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Mirko Vucinic scores and takes off his shots as Juventus close in on title after 2-1 win over Pescara

That's pants! Vucinic takes his shorts off in celebration as Juve close in on the title

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22:47 GMT, 6 April 2013

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22:54 GMT, 6 April 2013

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Juventus continued their march towards back-to-back Serie A titles with a 2-1 win over Pescara in Turin.

The Bianconeri were made to wait for their latest success, which moves them 12 points clear of second-placed Napoli, with Mirko Vucinic firing in a 72nd-minute penalty after Giuseppe Rizzo saw red.

Vucinic added the second moments later and was promptly substituted by boss Antonio Conte ahead of the midweek Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

Unique celebration: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic waves his shorts as he celebrates after scoring against Pescara

Unique celebration: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic waves his shorts as he celebrates after scoring against Pescara

Mirko Vucinic

Mirko Vucinic

Off they come: Vucinic takes his shorts off after scoring and waves them over his head

Spot on: Vucinic scores his penalty

Spot on: Vucinic scores his penalty

But Juve were made to sweat as Emmanuel Cascione curled in a stunning effort – Pescara's first shot on target – with seven minutes left.

Rolando Bianchi's stoppage-time equaliser grabbed a 2-2 draw for Torino at Bologna.

Nearly there: Juventus' players celebrate winning against Pescara and closing in on the title

Nearly there: Juventus' players celebrate winning against Pescara and closing in on the title

Paulo Vitor Barreto sent Torino ahead on 25 minutes but Bologna looked like they had grabbed the game away after the break.

Panagiotis Kone levelled on 65 minutes before substitute Tiberio Guarente seemingly won it with four minutes left. But Bianchi popped up late to share the points.

AC Milan the only option for Mario Balotelli after Juventus cool interest in signing Man City striker

Milan the only option for Balotelli after Juventus cool their interest

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John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

12:05 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 29 January 2013

Mario Balotelli hopes of a return to
Serie A are resting with AC Milan after Juventus distanced themselves
from a move for the Manchester City striker.

Despite mounting speculation that
Juve had joined Milan in the race to sign him, Sportsmail understands
they have no interest in him and are happy to leave the way clear for
their Serie A rivals.

Transfer talks: Milan have made offer for Man City striker Mario Balotelli

Transfer talks: Milan have made offer for Man City striker Mario Balotelli

Manager Antonio Conte is content with his current striking options, particularly after wrapping up a deal for Athletic Bilbao marksman Fernando Llorente.

Additionally, they have taken former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka on a five-month loan.

Baloteli is now anxiously waiting to see if Milan can come up with an acceptable offer. They are ready to pay up to 20million, City are holding out for 24m.

Sir Alex Ferguson is Manchester United"s dressing room joker, says Paul Pogba

Fearsome Fergie No, he's United's dressing room joker, says Pogba

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15:41 GMT, 12 November 2012

Forget hairdryer histrionics, Sir Alex Ferguson is actually Manchester United's dressing room joker, according to former midfielder Paul Pogba.

Ferguson claimed Pogba was being disrespectful by leaving United in the dark over a new contract before he quit Old Trafford in favour of a 20,000-a-week four-year deal with Juventus.

The France Under 20 international has made an impressive start to life in Italy but has revealed life under Fergie wasn't all that bad, despite his fearsome reputation.

Heads up: Pogba has scored two goals for Juventus this season

Heads up: Pogba has scored two goals for Juventus this season

He told Tuttosport: 'No, He is kind of relaxed and he’s a guy who likes to laugh in the dressing room. Of course you see him on TV all serious, but knows how to be in the dressing room.

'Well, sometimes he shouts, but it is normal for a coach to do so. But it was not always the case; he is more often than not relaxed.'

Meanwhile, Pogba has revealed that Juventus' head coach Antonio Conte is a tougher character than former boss Fergie.

Pogba has been forced to apologise for showing up late to training twice last week.

And Conte's reaction to his poor timing keeping left Pogba reeling, and insisting he will not make the same mistake ever again.

He said: 'I was wrong and I'm sorry for what happened. I apologise because I showed a lack of respect toward my team-mates and (head coach Antonio) Conte.

Acrimonious: Pogba and Fergie have differing views on his United exit

Acrimonious: Pogba and Fergie have differing views on his United exit

Acrimonious: Pogba and Fergie have differing views on his United exit

'The coach is tougher than Ferguson
during training. He asks full attention and I like that. It is the only
way to be successful.

'I never had the intention to show up late. That I was late for training was down to some trivial things. I made a mistake.

'I realise that I was wrong though, and I will do my utmost to make sure I do not make the same mistake again. I will not be late again in the future. The matter is closed now as far as I’m concerned.'

The 19-year-old has made six league appearances for Juventus this campaign and scored twice.

United front: Pogba was just beginning to break into the senior squad when he decided to leave for Juve

United front: Pogba was just beginning to break into the senior squad when he decided to leave for Juve

Antonio Conte banned for 10 months after match-fixing investigation

Juve boss Conte hit with 10-month ban after match-fixing investigation

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UPDATED:

09:15 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months in relation to a match-fixing investigation.

The coach of the reigning Serie A champions had been accused of failing to report alleged match-fixing involving Siena when he managed them in the 2010-11 Serie B season.

Juventus released a statement immediately, saying they are working on appeal against the decision.

Banned: Antonio Conte has been hit with a 10-month punishment

Banned: Antonio Conte has been hit with a 10-month punishment

JUVENTUS STATEMENT

Juventus Football Club warmly
welcomes the acquittal of its players Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe,
and reiterates its full support for Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio in
the hope the next stage of the process will finally prove their
innocence.

A group of legal professionals have
been appointed by the individuals concerned and, with the full support
of the club, is already working to prepare grounds for an appeal.

Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio will be assisted by attorneys Antonio De Rensis and Luigi Chiappero, as well as lawyer Giulia Bongiorno.

Conte had a plea bargain deal rejected
by the Italian federation (FIGC) earlier in August, a proposal which
would have seen him serve a three-month suspension and pay a fine of
157,500 and the federation have now confirmed the 10-month sanction.

Grosseto and Lecce have both been excluded from Serie B, the Italian second tier, for the 2012-13 season for their part in the scandal, with both clubs' former presidents banned for five years.

Charges against Conte of direct involvement in match-fixing were dismissed last month, but the FIGC are satisfied he was aware it was taking place during his time with Siena.

His assistant coach at Juve and formerly at Siena, Angelo Alessio, has also been banned for eight months, while former Lecce president Giovanni Semeraro and former Grosseto president Piero Camilli face even longer suspensions.

See ya: Conte won't be in the dug-out for a while

See ya: Conte won't be in the dug-out for a while

A statement from the FIGC read: '(These are) the judgments issued today by the National Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Sergio Artico,in relation to two cases of match-fixing.

'Among the officials, the more severe penalties are those of the president of Grosseto, Camilli, and the former president of Lecce, Semeraro, (for both a five-year ban); the disqualification of 10 months for Antonio Conte, currently coach of Juventus, and for eight months his deputy Angelo Alessio.'

Semeraro sold Lecce in June, ending an 18-year association with the club.

In a statement released by the FIGC, it was confirmed Serie B side Novara have been docked two points while top-flight Bologna and fourth-tier Ancona face fines of 23,600 and 7,900 respectively.

Lecce have also been fined 23,600 in addition to their demotion, having been accused – along with Grosseto – of direct involvement in match-fixing rather than the lesser charge of failing to report it.

Suit: Attorney Antonio De Renzis is supporting Conte

Suit: Attorney Antonio De Renzis is supporting Conte

The FIGC also confirmed former Bari defender Nicola Belmonte has been banned from football for six months but six other players – Leonardo Bonucci, Simone Pepe, Marco di Vaio, Salvatore Masiello, Daniele Padelli and Giuseppe Vives – have been acquitted of the charges against them.

In total, 45 people and 13 clubs were under investigation, among them Conte's old club Siena, who last week accepted a six-point deduction in a plea bargain deal.

Serie A newcomers Torino, Serie B side Varese and relegated Albinoleffe will pay fines of 23,600 and begin the season with one-point penalties after their plea bargains were also accepted.

Italy match-fixing scandal: 19 arrested including Stefano Mauri

Italy rocked by another match-fixing scandal as probe sees 19 arrested including Lazio captain

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07:15 GMT, 28 May 2012

Lazio captain Stefano Mauri and former Genoa midfielder Omar Milanetto are among 19 people arrested by police investigating allegations of a match-fixing scandal in Italy.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte and Italy Euro 2012 defender Domenico Criscito have also been questioned by police.

A police statement said they searched 30 homes of players, trainers and administrators of clubs in Serie A, Serie B and Lega Pro, on suspicion of involvement in match-fixing.

The operation on Monday morning is part of a wide-ranging long-term investigation which has already seen several people arrested.

More to follow.

Under suspicion: Stefano Mauri (right)

Under suspicion: Stefano Mauri (right)

Alessandro del Piero on target as Serie A champions Juventus end the season unbeaten

The ultimate farewell: Del Piero on target as Serie A champions Juventus end unbeaten

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17:14 GMT, 13 May 2012

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UPDATED:

17:23 GMT, 13 May 2012

Alessandro del Piero scored in his last league appearance for Juventus as the newly crowned Serie A champions beat Atalanta 3-1 to become the second Italian side to win the title by going the whole season unbeaten.

Del Piero signed off in style in front of the home fans as he doubled Juventus' lead in the 28th minute to cap a near 20-year career with the Old Lady.

Juventus took the lead in the ninth
minute when Marco Borriello forced his way into the area and set up Luca
Marrone, who opened the scoring with a powerful right-footed shot.

The perfect send-off: Alessandro del Piero holds the Serie A trophy aloft

The perfect send-off: Alessandro del Piero holds the Serie A trophy aloft

And Del Piero, who has been at
Juventus since 1993, scored his 289th goal for the club shortly before
the half hour when he fired home from the edge of the area.

The Juve captain was substituted in
the 57th minute to a standing ovation as the players and staff of both
teams joined in with the resounding applause for the club icon.

The standing ovation and cheers
continued even after Del Piero had left the field and the fomer Italy
forward got back off the bench and walked around the pitch saluting the
fans and gathering scarves which had been thrown down to him.

Bellissimo: Juventus get the party started in Turin

Bellissimo: Juventus get the party started in Turin

The city of Turin was in party mood with hundreds of thousands of fans gathered in the streets as Juventus celebrated its first title in nine years.

Around 5,000 fans welcomed the team bus as it arrived at Juventus Stadium, decorated with three stars as the club still counts the two titles it was stripped of following the 2006 match-fixing scandal.

Antonio Conte's team became only the third side ever to go the entire season without losing a game. Milan also won the title unbeaten in 1992.

Perugia went the entire 1978-79 season without losing a game but didn't win the league.

Emotional: Del Piero waves to the Juventus faithful

Emotional: Del Piero waves to the Juventus faithful

Atalanta pulled one back eight minutes from time when Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner turned Giacomo Bonaventura's cross into his own net but the home side restored its two-goal advantage in stoppage time after Thomas Manfredini brought down Borriello in the area and Andrea Barzagli fired home the resulting penalty.

The celebrations are set to continue through the night, with an open-topped bus parade planned for this evening.

It was also emotional at San Siro as
AC Milan bid farewell to club stalwarts Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro
Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi as well as Mark van Bommel.

Arrivederci: Alessandro Nesta bades farewell to the San Siro

Arrivederci: Alessandro Nesta bades farewell to the San Siro

Inzaghi scored to help Milan beat
Novara 2-1. However, it was of little importance as Juventus was four
points clear heading into the final game of the season and claimed its
28th league title last weekend after beating Cagliari 2-0 while AC Milan
lost 4-2 to Inter Milan.

Before the game at Milan, Nesta, Gattuso, Inzaghi and Van Bommel were given a standing ovation as clips of important matches they had played in were shown on the big screen during the warmup and they were individually thanked over the loudspeaker.

It seemed as if Novara was going to ruin their farewells when Santiago Garcia gave it the lead in the 20th minute but Mathieu Flamini leveled 11 minutes after the break and Inzaghi scored the winner eight minutes from time for his 156th Serie A goal in his 300th appearance.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina drew 0-0 at home to Cagliari.

Milos Krasic regrets not moving to Tottenham

Krasic regrets not moving to Spurs in January after Juve freeze-out

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00:56 GMT, 22 March 2012


Rare: Milos Krasic has not been seen in a Juventus shirt for a while

Rare: Milos Krasic has not been seen in a Juventus shirt for a while

Milos Krasic has announced his regret at not taking the chance to move to Tottenham in the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old Serbian winger was linked with a move to London, as Chelsea and Spurs were interested, but he opted to stay at Juventus.

He now regrets the decision because his chances in Turin under manager Antonio Conte have been limited – Krasic has played once this calendar year.

‘At the end of the transfer window in
January, there were offers from Tottenham and Zenit [St Petersburg] for a
loan deal,’ Krasic told Vecernje Novosti.

‘I decided to decline those options in the belief that I would be given chances at Juventus.

‘That has proven to be a mistake and it would have been better if I had accepted one of those offers.’

He added: 'I am sorry that I have to leave Juventus. No-one would be happy to leave such a big club, especially after enjoying such a good first season and then being written off by the coach.

‘It is in my best interest to leave. At the moment I am trying to stay in good shape and preparing to find a new club in June.’

Chelsea want Milos Krasic

Chelsea eye summer move for Krasic as AVB looks to continue rebuilding

Juventus winger Milos Krasic could seal a move to Chelsea in the summer, according to his agent.

Krasic, 27, moved to the Italian giants from CSKA Moscow in 2010 but has struggle to hold a regular first-team place under Antonio Conte this season.

He reportedly turned down a loan move to Tottenham on deadline day and is a target of Zenit St Petersburg.

Set to leave: Juventus winger Milos Krasic (left)

Set to leave: Juventus winger Milos Krasic (left)

And agent Valado Borozan told calciomercatio.it: 'In this moment Milos wants to stay at Juventus.

'There is no need to work on Krasic – we have to wait and see what will happen.

'Milos is appreciated everywhere, so we’ll see which side will come forward between now and June.

'He is under contract and so far there has not been a need to start talking to other clubs.

'Chelsea They are interested in the player and they are one of the clubs he likes.'

Spurs rival Chelsea for Milos Krasi

Spurs join Chelsea in chase to sign Juventus winger Krasic

Target: Krasic (left)

Target: Krasic (left)

Tottenham are ready
to rival Chelsea for
Juventus and Serbia
winger Milos Krasic.

Chelsea hoped to sign the Serbian international, aged 27, on loan after a fall-out with Juve coach Antonio Conte.

He has made just seven appearances this season despite being one of their best players last term.

Krasic was a target for Chelsea prior to moving to Italy from CSKA Moscow while both Manchester United and Manchester City were also keen.

However, he was reluctant to move to England but now realises he will have to compromise to kickstart his career.