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Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea manager, gets entry in Italy encyclopedia

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri during a Premier League game against Bournemouth.
Maurizio Sarri must be thrilled that his footballing philosophy is now part of the Italian language.

Maurizio Sarri might still be waiting for the first trophy of his coaching career but the Chelsea head coach's impact on the football world stretches far beyond mere silverware.

"Sarrismo," the term his followers coined to describe the distinctive style of attacking, possession-based football he refined during three spectacular seasons in charge of Napoli, has made it into Italy's Treccani Encyclopaedia.

Describing the honour as Sarri's first trophy of the season, the official Twitter account...

Mario Balotelli has a lot of work to do on fitness - Nice boss Patrick Vieira

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti explain why Mario Balotelli's hopes of returning to Serie A this summer were dashed.
Gab Marcotti says Federico Chiesa and Jack Bonaventura turned the tide for Italy in their draw with Poland, but the first half raised concerns.

Mario Balotelli "still has a lot of work to do" to get back to peak fitness, Nice coach Patrick Vieira has said.

Vieira had urged Nice to help Balotelli fulfill his desire to leave in the summer after the striker returned to preseason training late.

L'Equipe reported that Balotelli had weighed 100 kilograms, 12kg above his optimal weight, when he returned.

The 28-year-old missed Nice's first three matches of the season through suspension but played 75 minutes against Lyon before the international...

Andrea Pirlo 'not interested' in coming out of retirement amid Avondale FC interest

Revisit the best moments of Andrea Pirlo's time with New York City FC after the Italian maestro's retirement.

Andrea Pirlo's management team have told ESPN FC the former Italy midfielder would not be interested in coming out of retirement.

It was reported that Australian club Avondale FC were interested in a deal which would see Pirlo join in time for the FFA Cup quarterfinal against Sydney FC on Sept 19.

And Avondale -- a semi-professional side based in Melbourne who compete in the second tier National Premier League Victoria, finishing third in 2018 -- confirmed to ESPN FC that they had contacted...

Italy's Roberto Mancini: Goalscoring 'a problem that needs to be resolved'

Andre Silva got the better of former Milan teammate Gianluigi Donnarumma as Portugal opened their UEFA Nations League campaign with a win over Italy.
Italy's loss to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League leaves the Azzurri in a difficult position and the FC crew questioning their identity.
Gab Marcotti says Federico Chiesa and Jack Bonaventura turned the tide for Italy in their draw with Poland, but the first half raised concerns.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini said he needs to find a way to get his team scoring again and blamed his side's poor fitness after their 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League on Monday night.

The Azzurri have scored just nine goals in their past 13 games since a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier in June 2017, and while Monday night's blank was the first they have drawn since Mancini took charge in May, the former Manchester City manager is aware that scoring is his side's...