BARELLA RECEIVES LOW SCORE AGAINST NI

Inter Milan Nicolo Barella was heavily criticised in the Italian media for his performance against Northern Ireland (NI) in their final World Cup 2022 qualifier in Group C as far as the European region is concerned.

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Barella was given a low score of 5/10 by Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport for his display against the Northern Ireland team when the European champions took on their hosts at Windsor Park in Belfast on Monday night.
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ITALY U21s DENIED TOP SPOT

 

Italy u21s were denied top spot in Group F of the 2023 UEFAu-21 European Championship thanks to a late equaliseragainst Sweden.


The Italian u-21 team were on their way to securing top spot in Group F after the opening goal from Pisa striker Lorenzo Lucca. Lucca gave Italy u21s the lead at home three minutes from the half-time break and they preserved the advantage until the end of the second half when the visitors struck the equaliser through Tim Prica who plays his club football for Aalborg in the Danish Superliga. Prica levelled proceedings for Sweden in the second minute of added time in the second half as the Italians had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the end of the game played at the StadioBrianteo in Monza last week Tuesday.
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JUVENTUS INSIST THAT THEY WON’T SELL STAR PLAYER CHIESA

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While there are a lot of clubs trying to convince Italian Serie A giants Juventus to part ways with one of their star and most talented players Chiesa, the Old Lady have confirmed that they will not be listening to any offers for their attacker. Chiesa has grown into the Juventus team and has established himself as one of the most important players in the Juventus squad and he has shown in recent times, with his largely impressive performances, that he can become even better. The winger, signed from Fiorentina, was brought to the Juventus squad but would not be guaranteed a starting role as Paulo Dybala and Cristiano the two preferred widemen before the latter left the club this summer.


Ronaldo’s departure to England has now paved the way for Chiesa to be handed a more advanced role in the squad and he is now starting more games than he did last season. The former Italy U-21s player has grown to fame in recent months and will be remembered for his blistering performance in the final of the 2020 UEFA Euros final against England where he tormented the Three Lions defenders. Continue reading

DONNARUMA SAYS HE WANTS TO WIN UCL WITH PSG

New Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma has made a bold statement that one of the reasons he signed for the French Ligue 1 giants is because he aims to win the UEFA Champions League title with them.

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Donnaruma left Italian Serie A giant AC Milan after failing to sign a new contract with them and he became a free agent, allowing him to start negotiations with other clubs who showed interest in acquiring his services. The former Italy Under-21 goalkeeper’s wage demands were higher than what Milan wanted to pay and his agent, Mino Raiola was also asking for too much as per-agent fees, meaning that the Italian club had to part ways with the duo.
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DONNARUMA COMPLETE MOVE TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma has finally sealed his long-anticipated move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain, it has been confirmed. The former Italy Under-21 goalkeeper was allowed to leave Italian Serie A giants AC Milan at the end of last season after talks between all parties (the player, his agent, and the club) stalled. Donnaruma’s agent Mino Raiola was holding out for a more improved contract for his client that would have seen his wages increase significantly, while he was also working pocketing a huge pay from the proposed new deal.

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However, the signing of the contract was never meant to be as negotiations could not continue and the club decided that they were not going to bend to the player’s demands so they allowed him to leave instead. He eventually became a free agent after failing to renew his contract and only a few days later, he began negotiations with French giants Paris Saint-Germain. PSG are known to be one of the biggest clubs in the world when it comes to finances and how quick they are to pull off big-money signings.
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FULL LIST OF ITALY’S U21 SQUAD PLAYERS FOR EUROS

Italy is a country well known for breeding some of the world’s best footballing talents and it has been evident over the past years. There have been a lot of young stars to have emerged from the country and with the trend still continuing, there’s every chance that these young stars will continue finding their way to the senior national team as long as they can continue to prove themselves on the pitch.

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Italy will be participating at this year’s EUROS for the Under-21s and they, as expected, have lined up a group of players capable of going all the way in the competition. With the richness in quality they have in the young squad, it won’t come as any surprise if a couple of these young stars make their way to the senior national team or even to several clubs across Europe.
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REMEMBERING TONALI’S RED CARD WITH THE U-21s

Last month, Sandro Tonali was punished for a nasty challenge he made during an Under-21 outing with the young Italian side. The red card meant that he would no longer finish the rest of the games that his team had to play in for the rest of the recently concluded international break after he was slapped with the penalty of a three-game ban. He was punished for his carelessness after stamping on an opponent player, which in turn made him get a straight red card.

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Football governing body UEFA released an official statement where they confirmed that the midfielder was going to be getting a three-game suspension following the Red card he received in the 1-1 draw that was played between his side and the Czech Republic on the night. It was also a clear message that he would not be playing a part J. The remaining games that Italy had to play in the group stages of the competition.
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TONALI HELPS MILAN TO BIG WIN

Young Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali was one of the standout performers for AC Milan as the Rossoneri returning to winning ways in the Italian Serie A with the big win at the home of AS Roma. In what was the biggest game last weekend in the Italian top flight, AC Milan beat AS Roma 2-1 at the StadioOlimpicoto get their quest for the league title back on track and end the recent poor run of two successive defeats in the league. AC Milan were at the summit until the defeats to Spezia and Inter Milan in the Milan Derby last month. The Rossoneri were on the end of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Spezia before the 3-0 home defeat to Inter Milan. As a result of the defeats, AC Milan have dropped to second place on the league standings and they are now four points off Inter Milan at the summit.


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TONALI DOUBTFUL FOR SPEZIA CLASH

Former Italy u-21 international player Sandro Tonali is a doubt for AC Milan ahead of their league clash with Spezia this weekend. SandroTonali, who has played more for the Italy u-21s than the senior team, is said to be struggling to be fit for the Spezia game.

According to the publication from the stables of football italia, the former u-21 player is a doubt for this weekend’s engagement in the Italian Serie A as he has been training at Milanello in a bid to attain full fitness after his recent injury. SandroTonali has played six times for the u-21s and he has four caps under his belt for his country. The 20-year-old midfielder has drawn comparison with Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo, who’s the current Juventus manager. He previously played for the Italy u-21s throughout 2019. SandroTonali is widely regarded as one of the best young players in Italian football. Continue reading

ITALY AND SPAIN TO RENEW RIVALRY AFTER U21 DRAW

 

Of the greatest rivalries in the world of football, Italy and Spain combine to make the list. Whether it is the senior men’s national team, the women’s national team, the U23s, the U18s, or any category at all, the rivalry is always real and present when these two nations clash in any game.


There have been fierce battles fought between these two nations, trailing back to years and decades ago. Not to say that both nations have bitter enmity growing between them, but they have a respectable level of differences that they usually bring to the pitch when they face off.
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