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Kovac blames Real over Modric

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 By Ben Gladwell

Antonio Conte asks Serie A bosses to keep Italy stars fit

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti analyses the title race in Italy between Juventus and Roma.

Italy coach Antonio Conte would like to see more done by club coaches to ensure Italian players are getting more regular game time.

The former Juventus coach met with 15 of his colleagues from Serie A clubs on Tuesday and told them he wants to see more Italian talent on the field each weekend. If they cannot oblige, he has asked them to ensure the players he can select his squads from still get a good run-out each weekend to keep them in shape.

"I pointed out to them that, out of 23, only eight to...

Croatia coach Niko Kovac blames Real Madrid for Luka Modric injury

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos admits his side will miss Luka Modric who injured himself playing for Croatia.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac has blamed Luka Modric's current hamstring injury on him being overplayed by club Real Madrid.

Modric is currently sidelined with a tendon tear picked up playing for Croatia against Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifier in November, with Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti saying this week that the recovery was going well and he expected the 29-year-old to be training again in mid-January.

Kovac is not so phlegmatic about the situation, telling Croatia that staff from Madrid...

Pal Dardai to stay coach of Hungary through Euro qualifying

Pal Dardai, who took over Hungary on an interim basis, will remain coach through the Euro qualifying campaign.

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The Hungarian soccer federation says Pal Dardai will remain coach of the country's national team until the end of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship.

Dardai, a 38-year-old former midfielder who played 61 times for Hungary, was interim coach during one friendly and three Euro 2016 qualifying matches after the dismissal of Attila Pinter in September.

Dardai, who will retain his job with Hertha Berlin's youth teams, says urging from his 8-year-old son convinced him to...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 4, 2014

UEFA Nations League kicking off in 2018

European football's governing body has unveiled its plans for a Nations League beginning in 2018.


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 By PA Sport

UEFA Nations League format set for 2018

European football's governing body has unveiled its plans for a Nations League beginning in 2018.

UEFA's first new 'Nations League' -- the competition which is being brought in to replace a number of friendly dates -- will be played between September and November 2018, UEFA said on Thursday.

Each country will play six matches in the new tournament, which will see UEFA's 52 countries split into four divisions, each with four groups of three or four teams. Teams will be grouped on strength, and there will be promotion and relegation between the groups.

The winners of the four groups in division...