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Italy

 By PA Sport

Antonio Conte asks for two-year extension on Italy contract

Antonio Conte sees a future for himself with the Italian national team beyond the Euros in 2016.

Antonio Conte wants to remain in charge of Italy beyond Euro 2016 and has asked for a two-year contract extension, according to Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio.

The former Juventus coach replaced Cesare Prandelli at the helm of the national team last summer.

Italy are unbeaten under Conte, who is tied to the Azzurri for another year.

"Conte has asked me to extend his contract for a further two years," Tavecchio told the Italian press. "I'm delighted with his request because...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus star Gianluigi Buffon to end ownership of hometown club Carrarese

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will end his investment in Italian third-division club Carrarese, saying he feels he has been fighting a losing battle at his hometown club.

Buffon, 37, has been the owner of Carrarese since 2012, but after three years of pumping his own money into the side, he says it is time to call it a day.

At the end of the current season, he will be leaving the club to resolve their future alone -- a situation he feels he has been in ever since taking control.

"I'm disappointed,"...

Wolfsburg midfielder Daniel Caligiuri looking forward to dream Italy call-up

Daniel Caligiuri was on target against Dortmund at the weekend.

VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Daniel Caligiuri is looking forward to being part of the Italy squad for the first time.

Caligiuri, who came through the ranks of Freiburg's youth academy, has impressed in a Wolfsburg side that has booked a return to the Champions League next season.

He was born in Germany to an Italian father and a German mother, and has now made the preliminary squad for Italy's games against Croatia and Portugal next month.

"I am so happy, every footballer dreams of it," Caligiuri told...

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Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi says he won't rush return from knee surgery

Giuseppe Rossi has not played since having knee surgery in September.

Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi says he will not rush his return from his latest knee surgery.

Rossi has been sidelined since undergoing a fourth operation on his troublesome right knee at the beginning of September.

On Thursday, the American-born forward said, "I have to respect all the timetables, without being in a hurry. We are working every day, we're nearly there, but I will return the day my knee tells me so.

"I really want to bring joy to the Fiorentina fans, because they deserve it.

"They've...

 By Ben Gladwell

Italy debut emotional for Empoli's Mirko Valdifiori

England captain Wayne Rooney and goalscorer Andros Townsend gave their verdict on Tuesday following their side's 1-1 draw with Italy in an international friendly in Turin.

Empoli midfielder Mirko Valdifiori admits he could not sleep due to excitement the night after he was marked by Wayne Rooney.

The 28-year-old made his Italy debut in Tuesday night's 1-1 friendly draw against England. Up against him for much of the night was Rooney playing in a deep role for the Three Lions -- a dream scenario for Valdifiori, even if it did mean that night he did not get to dream at all.

"It really was such a feeling to mark and be marked by someone like Rooney," he said at a news...