September it was alleged that it had been fixed.
Napoli officially rename home ground Diego Armando Maradona stadium after Argentine club legend
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Napoli officially rename home ground Diego Armando Maradona stadium after Argentine club legend

The San Paolo will see its name changed to honour the legendary figure, who passed away last week at the age of 60 The Naples city council has unanimously approved a resolution that will change the name of Napoli's home stadium from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. The resolution was proposed by Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris only hours after the news that Maradona had passed away at age 60 last week. Maradona is a revered figure in Naples after leading the city's club to two Serie A titles during his seven-year run with Napoli from 1984 to 1991.
Injured Osimhen ‘mad’ and ‘upset’ after missing Napoli trip to AZ Alkmaar
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Injured Osimhen ‘mad’ and ‘upset’ after missing Napoli trip to AZ Alkmaar

The Nigeria striker is yet to recover from the dislocated shoulder he suffered during the last international break against Sierra Leone Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso claims Victor Osimhen is not smiling after he missed their Europa League trip to AZ Alkmaar. The 21-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder during Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Sierra Leone on November 13, after scoring a goal in the 4-4 draw at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. He has consequently missed Napoli's last three matches across all competitions, which include a 4-0 win over Roma in the Serie A and a 2-0 victory against Rijeka in the Europa League.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gifted the new Playstation 5 to the entire AC Milan squad

  AC Milan hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has pulled another blinder by making Christmas come early for his team-mates. The Swede has treated the entire squad to the brand new PlayStation 5, with three Milan players taking to Instagram to reveal the surprise and express their delight. The PS5, Sony's first new console for seven years, hit the shelves on Thursday and is in huge demand among customers desperately trying to get hold of one. But Ibrahimovic clearly has the right connections that allowed him to snap up a load for his fellow Rossoneri. Portuguese forward Rafael Leao shared a photo on Instagram of the PS5 box and tagged Ibrahimovic, thanking him and calling him the 'GOAT'. Winger Samu Castillejo went one better, placing the PS5 on the spoiler of his jet black Lamb...
Pirlo defends Dybala’s attitude as Juventus star withdraws from Argentina squad
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Pirlo defends Dybala’s attitude as Juventus star withdraws from Argentina squad

The Argentine attacker has struggled to get going this campaign and will use the upcoming international break to rest Andrea Pirlo backed Paulo Dybala, defending the playmaker's attitude after Juventus were held by Lazio. Dybala came off the bench as Juve were pegged back late in a 1-1 Serie A draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo had put Pirlo's men ahead, but Felipe Caicedo scored a 95th-minute equaliser after a tremendous run by Joaquin Correa.
Cristiano Ronaldo Recovers From Coronavirus
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Cristiano Ronaldo Recovers From Coronavirus

The 35-year-old has missed Juve's past four matches, including a midweek Champions League clash with Barcelona Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has been cleared to return to the team after testing negative for Covid-19. The Serie A side confirmed the news on Friday in a statement on their official website. "Cristiano Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for Covid-19," the statement read. "The exam provided a negative result. The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation." Ronaldo will now be eligible to return for Juve's Serie A clash against Spezia on Sunday after he missed out on the club's previous four matches. The 35-year-old originally tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 while on int...
I love Napoli but we’ll see what happens – Koulibaly ‘calm’ amid Liverpool links
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I love Napoli but we’ll see what happens – Koulibaly ‘calm’ amid Liverpool links

As rumours continue to swirl about a possible Premier League move, the star defender insists he loves his current club Kalidou Koulibaly insisted he loved Napoli, but said "we'll see what happens" amid speculation over his future. Koulibaly, 29, has regularly been linked with a move away from the Serie A side, with Liverpool among the Premier League suitors reportedly interested in the defender. The Senegal centre-back is contracted at Napoli until 2023, with the club being able to keep hold of the defender despite the frequent links with a big-money move.
Even Ibrahimovic will have to catch his breath’ – AC Milan star must rest ‘now and then’ despite surprising ‘physical condition’, says Pioli
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Even Ibrahimovic will have to catch his breath’ – AC Milan star must rest ‘now and then’ despite surprising ‘physical condition’, says Pioli

The Rossoneri manager was full of praise for the Swedish striker after seeing his fine start to the 2020-21 campaign continue against Roma Zlatan Ibrahimovic must rest "every now and then" despite his surprising "physical condition", according to Stefano Pioli, who insists that even AC Milan's star man "will have to catch his breath". Ibrahimovic took his tally to six goals in five Serie A appearances at the start of the new season by netting twice in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Roma on Monday night. The 39-year-old opened the scoring in the second minute at San Siro, knocking the ball past Antonio Mirante in the Giallorossi net after latching onto a superb Rafael Leao through ball.
Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement
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Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement

Former Italy, Juventus, China and World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi has retired from coaching.   Lippi, 72, has been unemployed since resigning as China head coach in November last year following a 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Syria.   He lasted just six months in the job, his second time coaching China's team.   After spells with Atalanta and Napoli, Lippi took charge of Juventus in 1994 helping them to three Serie A titles and the club's last Champions League trophy in 1995-96.   Across two stints as Juve coach, and a one-year reign with rivals Inter, Lippi won five Serie A trophies, four Supercoppa Italiana crowns, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Coppa Italia.   After leaving Juventus in 200...
‘It makes me smile’ – Conte dismisses suggestion Madrid aren’t Champions League favourites
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‘It makes me smile’ – Conte dismisses suggestion Madrid aren’t Champions League favourites

The Nerazzurri will meet the reigning Spanish champions during their Group B campaign, which kicks off on Wednesday against Gladbach Inter coach Antonio Conte is in no doubt that Real Madrid will be competing for Champions League honours, brushing off suggestions that the Merengue are not among the tournament's favourites. Conte's side finished behind Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in last season's group stage but managed to reach the Europa League final, where they were defeated by Sevilla. The Nerazzurri secured a return to the Champions League by finishing second to Juventus in Serie A last term and begin their new European campaign at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief
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Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief

Gennaro Gattuso's side have been prevented from travelling to Turin by local authorities after Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive Juventus’ huge Serie A clash with Napoli on Sunday is increasingly likely to be postponed after the fixture was thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic. Local health authorities have blocked Napoli from travelling to Turin due to a possible Covid-19 outbreak after two players, Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, tested positive. A member of the team’s staff has also tested positive, as have two staff members at Juventus.
‘Covid Had The Courage To Challenge Me’ – Ibrahimovic Says
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‘Covid Had The Courage To Challenge Me’ – Ibrahimovic Says

The enigmatic Swedish striker is the only member of playing and coaching staff at San Siro to have posted a positive test. An enforced break means that Ibrahimovic will play no part in Milan’s upcoming fixtures. A statement from the Serie A club on their official website read: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for Covid-19 following a second round of swab tests ahead of tonight's Europa League qualifying game against Norwegian side Bodø/Glimt. “The club has informed the relevant authorities and the player has been promptly placed in quarantine at home. “All other team members and staff have tested negative.” Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a productive opening to the 2020-21 campaign for Milan. He has made two appearances so far, scoring three goals. He opened his account for the ...
Vidal set for Inter medical as Barcelona sanction €1m sale
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Vidal set for Inter medical as Barcelona sanction €1m sale

The Chilean midfielder will travel to Milan tonight ahead of his move to Serie A from La Liga for what looks to be a bargain price Arturo Vidal will today travel to Milan ahead of a move from Barcelona to Inter for just €1 million (£900,000/$1.2m) plus bonuses, Goal can confirm. The midfielder will complete a medical in Milan on Monday and could be confirmed as a player for Antonio Conte's side later that day, as he swaps La Liga for Serie A. An agreement has been in place between the clubs for a few days and Vidal has been waiting to fly out to Italy, but issues with the contract took longer than expected to resolve. Now, however, the path has been cleared for the Chilean international to move to Inter on a two-year deal.
Napoli new boy Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A
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Napoli new boy Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A

Gennaro Gattuso's side travel to Turin to face the reigning league champions for their matchday three on October 4 New Napoli signing Victor Osimhen is looking forward to playing against Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo in his maiden Serie A campaign. After a scintillating debut season for Lille, where he scored 13 goals in 27 Ligue games, the Super Eagles striker is ready to have another experience against "one of the greatest players on earth". Osimhen’s Napoli visit Gervinho's Parma for their opening league outing on Sunday but the 21-year-old also has his sights set on the trip to Allianz Stadium on October 4.
Aina: Torino full-back returns to Premier League to join Fulham
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Aina: Torino full-back returns to Premier League to join Fulham

The Nigeria international has completed a return to the English top-flight after spending the last two years in Italy Fulham have announced the signing of Ola Aina on a season-long loan from Serie A outfit Torino. The Cottagers have the option to sign the former Chelsea defender permanently at the end of the 2020-21 season. Aina returned to England on Friday, a year after he joined Torino on a €10 million move from Stamford Bridge.
Victor Osimhen Is An ‘Excellent Finisher ‘ Will Dominate Serie A – Rohr
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Victor Osimhen Is An ‘Excellent Finisher ‘ Will Dominate Serie A – Rohr

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has backed Victor Osimhen to make a big impact at Serie A club Napoli, reports Sportvilla.com.ng Osimhen moved to Napoli from Ligue 1 club Lille in July. The 21-year-old has already hit the ground running in his new environment with six goals and one assist in two pre-season games. Rohr believes the young striker has what it takes to be a success at Napoli. “Victor Osimhen is a great player, he is very important to us and he will be even more so thanks to the experience that he will get in a top club like Napoli. Despite his young age, he has many qualities and will show them in Italy,”Rohr told SSC Napoli News. Osimhen is not like Drogba yet, but he could become so by working hard to enhance his talents. He is intelligent and prepared, he knows ...
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‘I know that there is interest’ – Depay confirms Barcelona are considering transfer

The 26-year-old could be set to reunite with Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou as reports in France say negotiations are already underway Memphis Depay has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but says he is unsure on the likelihood of a move this summer. The Lyon attacker has emerged as a top target for the Catalan side since former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman took over at Camp Nou last month Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Sunday that Barca are not the only team trying to sign in him, however, with Serie A side Roma showing interest, too.
Zaniolo suffers suspected knee injury in Italy win over Netherlands
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Zaniolo suffers suspected knee injury in Italy win over Netherlands

The medical staff - and the player himself - are concerned about a new knee injury sustained in the win over the Dutch Roma and Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo has suffered a serious-looking knee injury, according to the Azzurri's doctor. Zaniolo limped from the pitch in obvious discomfort after an innocuous collision with Donny van de Beek in Italy's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Monday. The 21-year-old had only recently recovered from surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament tear sustained in January, making eight appearances for Roma in the closing weeks of the prolonged Serie A season.
My Goal Against Juventus Changed My Career For The Better – Simy Nwankwo
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My Goal Against Juventus Changed My Career For The Better – Simy Nwankwo

Super Eagles and Crotone striker Simy Nwankwo is one of Nigeria’s topmost players plying their football trade in Italy, and in In this interview with Calciomercato.com talk, hé relives his career with Crotone so far while singling out his overhead kick goal in the 1-1 draw against Juventus in a Serie A game way back in April 18, 2018 as the defining moment of his career. The gangling forward then scored 20 goals last season to emerge the first African top scorer in the Serie B as well as helping Crotone regain promotion to the Serie A for the coming season. Simy reveals more in this interview… You scored 20 goals for Crotone in the Serie B to become the first African to win the top scorer in an Italian professional series. How does that makes you feel? Simy: I am proud to have rea...
Brescia star Tonali wanted by Milan and Inter, confirms Cellino
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Brescia star Tonali wanted by Milan and Inter, confirms Cellino

With the two Milan clubs interested, the midfield star wants his future sorted imminently Brescia president Massimo Cellino confirmed Milan were interested in Inter target Sandro Tonali. Tonali, 20, has been heavily linked with a move away from Brescia after impressing enough to earn three Italy caps. Inter, Milan and Juventus are all reportedly interested in the midfielder, who made 35 Serie A appearances in 2019-20 as Brescia were relegated.
No Roma in FIFA 21 as Serie A club sign exclusive deal with Pro Evolution Soccer makers Konami
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No Roma in FIFA 21 as Serie A club sign exclusive deal with Pro Evolution Soccer makers Konami

The Italian side will only appear in the Japanese-made football video game, and will not be represented in the rival franchise Serie A club Roma have announced an exclusive deal with Konami, makers of the football video game series Pro Evolution Soccer - meaning they will not feature in the upcoming release for the main rival franchise, FIFA 21. Roma's name, crest and kits will be exclusive to PES 2021, which is scheduled to launch on September 15. Their home stadium, c, will also only appear in the Japanese-made game. The deal, which was described by Roma in a statement on their website as a "long term, exclusive partnership", means supporters of the Giallorossi will have only one upcoming video game option should they want full access to their favourite team.
Ronaldo in, Dybala out? How Pirlo’s Juventus could line up next season
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Ronaldo in, Dybala out? How Pirlo’s Juventus could line up next season

The Argentine may have been crowned Serie A's MVP for 2019-20, but he could be sold to help balance the Bianconeri's books this summer Paulo Dybala was so resigned to leaving Juventus last year that he even recorded a goodbye video for the club's supporters. The Argentine, though, ultimately rejected the chance to join either Manchester United or Tottenham, preferring instead to try prove his worth to Juventus. He has done precisely that over the past 12 months, with his excellent form resulting in him being named Serie A's MVP for the 2019-20 campaign.
Lazio Put Out Amazing Statement After David Silva Moves To Real Sociedad
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Lazio Put Out Amazing Statement After David Silva Moves To Real Sociedad

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare hasn't held back in his short but punchy response to the news that David Silva snubbed the Serie A side to sign for Real Sociedad. Silva left Manchester City at the end of the season and looked to be headed for a move to the Italian capital after agreeing terms with Lazio. However on Monday night he surprised everyone as it was announced that he moved to La Liga with Sociedad instead. Now Lazio have replied with a short statement. On the club website Tare simply said, "I learnt about David Silva's transfer to Real Sociedad. I have great respect for the player, but not for the man." The Serie A side reportedly had a three year deal agreed for the player but Sociedad contacted him secretly and he changed his mind, despite the Biancocelesti r...
Cristiano Ronaldo Offered To Barcelona
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Cristiano Ronaldo Offered To Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been offered to Barcelona in a sensational move that would see him play alongside Lionel Messi. The former Real Madrid talisman could be on his way out from Juventus, after two seasons with The Old Lady – who are trying to get his huge £28m-per-year salary off their books, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague. He explained to the BBC that the Serie A champions are desperate to ship off Ronaldo due to his astronomical wages that they have been offering him out to Europe’s elite, including Barcelona. He told 5 Live Sport: ‘He’s been offered everywhere, including Barcelona. I’m not sure if they can get rid of him easily with the kind of money he earns. Who is going to pay that kind of money?’ Barcelona have been hit hard financially...
‘Na Thunder Go Fire Una’ – Osimhen Blasts Punch Newspaper Over False Story
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‘Na Thunder Go Fire Una’ – Osimhen Blasts Punch Newspaper Over False Story

Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen who recently signed for Italian Serie A side Napoli, has taken to his twitter page to blast Punch Newspaper for fabricating a false story about him. Victor Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille last month for a record fee of €70 million which could potentially rise to €80 million. Following a false story by Punch Newspaper about him with the headline which read, "I want to emulate Maradona at Napoli", Victor Osimhen has now come out to debunk such news stating that he has not granted any interview since his father died in May 2020 and such stories were false. He warned Punch Newspaper against fabricating fake stories. Part of the post which was shared by Victor Osimhen on his twitter page read, "I never said such a thing, y’all copy paste journali...
Atalanta Forward, Josip Ilicic Caught His Wife Cheating, May Not Play Against PSG Due To Depression
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Atalanta Forward, Josip Ilicic Caught His Wife Cheating, May Not Play Against PSG Due To Depression

Josip Ilicic, one of the star footballers of Atalanta, who was blowing like a storm and breaking goal records this season in Italy Serie A, was shocked by his life. The star footballer who went to his country Slovenia to surprise, caught his wife with another man. It was learned that Ilicic, whose psychology was impaired, could leave football.Gian Piero Gasperini’s team, which impresses everyone with the football they played in Serie A, has dark clouds over Atalanta. It has been stated that Josip Ilicic, who has not been able to practice with the team even though he has not been injured for a while, will not be able to be against PSG as well. It was claimed that the cause of this mood of 32-year-old football player was betrayal.He went for surprise, his wife is cheating!According to r...
Ronaldo is a champion with his feet and mind – Sarri
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Ronaldo is a champion with his feet and mind – Sarri

The Italian manager believes his Portuguese attacker is able to handle pressure like few others can Maurizio Sarri praised the "incredible" Cristiano Ronaldo after the star's pair of penalties helped Juventus draw 2-2 with Atalanta. Ronaldo converted two spot-kicks in Turin on Saturday as Juve took another step towards the Serie A title. The Portugal international cancelled out Duvan Zapata's opener before securing a point in the 90th minute after Ruslan Malinovskiy had restored Atalanta's lead.
Napoli should sign Milan target Szoboszlai – Hungary coach Rossi
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Napoli should sign Milan target Szoboszlai – Hungary coach Rossi

The Italian manager feels the teenager would thrive at the San Paolo Hungary head coach Marco Rossi believes Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai is the "ideal player" for Serie A side Napoli. Szoboszlai is a player in demand and tipped to leave Salzburg following his exploits for the Austrian champions – the Hungary international linked to Napoli, Milan, Inter, Lazio and Premier League outfit Arsenal. The 19-year-old midfielder has scored 12 goals across all competitions in 2019-20, supplying 10 league assists for Salzburg in Austria.
Chelsea Confirm Deal for 25-year-old Midfielder
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Chelsea Confirm Deal for 25-year-old Midfielder

Chelsea has confirmed that their 25-year-old midfielder, Mario Pasalic has joined Serie A side, Atalanta on a permanent deal. The Blues disclosed this in a statement via their official website on Monday. The statement read: “Atalanta has today exercised their option to sign Mario Pasalic on a permanent deal. The midfielder is currently spending his second year on loan at the Italian side and will now join them permanently ahead of next season.” Pasalic joined Chelsea in 2014 from Hajduk Split in his native Croatia. After signing for Chelsea, Pasalic’s first loan was to Elche in Spain. Pasalic subsequently spent seasons on loan at Monaco, AC Milan and Spartak Moscow. He has represented the Croatian senior side 12 times, most recently in...
‘If Manchester United don’t motivate you, you’re in wrong sport!’ – Maguire on playing for ‘the badge’ at Old Trafford
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‘If Manchester United don’t motivate you, you’re in wrong sport!’ – Maguire on playing for ‘the badge’ at Old Trafford

The Red Devils captain is determined to deliver on lofty expectations and believes everybody connected with the club shares that mindset Harry Maguire hopes he is not the only one playing for the “badge” at Manchester United, with the Red Devils captain saying anyone struggling for motivation at Old Trafford is “in the wrong sport”. The England international has wasted little time in becoming a key man for the Red Devils following a record-breaking £80 million ($99m) transfer in the summer of 2019, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spending big in an effort to plug defensive leaks. Maguire settled quickly in new surroundings and inherited the armband in January when Ashley Young headed to Serie A giants Inter.
Inter’s Marotta ‘optimistic’ Lautaro will not make Barcelona move
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Inter’s Marotta ‘optimistic’ Lautaro will not make Barcelona move

The Argentina international has not shown a desire to leave the Serie A side, who will not easily allow him to go Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has admitted that Barcelona are interested in attacker Lautaro Martinez but says that he is “optimistic” that the Argentina international will not depart the club this summer. The Catalan side have been closely linked with a summer move for the 22-year-old, with Lionel Messi reportedly driving on their bid, but negotiations thus far have not proven fruitful. From the Italian side’s perspective, though, this is a positive as they do not wish to see a player who has scored 12 times in 22 Serie A outings leave.
Eriksen can and will be decisive for Inter – De Vrij
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Eriksen can and will be decisive for Inter – De Vrij

The Nerazurri defender is confident that a January arrival will become a crucial member of Antonio Conte's squad once he settles in Italy Christian Eriksen "will become decisive" for Inter after an underwhelming start to his career at San Siro, according to Stefan de Vrij. Eriksen completed a €20 million (£18m/$22m) move to Inter from Tottenham in January, bringing to an end his seven-year stay in the Premier League. The Denmark international established himself as one of Europe's top midfielders at Spurs, but struggled to adjust to the demands of Serie A football during his first couple of months in the Italian capital.
20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020
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20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020

Football is back and we’re immediately at the business end of the season. Domestic leagues will be won and lost over the next couple of weeks and we’re in the latter stages of cup competitions when they eventually resume. It’s all about which teams and which players hit the ground running. While football all around the world was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, many leagues are already back up and running. The Premier League and Serie A will join La Liga and the Bundesliga in returning to action as they conclude the 2019/20 campaign. While we won’t miss out on any club football in those four leagues, we have been robbed of international tournaments in the form of Euro 2020 and Copa America. So how has the coronavirus pandemic affected the race to win the 2020 Bal...
Juventus and Dybala confident of agreement over €12m-a-year contract renewal
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Juventus and Dybala confident of agreement over €12m-a-year contract renewal

There appears to be good progress in talks between the Serie A club and the Argentina international, with the player set for a bumper wage Talks between Juventus and Paulo Dybala are progressing well, with the Argentina international forward aiming for a new €12 million-a-year (£11m/$14m) contract with the perennial Serie A champions. Juventus resume their campaign on Friday evening against Milan in the Coppa Italia, the first game back in Italy in the 2019-20 season following the lengthy break enforced by coronavirus. Dybala, who contracted the virus and suffered an especially bad case of the disease, is set to feature having become an important part of Maurizio Sarri's team as they aim to hold off title challengers Lazio and Inter to retain their Serie A crown.
Serie A’s ‘Plan B’ announced in case of new coronavirus setback
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Serie A’s ‘Plan B’ announced in case of new coronavirus setback

Top-flight sides in Italy have thrashed out an agreement to determine how the season will end if play is stopped once again Plans have been put in place by the Italian FA (FIGC) in order to decide Serie A should the league be stopped again because of coronavirus. Football in Italy was put on hold in March due to the outbreak of the illness, which infected close to 250,000 in the country and took the lives of almost 34,000, with the north of the country particularly hard hit. With the infection increasingly under control - there were 280 new cases announced on Tuesday - Serie A is gearing up to begin again after a three-month break, but a contingency plan has been put in place to decide placings should it prove impossible for top-level football to continue.
Tottenham to launch bid for Flamengo midfielder Gerson
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Tottenham to launch bid for Flamengo midfielder Gerson

Tottenham are set to move for Flamengo midfielder Gerson. Goal says Tottenham have been in regular contact with Gerson's agent to discuss the player's availability. And Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to sanction an offer worth £16million for the 23-year-old's signature. European interest in Gerson is nothing new. The central midfielder had a host of heavyweights clambering to secure his services in 2016 and even rejected the opportunity to join Arsenal. He also spurned the advances of Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona before joining Serie A side Roma, where he endured a lacklustre spell before being sent to Fiorentina on loan
Why Lampard May Bring Back Victor Moses to Play for Chelsea this Season
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Why Lampard May Bring Back Victor Moses to Play for Chelsea this Season

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, may call on Victor Moses to help the team out if an emergency happens, the Daily Mail reports. Moses is currently on loan at Inter Milan from the Blues. The former Super Eagles winger signed a loan deal with the Serie A side until June 30, 2020. Players such as Moses, Alexis Sanchez, and Chris Smalling who are returning on loan, will be blocked from Premier League action, but will only be allowed to play in an emergency. “We’ve been told it will take a situation where the goalkeeper has to play center-forward or the center-forward has to go in goal for these players to be allowed to play. “A lot of players will be in limbo over the next couple of months and will probably have to train at home for a period,” the report...
Roma confident of completing Pedro deal as talks heat up
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Roma confident of completing Pedro deal as talks heat up

The Spanish veteran will not renew his contract at Stamford Bridge and seems to be on his way to the Italian capital Pedro is set to depart Chelsea in the summer with Roma most likely to sign the winger on a free transfer, Goal can confirm. Discussions between the 32-year-old and the Serie A side began in April with the dialogue getting close to a conclusion in the last 48 hours. The Spain international's contract at Stamford Bridge will expire at the end of the season, forcing him to consider his future.
Roma turned down chance to sign Barcelona target Lautaro for €8m, claims striker’s agent
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Roma turned down chance to sign Barcelona target Lautaro for €8m, claims striker’s agent

Inter are demanding a huge fee for the Argentine striker this summer, but their Serie A rivals could have bought him for a fraction just two years ago Roma had the chance to sign Lautaro Martinez from Racing for a bargain fee months before Inter snapped him up, according to the striker's agent. Martinez impressed with the Argentine side, scoring 27 times in 59 appearances to earn a €23 million (£20m/$26m) move to Inter in the summer of 2018. He has gone on to become a star in Italy and has netted a total of 16 goals in all competitions this season. While he has three years left on his contract with the San Siro outfit, Barcelona have made him a top transfer target and are said to be lining up a summer bid, though Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has warned they will have to mat...
Football legend, Samuel Eto’o reveals how a local game in his city convinced his parents to allow him to play football
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Football legend, Samuel Eto’o reveals how a local game in his city convinced his parents to allow him to play football

Cameroonian Football legend, Samuel Eto'o has revealed how a local game in his city convinced his parents to allow him to play football. During his stellar career, Eto'o, who played for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Everton amassed three Champions League titles, three La Liga crowns, two Copa del Reys, Serie A, the Coppa Italia twice and the FIFA Club World Cup. But while growing up, he used to hide from his parents to go play football because they thought football was a sport for those that had no interest going to school. He said the major break happened when his father accidentally saw him played so well in a local game in his city, and that was how he got convinced and allowed him to continue playing football. I lived and breathed football – but my p...
Higuain injured during Juventus training as AC Milan provide update on Ibrahimovic calf issue
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Higuain injured during Juventus training as AC Milan provide update on Ibrahimovic calf issue

The Italian top flight will restart on June 20 after the coronavirus pandemic saw it suspended, however key players are looking likely to miss out Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are set to miss the opening games of the Serie A restart after picking up injuries in training, while Milan have provided an update on the progress of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he suffered a calf problem. The 2019-20 Serie A campaign is about to get back underway following the coronavirus pandemic, with the first matches in the Italian top-flight scheduled for June 20. It is shaping up to be a fascinating end to the season in Italy, with Juventus and Lazio virtually neck and neck as they aim to clinch the Scudetto. Perennial champions Juve lead the table on 63 ...
I was experiencing a nightmare’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame delighted about football return
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I was experiencing a nightmare’ – Fiorentina’s Kouame delighted about football return

The Ivorian forward can finally look forward to a return to action with Serie A matches set to resume on June 20 Fiorentina forward Christian Kouame has expressed his delight in the hope of being able to play again after months out injured. The 22-year-old Ivorian has been out with an anterior cruciate ligament problem since November last year, and has been unable to make any appearances for his new club after joining Fiorentina on loan from Genoa in January. The return of football activities after the original season schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic gives Kouame hope of getting back on the pitch, having used the lockdown period to intensify his fitness.
PSG complete €50m signing of Icardi from Inter
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PSG complete €50m signing of Icardi from Inter

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the permanent signing of Mauro Icardi, with Inter receiving €50 million (£45m/$56m) plus an additional €8m (£7m/$9m) in bonuses for the Argentine striker. Icardi, who had been on loan at Parc des Princes since the start of the 2019-20 season, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal, tying him to the French capital club until 2024. The finer details of the contract were finalised on Sunday, with Mycelebrityandi having previously revealed the Nerazzurri insisted on including an 'anti-Juventus' clause that would see the San Siro outfit bag an additional €15m if their former captain is sold on to a Serie A side.
Roma midfielder Veretout ignoring Napoli talk
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Roma midfielder Veretout ignoring Napoli talk

Jordan Veretout is focused on Roma, insists his agent. The midfielder has been linked with Napoli. “He is a player who is very happy in the capital and everyone is focused on seeing him stay at Roma for the future," agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Sportiva. Veretou has scored three goals between Serie A and the Europa League in the Roma jersey.
Mosimane wants Champions League titles and to develop more European stars
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Mosimane wants Champions League titles and to develop more European stars

The Masandawana boss speaks about his challenges as he enters his new four-year tenure at Chloorkop Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has labelled the team that won four trophies in one year as his ‘Super Team’, saying his challenge is to see his players such as Bongani Zungu playing in the German Bundesliga as well as in the Italian Serie A. Just after signing a new four-year contract, ‘Jingles’ reveals why he is hurt when he looks at the badge of clubs such as Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca, and Esperance. The four-time Premier Soccer League (PSL) title winner speaks on why striker Jeremy Brockie failed to score for his club and declines to comment on George Maluleka who is bound to join the Brazilians next season.