UECL: ROMA TO FACE FEYENOORD

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Italy will have a representative in an European final this season after AS Roma saw off Premier League outfit Leicester City to qualify for the UEFA European Conference League (UECL) final. Roma reached the final thanks to the 2-1 aggregate win over the Foxes at the end of their two-legged semifinal tie.


Roma were able to do a lot of the work in the first leg at the King Power Stadium last week Thursday via a 1-1 draw. The team from Italy took the lead after 15 minutes in the first leg through Lorenzo Pellegrini and they held on to the advantage until midway into the second half when Roma defender Gianluca Mancini put through his own net to leave the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg at the StadioOlimpico in Rome on Thursday night. Continue reading

               UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE | JUVE U19 MISS OUT ON FINAL ON PENALTIES

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Juventus Under 19 produced a spirited display to come back from two goals down after 10 minutes to take the semi-final to penalties against Benfica, who were reduced to 10 men when their goalkeeper was sent off in the first half. Ange Chibozo and Riccardo Turicchia scored spectacular goals to tie the match, but with the fifth, and what proved to be final, spot kick Matias Soulé’s effort was saved, allowing Benfica to win 4-3 on penalties.


Before Juventus had time to reorganise, they found themselves two goals down. The Juventus youngsters had to find a way back into the contest, and almost did so on the half hour. A searching pass from Miretti picked out Soulé. The Argentine squared the ball inside the box to Ange Chibozo. And on 51’, Juventus hauled themselves back into the contest when Chibozo unleashed another ferocious drive, which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar. Continue reading

TORINO TAKE STEPS TO COMPLETE PERMANENT SIGNING

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Italian Serie A giants Juventus may be bracing themselves for a major summer transfer sale in the coming few months, with reports claiming that fellow Turin club Torino are interested in signing Juve star Rolando Mandragora permanently. He has been on loan with them and seems to have impressed the club enough to keep him. He struggled to get regular playing time at Juve before he left the club and he might still suffer the same fate on his return to the Allianz Stadium in the summer.


Juve is now looking to make some money from his sale and it has been made easy by a pre-agreement both clubs had. They reached an understanding that Torino can make the transfer permanent for 9m euros if they like what they see. Calciomercato says they are now prepared to take that option up and they will discuss the transfer with Juventus soon. Continue reading

ROMA TO LISTEN TO OFFERS FOR ITALY INTERNATIONAL STAR

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AS Roma and Italy international star Nicolo Zaniolo has reportedly been told that he will be allowed to leave the club if a right offer comes in for him from another club. Roma manager José Mourinho no longer sees the player as an important part of the squad and as far as any offer made meets  the Italian Serie A giants’ requirements, a deal will be brokered and the player will be allowed to leave the Stadio Olimpico.

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Roma are reportedly unwilling to negotiate for a potential loan transfer as they want the deal to be a permanent one. However, they could not find any club that made the right offer for the 22-year-old. Mourinho believes that the midfielder is not doing enough to establish himself as an integral member of the team and the former Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid boss is willing to sanction the player’s exit from the club.
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NAPOLI SECURE LOAN DEAL FOR TUANZEBE

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Italian Serie A giants Napoli have announced the loan signing of Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United. Tuanzebe signed for the Italians after his loan spell at Premier League side Aston Villa was cut short earlier this month and he could make his debut this weekend. The defender is on course to play his first game in Italy when Napoli take on Sampdoria.

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Tuanzebe was in Naples, Italy last week to undergo his medical and sign the paperwork before he made his return to England to complete the application for visa. He had to go through visa application due to Brexit. Since Brexit, the details of signing and playing is not the same for English players in comparison to European Union (EU) members.
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: INTER LEGEND WANTS UNITED

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Inter Milan legend Esteban Cambiasso has revealed that he wants Premier League giants Manchester United in the first knockout stage as far as this season’s Champions League is concerned. Cambiasso talked about Inter Milan potentially facing Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16  in a chat with Sky Italy  as he highlighted facing the Red Devils as a favourable draw. According to him, you have to play with the best in the Champions League and that he would like to go to Old Trafford and dream big.

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Speaking further, former  Inter Milan midfielder Cambiasso said that Manchester United would be a stronger team in February 2022 with the recent appointment of Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager until the end of the season. He also said that with German tactician Rangnick in charge, Manchester United have a clear mind on what they wantto do and that they will be another team by the time the Champions League knockout stage resumes as a result in addition to the fact that they will have the ability to fight in the January transfer window.
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JORGINHO SPOT ON AGAINST NEWCASTLE

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Italy midfielder Jorginho was successful from the penalty spot as he wrapped up an emphatic win for Chelsea at the expense of struggling Newcastle United. The Italian international scored the final goal of the game as the Blues extended their lead at the Premier League summit with a 3-0 away win over the Magpies.

Hosts Newcastle United keptChelsea at bay for the whole of the first 45 minutes but they could not replicate the feat in the second half. The Blues scored three goals in 16 minutes to take the three points. Continue reading

ITALY RECORD UNBEATEN RUN ENDED

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European champions Italy suffered a rare defeat after they were beaten by Spain in the last four of the UEFA Nations League. The defeat ended their 37-game unbeaten run which is a record as far as international football is concerned.


The Italians had home advantage but they were unable to use it to see off Spanish senior national team manager Luis Enrique and his players. Ex-Barcelona and AS Roma boss Luis Enrique didn’t start the game with a specialist striker but that didn’t stop his team from beating the Italians to secure a place in the final. Continue reading

OLSEN SIGNS FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED

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Swedish international Robin Olsen has left AS Roma in Italy to sign for Sheffield United who were relegated from the Premier League last season and are now in the English Championship. Olsen left Italy to join Sheffield United on loan with the option to buy on transfer deadline day for this summer.

Olsen, 31, has decided to drop into the English Championship, which is the equivalent of the Serie B in Italy for this season. AS Roma were happy to let him join the Blades on loan until June 2022 with summer signing Rui Patricio established as the undisputed first choice goalkeeper at the club under the new management led by Jose Mourinho. Patricio left Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers to join AS Roma earlier this summer. Continue reading

LIVERPOOL JOIN RACE FOR SASSUOLO MIDFIELDER

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Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli has an interest from a new Premier League team following the news that Liverpool have joined the race to sign him. Italian publication Gazzettadello Sport stated that the Reds are considering a bid for Sassuolo player Locatelli as they look for a quality replacement for GeorginioWijnaldum.

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Liverpool would be without the services of Dutch national team star Wijnaldumafter he left the club to sign for French giants PSG. Wijnaldum was a free agent when he signed for his new club. The Reds have not replaced him since he exited and they could finally do that if they can sign Italy player Locatelli ahead of other teams keen to sign him.
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