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Empoli appoint former player Giovanni Martusciello as their new head coach

Giovanni Martusciello (right) has replaced head coach Marco Giampaolo (left) at Empoli.

Empoli have confirmed Giovanni Martusciello as their new head coach following the departure of Marco Giampaolo at the end of the season.

Empoli finished 10th in Giampaolo's first and only season in charge, but he confirmed prior to the Azzurri's final game of the campaign that he would be stepping down after reaching a "tacit agreement" with the club.

New manager Martusciello steps up from assistant coach to take charge at the club where he made over 100 appearances as a midfielder during his playing...

Udinese's Piotr Zielinski close to move amid Liverpool speculation

Piotr Zielinski has impressed on loan at Empoli this season.

Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski is close to agreeing a transfer to an unspecified club, his representatives have said.

Udinese midfielder Zielinski, 21, has scored five goals in 35 Serie A appearances during a loan spell with Empoli this season and the Poland international said last month that Liverpool had expressed an interest.

"There is a lot of truth in the Liverpool rumours," Zielinski told Sportowe Fakty back in April. "Jurgen Klopp is interested in me, and we have talked a few times."


 By Ben Gladwell

Empoli goalkeeper Maurizio Pugliesi becomes oldest Serie A debutant

Maurizio Pugliesi in action for AC Pisa 1909 in 2013.

Maurizio Pugliesi said he "could not ask for anything more" after becoming the oldest player to make his debut in Serie A on Sunday.

The Empoli goalkeeper had been nothing more than a backup player in his two years at the Tuscan club. But coach Marco Giampaolo decided to give him his debut on Sunday at the age of 39 and five months as Empoli beat Torino 2-1.

"It went well and we won -- I could not ask for anything more," he said in the mixed zone, reported. "We've finished 10th...

 By Ben Gladwell

Empoli's Marco Giampaolo: I've missed the train on AC Milan job

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti examines whether AC Milan will be sold before Sept. 1.

Empoli coach Marco Giampaolo says he has "already missed the train" for the AC Milan job, amid rumours he is on the list of candidates to take charge of the Rossoneri next season.

Milan have dropped from sixth to their final position of seventh in Serie A since Brocchi took charge and they will miss out on European football for a third straight season if they fail to beat Juve in Rome.

Giampaolo, who announced prior to Empoli's 2-1 win over Torino at the weekend that he will be leaving the Tuscan...