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Italy spotlight: Claudio Ranieri to the rescue: ‘I’m here to save Sampdoria’

Claudio Ranieri loves a challenge and his latest job at Sampdoria will be anything but straightforward. The Genoa-based club sits last in Serie A, has lost six of seven matches and Fabio Quagliarella – the team’s most emblematic player and the league’s leading scorer last season – is in a goal drought.

Italian roundup: Juventus beats Brescia 2-1 on Mario Balotelli’s Serie A return

MILAN – Mario Balotelli was kept quiet on his return to Serie A as his Brescia side lost 2-1 at home to eight-time defending champion Juventus on Tuesday. An own goal from Brescia defender Jhon Chancellor and Miralem Pjanic’s second-half strike saw Juventus come from behind after Alfredo Donnarumma’s early opener.

FIFA president lambasts Italian soccer for ‘hiding’ racism

FIFA president Gianni Infantino lambasted Italian soccer authorities for “hiding the truth” about racism in a scathing assessment Tuesday following a complete lack of punishment after three cases of discriminatory chants during the four opening rounds of Serie A.

Italian team escapes punishment for racial abuse of Romelu Lukaku

Italian team Cagliari has avoided punishment from Serie A after supporters aimed racist abuse at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku. The monkey chants were audible on a video from the stands that was shared on social media. The abuse came after Lukaku scored a penalty.

Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku joins Inter Milan from Man United

Inter Milan completed the signing of Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United. Lukaku put pen to paper on a five-year deal with Inter, joining his younger brother in the Italian league. Lukaku will add some much-needed firepower to an Inter team which managed only 57 league goals last season – well below the three teams which finished above it in Serie A.

Matthijs De Ligt not fazed by price tag after Juventus move

Juventus new signing Matthijs de Ligt is not fazed at becoming the most expensive defender in Serie A history at the age of 19. De Ligt completed a 75 million euro ($85 million) transfer from Ajax on Thursday, signing a five-year contract with Juventus. At his first press conference on Friday he says: “Of course, when a club buys you for a big amount of money, there’s a lot of pressure, but pressure is normal in football.”