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The Sarri era finally takes flight as Lazio seize moment for derby delight

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Maurizio Sarri looked at the eagle perched on his wrist and started to laugh. Olimpia, Lazio’s club mascot of the past 11 years, is quite a presence up close: a 12kg bird of prey with a two-and-a-half-metre wingspan. ...

Mourinho goes on Special Run after Roma find victory in his 1,000th game

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In the 91st minute of his 1,000th game as a professional football manager, José Mourinho turned and started running. His fist was raised, and his mouth was open as he careened down the sideline at the Stadio Olimpico,...

Eight games, 31 goals, seven reds: Italy no less exciting for lack of Lukaku

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So much for easing in gently. Serie A returned from its summer break with eight games, 31 goals and seven red cards. Pick a city, pick a story. In Milan, Simone Inzaghi opened his Inter tenure with a 4-0 victory to ma...

Tearful Donnarumma lays marker as Italy’s heir to Buffon

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Giorgio Chiellini took the cup to bed with him on Sunday night. Well, it would be more accurate to say Monday morning. Italy’s captain insisted he was only continuing a tradition established by Fabio Cannavaro after t...

Roberto Mancini honours promise to make Italy champions of Europe

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The England fans sang “It’s Coming Home”, but a banner at the blue end of Wembley begged to differ. “Football’s Coming Rome” might not be good grammar, but a little artistic licence must be allowed when your team is m...

Jorginho’s metronomic presence has become the beating heart of Italy

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Italy can count themselves fortunate to have a manager who knows how to change his mind. Six years ago, back when Roberto Mancini was still in charge at Inter, he expressed a narrow view of which players ought to repr...

Mancini’s Italy plot to overtake Spain after following in rival’s footsteps

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The article in Gazzetta dello Sport was only laying out the facts, but it read like an audible groan. “Spain again,” ran the opening line in Italy’s pink-paged sports daily. “Always Spain. We’ve been facing them since...

Lorenzo Insigne’s stunning goal a defining moment for the new Italy

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If we needed one moment to sum up Italy’s transformation over the past four years, it arrived in the 44th minute at the Allianz Arena. Lorenzo Insigne’s goal was a thing of beauty, cutting in from the left and curling...

Italy’s Donnarumma ignores whistles and fake money to set records

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As Italy cruised to their 11th consecutive victory under Roberto Mancini, a rare note of disapproval was heard from the stands. The whistles in the 89th minute of Sunday’s win over Wales at the Stadio Olimpico were no...

Renaissance man: how Mancini turned Italy from mess to winning machine

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Roberto Mancini has never been content to just take part. Aged nine, he became so frustrated at losing a table tennis game that he threw a bat at his cousin’s head. At 24, he was part of a Sampdoria side that won Seri...

Juventus thank their lucky stars as ‘Fatal Verona’ hand them a lifeline

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History repeats itself for Gigi Buffon as Juventus win the Coppa Italia

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As Juventus prepared for their last shot at a major trophy this season, Federico Chiesa approached Gigi Buffon. “You won this with my father,” said the forward to the goalkeeper. “Now you need to do the same with me.”...

Inter fail to knock Juventus out as top-four fight goes the distance

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The weekend began with a boxing match. “Let’s get ready to rumble!” roared Romelu Lukaku as he introduced Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martínez to a makeshift ring at Inter’s training ground. The manager and his striker ...

Gigi Buffon aiming to make departing gift as Juventus look to save season

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On Tuesday, Gigi Buffon said it was time for him to “take away the distraction” of media speculation about his future, confirming that he would leave Juventus at the end of this campaign. On Wednesday, he went between...

Juventus suffer another humiliation as Milan halt their own slump

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If a single image could capture how far Juventus’s sights have fallen in this catastrophic campaign, it might be the anguish on Paulo Dybala’s face after he fired wide at the end of their defeat to Milan. There were s...

José Mourinho at Roma: a ‘special coup’ or a gamble on nostalgia?

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It took 11 years for Internazionale to reclaim top billing in Italy, winning Serie A for the first time since their historic Treble of 2010. Within two days, José Mourinho had returned to relegate them off the front p...

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