“Italy Head Coach Candidates Allegri, Mancini, Guidolin, and Spalletti. FIFA bans Luis Suarez 9 games and 4 months stop. Pirlo ready for Italy,” Front Pages La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport from Friday 27 June 2014

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Good morning my friends.  It is my wish you are doing ok and have a happy Friday. Oh yeah!  I am gaining back my energies after the Italian National team returned from Brazil eliminated and back in Italy.  It’s sad to see, and it is understandable, that only few fans went to Malpensa Airport to welcome the Azzurri.  The disappointment is high and frustration for the elimination still fresh among fans.

The news gaining front pages is about FIFA disciplinary commission giving their sentence to Uruguay forward Luis Suarez after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.  I must tell you I agree with the decision giving Suarez a ban of 9 games and stop of any football related activity for four months.   Do you agree?   Here is the point, this the 3rd time that Suarez bites a player and some even consider the sentence not that strong.

I love the headline from  La Gazzetta dello Sport survey on the top 4 candidates to replace Head Coach Cesare Prandelli who resigned after the elimination.   Candidates are Massimiliano Allegri, Roberto Mancini, Francesco Guidolin, and Luciano Spalletti.

Ok, there is good news making me jump out of joy. It is about Juventus midfiedler Andrea Pirlo, who initially would have retired from the national team, now Pirlo taking the decision to be back in case of the future coach needed him.  Thats great!!!  Italy are in the rebuild and a guidance by Pirlo is fundamental for the future leaders in the midfield.   Your take?

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Here are the front pages from Italy main Sports newspapers La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport from Friday 27 June 2014


La Gazzetta dello Sport
Front Page, Prima Pagina
Friday 27 June 2014

The case, the national team returned yesterday amongst general indifference at Malpensa and Fiumicino.
Balo asks for forgiveness from to Prandelli
Raiola: “Embarrassing to accuse him.”
“Football has died in this country. Mario has AC Milan in his heart,Barbara Berlusconi I don’t know.”

Toto coach, meanwhile the visitors on Gazzetta.it vote for the ex-Inter coach.
A seat for four. Allegri, Mancini, Guidolin and Spalletti in the race to be the coach. Each of them have an idea for their Italy in their head. Tavecchio or Albertini for the FIGC.

  • Allegri 35%. He is the name that is well liked amongt the Azzurri. He has already said he would be willing to cut his salary. His formation is the 4-3-3 that could highlight some young talent. And plus he can deal with Balotelli.
  • Mancini 30%. Formation 4-3-1-2. He has more international experience (City and Gala). His candidature is also liked by the president of CONI, Malago. His passed with Balo in good and bad.
  • Guidolin 30%. Formation 3-5-2. On the rise after the words of Tavecchio. He could be the right man to refund the “low cost” cantera and he has an optimum experience to teach youngsters.
  • Spalletti 5%. Formation 4-3-2-1. His teams play great football. What is stopping him is his sometimes difficult character. He has high wages and must still find a sponsor who is convinced.
    Outsider: the coach of the Under 21 Luigi Di Biagio.

The sentence after the bite to Chiellini
Suarez hit hard. Nine matches plus ‘daspo’

After the bite on Chiellini.

Ok Mueller, Ronaldo out
Capello and CR7 go home. USA and Algeria through

Round of 16: Tomorrow Brazil and Uruguay

Market, the Bianconeri close for Sturaro and are closer to Mustafi.
Juve sprint: they now have Iturbe in hand

Inter, Ausilio’s list: “M’Vila ok. Casemiro, Ibarbo and Biabiany…
Mazzarri’s renewal? There is no hurry.”

TV Rights from 2015 to 2018.
Sky get everything for €943 million. Mediaset get the big’s


Corriere dello Sport
Front Page, Prima Pagina
Friday 27 June 2014

The time has come to change everything: here are five fundamental points.
Throw football away!

  1. Serie A with 18 clubs to give space to the national team.
  2. Secure stadiums and hospitality to bring the fans back in masses.
  3. Give value to the youth teams: young players are needed to restart.
  4. Too many foreigners even of modest skills level hurts us.
  5. The stars should go to schools to involve the youngsters.

The ‘cannibal’ Suarez hit hard
For the bite he gets nine matches and four months stop.
Germany yes, Ronaldo and Capello out.

TV rights, turning point: Sky-Mediaset deal is reached

He may stay with the Rossoblu for a season.
Young strike by Juve, they have signed Sturaro from Genoa

The last goodbye to Ciro at Scampia


Tutto Sport
Front Page, Prima Pagina
Friday 27 June 2014

The next to be married
Juve market. Iturbe, Sanchez and Morata: the Bianconeri are at work to secure one. Meanwhile Marotta has signed the youngster Sturaro.

Awaiting baby Sanchez
Darmian is sure: “Toro, I will restart with you.”

Few cold fans but some good new during the Azzurri’s return to Fiumicino.
Italy call back Pirlo. “I am here.”
Albertini’s appeal has been heard. Buffon: “Balotelli? I will speak of football.”

Suarez hit hard: out for nine official matches and stop four months
World Cup is over. He will also miss the start of the Premier League. There is an appeal.

Muller goal even to Klinsman
USA lose but go through with Germany. Ronaldo tears

CR7 scores and Portugal beat Ghana (2-1), but don’t go through.

Agreement with Sky and Mediaset
TV rights: Serie A get €116 more

Satellite to Murdoch, digital to Berlusconi in the three years from 2015 to 2018, and the Lega will get €945 a year.