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Naples Still Crazy for Maradona

After 14 years away, Diego Maradona returned to Naples on the occasion of his old football coach’s final, farewell game before retirement.   Maradona is considered one of the greatest players to have ever played for Napoli. He helped win the championship title under Coach Ciro Ferrara in

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Ex-Roma coach endorsed by fans

Florence welcomed Fiorentina’s new head coach with open arms last week. In a move that seems to have satisfied team officials and fans alike, the ex-Roma coach will now take his place as the leader of Florence’s team, which struggled to stay in the Serie

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Basketball playoffs – Armani style

Milan is in the finals after a nine-year absence. The Italian national basketball playoffs began on Wednesday, and the two teams battling it out for the championship title are the Armani-sponsored Milan and “Climamio” Bologna.

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Empoli celebrates return to Serie A

The city of Empoli celebrated the return of their home football team to the top Serie A division last Sunday. The team has been in the second division, Serie B, for the past two years, but with last weekend’s tied match against Arezzo, it earned enough points during

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0-0 tie deemed big win

Italian national football coach Marcello Lippi claimed to be satisfied with the 0-0 result of last weekend’s game, played against Norway’s national team in Oslo.   Although the game was not particularly well played, the Italian team was missing some of its star players, including

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Italy dominates Mugello

It was only fitting that last week’s Motorcycle Grand Prix, held at the Italian circuit in the Mugello mountains of the Tuscany region was both won and dominated by Italians.   The star of the show was Valentino Rossi, for Yamaha, who quickly settled into his usual first-

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F1: Raikkonen unlucky, Alonso wins

A Grand Prix in PlayStation style: Raikkonen lost a wheel in the last circuit, and Alonso was able to claim victory after his close chase during the entire race. This is the Spaniard’s fourth win this season, the fifth in his entire career, and possibly the most important.

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Savoldelli wins Giro d’Italia

Last Saturday, the final stage of the Giro d’Italia, Italy’s most important and one of the world’s top cycling competitions, declared Paolo Savoldelli as winner of the gruelling race. The last stage, which ended after 119 km on the central streets of Milan, was

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Championship results

Juventus, Italian Championship winner, runner-up AC Milan, Inter, and Udinese have all made classification for the Champion’s League championship. Sampdoria, which tied with Bologna last weekend, must content itself with the UEFA Championship, along with Palermo and Roma. The third team to be downgraded to the B

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Fiorentina is safe

On the last day of this year’s championship, Fiorentina finally secured itself a spot in next year’s Serie A championship. By winning a difficult match against Brescia, and thanks to the results of the other final games on Saturday, Fiorentina managed to tie classification points with

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European Football: Mister Trap takes Portuguese Title

Another victory for Giovanni Trapattoni. The ex-Italian National team coach has now led the Portuguese team Benfica to the title. With Trapattoni’s lineup, the team managed to tie the last game of the championship against Boavista thus winning the championship.This is now Trapattoni’s eighth

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Formula 1: Finn Wins at Montecarlo

Raikkonen, a Finnish driver for McLaren beat out Williams of Heidfeld and Webber for the GP victory at Montecarlo. Alonso for Renault arrived just short of the podium and the Ferrari drivers arrived way behind with Schumacher in seventh place and Barrichello at eighth.

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Fiorentina: Only a Miracle Can Save Her Now

Just another 90 minutes, and Fiorentina’s fate, that is in which division, A or B, the team will be competing next season, will be decided.   An incredible error by Referee Rosetti in their last game might have resulted in Fiorentina losing the opportunity necessary to score a

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Juventus Italian Championship

Juventus won it’s 28th Italian championship title last Saturday. From the beginning of the season, Juventus had maintained a top spot in the classifications, threatened only by AC Milan, who, in the final two matches, seemingly decided to save their energy for the European-wide Champions League Finals. &

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Ice Hockey: Czech Republic Wins World Championship

The Czech Republic claimed the World Ice Hockey Champion title after a 3-0 victory against Canada. During the finals at Vienna, players Prospel, Rucinsky and Vasicek each scored a goal in the three match tournament (1-0, 0-0, 2-0). Russia claimed third place after winning 6-3

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MotoGP: Rossi Wins Again at Le Mans

The usual race, the usual winner. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) took home another trophy for the MotoGP in France last weekend. His rival, Sete Gibernau (Honda), remained close on Rossi’s tail until the end, but could not manage to surpass the reigning champion.

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Giro d’Italia: American Zabriskie wins Florence stage

American cyclist, David Zabriskie, arrived with the best time for the Florence stage of the 88th Giro D’Italia dedicated to Tuscan cycling champion Gino Bartali. At 58’33”, Zabriskie rode the 45 kilometre stage between Lamporecchio and Florence at an average of 46.140 kph. Zabriskie

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Milan says goodbye to victory

With a 2-2 tie game against Lecce last Sunday, Milan now remains five crucial points behind the other leading team, Juventus, who won a home game victory 2-0 against Parma. These results make it almost certain who will win the Scudetto this year. It would take a miracle

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Fiorentina: Another missed opportunity

A home game tie against Atalanta, the lowest ranking team in the Series A championship, was not good news for anyone, especially the Fiorentina. Neither the team from Bergamo earned the points necessary to move out of last place, and, even worse, has sent Fiorentina back down to a very

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Juventus takes lead in race for Scudetto against Milan

In a vibrant and well played game, Milan’s team, considered the best performing group of players, lost to Juventus’ ever-practical and cynical playing style. The game of the year was tense, vibrant, combative, well-played and kept fans on the edge of their seats until the

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10,000 Fans help Fiorentina win in Verona

It was an act of devotion on the part of Fiorentina fans who followed their struggling team to Verona for a decisive game that would have meant Fiorentina’s downgrading to the B Series had they lost. The stadium was coloured with the Fiorentina’s bright purple as

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Cycling: Cipollini Retires

One of Italy’s, and the world’s, top cyclists, Mario Cipollini announced he would be retiring. After a long and successful career the king of cycling has decided to leave the competitive circuit: “I have been racing with emotion for a lifetime and it will be

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Moto GP: Rossi Wins

Valentino Rossi won yet another trophy in an unexpected victory at the first World Motorcycle Race to ever be held in Shanghai, China. Under pouring rain, conditions that Rossi does not perform best in, and with a motorcycle that had caused problems until now, he managed to dominate the entire

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