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Euro 2020 To Be Delayed Until Next Summer

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UEFA are expected to suspend the Champions League and Europa League, postponing Euro 2020 for a year, but only after a meeting on March 17, claim L’Equipe.

It was announced today that UEFA were organising a summit via videoconference with representatives of the 55 members associations, boards of the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro to discuss “European football’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA Euro 2020. Further communication will be made following those meetings.”

L’Equipe claim one decision has already been made, as UEFA are expected to announce that Euro 2020 will become Euro 2021.

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Mancini Extends Italy Contract Until 2022

Roberto Mancini has extended his contract as Italy boss until 2022 after sealing qualification for Euro 2020.

Mancini has honoured a clause in his deal to commit his future for another three years, having transformed Italy’s fortunes since taking charge in May 2018.

Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup less than two years ago but the former Manchester City boss has guided his side to seven wins out of seven in Euro 2020 qualification.

Italy’s latest victory, a 2-0 victory over Greece, booked their place at the tournament next summer and prompted Mancini to put pen to paper on an extension.

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Euro 2020 Draw: Winners And Losers

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The qualifying draw for Euro 2020 has been made and with any draw, some nations are much happier with their opponents than others.

The likes of Italy and England will be pleased with the draw but and Holland have been left cursing their luck.

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After failing to qualify for World Cup, the Azzurri have been given a real chance of reaching this major tournament with Bosnia the only real threat in their group.

Manager Roberto Mancini was particularly happy to avoid Germany after his side were drawn in Group J, which also holds Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein.

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Cesare Prandelli Resigns As Italy Boss

Mexico v Italy: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013Well that did not take long. Just minutes after seeing his team lose to to Uruguay on Tuesday and fail to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli resigned.

Prandelli stepped down in his post-match news conference.

“Above and beyond, at the end of the match, I spoke to the president of the federation, and because the technical plan is under my responsibility, I have told them that I am going to resign from my position because when the technical plan and strategy fails, it is only fair for the person in question to take responsibility,” Prandelli said.

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Confederations Cup Draw: Brazil v Italy and Spain v Uruguay

The draw for next summer’s Confederations Cup was made in Sao Paulo today and it set up some interesting matches.

The Confederations Cup takes place in Brazil on 15-30 June 2013 when hosts Brazil line up in Group A with Japan, Mexico and Italy. While Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti will be joined in Group B by the champions of Africa, whose identity will be revealed after next February’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.

The first match for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil side will be against Japan on 15 June at Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional.

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Big Win For England Against Italy

A wonderful strike from substitute Jermain Defoe has given England a 2-1 victory over Italy in their friendly international in Berne.

England are still unbeaten in 90 minutes under Roh Hodgson and he was happy with his sides performance tonight, especially coming back from Daniele De Rossi’s 15th minute header.

“I don’t think there was a great difference between what we did in the Euros and what we did tonight. Perhaps we just played with that little bit more composure,” insisted Hodgson of the 2-1 win.

This was the first time England had beaten Italy since another 1997 friendly on neutral turf.

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Italy’s Euro Group Concerned Prandelli

Italian national team earned a pretty tricky draw for their Euro 2012 campaign as Cesare Prandelli’s team are being paired with the likes of Spain, Croatia and also Republic of Ireland.

Among those three opponents, the Spaniard are obviously the hardest one on paper but Prandelli also share his concern for the other teams, especially Ireland, who is being coached by an experienced Italian tactician, Giovanni Trapattoni.

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Balotelli Bring Smile to Prandelli as Azzurri Continue Fine Form

Italy national team continue their positive result ahead of the upcoming Euro 2012 qualification after successfully beating home team, Polandia 2-0 in a friendly match on Friday.

Two goals from Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini gave Cesare Prandelli a confidence boost that his attacking line up can still be count on despite the absent of Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano, who both could miss out on the competition due to long term injuries.

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Cassano Decides Azzurri Victory and His Future Plan

Kualifikasi Piala Eropa 2012Italy ends their Euro 2012 qualifier campaign in convincing fashion by beating North Ireland 3-0, with Antonio Cassano playing an important role on the victory as the Ac Milan attacker bagged two goals on that match.

Beside establishing Cesare Prandelli’s trust on him ahead of the Euro next year, Cassano also announced his retirement plan to public, revealing that he only wants to play football for three or four more years again and retire right after participating in a World Cup.

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Injury Issues Troubling Italy’s Euro Matches Preparation

Injury problems reportedly are looming on Italian national team camp ahead of their Euro Qualifying match against Serbia on Friday, October after reports from the media suggested that Gli Azzurri will likely to be playing without the likes of Giampaolo Pazzini, Domenico Criscito, Mario Balotelli, Federico Balzaretti and maybe even Giuseppe Rossi.

The Italian media revealed that those players especially Pazzini, Balotelli and Criscito who are confirmed to be leaving the national team training camp and send back to their clubs in order to receive more intensive care for their injuries.