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Roma's Federico Fazio would consider playing for Italy after Argentina snub

Federico Fazio is frustrated by his lack of chances with Argentina.

Roma defender Federico Fazio has said he would consider representing Italy.

Fazio, who was born in Buenos Aires, has represented Argentina at the 2008 Olympic Games and in three friendlies but has yet to make an appearance for them in an official international fixture.

The 29-year-old's grandfather came from Sicily and he said that, having given up hope of a call-up from Alejandro Sabella, he could opt to play for Italy if Giampiero Ventura asked him to.

He told Ultimo Uomo magazine: "I was a regular...

Diego Maradona questioned over Madrid hotel row with girlfriend

Diego Maradona has proclaimed that Argentinian football is "broken" and has had his say on Gianni Infantino's statement.

Spanish police have confirmed that they were called to a hotel in Madrid on Wednesday morning because of an argument between Diego Maradona and his girlfriend.

No charges were brought against either Maradona -- in the city to watch his old club Napoli in Champions League action against Real Madrid on Wednesday -- or his girlfriend.

A police spokesman told ESPN FC: "We received a call at 8.30 a.m. from the manager of the hotel, and the emergency services were also informed after an argument broke...

Argentina and Brazil to play friendly at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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The Melbourne Cricket Ground is set to host Argentina and Brazil in a friendly in June.

Lionel Messi looks set to return to the Melbourne Cricket Ground 10 years after a virtuoso performance helped defeat the Socceroos in a friendly.

The Victorian government confirmed on Friday the Superclasico -- pitting world football heavyweights Argentina and Brazil -- will take place at the Melbourne venue on June 9.

"We will have the best two teams clashing here at the MCG," state sports minister John Eren told reporters.

"I think it's going to be a blockbuster. It's going to be a sell-out."


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Diego Maradona announces FIFA ambassador role via Facebook

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Diego Maradona has been given an ambassador role by FIFA.

Maradona, 56, led Argentina to a World Cup title in 1986 but has been a harsh critic of of the game's governing body over the years.

However, the former Boca Juniors and Barcelona man announced his new role with the organisation via his Facebook page on Thursday.

"Now it's official," Maradona said on his account. "Finally I can fulfill one of the lifelong dreams; to work for a clean and transparent FIFA alongside people who really love football."

Mario Kempes backs Valencia despite losing ambassador role

Valencia owner Peter Lim did not renew the club ambassador contract of Mario Kempes.

Former Argentina great Mario Kempes will not stop supporting his old club Valencia despite the outfit's decision not to renew his contract as an international ambassador.

Kempes announced on his Twitter account that he had been notified that he was no longer a Valencia CF ambassador, a role he had been given in September 2013 and which had expired on December 2016.

Kempes, who played a total of seven years in two spells at the Mestalla stadium, starting in 1976, told Onda Cero radio: "I have stopped...