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Roma Sign Deal With Uber to Facilitate Traffic Ahead of Saturday's Huge Derby

AS Roma have signed a new deal with transportation service Uber in order to ease the traffic to and from the Stadio Olimpico, ahead of what is going to be a packed derby on Saturday afternoon against rivals Lazio.  The club announced the news on their official website, and the agreement with Uber will allow supporters to get a 20% discount on the fares to reach and leave the stadium.  The news was largely welcomed by supporters - who will be able to get to the Stadio Olimpico cheaper than...

Roma Sign Deal With Uber to Facilitate Traffic Ahead of Saturday's Huge Derby

AS Roma have signed a new deal with transportation service Uber in order to ease the traffic to and from the Stadio Olimpico, ahead of what is going to be a packed derby on Saturday afternoon against rivals Lazio.  The club announced the news on their official website, and the agreement with Uber will allow supporters to get a 20% discount on the fares to reach and leave the stadium.  The news was largely welcomed by supporters - who will be able to get to the Stadio Olimpico cheaper than...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Roma's Edin Dzeko kicks the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Crotone, at Rome's Olympic Stadium. The first derby since longtime Roma captain Francesco Totti retired is the most anticipated meeting between the capital's two clubs in years. Both Lazio and Roma have had strong starts to the season and sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the standings with only one point separating them. It will be a matchup between last season's Serie A scoring leader, Roma's Edin Dzeko (29 goals in 37 matches), and this season's scoring leader, Lazio's Ciro Immobile (14 goals in 11 matches). (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, Lazio's Ciro Immobile celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and AC Milan, at the Rome Olympic stadium. The first derby since longtime Roma captain Francesco Totti retired is the most anticipated meeting between the capital's two clubs in years. Both Lazio and Roma have had strong starts to the season and sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the standings with only one point separating them. It will be a matchup between last season's Serie A scoring leader, Roma's Edin Dzeko (29 goals in 37 matches), and this season's scoring leader, Lazio's Ciro Immobile (14 goals in 11 matches). (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, Lazio's Ciro Immobile celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and AC Milan, at the Rome Olympic stadium. The first derby since longtime Roma captain Francesco Totti retired is the most anticipated meeting between the capital's two clubs in years. Both Lazio and Roma have had strong starts to the season and sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the standings with only one point separating them. It will be a matchup between last season's Serie A scoring leader, Roma's Edin Dzeko (29 goals in 37 matches), and this season's scoring leader, Lazio's Ciro Immobile (14 goals in 11 matches). (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

Lazio summoned to hearing over Anne Frank stickers

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, players observe a minute of silence prior to the start of a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Crotone, at Rome's Olympic Stadium. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their teams victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Lazio summoned to hearing over Anne Frank stickers

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Lazio's Marco Parolo wears a t-shirt with an image of Anne Frank and reading in Italian "No to Anti-semitism" prior to the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their teams victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

Lazio summoned to hearing over Anne Frank stickers

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Lazio's Ciro Immobile wears a t-shirt with an image of Anne Frank and reading in Italian "No to Anti-semitism" prior to the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their teams victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, players observe a minute of silence prior to the start of a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Crotone, at Rome's Olympic Stadium. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their team’s victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, players observe a minute of silence prior to the start of a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Crotone, at Rome's Olympic Stadium. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their team’s victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Lazio's Marco Parolo wears a t-shirt with an image of Anne Frank and reading in Italian "No to Anti-semitism" prior to the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their team’s victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Lazio's Marco Parolo wears a t-shirt with an image of Anne Frank and reading in Italian "No to Anti-semitism" prior to the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their team’s victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Lazio's Ciro Immobile wears a t-shirt with an image of Anne Frank and reading in Italian "No to Anti-semitism" prior to the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their team’s victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Lazio's Ciro Immobile wears a t-shirt with an image of Anne Frank and reading in Italian "No to Anti-semitism" prior to the Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy. The Italian football federation has called up Lazio to a hearing following the shocking scenes of anti-Semitism from the Serie A club's supporters last month. After their team’s victory over Cagliari on Oct. 22, Lazio fans littered the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with images of Anne Frank, the young diarist who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of city rival Roma. The FIGC says there was a "clear anti-Semitic intent" and that it "constituted discriminatory behavior." (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura apologises for World Cup failure - but won't quit

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura offered his apologies to the nation following his failure to lead the Azzurri to the 2018 World Cup. But the 69-year-old journeyman manager has not offered to stand down from his position. Having never coached a major club before taking over the national team last year, Ventura covered himself in disgrace when four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer for the first time in six decades. Ventura was widely criticised for poor tactical decisions before and after Sweden's 1-0 aggregate win over the Azzurri. After the scoreless draw in the second leg in Milan, it was a foregone conclusion he will be fired according to a contract stipulation in case of a failed qualification - unless he resigns. "I'm not resigning because I haven't spoken with the (federation) president," Ventura said. "We need to evaluate things. We'll see. I'll talk with the federation and confront the problem. Italy players react at the final whistle following their goalless draw at the San Siro Credit: Getty Images "I feel I have to apologise to Italians for the result." Ventura's expected ouster will come in sharp contrast to his predecessor, Antonio Conte. Conte was lauded for getting the most out of Italy before the Azzurri lost on penalties to Germany in the quarter-finals of last year's European Championship. When Conte departed for Chelsea after Euro 2016, Ventura was given the crowning job on a career that had seen him coach the likes of Pisa, Bari, and Torino. "I've been in football many years so I know how to accept it," Ventura said of the failed qualification. "I'm honored to have been a part of the national team and to have worked with great champions and with others that I hope will become great. "I'm upset because tonight I understood the significance of coaching the national team." Ventura's attachment to two forwards he coached at Torino, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti, and his refusal to try a three-striker formation, led him to continually leave Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne on the bench. Considered Italy's most talented player of the moment, Insigne was inexplicably asked to come on for Marco Verratti in a central midfield position late in the opening leg against Sweden. Oggi sulla #Gazzetta ⚽ FINE Italia senza Mondiale dopo 60 anni ⚽ L'editoriale: Tutti a casa, si riparte così ⚽ Analisi, numeri e approfondimenti del flop azzurro. In regalo @ETGazzetta ⚽ Simeone-Pochettino, derby dal sapore argentino, sabato Atletico-Real e Arsenal-Tottenham. pic.twitter.com/tJt8Z7MJZP— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) November 14, 2017 Likewise, winger Stephan El Shaarawy was given little playing time despite a show of solid form at Roma that included a brace against Conte's Chelsea in the Champions League. "We showed few ideas and not much in the way of tactics," said veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who retired from the national team after the play-off. Late in the second leg, De Rossi argued with Ventura's staff when they asked him to warm up. He later suggested he thought Insigne or someone else should enter. #DeRossi: "Che cazzo entro io? Non dovemo pareggià, dovemo vince!", indicando Insigne. pic.twitter.com/Vr2uTy9wnF— Valerio Curcio (@ValerioCurcio) November 13, 2017 "If I offended anyone I'm sorry," De Rossi said. The Azzurri elimination had been brewing for months. Italy was outclassed by Spain 3-0 in September, virtually sealing its fate of entering the playoffs. Then in five consecutive matches, Italy scored a total of three goals against Israel, Macedonia, Albania and Sweden. "Sport teaches that you win and lose as a team," retiring captain Gianluigi Buffon said. "The coach shares in our mistakes." Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired by Bayern Munich in September, is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Ventura. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 Ancelotti, who coached Juventus and AC Milan before going abroad to win titles with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern, has the big-club resume that Ventura lacked. But it remains to be seen if he'll be willing to coach the national team, or if he still prefers the daily activities of a club. Other options include installing a caretaker and luring back Conte, who has expressed homesickness at Chelsea, or perhaps Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri or Zenit St. Petersburg's Roberto Mancini once the club season ends.  

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura apologises for World Cup failure - but won't quit

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura offered his apologies to the nation following his failure to lead the Azzurri to the 2018 World Cup. But the 69-year-old journeyman manager has not offered to stand down from his position. Having never coached a major club before taking over the national team last year, Ventura covered himself in disgrace when four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer for the first time in six decades. Ventura was widely criticised for poor tactical decisions before and after Sweden's 1-0 aggregate win over the Azzurri. After the scoreless draw in the second leg in Milan, it was a foregone conclusion he will be fired according to a contract stipulation in case of a failed qualification - unless he resigns. "I'm not resigning because I haven't spoken with the (federation) president," Ventura said. "We need to evaluate things. We'll see. I'll talk with the federation and confront the problem. Italy players react at the final whistle following their goalless draw at the San Siro Credit: Getty Images "I feel I have to apologise to Italians for the result." Ventura's expected ouster will come in sharp contrast to his predecessor, Antonio Conte. Conte was lauded for getting the most out of Italy before the Azzurri lost on penalties to Germany in the quarter-finals of last year's European Championship. When Conte departed for Chelsea after Euro 2016, Ventura was given the crowning job on a career that had seen him coach the likes of Pisa, Bari, and Torino. "I've been in football many years so I know how to accept it," Ventura said of the failed qualification. "I'm honored to have been a part of the national team and to have worked with great champions and with others that I hope will become great. "I'm upset because tonight I understood the significance of coaching the national team." Ventura's attachment to two forwards he coached at Torino, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti, and his refusal to try a three-striker formation, led him to continually leave Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne on the bench. Considered Italy's most talented player of the moment, Insigne was inexplicably asked to come on for Marco Verratti in a central midfield position late in the opening leg against Sweden. Oggi sulla #Gazzetta ⚽ FINE Italia senza Mondiale dopo 60 anni ⚽ L'editoriale: Tutti a casa, si riparte così ⚽ Analisi, numeri e approfondimenti del flop azzurro. In regalo @ETGazzetta ⚽ Simeone-Pochettino, derby dal sapore argentino, sabato Atletico-Real e Arsenal-Tottenham. pic.twitter.com/tJt8Z7MJZP— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) November 14, 2017 Likewise, winger Stephan El Shaarawy was given little playing time despite a show of solid form at Roma that included a brace against Conte's Chelsea in the Champions League. "We showed few ideas and not much in the way of tactics," said veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who retired from the national team after the play-off. Late in the second leg, De Rossi argued with Ventura's staff when they asked him to warm up. He later suggested he thought Insigne or someone else should enter. #DeRossi: "Che cazzo entro io? Non dovemo pareggià, dovemo vince!", indicando Insigne. pic.twitter.com/Vr2uTy9wnF— Valerio Curcio (@ValerioCurcio) November 13, 2017 "If I offended anyone I'm sorry," De Rossi said. The Azzurri elimination had been brewing for months. Italy was outclassed by Spain 3-0 in September, virtually sealing its fate of entering the playoffs. Then in five consecutive matches, Italy scored a total of three goals against Israel, Macedonia, Albania and Sweden. "Sport teaches that you win and lose as a team," retiring captain Gianluigi Buffon said. "The coach shares in our mistakes." Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired by Bayern Munich in September, is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Ventura. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 Ancelotti, who coached Juventus and AC Milan before going abroad to win titles with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern, has the big-club resume that Ventura lacked. But it remains to be seen if he'll be willing to coach the national team, or if he still prefers the daily activities of a club. Other options include installing a caretaker and luring back Conte, who has expressed homesickness at Chelsea, or perhaps Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri or Zenit St. Petersburg's Roberto Mancini once the club season ends.  

'I thought it was better to send on Insigne' - De Rossi explains dugout spat

The Roma midfielder had heated words with the coaching staff on the sidelines, which he has now explained

'I thought it was better to send on Insigne' - De Rossi explains dugout spat

The Roma midfielder had heated words with the coaching staff on the sidelines, which he has now explained

'I thought it was better to send on Insigne' - De Rossi explains dugout spat

The Roma midfielder had heated words with the coaching staff on the sidelines, which he has now explained

I thought it was better to send on Insigne - De Rossi explains dugout remonstration

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has explained that his animated discussions in Italy's dugout were to do with Lorenzo Insigne.

US soccer starts youth movement after World Cup flop

FILE - In this July 25, 2017, file photo, Tottenham Hotspur's Cameron Carter-Vickers, left, and AS Roma's Diego Perotti fight for the ball during their 2017 International Champions Cup match, in Harrison, N.J. Cameron Carter-Vickers is among five players who could make their national team debuts for the United States in an exhibition match against Portugal on Tuesday, Nov. 14.(AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)

FILE - In this July 25, 2017, file photo, Tottenham Hotspur's Cameron Carter-Vickers, left, and AS Roma's Diego Perotti fight for the ball during their 2017 International Champions Cup match, in Harrison, N.J. Cameron Carter-Vickers is among five players who could make their national team debuts for the United States in an exhibition match against Portugal on Tuesday, Nov. 14.(AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)

Report: Inter Ready to Swoop for Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen

Internazionale are considering signing Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen in January on a short team loan deal, according to reports.

The Belgian joined Barca in 2014, but near-constant injuries mean he's played just 22 times for the club in three years, while he spent last season on loan at Roma, where he only managed 12 appearances in all competitions.

Despite boasting the third-meanest defence in Serie A this season, Luciano Spalletti is reportedly on the hunt for reinforcements at the back with Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala also an option.

However, Inter look to be seeking a more experienced defender in the form of 31-year-old Vermaelen, according to Tuttosport (via Football España).

The Belgian centre back, who has also been linked with several Premier League sides, has played for Ajax and Arsenal, and will likely be looking for first team football ahead of next summer's World Cup.

The 31-year-old is one of three Barcelona players who have been made free to leave the club, along with Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, as new boss Ernesto Valverde looks to put his own stamp on the squad.

AS Roma vs Tottenham Hotspur - International Champions Cup

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - AS Roma vs Tottenham Hotspur - International Champions Cup - Red Bull Arena, New Jersey - July 25, 2017. Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele. REUTERS/Mike Segar

MOS. Moscow (Russian Federation), 11/11/2017.- Denis Glushakov (L) of Russia fights for the ball with Nicolas Otamendi (C) and Sergio Romero (R) of Argentina during international friendly soccer match between Russia and Argentina at in Moscow, Russia, 11 November 2017. (Futbol, Amistoso, Roma, Moscú, Rusia) EFE/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

BRU01. Brussels (Belgium), 10/11/2017.- Romelu Lukaku (C) of Belgium and Hector Moreno (R) of Mexico in action during the international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Mexico at King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, Belgium, 10 November 2017. (Bruselas, Bélgica, Futbol, Amistoso, Roma) EFE/EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

BRU01. Brussels (Belgium), 10/11/2017.- Romelu Lukaku (C) of Belgium and Hector Moreno (R) of Mexico in action during the international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Mexico at King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, Belgium, 10 November 2017. (Bruselas, Bélgica, Futbol, Amistoso, Roma) EFE/EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

BRU01. Brussels (Belgium), 10/11/2017.- Eden Hazard of Belgium (R) celebrates with teammate Romeu Lukaku (L) after scoring the 1-0 goal during the international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Mexico at King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, Belgium, 10 November 2017. (Bruselas, Bélgica, Futbol, Amistoso, Roma) EFE/EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

BRU01. Brussels (Belgium), 10/11/2017.- Eden Hazard of Belgium (R) celebrates with teammate Romeu Lukaku (L) after scoring the 1-0 goal during the international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Mexico at King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, Belgium, 10 November 2017. (Bruselas, Bélgica, Futbol, Amistoso, Roma) EFE/EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

PHOTO: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah Spotted Dedicated Fan's Tribute at WWE Event

As fast starts go, not many have had a better first few months to the season than Mohamed Salah since joining Liverpool in the summer. The Egyptian international arrived at Merseyside in July, marking the end of a fine two-and-a-half year stay in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma.  The winger already has eleven goals to his name in the Champions League and Premier League with the Reds, with three assists to match. The lightning start has made Salah a fan favourite already and quickly gelled into...

PHOTO: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah Spotted Dedicated Fan's Tribute at WWE Event

As fast starts go, not many have had a better first few months to the season than Mohamed Salah since joining Liverpool in the summer. The Egyptian international arrived at Merseyside in July, marking the end of a fine two-and-a-half year stay in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma.  The winger already has eleven goals to his name in the Champions League and Premier League with the Reds, with three assists to match. The lightning start has made Salah a fan favourite already and quickly gelled into...

PHOTO: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah Spotted Dedicated Fan's Tribute at WWE Event

As fast starts go, not many have had a better first few months to the season than Mohamed Salah since joining Liverpool in the summer. The Egyptian international arrived at Merseyside in July, marking the end of a fine two-and-a-half year stay in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma.  The winger already has eleven goals to his name in the Champions League and Premier League with the Reds, with three assists to match. The lightning start has made Salah a fan favourite already and quickly gelled into...

Nainggolan a doubt for Rome derby with groin injury

Roma have suffered a blow ahead of the derby against Lazio, as Radja Nainggolan sustained a groin injury on international duty with Belgium.

Report: Man United Suffers Setback in Fellaini Contract Talks

Manchester United reportedly run the risk of losing Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer this summer as the Belgian midfielder weighs up his options at what promises to be a potentially crucial crossroads in his career.

In January of this year, United and Fellaini exercised option of an tacking an additional 12 months onto the four-year deal that the player originally signed when he joined in 2013, taking his current terms through to the end of the 2017/18 season.

Despite talks, the former Everton star is yet to agree an extension beyond then and it is becoming increasingly plausible that he could be playing his football elsewhere next season as the deal ticks towards expiration.

According to ESPN, the doubt has come from Fellaini's wish for United to match the terms he has apparently been offered by other clubs as he knows this could be the last 'big' contract of his career as he rapidly approaches his 30th birthday - 22nd November.

ESPN also notes that Fellaini has already turned down an offer United made in September.

Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Besiktas have both been heavily linked with the player, while there has been brief speculation regarding potential interest from Serie A duo Roma and Milan.

Should Fellaini reach 1st January without signing a new United contract, he would be eligible to formally discuss terms with foreign clubs with a view to a possible pre-contract agreement.

It is not thought that United manager Jose Mourinho wants to see Fellaini leave as the Belgium international has formed an important part of his plans since arriving at Old Trafford last year. The player's recent injury absence served as proof of just how much impact he has.

Champions League - A.S. Roma vs Chelsea

Soccer Football - Champions League - A.S. Roma vs Chelsea - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - October 31, 2017 Chelsea's Eden Hazard reacts REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Champions League - A.S. Roma vs Chelsea

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Champions League - A.S. Roma vs Chelsea - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - October 31, 2017 Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi reacts REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Champions League - A.S. Roma vs Chelsea

Soccer Football - Champions League - A.S. Roma vs Chelsea - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - October 31, 2017 Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi reacts REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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