Juventus manager Replaced soon after Italy Loss

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Italy may have lost a world-class coach in the form of Antonio Conte after just two years, but they wasted no time in bringing a replacement for the former Juventus manager.


It was especially the need of the hour with the World Cup qualification approaching. After losing to Germany on penalties in the Euro 2016 semifinals, Conte’s time with the national team came to an end. It has been a relatively successful period after having witnessed Italy perform poorly in recent major tournaments. Conte had showed his expertise at international level as well, but it was up to Italian FA to find a worthy successor.

They have gone for the highly experienced Giampiero Ventura in the hope of retaining the conference and moral within the team. Since a number of top coaches like Carlo Ancelotti are tied with club duties, Italy went for Ventura who is currently available after having left Torino towards the end of last season. Torino turned out to be one of the longest jobs for Ventura, as he had not spent more than a couple of years at a club before being on the move. Since starting out as a manager in the 1981 season with Ruentes Rapallo, he has been in charge of numerous clubs like Cagliari, Sampdoria, Udinese, Napoli, and Torino.
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Antonio Conte remains confident about making it into the next stages for Italy

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Italy may have finished the group stages with a disappointing defeat against Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2016, but manager Antonio Conte remains confident about making it into the next stages by beating Spain in the last 16.


This will be one of the high-profile matches in the last 16 of the Euro 2016. Even though Italy suffered a defeat in the final group match, they managed to finish top of the group which also contained teams like Finland and Belgium. As a result, the 2006 World Cup winners remain on course to reach the final stages of the competition.

Getting past Spain will be a major achievement, as it means knocking out the holders. Spain have been crowned as the European Championship winners for the last two times and they certainly are less strong than in the last decade. Even then, they have managed to progress into the last 16 round of the competition but only just. After starting the tournament with a narrow win over Czech Republic, the team managed to win comfortably against Turkey. The disappointing form returned in the final group match following a 2-1 loss against Croatia. This loss also meant that the team was unable to finish top of the group.
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Antonio Conte excited to manage Chelsea

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The Italy coach Antonio Conte said that he cannot wait to manage Chelsea.


Italy was eliminated in the quarter-final by Germany and Antonio Conte stated that he does not have any regret for leaving the job. He believes that he will experience as much emotion at Chelsea as he has with the Italy national team.

He said that he has no regret for leaving Italy and that he had made the announcement quite early. However, he admitted that there was some moment where he wanted to come back to his decision and continue the adventure with Italy but because of certain factors he could not do that.

Antonio Conte said that was proud of the performance of the Italian team at the Euros and that he stated that there is also no regret in the way they were eliminated.

Antonio Conte declared that he likes the passion and pressure associated with club football, and this is why he has accepted Chelsea’s offer. He said that he had a talk with the president of the Italian national team, and he had made it clear that he want to manage Chelsea. Continue reading

PJACA SET FOR PREMIER LEAGUE

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Marko Pjaca is set to join the English Premier League football clubs according to Dynamo Zagreb sporting director Marko Vukelic. Italian news source Gazetta dello Sport recently claimed that Liverpool were keen on landing the talented player this summer but reports now claim Italian sides Inter Milan, AC Milan and even Fiorentina are also interested in acquiring the services of the 21-year old player.

Pjaca went on Facebook to slam reports that he would be joining Inter Milan anytime soon. “After numerous media articles about my ‘already scheduled move to inter,’ I just want to say that’s not true. After a few days on vacation, I’ll return with my team mates and prepare with Dynamo Zagreb,” the player wrote.

Surprisingly, the sporting director of his club now opens up on the move claiming the Premier League are set to land the player not the Italian sides, even though some hardcore Inter fans had bought tickets to their next home game through this website in an attempt to see Mjaca play firsthand.

Vukelic told FC Inter News: “the boy has been very clear through his Facebook profile that there has been no agreement with inter and he is still a player for Dynamo Zagreb.” The director added that the player was on vacation but that he would be available later.

The player who scored eight goals in all competitions for Dynamo Zagreb in all competition has been coy on his future as interests pour in but the club’s sporting director added that: “I can say that his future could be in the Premier League. The English League is in pole position to buy him.”

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Liverpool is set to sell Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace of they meet their transfer fee. Divock Origi is also set to leave amongst a few other players, as Coach Jurgen Klopp restructures his team for greater success after reaching two finals last season. It is still unknown if he would sign Pjaca as the report claims.

Claudio Ranieri might coach Italy someday in the near future

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The managerial position in the Italian national football team will become vacant after the 2016 Euro’s reaches its end on July 10.


When this point in time arrives, Antonio Conte is going to be kicking off his managerial career as the head coach of the Premier League club Chelsea.

It still remains uncertain as to who is going to succeed Antonio Conte and take charge of the Italian national side but one potential candidate that has emerged to become the head coach of Italy is Claudio Ranieri.

Claudio Ranieri is attracting the attention of top clubs and national teams that are interested in offering him a managerial position for their respective teams and this is mainly due to the historic Premier League season that saw Ranieri pushing Leicester City to their first Premier League title in the history of the club.

For the past few weeks, Ranieri has been linked with Italy but the 64 year old stated that he wants to focus on winning more titles with Leicester City; however there is a possibility of him actually becoming the head coach of Italy but only after his time with Leicester City finalizes. Continue reading

Steve Clarke says Antonio Conte will find Support from John Terry

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke says that new manager Antonio Conte will receive the best possible support if John Terry stays at the club next season.


It looks almost certain that Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of the campaign. His contract runs out in a few months and the club has reportedly told the player that it will not be renewed. Terry, though, is still hopeful about signing the deal if it arrives on his table. Conte has had a hugely successful career as a manager, but he has not experienced life outside Italy yet.

He has managed only Italian clubs and is now with the Italian national team. This situation is largely similar to that of Carlo Ancelotti when he arrived from AC Milan in the summer of 2009. Back then, Ancelotti was assisted by a strong spine of the team. The likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry, and Didier Drogba knew the club from the bottom up and it was easy for Ancelotti to settle. The current Chelsea team does not have such figures aside from Terry. Further, Conte is yet to start learning English and language problems could be a major hurdle. Continue reading

What are Italy’s Chances at Euro 2016?

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When it comes to potential winners of this summer’s European Championships there are probably few who think that Italy have a good chance of taking home the trophy. Although sides will be wary of coming up against the Azzurri it is unlikely that they have the depth and individual brilliance to be victorious.

They will go into the tournament in France as an outside bet to win at best. But is there any way they could cause what would be regarded as an upset? And who are the players who really need to perform this summer? Continue reading

Italy could be the real darkhorses

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Italy will travel to Euro 2016 this summer among the darkhorses to go all the way, and although it is a position that belies the Azzurri’s rich tradition of being a dominant force on the international stage, it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Antonio Conte and his team.

The former Juventus manager, who is poised to step down at the end of the tournament to take over the reins at Chelsea, will view the upcoming European Championship as a great opportunity to prove that Italian football is on the rise once again following a decade in which England, Spain and Germany have led the way in terms of domestic league profile, spending power and success in European competitions. Conte is likely to opt for a combination of youth and experience at Euro 2016, although the Italian FA’s decision to follow Germany’s lead in placing considerable investment into youth systems across the country will reap considerable dividends for the future of Italian football at domestic and international level.

Although it will be down to a new manager to guide future generations of star players who pull on the famous Azzurri shirt, Conte will hope to bow out from international management with his head held high following a strong campaign that not only sets himself up well for the challenges that lay ahead in the Premier League, but also puts Italy back on the map following the hugely disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign which ended at the group stage following defeats against Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Italy have earned a staunch reputation for being one of the most difficult sides on the international stage to break down, with the defensive resilience and willingness to put bodies on the line for the cause a hallmark of what Italy have been all about over the years. This quality will certainly have to come to the fore after the draw was rather unkind to Conte, putting Italy in a potential “group of death” alongside Belgium, Ireland and Sweden.

It may explain why Bookies.com have installed Italy among the darkhorses for Euro 2016 rather than being one of the strong favourites, and with expectancy levels being lower than in previous years, it may allow the players to express themselves more without the pressure to succeed weighing on their shoulders. Lorenzo Insigne and Stephan El Shaarawy are two players in particular who have the ability and skill to make a real impact that Italy need in the final third, and if they are allowed to play with no fear, then both of Conte’s young stars could make a real name for themselves.

Writing off one of just three teams who came through their qualifying campaign without losing a single game (England and Austria being the others) would be rather unwise, particularly given Italy’s ability to deliver big performances during major tournaments. However, Conte will be under no illusions as to the difficult nature of the group that lies ahead for his team, particularly with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard and Shane Long standing out as real threats to Italy’s chances of progressing from Group E. Using the disappointment of 2014 may be the motivation that Italy need to not only avoid making the same mistakes, but also come back even stronger and provide the foundations for future generations to take the national team forward.

This summer may prove to be the final European Championship swansong for Gianluigi Buffon who has been a wonderful servant for the Azzurri over the years. Very few would begrudge the 38-year-old of the opportunity to go all the way at Euro 2016 – an achievement which may present good value through a Paddy Power free bets offer that is covered on Bookies.com’s review – with Buffon likely to play a key role in France. He could be part of an all-Juventus rearguard if Conte stays true to his preference for three centre-backs, with Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli all in contention to start in their opening fixture against Belgium. They form the defensive framework which epitomises the hard work and organisation qualities that Italy must maintain throughout Euro 2016 if they are to have a chance of reaching the latter stages.

The big question marks that hangs over Italy is whether the vast experience and nous at the back can be match by the required flair and combative qualities further upfield, with Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti likely to be hugely missed at the heart of midfield. Antonio Candreva and El Shaarawy certainly bring a touch of flair and creativity, but although Conte will be pleased at the recent form of Insigne, his other options upfront (Eder, Pelle and Zaza) have endured limited time on the pitch this season.

Some would argue that Italy have lacked firepower upfront since the days of Roberto Baggio, Filippo Inzaghi and Christian Vieri, and although the likes of Domenico Berrardi and Sebastian Giovinco have been mentioned as players who could make a late push for a place in Conte’s 23-man squad, the Azzurri could go into Euro 2016 without a proven goal-scoring striker. It may come down to organisation, determination and discipline that are hallmarks of any Conte team to carry Italy forward this summer, and if the more advanced players can find a spark to compliment a rock-steady defence, then there is every chance that Italy could make a bigger impact than some may expect.

Frank Lampard says that Antonio Conte is not going to tolerate with players

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Frank Lampard says that Antonio Conte is not going to tolerate with players not in line with his philosophy when he comes to take charge of Chelsea in the summer.

Lampard expects those players to be sold by the Italian without second thoughts.Conte will come to the club after his role with the Italian national ends after the Euro 2016. Lampard admitted that the club was in a state of transition when Jose Mourinho arrived almost three years ago. The arrival of the Portuguese was expected to make the club a dominant force for the next decade.

This was not the case after Mourinho found themselves once again looking for a new job inside three years. The club also has failed to qualify for the Champions League next season. Many now feel that the club has gone backwards. Lampard felt that Chelsea were in a promising position with the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, and Kevin De Bruyne were all young and starting to dominate the team. Now, those young players have either been sold or they are suffering from a catastrophic dip in form. Lampard says that Conte now has a big job on his hands to rebuild Chelsea from the bottom up. Continue reading

Paolo Di Canio backs Antonio Conte

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West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio has given his backing to Antonio Conte, who is widely expected to take charge of Chelsea in the summer.

The 46-year-old has only experienced Italian football up until now in his managerial career. He is currently in charge of the Italian national team. This job was secured on the back of his impressive spell with Juventus. However, Conte recently confirmed that he was stepping down from his role as the national team boss after the Euro 2016. He took charge of Italy only after the World Cup 2014 from Cesare Prandelli.

Many would have expected him to carry on until the 2018 World Cup and this decision comes as a major surprise. However, he has never looked comfortable with national team management since there is no day-to-day involvement. Chelsea have had a revolving door of managers, but there seems to be a change in the attitude of the club in recent times. The club parted company with José Mourinho midway through the 2015-16 season only because results were extremely poor and the club found itself in the middle of a relegation battle. Di Canio revealed that he spoke in length about English football with Conte only two months ago, but the discussion never featured Chelsea according to the West Ham legend. Continue reading