Fabio Quagliarella Recalled Back to the National Team for Euro 2020 Qualifiers

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Sam pdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella has been a player reborn in the last few months, as he has been scoring goals for fun. Interestingly, the striker is at the tail end of his career at 36 years of age. The incredible form shown by the forward in the 2018-19 Italian Serie A campaign has not only seen him go toe-to-toe with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Golden Boot title but it has also resulted in the striker being an impressive choice for the Italian national team ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Italy have two major qualifying matches coming up in March and Roberto Mancini has decided to includeQuagliarella much to the surprise of fans.

This marks a return to international football for the 36-year-old after almost a decade. He was last seen with the Italian national team back in 2010 and this can provide a very short spell with the national team for the striker, as he only featured for three years since making his debut in 2007. The forward made only 25 appearances for the national team with a return of seven goals. The striker has been well travelled throughout his career and he has represented clubs like Sam pdoria, Udinese, Napoli, Juventus, and Torino. However, he has been making his name only in his second spell with Sampdoria.
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Rio Ferdinand slams Jorginho after disappointing display against Chelsea

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Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand has slammed the performance of Jorginho in the aftermath of Chelsea’s Premier League defeat at the hands of Arsenal. The Italy international has endured a mixed debut season with the Blues where he has regularly been found out in the centre of the park and the Gunners game witnessed a similar instance with Aaron Ramsey neglecting his impact on the proceedings.

Speaking after the game, Ferdinand was critical over the showing of Jorginho and suggested that the Italian does not offer anything in either the offensive or defensive department, he said: “He doesn’t give you anything in defence and he doesn’t give you anything on the other side of the field. He isn’t a great defender. Once again, in a big game, he was overwhelmed in the midfield. He dictates the pace of the play, when he gets the ball in the middle of the pitch he’s very good. However, how many assists has he had this season? Zero, he doesn’t give you anything on that side of the pitch.”
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Ronaldo Asks Messi To Join Him In Italy

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Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus forward has extended a challenge to Lionel Messi to join him in Serie A. He says that it is Messi who misses him. Ronaldo didn’t only end his 9-year-old association with Madrid this summer but also his rivalry with the football superstar of Barcelona, given that the contest and dominate the podium of Ballon d’Or podium.

He has stated that he is the best group that he has been a part of. He believes that there they are a team. According to him, there are some players who feel bigger than all the other players playing for the club but the simple fact is every player is rowing on the same boat. All players are humble and they all want to win.
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Roberto Mancini pleased with Italy’s late win over the United States

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Italy manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he was pleased with his team’s performance after they picked up a slender 1-0 win over United States in an international duty. The Azzurri were recently frustrated with a goalless stalemate against Portugal and the United States game appeared to be going the same way before Matteo Politano found the breakthrough in the 94th minute.

Speaking after the game, Mancini said that he was relieved by the outcome, given his side have not been rewarded for the chances created of late, he told RAI Sport: “It was heading to 0-0 again… but that’s football, there’s nothing you can do about it. We had so many chances, the important thing is that it was a good performance. It was the first time we were playing together, so we couldn’t think of playing like the first half for 90 minutes. We got a little stretched out as we pushed harder to find the breakthrough.”
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Can Juve Dominate in Italy and Europe?

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No matter what league in Europe, one thing that is the toughest to achieve is dominating on both a domestic front and in the Champions League. This is what Juventus are aiming to do for the next couple of seasons. They have put together a squad that they believe is capable of doing that, and their focus is simply to win as many trophies as possible while they have top-end talent at their disposal.

The final piece of their puzzle was Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined this summer from Real Madrid. Ronaldo won’t be around forever – he is a short-term signing – but he is the most important player brought in by Juventus, and they are hoping he is the difference maker in the Champions League. Continue reading

Juventus director aiming Champions League glory with Cristiano Ronaldo

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Juventus director Pavel Nedved has revealed that the club are looking forward to offering a strong challenge for the Champions League crown, now that they have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks. The Portuguese superstar made the shock move to Turin from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window and Nedved is delighted to have the attacker on board to enhance their European ambitions.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “We are very happy that we could welcome to our team such a world class player like Ronaldo. As a club we have made a step forward and we want to make it count in the Champions League, which has been set as our objective in the next few years. Some might have thought it was crazy… We, Juventus, are in position where it is very difficult to buy players who are better than those in our XI.It was the right decision to get Juventus where the club belongs. We want to win the Champions League, so it was a good move.”
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Giorgio Chiellini undecided over his Italy future

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Italy international Giorgio Chiellini has admitted that he is undecided over his national team future. The 33-year-old did not feature in Roberto Mancini’s first squad earlier in the year and he has now hinted that he could move on to allow the younger players to establish themselves under the new manager.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: “I’m a bit undecided. There are arguments for and against both options. I’m no spring chicken and it would also be fine if Mancini decided to focus on younger players because there are a lot of good ones around in my position.I’m feeling good and will discuss this subject with the coach and with great serenity and a level head.”
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Juventus Value for Champions League Tilt after Summer of Change

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It’s weird to think of Juventus being without Gianluigi Buffon, but as one modern icon of football leaves Turin, another arrives, as the Old Lady have made a major summer statement.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid, having fired them to the last three Champions League crowns including one at the expense of Juve in 2017, leaving Spain for Italy in his early 30s mirrored a move made by previous Bernabeu favourite in compatriot Luis Figo. He was a similar age when quitting Los Blancos for Inter Milan. Continue reading

Cristiano Ronaldo Will Change Italian Football Say Neymar

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According to Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo is the one who will “change Italian football” following his summer move to Juventus from Real Madrid. He is the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, a popular player with a huge fan following joined the Turin club for a fee in the region of £105m, and declared that he wants to “mark the history of Juventus”.

Neymar, who played with the speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid and said that he is staying at Paris Saint-Germain. He said he is sure that Ronaldo will have a huge impact in Serie A. He said “I not just think, but believe so that Cristiano Ronaldo will change Italian football. He is a great player and it will be again the Italian football I used to during my childhood days.”

“He is a genius and a legend in football.”
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Andrea Pirlo In Talks With Italy And Other Clubs To Pursue A Coaching Role

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Italian World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he has held talks with members of the Italian FA and other clubs as he considers stepping into a coaching career. The 38-year-old hang up his boots during the back end of 2017, and he is expected to be given a formal send-off at a San Siro testimonial next month.

Pirlo has been working as a pundit since his departure from New York City FC last year, but he has now admitted that he could step into coaching, he told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I’ve had discussions with many people, both for the national team and for clubs, but there will be time to make considerations.” Continue reading