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Italy Head Coach Mancini names a 38-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania

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Italy Head Coach Roberto Mancini has called up 38 players in his latest squad.  As reported by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC),  the players will meet up at Coverciano in the evening on Sunday 21 March and then train at the Federal Technical Centre until Wednesday 24 March, when they’ll travel to Parma. They’ll remain in the same city the day after their match against Northern Ireland and will then fly from Parma to Sofia on Saturday 27 March. Two days after their showdown with Bulgaria, the Azzurri will depart for Vilnius.

Italy advanced to the final phase of the 2021 Nations League and ahead of Euro 2020, which was postponed for a year due to the pandemic, the National Team are set to play their first matches in World Cup qualifying. The Azzurri, who have been inserted in Group C, will play three matches in quick succession in the latest round of international fixtures as they look to get off to a positive start on the road to Qatar 2022.

  • 👉 On Thursday 25 March, they’ll face Northern Ireland at the Stadio Tardini in Parma,
  • 👉On Sunday 28 March, the away match to Bulgaria  (Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia).
  • 👉Wednesday 31 March, Italy will play against Lithuania at the LFF Stadium.  All three fixtures will kick off at 20:45 CET.

The good news is for Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi and Spezia midfielder Matteo Ricci being called up for the first time.  Whether Ricci and Inter players Bastoni, Barella and Sensi can join up with the squad is subject to the approval of the relevant local health authorities.

Former Italy team and AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who became a World Champion in 2006 and was part of the Italy team that finished as runners-up at the 2012 European Championship, has joined Mancini’s coaching staff.

STATE OF PLAY – The Azzurri haven’t tasted defeat in 22 matches: in the last two years, they’ve won on 15 occasions and drawn seven times (their last loss came in Lisbon on 18 September 2018). It’s Italy’s third-longest undefeated streak of all time: previously they went 30 games unbeaten under Pozzo between 1935 and 1939 and 25 matches without losing under Lippi between 2004 and 2006. On a global level, Spain hold the record in this regard: no side got the better of the La Furia Roja in 35 matches between 2007 and 2009. Mancini is yet to lose in 14 games at home as the Italy Head Coach and is closing in on Lippi’s record of 17 without defeat.

In total, Mancini’s record reads as follows: 18 wins, seven draws and two defeats. Since he’s been at the helm, Italy have led for 960 minutes in their matches (out of 2430’ – 39.51%), been on level terms for 1265 minutes and behind for 205 minutes. The Azzurri have picked up 61 points, a record after 27 matches for a National Team Head Coach.

Over the course of these 27 games, the average age of the team has been 26.5. 76 players have been called up across 34 months and 64 have taken to the pitch, with Jorginho having played the most (22 appearances, 1493’). There have been 32 debutants under Mancini. Italy’s positive goal difference has continued to grow and now stands at (+48). The Azzurri have scored 62 goals though 27 players, an average of 2.29 per game (the second-best figure in the National Team’s history after Pozzo’s side). Belotti has been Italy’s most prolific player under Mancini (six goals). Since the latter’s reign began, the team have conceded just 14 (the second-best record in the Azzurri’s history after Vicini’s side) and only three in their last twelve matches. Furthermore, Italy have kept 15 clean sheets. The National Team haven’t shipped any goals since Van de Beek’s 25th-minute finish in Italy vs. Netherlands, a run of 292 minutes. Between 2018 and 2019, the Azzurri went 600 minutes without allowing the opposition to score.

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👉 Italy Squad list

Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter)*, Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Gian Marco Ferrari (Sassuolo), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Lazzari (Lazio), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta);

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter)*, Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Rolando Mandragora (Torino), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Matteo Ricci (Spezia)*, Stefano Sensi (Inter)*, Roberto Soriano (Bologna), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain);

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Francesco Caputo (Sassuolo), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Moise Bioty Kean (Paris Saint-Germain).

*Will join up with the squad should they gain approval from the relevant local health authority

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ITALY vs. NORTHERN IRELAND. Italy will take to the field wearing armbands in memory of four Azzurri who have sadly passed away in recent months: Pietro Anastasi, Mauro Bellugi, Pierino Prati and Paolo Rossi, after whom the Federal Council room at the FIGC headquarters in Rome was re-named in recent days. Before the match, there will be a moment of silence; a video in memory of the Azzurri will be shown at the stadium, which will also be displayed in virtual graphics that will be visible to television viewers. The stadium will be fitted with an Italy flag that will be hung up in the Curva Nord. Furthermore, Goal Line Technology will be in use.

There have been nine head-to-head clashes with Northern Ireland, with the Azzurri’s record reading as follows: six wins, two draws and one very significant defeat in Belfast in 1958, a result which meant that the Azzurri failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time. It’ll be Italy’s eighth match in Parma, where the Azzurri have won six times and suffered one defeat, which came against France in 2012. From their first showdown there under Head Coach Sacchi 25 years ago in a friendly with Finland ahead of USA ’94 through to their 6-0 win over Liechtenstein in March 2019, when Quagliarella bagged a brace and became the oldest goalscorer in the history of the National Team.

Referee: Ali PALABIYIK (Turkey). Assistants: Kerem ERSOY, Serkan OLGUNCAN (Turkey). Fourth Official: Halis OZKHAYA (Turkey).

BULGARIA vs. ITALY. Out of 19 prior meetings, Italy boast a record of ten wins, seven draws, and two defeats. The Azzurri have never managed to win in Bulgaria, however. Out of six games played, all in Sofia, four matches have been drawn and two have ended in defeat. Two important milestones for Azzurri goalkeepers were achieved against Bulgaria: Zoff made his debut in 1968 in Naples and Buffon celebrated his 150th appearance with the National Team in 2015. Italy’s last outing in Sofia was in March 2015: it ended in a 2-2 draw.

Referee: Slavko VINCIC (Slovenia). Assistants: Tomas KLANCIC, Andraz KOVACIC (Slovenia). Fourth Official: Matej JUG (Slovenia).

LITHUANIA vs. ITALY. In terms of games with Lithuania, the balance again clearly favours the Azzurri: four wins and two draws. The only previous meeting in Vilnius was in April 1996: Zola’s goal and a narrow victory.

👉 Italy National Team Schedule

Sunday 21 March
Players to meet up at the Coverciano Federal Technical Centre by midnight and, along with the staff, undergo molecular tests upon arrival

Monday 22 March
14:00 – Press conference – FIGC-RAI (FTC Coverciano Auditorium)
Press conference – Head Coach (Auditorium-CTF Coverciano)
16:30 – Training (behind closed doors)

Tuesday 23 March
13:45 – Press conference – FIGC/Panini (FTC Coverciano Auditorium)
Press conference – player (FTC Coverciano Auditorium)
16:30 – Training (behind closed doors)

Wednesday 24 March
11:00 – Departure from Florence to Parma
17:30  – Press conference – ITALY (Stadio Tardini, Parma)
18:00 – Training – ITALY (first 15 minutes open to the press) (Stadio Tardini, Parma)
19:30 – Press conference – Northern Ireland (Stadio Tardini, Parma)

Thursday 25 March
20:45 – ITALY vs. Northern Ireland (Stadio Tardini, Parma). Post-match press conference

Friday 26 March
11:00 – Training (behind closed doors) (Stadio Tardini, Parma)
12:30 – Press conference – player (Stadio Tardini, Parma)

Saturday 27 March
10:30 – Departure from Parma to Sofia
11:00 – Press conference – Bulgaria (Boyana National Football Center)
11:30 – Training – Bulgaria (first 15 minutes open to the press) (Boyana National Football Center)
18:00 – Press conference – ITALY (Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia)
18:30 – Training – ITALY (first 15 minutes open to the press) (Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia)

Sunday 28 March
20:45 Bulgaria vs. ITALY (Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia). Post-match press conference

Monday 29 March
11:30 – Training (behind closed doors)

Tuesday 30 March
10:45 – Departure from Sofia to Vilnius
16:30 – Press conference – Lithuania (LFF Stadium, Vilnius)
17:00 – Training – Lithuania (first 15 minutes open to the press) (LFF Stadium, Vilnius)
17:30 – Press conference – ITALY (LFF Stadium, Vilnius)
18:00 – Training – ITALY (first 15 minutes open to the press) (LFF Stadium, Vilnius)

Wednesday 31 March
20:45 – Lithuaniua vs. ITALY (LFF Stadium, Vilnius). Post-match press conference followed by return to respective clubs

 

Front Pages, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport, Monday 22 March 2021

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Good morning, my friends! Here are the front pages from the Italian newspapers La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport, Monday 22 March 2021.

La Gazzetta dello Sport, Front Page, Monday 22 March 2021.


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Corriere dello Sport, Front Page, Monday 22 March 2021.


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Tutto Sport, Front Page, Monday 22 March 2021.


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2020-2021 Serie A Week 28 RESULTS / Twenty-eighth Round on Friday 19, Saturday 20, and Sunday 21 March 2021

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Hello, my friends. Here are the 2020-2021 Serie A Week 28 RESULTS / Twenty-eighth Round on Friday 19, Saturday 20, and Sunday 21 March 2021.

👉 Juventus winner of the 2019-2020 Serie A Scudetto

⚽️ Serie A Top Scorer up to Week 27: (Updated on Sunday 14 March 2021)
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo with 23 goals

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The game Inter vs Sassuolo has been postponed due to Inter reporting several cases of COVID-19.

Parma failing to win the Serie A Week 28 game a defeated by Genoa on Friday 19 March 2021 at the Sardegna Arena.   Parma living a nightmare because the dream for salvation is just becoming almost an impossible dream.  Genoa overturning the result making a comeback from 1-0 to claim the victory with a 1-2.

Bologna with an important away victory claiming all 3 points at the Ezio Scida Stadium.  The problem is for Crotone losing their 21st game remaining in the 20th position with only 15 points.  The relegation to Serie B is becoming a reality and Crotone not finding their way out.

Spezia  having a +7 points lead over Cagliari winning the Serie A Week 28 game at the Alberto Picco Stadium.  Spezia reaching 29 points while Cagliari remaining with 22 points down in the relegation zone.  The situation for Cagliari is delicate and the immediate response to make a change is a must to get away from relegation.  Special victory for Bologna players Adama Soumaoro and Jerdy Schouten scoring their first goal in Serie A.

AC Milan with a sprint race for the Scudetto race after their elimination in Europa League.   AC Milan win the Serie A Week 28 game against Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.  Fiorentina failing to win the home game and risk going down in the relegation zone.  The victory gives an added boost to the Rossoneri reaching 59 points being -6 points below Inter with 65 points and 1 pending game.

What a blow! Benevento winning the Serie A Week 28 game defeating Juventus at the Allianz Stadium.  This is a shocking defeat for Juventus and a super away victory for Benevento. It was the battle of the two ex-AC Milan teammates Benevento Coach Filippo Inzaghi and Juventus Coach Andrea Pirlo. Bam! Inzaghi causing an upset and stopping Juventus on their quest to climb the Serie A Standing being now -4 points below AC Milan with 59 points and -10 points below Inter with 65 points and a pending game. Benevento ended 11 winless game reaching 29 points being 7 points clear of the relegation zone in the 16th position. Juventus were unbeaten in their previous five league games.

The problem is now for Juventus because Atalanta reached 55 points same as Juve and a positive goal difference of +31 each.  Atalanta claiming the away victory defeating Hellas Verona with a 0-2 at the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium.

Another home defeat in this round is for Roma losing the game against Napoli.  Both teams had 50 points each and it is Napoli to grab the 3 points.  The status remain the same with Napoli reaching 53 points in the 5th position and Roma with 50 remain in the 6th position.

Sampdoria defeating Torino at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.  Torino not finding their way out remaining with 23 points  in the 17th position and just +1 point above Cagliari with 22 points in the 18th position.  It means, Torino risking to go down to the relegation zone….  Sampdoria reaching 35 points climbed to the 10th position being -3 points below Hellas Verona in the 9th position with 38 points.

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👉 Results from Serie A Week 28

👉 Top Serie A teams standing AFTER Serie A Week 28 game. First 4 qualifying for Champions League, 5 and 6 for Europa League. (Sunday 21 March 2021)

INTER, 1st position with 65 points and a positive goal difference of +39

AC MILAN, 2nd position with 59 points and a positive goal difference of +20

– JUVENTUS, 3rd position with 55 points and a positive goal difference of +31

ATALANTA, 4th positions with 55 points and a positive goal difference of +31

UEFA Europa League NAPOLI, 5th position with 53 points and a positive goal difference of +29

AS ROMA,6th position with 50 points and a positive goal difference of +9

Relegation Zone:

– CAGLIARI, 18th position with 22 points and a negative goal difference of -17

– PARMA, 19th position with 19 points and a negative goal difference of -28

– CROTONE, 20th position with 15 points and a negative goal difference of -38

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Match Officials: Italy Serie A Week 28 / Twenty-eighth Round on Friday 19, Saturday 20, and Sunday 21 March 2021

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Here are the match officials and fixtures for the Serie A Week 28 / Twenty-eighth Round on Friday 19, Saturday 20, and Sunday 21 March 2021 as designated by the Italian Referee Association (AIA).

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The Italian Referee Association (AIA) has designated Referee Daniele Doveri from the section of Roma 1 to direct the Serie A Week 28 game Parma vs Genoa on Friday 19 March 2021 at the Sardegna Arena in Cagliari, Italy at 20:45.

Referee Doveri will be assisted by Stefano Liberti from the section of Pisa and Andrea Tardino from the section of Milano.   The fourth official will be Gianpaolo Calvarese from the section of Teramo.   The VAR will be Paolo Mazzoleni from the section of  Bergamo and the AVAR will be Alessandro Costanzo


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Friday 19 March 2021

PARMA – GENOA
Ennio Tardini Stadium
Referee: DOVERI
Assistants: LIBERTI – TARDINO
Fourth Official: CALVARESE
VAR: MAZZOLENI
AVAR: COSTANZO
20:45

Saturday 20 March 2021

CROTONE – BOLOGNA
Ezio Scida Stadium
Referee: FOURNEAU
Assistants: BOTTEGONI – PAGNOTTA
Fourth Official: PEZZUTO
VAR: GIACOMELLI
AVAR: DE MEO
15:00

SPEZIA – CAGLIARI
Alberto Picco Stadium
Referee: MARIANI
Assistants: DEL GIOVANE – FIORE
Fourth Official: MARINELLI
VAR: VALERI
AVAR: VALERIANI
18:00

INTER – SASSUOLO (game postponed for Inter COVID-19 cases)
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
Referee: FABBRI
Assistants: MONDIN – BACCINI
Fourth Official: AURELIANO
VAR: LA PENNA
AVAR: LONGO
20:45

Sunday 21 March 2021

HELLAS VERONA – ATALANTA
Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium
Referee: PAIRETTO
Assistants: IMPERIALE – DI IORIO
Fourth Official: PASQUA
VAR: MANGANIELLO
AVAR: MELI
12:30

JUVENTUS – BENEVENTO
Allianz Stadium
Referee: ABISSO
Assistants: GIALLATINI – LO CICERO
Fourth Official: GIUA
VAR: BANTI
AVAR: VIVENZI
15:00

SAMPDORIA – TORINO
Luigi Ferraris Stadium
Referee: ORSATO
Assistants: PRETI – FIORITO
Fourth Official: MARINI
VAR: IRRATI
AVAR: RANGHETTI
15:00

UDINESE – LAZIO
Dacia Arena
Referee: MARESCA
Assistants: CARBONE – MASTRODONATO
Fourth Official: PICCININI
VAR: NASCA
AVAR: TOLFO
15:00

FIORENTINA – AC MILAN
Artemio Franchi Stadium
Referee: GUIDA
Assistants: PASSERI – ROSSI L.
Fourth Official: DI MARTINO
VAR: MASSA
AVAR: DI VUOLO
18:00

AS ROMA – NAPOLI
Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Referee: DI BELLO
Assistants: PERETTI – PAGANESSI
Fourth Official: AYROLDI
VAR: DI PAOLO
AVAR: CECCONI
20:45

2020-2021 Serie A Week 27 RESULTS / Twenty-seventh Round on Friday 12, Saturday 13,  and Sunday 14 March 2021

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Hello, my friends. Here are the 2020-2021 Serie A Week 27 RESULTS / Twenty-seventh Round on Friday 12, Saturday 13,  and Sunday 14 March 2021.

👉 Juventus winner of the 2019-2020 Serie A Scudetto

⚽️ Serie A Top Scorer up to Week 27: (Updated on Sunday 14 March 2021)
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo with 23 goals

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Inter unstoppable winning the Serie A Week 27 defeating Torino on Sunday 14 March 2021 at the Olimpico di Torino Stadium in Turin.  Inter reaching 65 points and continuing their solo flight in the leadership being +9 points above AC Milan with 56 points.  A tough home defeat for Torino because they remain in the relegation zone.   Inter winning their 8th consecutive game and the message is clear that they want to win the Scudetto.

AC Milan suffering a nightmare a cold shower in San Siro.  Napoli claiming the away victory defeating Milan with the goal by Matteo Politano.  Milan remain with 56 points and by now it seems “Good Bye Scudetto.”  A miracle will be needed for Milan.  Napoli claiming this important away victory and their race for the top 4 positions gaining momentum.  Napoli climbing from the 6th to the 5th position with 50 points being -2 points below Atalanta with 52 points.

Juventus win the Serie A Week 27 defeating Cagliari at the Sardegna Arena on Sunday 14.   Clearly, Juventus archiving their elimination from the Champions League. This is an important away for Juventus under the leadership of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick. Cristiano scoring in the 10th, then converting a penalty in the 25th and in the 32nd minute the final goal. Cristiano is the top scorer of the Serie A with 23 goals. Cristiano scoring his second fastest hat-trick of his career, after his hat-trick treble in 20 minutes when he was playing for Real Madrid against Espanyol in September 2015. Cagliari Coach Leonardo Semplici losing his first game since he took over in February.

Atalanta with a sprint race to climb the Serie A Standing.  Atalanta win the Serie A Week 27 game defeating Spezia at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo. The victory gives a boost to the morale of the team ahead of their Champions League game next week against Real Madrid for the Round of 16.  Atalanta reaching 52 points while Spezia remain with 26 points.

Lazio winning the Serie A Week 27 game defeating Crotone at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium.   This is a great victory for Lazio celebrating Forward Ciro Immobile Winner of the Golden Boot.  Lazio reaching 46 points while Crotone remaining in the last position with only 15 points.   The relegation for Crotone is becoming a nightmare losing their 20th game this season and winning only 4.

Benevento and Fiorentina had 26 points each before the match.  The duel won by Fiorentina defeating Benevento at the Ciro Vigorito Stadium with a 1-4.  It is an important away victory for Fiorentina with a convincing poker.

Parma defeating AS Roma and chaos for the Roman gladiators.  Roma stepping down from the 5th to the 6th position after losing 2-0 at the Ennio Tardini Stadium.

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👉 Results from Serie A Week 27

👉 Top Serie A teams standing AFTER Serie A Week 27 game. First 4 qualifying for Champions League, 5 and 6 for Europa League. (Sunday 14 March 2021)

INTER, 1st position with 65 points and a positive goal difference of +39

AC MILAN, 2nd position with 56 points and a positive goal difference of +19

– JUVENTUS, 3rd position with 55 points and a positive goal difference of +32

ATALANTA, 4th positions with 52 points and a positive goal difference of +29

UEFA Europa League NAPOLI, 5th position with 50 points and a positive goal difference of +27

AS ROMA,6th position with 50 points and a positive goal difference of +11

Relegation Zone:

– TORINO, 18th position with 20 points and a negative goal difference of -11

– PARMA, 19th position with 19 points and a negative goal difference of -27

– CROTONE, 20th position with 15 points and a negative goal difference of -37

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