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Saudi Arabia to play pre-World Cup friendly against Italy

Mohammad Al-Sahlawi

Italy will play World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia in a friendly in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on May 28, the federation announced on Thursday.

While four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades, Saudi Arabia will play in the tournament for the first time since 2006.

Saudi Arabia will face hosts Russia in the opening match of the World Cup on June 14.

The friendly at Kybunpark Stadium will mark the first time Italy face Saudi Arabia.

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Marco Verratti has pledged his future to Paris Saint-Germain and told Canal+ he hopes to be reunited with Carlo Ancelotti at international level with Italy.

Verratti was linked with a move from PSG to Barcelona last summer, but the 25-year-old stayed in France and has helped his side win the Ligue 1 title.

"I'm very happy with the choice I made and I'm all the more convinced of that now," he said.

"I really want to stay here. I feel very good here and I want to win, which is what everyone expects."

Verratti,...

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Italy announce friendly vs. United States in November

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The United States will face Italy in a friendly in November in a matchup of teams that surprisingly failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The Italian football federation announced on Friday the game has been set for Nov. 20, with the site still to be determined. It is likely to be in Europe as Italy are scheduled to host Portugal in the UEFA Nations League three days earlier.

U.S. Soccer does not announce friendlies before all the paperwork is completed.

Italy has won eight of the 12 games the countries...

 By Ben Gladwell

Andrea Pirlo reveals discussions over coaching roles with Italy and clubs

Andrea Pirlo retired from playing last year.

Andrea Pirlo has held talks with members of the Italian FA and some clubs as he considers the next step in his career.

Pirlo, 38, brought down the curtain on his playing days last year and will be given an official send-off at a San Siro testimonial next month.

He has been working as a pundit but is considering a future in coaching and told La Gazzetta dello Sport he is weighing up his next move.

"I've had discussions with many people, both for the national team and for clubs, but there will be...