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 By Ben Gladwell
22 hours ago

Antonio Conte hopes Palermo forward Paulo Dybala will opt to play for Italy

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claimed that 20-year-old Argentine forward Paulo Dybala will soon be a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Italy coach Antonio Conte has said he would like to persuade Palermo forward Paulo Dybala to play for Italy rather than opting for either Argentina or Poland.

Dybala, 21, was born in Argentina and has a Polish grandfather and an Italian grandmother.

That means he can choose from those three nations when he comes to make his decision, and he told Italy's RAI television on Wednesday: "I dream of playing for Argentina -- but if Conte calls me, I'll think about it."

And the Italy coach, speaking during...

1 day ago

AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta to join Chennaiyin FC

Alessandro Nesta last played in the MLS.

AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta will join Indian Super League (ISL) side Chennaiyin FC.

Nesta, 38, is due to play a legends match in Bangkok on Dec. 5 but will then link up with Marco Materazzi's table-topping team for the remaining month of the campaign.

Chennaiyin were hit with the news that Colombian striker John Stiven Mendoza has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury and have drafted in the veteran defender as a replacement in the squad.

Materazzi told...

 By Mike Whalley
3 days ago

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli: Francesco Totti is in no position to criticise me

The ESPN FC team grade Mario Balotelli's performances so far this season with Liverpool, and all agree he needs to start scoring goals.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has hit back at Francesco Totti by insisting that the Roma captain has no right to criticise him.

Totti launched a scathing attack on Balotelli last Wednesday by declaring that he "doesn't listen to anyone."

It follows previous criticism from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who once declared the forward to be "unmanageable" when they were together at Inter Milan.

And Roberto Mancini -- who managed Balotelli at Inter and Manchester City -- has also claimed in the past...

By ESPN Staff
5 days ago

Allegri plays down club versus country row

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says he has no concerns over his players joining up with the Italian national team.

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7 days ago

Italy approves reforms limiting clubs' squad size

Italy's head coach Antonio Conte unleashed his anger following his side's 1-0 victory over Albania on Tuesday.

ROME -- Italian football leaders approved radical reforms on Thursday to give the national coach more options and promote homegrown players from next season.

The reforms include limiting Serie A sides to 25 players, four of whom must have grown up in Italy, and another four of whom must have come up through their youth systems.

The federation (FIGC) passed the reforms by a majority vote, despite the Italian Players' Association and managers' representatives voting against them.

According to a study...