CASSANO HAS A CHANCE

The Italian national team manager Cesare Prandelli has said that he does not rule out the possibility of the Inter Milan striker Antonio Cassano representing the national team once again.

The striker has not been part of the Italian team since the Euro 2012, which have led to rumours suggesting that his international career is all but over. The manager, though, has said that his exclusion from the team is not permanent and he will be back in his plans in the near future. He has said that it is right that Italy chose a number of different players in order to determine the strength of the squad before the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

ITALY MUST LEARN

The Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has said that the Italian football should be learning a lot from English football when it comes to stopping hooliganism in football. Hooliganism was one of the biggest problems faced by English football back in the 1980s.

However, a lot of reforms by the government and changes to the way security in football was implemented have done a lot of improvement in this regard. Now, football hooliganism is almost eliminated from English football apart from the few instances. This, however, is a big problem in Italian football and the recent incident involving Lazio supporters doing anti-Semitic chants and attacking Tottenham supporters should be stopped according to the Tottenham goalkeeper.

KEEP THE FOCUS

The Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic has said that his team should not lose its focus when they play in the second leg match against FK Mura in the Europa league playoff round. Lazio are extremely close to securing their place in the group stages of the Europa league after they have secured a 2-0 victory in the first leg.

However, the job is certainly not over according to the Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic, who has said that the players need to maintain their utmost concentration in order to complete the job in the second leg. He said that the tie is delicately balanced with no room for error.

INTER CAN LEARN

The Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has said that Inter Milan can learn from the mistakes that they had made in the past and that they will be doing well this season. Inter Milan have invested heavily in the summer transfer window replacing a number of high profile players with solid players from the Italian Serie A.

However, it did not seem to make a lot of changes to the team after the new look side was beaten by Roma during the weekend. After the match, the Inter Milan president has said that he would ideally like to see Inter Milan win the title and they should be learning from the mistakes committed in this match if they are to do so.

INZAGHI RETIRES

One of the greatest strikers in the world – Filippo Inzaghi – has decided to announce his retirement from football. Filippo Inzaghi is best known for his spell with Italian club AC Milan, with whom he has won every major honour.

He was loved the world over, and was even subject of a tribute piece by the Liverpool fanzine anfield roar!

The 38-year-old was released by the club at the end of last season after his contract came to an end. It was initially thought that the Italian would be moving to either the Middle East or to Chinese football hoping for one final payday. However, he has finally decided to hang his boots in the best possible fashion after having gone out on a high.

Top of the London League

With Serie A taking an extra week or so off, it's time for me to concentrate on things closer to home - in my hometown of London - Who will be the top club in London this season?

Despite winning the Champions League last season Chelsea had a domestic campaign which they would rather forget. They finished outside of the top 4 for the first time since 2003 and saw two London rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham, placed ahead of them.

Chelsea reinvested heavily this summer and have not stopped yet, they are intent on not letting that happening again but face very strong competition from the two North London clubs.

Tottenham beat Chelsea in the race for a top spot in the league only to have the merit of the finishing place taken away from them on a technicality.

CAPELLO SET FOR RUSSIA ROLE

Italian manager Fabio Capello is all set to become the next manager of the Russian national football team after it was revealed that he is currently in Moscow to sign a new deal.

The Russian national football team has been searching for a new manager after the departure of Dick Advocaat, who resigned from his position after the end of the Euro 2012 in order to take charge of Ajax. The Russian national team has been linked with a number of high-profile managers like Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Fabio Capello, who resigned from his England managerial position only in March.

Best Moments from England vs Italy

It was the same old story for the Three Lions last night as Roy Hodgson’s men continued their country’s tradition of being eliminated on penalties.

1. Player of the day
No contest here to be honest. Andrea Pirlo ran the show for 120 minutes as he set the tempo of the game and made sure the other 21 players on the pitch were marching to the beat of his drum.

England were unable to put any real pressure on the Juventus playmaker as he sat deep and fired the ball around the field at his own will.

MONTI CALLS FOR BAN

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has sensationally said that club football in the country should be banned for the next few years after it was revealed that the police are investigating what could be another match fixing scandal.

Italy were shocked by the match fixing scandal of 2006, which resulted in the relegation of a number of high-profile clubs most prominently Juventus.

It could be repeated this time around as well after it was revealed that a number of players and managers from clubs like Juventus and Lazio were involved in match fixing. Juventus won their 28th league title this season after being undefeated throughout the season.

FABIO NOT GOING TO AC

Former England manager Fabio Capello has said that he will not be taking over the managerial position at AC Milan next season. Capello has been out of work since his resignation from the England managerial post.

AC Milan were extremely satisfied with manager Massimiliano Allegri last season, but it is learnt that they are extremely unhappy at the way the club did not manage to get past Barcelona in the Champions League, while they also look closer to surrendering the league title to Juventus.

AC Milan currently held leaders Juventus by three points, and failure to lift the Italian Serie A title is likely to culminate in the sacking of the manager.

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