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Car carrying Luca Toni and Hellas Verona president attacked

Car carrying Luca Toni and Hellas Verona president attacked
A car carrying Luca Toni, left, and Hellas Verona club president Maurizio Setti came under attack on the way to a match in Avellino.

AVELLINO, Italy -- Italy World Cup winner Luca Toni and the president of Serie B club Hellas Verona had their car attacked while traveling to a match on Saturday in the southern town of Avellino.

Toni, who is part of Verona's management team, says the aggressors mistook them for fans because club president Maurizio Setti was wearing a scarf with the team's colours.

Toni told Italy's Sky TV that a window of the car was broken where Setti was sitting and that the president was hit by a bottle of beer.


 By Ben Gladwell

Luca Toni rules out coaching as he retires from professional football

Luca Toni says he will never forget his last game as a professional football, which he crowned with a Panenka penalty in Hellas Verona's 2-1 win over Juventus on Sunday.

The 38-year-old announced last week that Sunday's clash with Serie A champions Juve would be his last, and he signed off in style with a penalty past Juve's goalkeeper Neto and a standing ovation when he was substituted five minutes from the end.

"It's hard to put into words what I feel," Toni said, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.


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Standing before Sagramola was this tall, handsome, sun-kissed teenager in flip-flops. Born to play football or, in another life, to run up and down Malibu beach in red shorts to the sound of Jimi Jamison's "I'll be Ready." Frankly it's hard...

 By Ben Gladwell

Ex-Italy star Luca Toni to retire after 'worst' ever season with Hellas Verona

Hellas Verona striker Luca Toni has announced his retirement from the game at the end of the season.

Former Italy international Toni, 38, will not take part in Hellas' final game in Serie A at Palermo, preferring instead to bring his career to an end at the Stadio Bentegodi this Sunday, when the guests are Juventus.

"After a bit of reflection, and many years in football, I just felt the right time had come to call it a day," Toni told a news conference on Wednesday. "These have been difficult weeks...

 By Ben Gladwell

Luca Toni: Hellas Verona deserve to be relegated from Serie A

Luca Toni has been frustrated by Hellas Verona's performances this season.

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With eight games of the season remaining, Verona find themselves nine points from safety at the bottom of the table, but their performances and results have already convinced last season's Serie A top scorer that relegation looks to be inevitable.

"We've made too many mistakes," he told reporters. "There...


Luca Toni rules out retirement, focused on saving Verona from relegation

Luca Toni, 38, is still scoring regularly in the Italian top flight.

World Cup winner Luca Toni insists that he has not decided on his future, despite reports that the striker is set to retire at the end of the season.

The Italy international, 38, has scored four goals in nine appearances for last-placed Hellas Verona this season in Serie A, and is determined not make the call on his career just yet.

"Everyone says I signed on to become a director of Verona, but the truth is I am still a football player and I haven't decided yet whether I'll retire in June or in...