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Barcelona, Roma and Monaco feature in Europe's top tips this weekend

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Barcelona, Roma and Monaco feature in Europe's top tips this weekend   Almost all of the big teams in Europe’s top five leagues have been handed kind fixtures this weekend in a bid to take stock, perhaps rotate their teams with fresh legs and continue to charge towards league supremacy. This is no such luck for Paris Saint-Germain, however, who host Ligue...

Exclusive Interview: Eusebio Di Francesco - the man making history with Sassuolo

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Exclusive Interview: Eusebio Di Francesco - the man making history with Sassuolo   Sassuolo’s rise to Europa League qualification has been a remarkable one. A club that had never even featured in Italy’s top-flight as recently as three years ago overcame an Athletic Club side well versed at that level comfortably to win 3-0 in their first game in the tournament...

Berardi Starting With a Point to Prove Following Disappointing Season

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Berardi Starting With a Point to Prove Following Disappointing Season   Giampiero Ventura will name his first Italy squad at the weekend. The expectation is he will pick up where Antonio Conte left off and call up many of the players that represented the Azzurri at the Euros over the summer. Ventura doesn’t have a lot of time. There is a friendly against F...

Ever-improving Sassuolo Continuing European Push Under Di Francesco

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Ever-improving Sassuolo Continuing European Push Under Di Francesco   At a charity tournament back in his playing days, Eusebio di Francesco spotted an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. His namesake, the great Portugal and Benfica striker, was also taking part and the ex-Roma midfielder absolutely couldn’t let him go without getting a picture taken ...

EXCLUSIVE: Acerbi on Italy Call, Life After Illness & Sassuolo Success

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EXCLUSIVE: Acerbi on Italy Call, Life After Illness & Sassuolo Success   Italian defenders normally know what they are doing. This is certainly true of Francesco Acerbi, one of the best Serie A defenders this season and a deserved member of WhoScored.com's current team of the season in Italy. The centre back has been called up to the Azzurri squad for the upcomin...

Player Focus: Zaza Works His Way to Top Thanks to Sassuolo's Italian Loyalty

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Player Focus: Zaza Works His Way to Top Thanks to Sassuolo's Italian Loyalty   Edvard Munch’s Expressionist masterpiece The Scream hangs in Oslo’s National Museum. After Simone Zaza scored his first goal for Italy in Tuesday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway at the Ullevaal Stadion, Sky Italia’s Alessandro Alciato remarked that the bald...

WhoScored Tipster: The Weekend's Top Tips

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WhoScored Tipster: The Weekend's Top Tips   This weekend serves up some juicy fixtures. The game in Liverpool would be enough to satisfy the cravings of any football fan, while the Bundesliga sees the two biggest sides face off, although with no meaning to the game. The European factor - the stress of playing a midweek fixture - will ...

Player Focus: Berardi's Seamless Progression to Serie A Stardom

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Player Focus: Berardi's Seamless Progression to Serie A Stardom   It’s a long journey, Cariati Marina to Modena. Almost the length of Italy. By car, it can take you eight or nine hours. Quite the road trip. But Domenico Berardi was keen to make it. He wanted to visit his brother Francesco who was studying there at university. So off he went up north....

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