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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...

2 days ago

Italy FA propose limiting Serie A squad size, add more youth

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

The Italian football federation is planning to vote on Thursday on proposed reforms, which would require Serie A clubs to limit their first squads to 25 players, and stipulate that at least four come up through their youth systems.

A rule could also be passed to require that one of the maximum of two non-EU players in each club has a certain pedigree with his national squad.

The idea is to give the national coach more options and promote homegrown players.

The reforms come about after Italy saw...

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2 days ago

Conte launches astonishing rant after Albania victory

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

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3 days ago

Antonio Conte hits back at his critics after Italy's win over Albania

Stefano Okaka's goal lifted Italy as the Azzurri bounced back from a 1-1 draw against Croatia.

Italy coach Antonio Conte hit back at his critics after a 1-0 friendly victory over Albania in Genoa on Tuesday.

The win came just days after a 1-1 draw against Croatia drew heavily criticism for the relatively new Italy boss, who took over for Cesare Prandelli after the World Cup.

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Recent scorelines may not have been flattering, but Conte insisted only the results matter.

"We've won five and drawn one," Conte said. "We won five of our six games and drew one. Some might sneer, but my lads want...

3 days ago

Stefano Okaka spares Italy's blushes with later winner vs. Albania

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Stefano Okaka celebrate's Italy's winner.

Stefano Okaka scored a late header to spare Italy's blushes in a tight 1-0 friendly win over Albania in Genoa.

The Albanians travelled in confidence after a draw against France in Rennes on Friday, but Okaka's late winner proved just enough to win it for the hosts.

Italy hoped for a good reaction after a disappointing 1-1 draw in their European Championship qualifier against Croatia in Milan on Friday.

And the hosts started well with Marco Parolo's 25th minute strike from the right parried by Etrit...